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CI and delivery using Salesforce Developer Experience

Salesforce Developer Experience (SFDX) is a very promising Salesforce technology, including a new set of features and corresponding development tools. It has been available since the Summer of 2020 and it is constantly evolving. It simplifies integration with a version control system and helps build a better continuous integration (CI) and delivery (CD) process.

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Contactless user experiences – for a safer customer experience

As we struggle to keep up with the new reality, the tech world is busy supporting businesses with the trend which is likely to stay for long: contactless customer experience. In the era of Artificial Intelligence, robotics and quantum computing, sustainable business is about bringing value to humanity. Starting from face ID to contactless delivery, to mobile/voiced based interactions to smart houses – shifting to touchless is about safe, reliable and convenient user operations. Here are some examples of how businesses are using tech to win customers and create contactless experiences that have become more important than ever.

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Inner source – open source spirit in enterprise

Open source has won the long-going standoff against proprietary software for building enterprise applications. Organizations are applying open source methodologies into the way they build and deliver their own software. We run business applications on open source operating systems (Linux) using open source containerization (Docker) and fleet management platforms (Kubernetes), storing our data in open source databases (PostgreSQL), and using OpenJDK or DotNet core for building business services. But open source software is not just free software which you can use without paying license fees or even being able to debug errors yourself, because the access to the source code is provided. It’s also an open source mindset and organizational spirit. An increasing number of companies use inner source – a development methodology where engineers work together on building proprietary software using best practices from large-scale open source projects. Modern enterprises like PayPal, Walmart or Bloomberg have already started to experiment and embrace the inner source model. Because they can afford it? No, because they cannot afford to be stuck in the past. Explore inner source movement, its goals and adoption reality.

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Women Leaders Driving Sustainable Business.
Interview with Smart, Motivated and Inspirational Technologists.

In our new series of articles, we feature female forward-thinking technologists leading the way to sustainable business and innovations. We, at Avenga, believe in the power of diversity, inclusion and equity to change the world. Today, we welcome Danielle Anthony from Lloyds Banking Group in an interview with our Lily Smirnova, sharing perspectives on what it takes to follow dreams, catch opportunities through the greatest economic contractions and be a woman leader in the tech sector.

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Star as code – Everything as code, the times of total automation

The idea of “as code” started with “infrastructure as code” and the DevOps in the effort to automate IT environment modifications. Everything as code is one of the most important meta trends in the technology industry at the moment. Everywhere we look and everyone we talk to reflects the trend of * as code, which proves that automation via software is everywhere. As the highest possible levels of automation, properly done, is an important part of the digital advantage over the competition. Business demands speed and flexibility, * as code enables just that. Today we analyze the meta trend and review some of the most popular ‘as code’ examples.

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Virtual Clinical Trials: The Pain of Change – can technology heal the pain?

What is the promise of Virtual Clinical Trials to pharmaceuticals, patients and sponsors? Making the most of technology (apps, monitoring IoT devices, etc.) together with engagement platforms ( informed eConsent, recruitment, counselling, measurement of endpoints and reactions) is a new siteless method of conducting clinical research study. There are some clear benefits of the virtual approach as opposed to the current outdated, inefficient and costly model of clinical trials. However, there are some challenges to consider with VCTs including data security management, their implementation in complex trial designs, and also providing trial conditions, training for patients, patient safety, data transmitting, etc. Together with our special guest, Chuck Piccirillo, we discussed the technology potential enabling virtual clinical trials, and also the mechanisms to facilitate participation in clinical trials, including partnerships among providers, sponsors, researchers, regulators and patients to maximize the benefits while reducing the risks.

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Overview of Digital Solutions for Drug Commercialization

Life science organizations are seeking digital tools that can provide end-to-end data management capabilities, including data acquisition and integration, document maintenance, security and harmonization. Digital technology helps pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations to develop the commercial potential for the newly developed drugs and transform them into the best-selling products on the market that benefit not only the researchers and sponsors, but also all of humankind.

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Migration to Salesforce LEX: A Lightning Developer Guide

Lightning Components – is a different view of the frontend development – it’s made to be reusable. Use the same button set for different pages, use Lightning components as building blocks. Visualforce Components were similar – but developers worldwide didn’t utilize the power of components and they are not designed as LC. So, this frontend change is the greatest change for development and a big challenge for developers – will developers change their mind about reusability?

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Progressive web apps (PWAs). How to engage your customers more effectively.

Simply put, a Progressive Web app is a web application that has most of the features of a native app. Originally proposed by Google back in 2015, PWAs take advantage of the latest technologies to win the application’s user experience. Some great cases of PWAs are Twitter, Instagram, Forbes, Medium, Airbnb, Alibaba, and many more. Today we analyze the promises of Progressive Web Applications to digitally-savvy businesses, their support from Google, Microsoft and Apple – all that from the users’ perspective as their experience is the key driver of the success of the digital products.

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Change Data Capture (CDC) – pattern or antipattern?

As the term suggests, CDC ( we are not referring to the now hot Centre for Disease Control) stands for Change Data Capture. Once a popular approach (no matter if you used SQL Server, Oracle, Informatica and any other RDBMs) to system data integration, now overshadowed by event sourcing and domain events, it’s become an antipattern today. In the article below we will not only walk through what Change Data Capture (CDC) pattern actually is. Rather, we will analyze why to be careful when adopting a standard established solution while building new digital experiences and maintaining IT capabilities for enterprise application ecosystems.

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