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Udayan Banerjee

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In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scrum (Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber – also Mike Beedle) DSDM (DSDM Consortium represented by Arie van Bennekum) ASD (Jim Highsmith) XP (Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham and Ron Jeffries – Martin Fowler) Prior to the meet all these methodologies were classified as “Lightweight Methodologies”. The mee... (more)

Cloud Computing Service: Amazon EC2 vs Google GAE

Amazon Cloud on Ulitzer Their economy of scale will be difficult to match. What about Microsoft - they are constrained by the fact that they have to defend their desktop business - which will prevent them from following optimal cloud strategy! Cloud Computing Service Service provider with large number of networked computer systems Allowing you to use a slice of that processing power and storage Shielding your program and data from others sharing the same service, and Charging you for your actual usage Value Proposition of Cloud Computing Elastic Capacity - Pay for what you actually u... (more)

How to Architect For Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Magazine on Ulitzer Web 2.0 may not have a clear-cut definition but irrespective of which way you look at it (there are three different ways of looking at Web 2.0), it is about the behavior of complex system, it is about collective intelligence and it is about emergence. The fundamental principles governing such systems are that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts – the behavior of the system cannot be derived or understood by analyzing individual elements. Traditional approach to architecting and problem solving is to… Look at the problem as a whole Break it do... (more)

Will iPad Succeed?

Will iPad succeed? We will know the answer to this question in few months time but I would like to put my neck out and apply one of my theories about why such devices succeed example – iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm, Walkman etc. For any new device to become very popular – it needs to satisfy at least one and possibly both the following criteria (elegant design is not one of them): Does it have a new and very responsive user interaction mechanism suitable for the form factor on the device? Does it allow user to perform one important task very effectively which was not easy to d... (more)

How to improve Cloud Adoption? What Do Experts Say?

Gartner has established two Global IT Councils – one of them is on cloud computing. The council members are notable people from IT, mostly CIOs. The report explains the issues, provides the views of the council members and provides recommendations on what is the way forward. The seven issues are: Data ownership Service level agreement Change management Technical limitation Legal jurisdiction Security Software license Here is the link to Gartner – Global IT Council. You can get a copy of the report by registering in the site. If you want a quick update you can go through one of the f... (more)