Peter Wayner

Peter Wayner

Contributing writer

Peter Wayner is the author of more than 16 books on diverse topics, including open source software ("Free for All"), autonomous cars ("Future Ride"), privacy-enhanced computation ("Translucent Databases"), digital transactions ("Digital Cash"), and steganography ("Disappearing Cryptography").

Articles by Peter Wayner

10 dark secrets of robotic process automation
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10 dark secrets of robotic process automation

RPA promises to streamline workflows, glue together legacy systems, and empower business users to solve their own problems. But beneath the big wins lurk hidden issues worth addressing.
January 26, 2021
12 dark secrets of AI
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12 dark secrets of AI

With the drumbeat for AI across all industries only getting louder, IT leaders must come to grips with the dark secrets of working with artificial intelligence to glean business insights.
January 6, 2021
Pros and cons of low-code platforms
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Pros and cons of low-code platforms

The sales pitch is enticing: Apps with a few clicks. But what are you really setting your organization up for when you buy into low-code development?
August 25, 2020
20 reasons why software projects fail
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20 reasons why software projects fail

From outsized expectations to fundamental feature changes, software development projects get derailed — or declared failures — thanks to a variety of project management and technical factors.
July 1, 2020
11 ways to accelerate your software project
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11 ways to accelerate your software project

Strategic decisions can help accelerate software projects to capitalize on business opportunities — but IT leaders must be mindful of the traps and tradeoffs.
June 18, 2020
11 ways to cut hidden fat from your IT budget
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11 ways to cut hidden fat from your IT budget

As the economy takes a turn and IT budget forecasts slip downward, it’s time to tighten up your technical stack — before the CFO comes calling.
May 27, 2020
11 reasons users still hate your software
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11 reasons users still hate your software

Major consumer software, apps and websites give your business users outsize expectations of what your small dev team can do. Here’s how to tackle their (often valid) complaints.
March 2, 2020
9 dark secrets of DevOps
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9 dark secrets of DevOps

Organizations are increasingly turning to DevOps in support of digital transformations. Here is a clear-eyed view of what you are getting into when you do.
November 26, 2019
12 dark secrets of technical debt
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12 dark secrets of technical debt

Software development is never done. Whatever feature requests that fall by the wayside or later crop up become an amorphous, hard-to-define debt with payback rules all its own.
September 19, 2019
10 reasons software projects are slower than we expect
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10 reasons software projects are slower than we expect

Despite efforts to re-engineer software development with new methodologies and tools, projects still warp time lines thanks to bureaucracy, new demands, and the nature of code.
July 31, 2019
9 dark secrets of low-code software development
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9 dark secrets of low-code software development

Low-code tools offer the promise of building apps in a snap, but when you look more closely at the platforms, outcomes, and processes, the reality of low code isn’t quite so simple.
June 20, 2019
The 12 dark secrets of data science
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The 12 dark secrets of data science

From hidden costs to highly suspect conclusions, data science is not without its detractions and limitations — despite the ongoing hype.
April 30, 2019
13 signs your software project may be doomed
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13 signs your software project may be doomed

Software projects can get derailed before you know it. Here are the subtle warning signs that your latest app dev initiative isn’t going quite as well as it seems.
April 24, 2019
What those developers really mean
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What those developers really mean

Developers speak a language unto themselves. Here’s how to cut through their half-truths and sneaky barbs to know what’s really wrong with your code, timelines, expectations and management style.
February 26, 2018
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15 Programming Productivity Killers

Meetings, know-nothing managers, productivity metrics -- here's what's threatening to slay the next generation of great software.
November 25, 2013
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Android Apps for Business Users

10 handy apps for Google Android phones that take the sting out of business travel and keep you productive on the road.
February 9, 2010