Getting in the winter mood? So are we, so let’s bundle up and catch up. Check out what our authors have been covering this week below.

Why You Should Be Building Product-Oriented Teams

Many factors contribute to the success of a firm. For instance, knowing what customers want is an important part of running a business. Different teams decide where to put their efforts and what actions to take based on customer demands. But what’s the real focus of those efforts and actions? It’s the product itself, of course, which is why Arnab Chowdhury wants to fill you in on putting together product-oriented teams. Learn more on Plutora’s blog.

What Are Java Agents and How to Profile With Them

Java agents are a special type of class which, by using the Java Instrumentation API, can intercept applications running on the JVM, modifying their bytecode. Java agents aren’t a new piece of technology. On the contrary, they’ve existed since Java 5. But even after all of this time, many developers still have misconceptions about this feature—and others don’t even know about it. Carlos Schults is here to give you a remedy to the situation on Stackify’s blog. Check it out.

SRE vs. DevOps

You’ve heard the terms “SRE” and “DevOps” thrown around, but understanding the difference is confusing. But not to fear, Lou Bichard is here to teach you the essence of both concepts. To help us along the way, he’ll discuss different practices, such as implementing observability, improving the software pipeline, improving the deploy process, and preparing for and responding to incidents, including how they relate to both SRE and DevOps. Find out more on ASPE’s blog.

Releasing an app or a new feature to the public for the first time is one of the most exciting (and scary!) parts of being in a development team. You hope that the app is useful—but not so useful that you can’t handle the traffic! Most bottlenecks are due to the performance of the database. And most people don’t prioritize database performance over delivering quality software. So what can we do to improve database performance? Peter Grainger can answer that on Scalyr’s blog.

Why Is Data Governance Important? 3 Major Benefits

The word “governance” sounds scary. It evokes excessive formality, slow decisions, and top-down directives. And while bad governance is all those things (and more), good governance is a differentiator. All organizations today collect, generate, and process lots of data. Data governance is the union of people, processes, policies, and technology to oversee data for a company. If you want to review the fundamentals of data governance, look no further than Daniel Longest’s post on DataOps Zone’s blog.

What Is MTBF? Mean Time Between Failures Explained in Detail

As the post title makes clear, MTBF stands for “Mean time between failures.” The acronym refers—like the others that came before it—to an important DevOps KPI. But what actually is it? What is it good for? How do I implement it? Carlos Schults has the answer to all of the above questions—and more. Check it out on XPLG’s blog.

Which Test Data Management Method Is Best?

Setting up a great test data management strategy is a crucial step for taking your test automation process to its fullest potential. However, many software professionals are still not familiar with the concept of test data management (TDM). Even those that are familiar with TDM might have a hard time putting it in practice. Why is that? Carlos Schults can answer that on Test Environment Management’s blog.

What Does Data Compliance Mean in the Workplace?

Your company’s data is valuable. That’s true both for data your company generates and data your customers generate. Within your company, it’s critical to make sure that data is accessible and easily utilized. When critical members of your organization have access to powerful data, they’re able to not only work hard but also smarter, as well. The decisions that they make are better-informed. This is good news for your customers, your employees, and your shareholders. And it’s critical to make sure that data is inaccessible. Find out more on DataOps Zone from Eric Boersma.

What Is Mobile Data Security? An Essential Primer

With advancements in technology and mobile devices, people can now accomplish various tasks while on the go. Regardless of their location, people stay connected via the internet. Even employees now use their mobile devices to work remotely. But this high usage of mobile data is catching the attention of hackers who are trying to swoop in and steal information. As a result, it raises security concerns for both firms and individual users of mobile data. But Arnab Chowdhury can help you ease those concerns over on DataOps Zone.

How Kubernetes Can Improve Your CI/CD Pipeline

We also updated a post this week on Stackify’s blog. The widespread use of automation and the quest for increasingly shorter development cycles can be considered the hallmarks of the current era of software development. Practices such as Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration, which were unimaginable not that long ago, nowadays are commonplace techniques that most software professionals take for granted. In this scenario, designing and maintaining a functional CI/CD pipeline becomes of paramount importance. Why is that? Find out more here.