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How can you compare one technology or tool to its competitors? Usually, there is no objective comparison available. So how do you know which is better? Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA? Java EE or Spring? C# or Java? All you can usually find is a holy war and biased comparisons on vendor sites...
There’s a lot of discussion around managing outages in production via the likes of DevOps principles and the corresponding software development lifecycles that does enable higher quality output from development, however, one cannot lay all blame for “bugs” and failures at the feet of t...
Do you think development teams really update those BMC Remedy tickets with all the changes contained in a release? They don't. Most of them just "check the box" and move on. They rose a Risk Level that won't raise questions from the Change Control managers and they work around the...
Over the years, a variety of methodologies have emerged in order to overcome the challenges related to project constraints. The successful use of each methodology seems highly context-dependent. However, communication seems to be the common denominator of the many challenges that proje...
Enterprise IT shops have long struggled with the dual challenges of homogeneity and heterogeneity. Homogeneous environments clearly had appeal: single-vendor shops would gain the benefits of working with one point of contact, and perhaps the various applications and infrastructure comp...
Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced a series of new features and functional enhancements to better support the growing number of customers leveraging its virtual data pipeline technology in support of DevOps use cases. While infrastructure is increasingly ...
Over on the other side of the fence IT ops are screaming at the various portfolio dev teams for releasing highly risky functionality way too frequently but since the Agile dev adoption production has only had a couple of low priority P4 incidents caused by bad code releases. Things mus...
It has always interested me to see how different development teams treat code reviews. Some teams see code reviews as crucial to their success while others see them as a barrier to getting things done. Over time, I've come to the conclusion that the culture around code reviews is an im...
The clamor surrounding enterprise cybersecurity is to be expected, of course, with all the breaches – ahem, “incidents” – over the last year or so. Home Depot. Target. Anthem. The list goes on and on. And with breaches come enterprise dollars, frantically swirling over the proverbial b...
There are lots of ways DevOps can fail. For all the revolutionary promise of the idea, it takes a tricky cultural shift to get Development and Operations working together. Many companies—especially big ones—take a top-down approach. C-suite execs trumpet a Brand New DevOps Initiative, ...
Change becomes the central principle of today’s enterprises, and thus business agility becomes the most important characteristic our organizations must exhibit. Agile Architecture lays out a best practice approach for achieving this agility – and thus drives and coordinates the other r...
As a group of concepts, DevOps has converged on several prominent themes including continuous software delivery, automation, and configuration management (CM). These integral pieces often form the pillars of an organization’s DevOps efforts, even as other bigger pieces like overarching...
Microservices, for the uninitiated, are essentially the decomposition of applications into multiple services. This decomposition is often based on functional lines, with related functions being grouped together into a service. While this may sound a like SOA, it really isn't, especiall...
In cloud-based architectures, the situation is different and the network has become even more important. Let’s imagine a typical cloud-based architecture situation. You run a datacenter with a flexible number of allocated computing instances (for example, due to the pricing model and v...
Hot off the press: a brand new Solr Cookbook! One of Sematext’s Solr and Elasticsearch experts — and authors — Rafał Kuć, has just published the third and latest edition of Solr Cookbook. This edition covers both Solr 4.x (based on the newest 4.10.3 version of Solr) and the just-rele...
One of the neat things about microservices is the ability to segment functional actions into scalability domains. Login, browsing, and checkout are separate functional domains that can each be scaled according to demand. While one hopes that checkout is similarly in demand, it is unlik...
One of the hottest new terms in the world of enterprise computing is the microservice. Starting with the seminal 2014 article by James Lewis and Martin Fowler of ThoughtWorks, microservices have taken on a life of their own – and as with any other overhyped term, they have generated th...
Since the dawn of enterprise digital computing, managers have been looking to computer operators to run data processing jobs on those original workhorses of computation. The goal: to generate reports that the managers would use to make decisions on how to run their companies or governm...
