Serverless Architectures

Mike Roberts: Serverless computing is a hot topic in the software architecture world. The “Big Three” cloud vendors—Amazon, Google, and Microsoft—are heavily invested in Serverless, and we’ve seen plenty of books, open-source projects, conferences, and software vendors dedicated to the subject. But what is Serverless, and why is (or isn’t) it worth considering?Link1 Link2

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RLDM – Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making Conference

Reinforcement learning and decision making have been the focus of research spanning a wide variety of fields including psychology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, operations research, control theory, animal and human neuroscience, economics, and ethology. Key to many developments in the field has been interdisciplinary sharing of ideas and findings. RLDM is the only conference that brings all these communities together – July 7-10, 2019, McGill University Montréal, Québec, Canada Link

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bpmNEXT => Intelligent Automation

Kris Verlaenen reports from bpmNEXT: “The conference is still called bpmNEXT but the consensus is that the term “Intelligent Automation” seems to cover better what we are discussing.. Traditional flow charts have reached their limits in representing more adaptive requirements since the concept of work is now much broader (including robots, autonomous intelligence, decision services, etc.) Intelligent automation shifts to taking much more short term decisions based on the most recent live events as the business value is typically much higher if the response time is as small as possible“. Link

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Developer Survey Results 2019

Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey is the largest and most comprehensive survey of nearly 90,000 developers who code around the world. Examples of findings: 1) Python, the fastest-growing major programming language is edging out Java this year and standing as the second most loved language (behind Rust); 2) China has developers that are the most optimistic, believing that people born today will have a better life than their parents. Developers in Western European countries like France and Germany are among the least optimistic about the future. Read more

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Authentication and Access Control

Decision Management Systems separate the decision logic from the rest of the code allowing subject matter experts to update the decision logic according to the business needs. Carlos Serrano from Sparkling Logic describes additional benefits by adding authentication and access control: 1) you can control who has access to what decision logic asset, and for what purpose; 2) you can trace who did what to which asset, when and why. Link

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QA in Production

Things always go wrong in production, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s an opportunity to learn about your system and the real world with which it interacts. With the right production monitoring tools, you can build a set of feedback mechanisms that help you find out about issues as they happen and ship fixes quickly. Adopting production QA (Quality Assurance) practices can help you gain a richer understanding of the real issues your system faces and learn new ways to improve its quality.” Link

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Intelligent Automation?

An interesting discussion about Intelligent Automation has taken place at BPM.com. Just one quote: “I still find it difficult to put intelligent and automation together in one sentence without cringing. Even the most advanced commonly used RPA tools are, when you bring it back to the core essence, nothing more than a preprogrammed sequence of actions. When there is something slightly more complicated decision taking required than going left or right in a process model, RPA tools can no longer handle it. Since everything is now becoming intelligent, I do not have high hopes yet for Intelligent Automation (IA)Link  Continue reading

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