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How Golang Helps Team Leads Become More Effective

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Team Leads Overview

 

Let’s talk about team leads and their role in the software development process.

 

What’s a team lead? There’s no agreed upon answer, so I will have to speak from my own experience.

 

The team lead’s goal and the reason for their existence is simple: they have to make sure the team is reaching its targets. No more, no less.

 

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Understanding the Digital Transformation Phenomenon

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Digital transformation, often referred to as DX, is going through a growth spurt thanks to the ever-increasing realization that integrating technology in all aspects of business will reduce operational costs, evolve the user experience, and revamp existing business strategies.

 

This transformation is here to stay, and some experts believe that businesses who haven’t at least devised a plan to implement DX will fall by the wayside in the coming years. So what exactly is digital transformation, and why is it vital for your organization to consider it?

 

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Improving Healthcare with Blockchain

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A recent survey by Black Book — a Tampa, Florida technology market research company — found that 80% of healthcare payers were either considering deploying or were in the process of implementing Blockchain solutions. Other findings from the study included:

 

  • 95% of hospital and medical group IT specialists and management agree that Blockchain may resolve and expedite most concerns of interoperability and patient record sharing.

  • 93% of managed care organization respondents, 70% of hospital respondents, and 58% of physician practice respondents said that blockchain shows promise for healthcare interoperability.

  • All survey-responding payers with plans of 500,000 members are actively considering deploying or are in the process of deploying Blockchain for Q4 2018, and 20% are involved in trial deployments in some form1

 

 

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Sphere Team Excited to Participate at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Conference

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The current SAP and Digital Transformation landscape isn’t just exciting, but it’s constantly evolving. Which is why the Sphere team has decided to partake in this year’s SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Conference, the largest cloud innovation and business tech conference in the U.S., from June 5 to 7 in Orlando, Florida. At this conference, we’ll share some our best practices and SAP solutions with other thought leaders in the industry. We’ll also get some great insight on the current state of SAP and Digital Transformation, and where these industries are heading in the near future.

 

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AWS Systems Manager, a Recipe for Simplicity

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It was around 2003 when I first worked with Amazon Web Services EC2, and to be honest, those days were much simpler. If you needed an instance, you started it from some AMI. If you needed some additional software installed, you did it manually. If you needed this software as a standard part of your instance, you just created a new AMI from the instance you already prepared. If you need a persisted volume, you created and connected it to the appropriate instance manually — even after the instance fully started. To monitor your instances, you would run another instance and install monitoring software of your choice. I personally enjoyed Zabbix.

 

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Case Study: Sphere’s Custom Atlassian Solution for Delta Dental

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Introduction

 

Delta Dental is the largest dental insurance company in the country. This organization offers national dental coverage to more than one-third of the estimated 212 million Americans with dental insurance. It’s a not-for-profit organization that includes some for-profit affiliates as member companies. Additionally, it administers program and reporting systems that give both groups and individuals quality dental benefits with outstanding customer service.

 

Since 2014, Delta Dental has been facing a significant digital transformation. The company’s growth necessitated the expansion of their software development and IT teams. Sphere Software began collaboration with Delta Dental by assisting with the first phase of their digital transformation — migration from a legacy bug tracking system, Rally ( CA Technologies ), to Atlassian’s Jira ( with a customized Confluence solution ). Once the first phase of this project was successfully completed by the Sphere Software team, Delta Dental increased the efficiency with which they managed their software teams and product releases. In phase two, the senior management team asked Sphere for additional consulting and training on Agile Development, in addition to Jira and Confluence configurations and customization.

 

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10 Tips for Improving the User Experience

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One key competitive advantage that companies often overlook is their user experience ( UX ), which is defined as the end-user’s emotions and attitudes when interacting with a company’s product, systems, or services. Though this may seem difficult to measure and ultimately subjective, any company can create a great user experience if they follow a clear framework of vision, goals, and strategy. The following tips are designed to help you build the foundation for a stronger UX for your website or SaaS products.

 

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Why You Should Consider Upgrading Your Rails Version

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It’s already been more than a year since Rails 5.0 was released — in fact, Rails 5.2 is now around the corner. Some of you may still be using version 4.2.x and feeling good about it. There’s nothing wrong with you. On the flip side, in my opinion, you should consider the migration. Below are some of my thoughts on why companies need to do it.

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Go and Network API: The Silver Bullet

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First of all, what do we mean by the term “network API”? It’s simple: we’re referring to any API that’s called remotely. This includes mobile app backends, the AJAX backend for a single page site, RTB services, internal data exchange services for the complicated distributed application, and so on.

 

Let’s say we’ve been working with network APIs every day for last 10 years. We have favorite libraries, test suites, etc for the languages we’re using. Should we throw them away and switch to the Go programming language?

 

Yes, we should — let me explain why.

 

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Harnessing the Power of Augmented Reality

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One of the most interesting emerging technologies today, Augmented Reality (AR) has leaped beyond its uses in video gaming and is providing technological solutions never seen before in a variety of industries. Businesses today are using AR to visualize their workflows, increase productivity, and offer new solutions to complex problems by using real-time data. AR has truly emerged as a bridge between the physical world and the digital world, and it will contribute to the increasingly important role that technology has in our society.

 

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