Welcome!

Linux Containers Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Linux Containers, Containers Expo Blog

@DevOpsSummit: Blog Feed Post

Application Development Done Right | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

How a grocery store is using technology to disrupt the market

Application Development Done Right
By Larry Salomon

Developing code, without considering either the current or future needs of the end user, can cause frustration and result in customer churn, which ultimately means lower revenues. In this blog, I'd like to describe something simple I came across that demonstrates how to avoid these pitfalls.

Using Technology to Get Ahead
Recently, we had a severe snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions, which is unheard of in central New Jersey. Being responsible adults, my wife and I went to the grocery store to stock up on essentials (read: chips, chocolate, etc.) in case we got stuck at home.

At the checkout, the cashier mentioned to us that the store has a mobile application. Since both of us are technology oriented professionals, we were skeptical about the need for a grocery store mobile application. But then the cashier told us two things that immediately caught our attention:

  1. The application will allow us to search for a specific item and see if the store at which we shop carries the item. It will also tell us in which aisle and where in that aisle the item will be located.

  2. We can associate digital coupons with the application so that we don't have to worry about collecting those strips of paper that spew out whenever we scan our loyalty card at other grocery chains, (much less keep them organized, etc.) All we need to do is scan a single QR code at the register; the appropriate coupons are consumed and the savings automatically applied to our bill.

These two features are enough for us to justify the 25 minute drive to this particular chain, which previously is something we've only done once every two months at best. This is in spite of the fact that there are two major chains (without digital capabilities like those mentioned above) currently within five minutes of our house.

Creating the Right Environment to Realize a Vision
Although it's possible for these capabilities to have simply "sprung from the head of Zeus," it's more likely that the software development methodology facilitated this wonderful end result. Implementing methodologies such as Test Driven Development and Behavior Driven Development provide a constant feedback loop, which gives the developers a chance to see user behaviors in near real time and make changes as needed.

Of course, this feedback loop is useless without a mechanism to deploy new builds of applications fast enough to keep up with the rate of change in their development. This is where release automation comes into play.  A fully implemented, fully automated CICD process is essential for ensuring companies can develop at the "speed of change" so that they aren't overtaken by the competition.

While our grocery bill won't do much to add to the bottom line of this particular chain, if you multiply the effect it's had on us by the number of people like us who are hearing about it for the first time, you can see how this could have an impact. And this is possible only because someone took the time to consider the shopping experience; how it could be improved in a very real way for their customers and then providing the necessary structure internally to give the development teams the ability to fully realize their vision.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Automic Blog

Automic, a leader in business automation, helps enterprises drive competitive advantage by automating their IT factory - from on-premise to the Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

With offices across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Automic powers over 2,600 customers including Bosch, PSA, BT, Carphone Warehouse, Deutsche Post, Societe Generale, TUI and Swisscom. The company is privately held by EQT. More information can be found at www.automic.com.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...