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What is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and what are the benefits?

Many software development companies that are transitioning to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or considering to do so. In this post we explain what SaaS is and what the potential benefits are. In later posts we will dive further into the technical changes needed to make SaaS work.

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A checklist for improving IT project schedules

With ICT Institute we visit a dozen software teams every quarter, in order to review their work and help them improve their project plan. About half the teams work in an agile fashion, the other half are using traditional project management. Most teams, luckily, are functioning well and are delivering value. Many teams are however behind schedule. They have underestimated…

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DevOps explained : The Phoenix project

DevOps is an important IT concept that is often misunderstood. DevOps is not just a better collaboration between development and operations. It is a new way of working between marketing, product management, development, test, operations and IT security. One of the few books that explain this well is The Phoenix Project. In this article we…

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The best books and articles on software project management

In this article have listed all resources we recommend to people that want to learn software project management. To make sure there is something interesting for all skills levels, we included both introductions and more advanced research. The list is created as part of our course in software project management at the VU University in…

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Tips and tricks for creating a software project schedule

Every project plan should contain an overall project schedule. Stakeholders want to know when results are delivered, and people involved want to know when their activities are planned. There are some standard techniques for creating schedules. In this article we give practical advice for making a workable plan for any software project.

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