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InCycle is Now a Microsoft Nationally Managed Partner

October 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

InCycle is pleased to announce that we are now a Microsoft Nationally Managed Partner! Based on our thought-leadership, project success and feedback from customers — Microsoft has recognized our customer impact on ALM, DevOps and Azure. What does this mean to you? More awesome events. Given our increased collaboration with Microsoft, there will be even more high quality events! These include workshops, assessments, webinars, etc. Access to more …

Calculating return on investment of software development – 3/3 Value and Conclusion (for now)

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future” Niels Bohr I like the analogy of the lottery ticket (heard at an Agile user group, just don’t remember who said it, sorry), you know the cost of the ticket, you just don’t know how much it will pay, if anything. The challenge of defining value is that you can only really measure it after the …

Calculating return on investment of software development – 2/3 Cost

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

“The fog of war” – What we don’t know does not hurt us – Carl von Clausewitz Of course cost of software development is relatively easy to calculate right? Many studies, models and methods exist to estimate the cost of the development organization; things like number of lines of code (LOC), K-LOC, function points, weighted micro function points, price systems, wideband Delphi paired with cost of …

TFS/Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate and more from //Build/

April 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Brian Harry has a massive blog post about everything announced today at //Build/. For those who haven’t heard yet, I’ll list some highlights, but I highly recommend going and reading Brian’s blog. This is truly exciting stuff! Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2015 Release Candidates are out — production-supported! Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 5 Release Candidates are out — also production-supported! …

Special Guest on Channel 9

April 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Check out this interview! As an ALM Ranger, Barry Paquet was invited as a special guest for Channel 9! Channel 9 was created in 2004 and is a Microsoft community site for Microsoft customers. This channel has discussions, screencasts, video channels, podcasts and interviews with Microsoft. InCycle collaborates with Microsoft frequently, so this was a great opportunity to showcase our skills and expertise and how we help …

Strategy for organizing your network in Windows Azure IaaS

October 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

With each subnet the useable IP range begins at ###.###.###.4. In other words the first VM you create in the example above on Subnet-1 would be 10.1.1.4. So let’s say we would like to set up our domain controller first. Typically with a Domain Controller we would prefer to have a fixed IP number right? Now with Azure we cannot specify a fixed IP but rather …

The GQM approach to prove the value of doing ALM right with metrics

June 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right. Warren Buffett Recently one of our customer asked for help in building a business case for their ALM transformation project. The customer wanted to prove to their stakeholders that the required investment in ALM was worth it. We started by providing some “out of …

Doing ALM Right: Real World Evidence that ALM Works and a Way to Calculate Your Potential ROI

June 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

When ALM is done right, what can it mean for your bottom line? Over the last few years you’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and how leveraging the right tools and processes can allow your software development teams to deliver more functionality to your customers faster, with higher quality creating ecstatic users, reducing your company’s costs and generating more revenue …

Electronic Signature Compliance (CFR 21 Part 11) with Microsoft TFS 2013

April 19, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2013 is rapidly growing as a leader in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) domain. More and more we are finding that regulated organizations are inquiring on how to adopt TFS as an enterprise ALM solution. In the following post I will explore the topic of how TFS implements electronic signature functionality and satisfies Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations …

Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC is now available

April 3, 2014 | By | No Comments

Yesterday Microsoft published the release candidate for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. So the moment has finally arrived where we can start to use these great new features in our production environments, as the RC update offers “go-live” support along with a seamless migration to the RTM version once it becomes available. As with all updates for TFS a good strategy for promoting updates into production environments …

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