As today’s digital initiatives increasingly combine the continuous delivery model of DevOps with the dynamic deployment environment of public and private clouds, resilience engineering becomes a central concern. How do we mitigate and ideally prevent adverse events like application fai...
Many of the well-known examples of DevOps success we read in blogs on the Internet paint an idyllic picture of DevOps productivity. A team was facing a stodgy, slow-moving operations department, teams weren’t delivering software on time. Those teams moved to DevOps, became proactive ab...
Are you planning on implementing true DevOps good practice of treating Configuration as Code? If yes, then do you prefer the approach of copying configurations from one environment to another or would you prefer to define the configuration required independent of the target?
Much of what is written about Continuous Delivery at present seems to revolve around technical challenges and technical choices: “Which is better: Puppet, Chef or Salt?”, “Should I use Jenkins, Go or XL Release?”, “How do I build a CD pipeline with containers?” etc. etc. If we’re looki...
Last month, fellow Forbes contributor Peter Cohan remarked on application intelligence vendor AppDynamics and their incredible run up to going public, probably later this year. He reported that “on February 17, AppDynamics reported that its bookings for the year ending January 2015 dou...
It’s been proven time and time again that in tech, diversity drives greater innovation, better team productivity and greater profits and market share. So what can we do in our DevOps teams to embrace diversity and help transform the culture of development and operations into a true “De...
Outages are typically expensive for your business, not to mention a headache for your team. Improving your processes and tools for responding to critical incidents can generate a lot of business value. However, you may be wondering how to prioritize projects and investments, or you may...
You have to plan your Continuous Delivery pipeline with quality in mind from the outset. The only way to effectively do that is to design tests before development really begins, to continually collect metrics, and to build a test automation architecture integrated into your Continuous ...
These are some the Key Release Management Metrics our clients use to continually tune their release management process. 1. Number of Changes pending future system releases (Backlog) 2. Number of Successful Changes within a Release 3. Number of Failed Changes in a Release (Perc...
Hello, from a new member of AppDynamics team. I recently joined the team to lead application performance management (APM) product marketing. Last month, when I was talking with Jyoti Bansal, CEO of AppDynamics, he shared his vision for the company. Where the market is heading and how ...
Network visibility and access to real-time data surrounding your infrastructure is pretty important, don’t you think? With Boundary, users can identify problems quickly, and ensure their applications and supporting infrastructure are running smoothly and at peak efficiency. We are h...
Some times our customers would prefer to use SSH to connect from the server our XL Deploy is running on and their targets. By default Windows does not support SSH, but XebiaLabs’ tools do support SSH on windows. The tricky part is that most implementations of SSH for Windows also req...
Do you like the idea of Agile software development, but you don’t think it’s a fit at your organization? Perhaps your enterprise is too rigidly hierarchical, or maybe your projects are too large and complex for Agile? Think again. Agile is well on its way to becoming the standard ap...
Log data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. When we build a JS application, we...
The challenge facing today’s project management professionals is supporting a more agile approach to software releases while managing orderly governance and production controls that are necessary. Project managers have become air traffic controllers landing more projects more frequentl...
One important differentiator between what passed for digital back in the dot-com days and today’s notion of digital is the role mobile plays. Yes, this company had a mobile site, and they had what the AVP claimed was a “mobile first” plan for their web content, but as yet they had yet ...
The cloud has transformed how we think about software quality. Instead of preventing failures, we must focus on automatic recovery from failure. In other words, resilience trumps traditional quality measures. Continuous delivery models further squeeze traditional notions of quality....
VictorOps is making on-call suck less with the only collaborative alert management platform on the market. With easy on-call scheduling management, a real-time incident timeline that gives you contextual relevance around your alerts and powerful reporting features that make post-mor...
When it comes to finding useful articles, news and general information in the DevOps, CD or Agile industry, LinkedIn is usually the ticket. We all know LinkedIn is a great tool for networking and connecting with friends, but it has also turned out to be a tool used to start meaningf...
I recently had the opportunity to attend UI19 in Boston, a long-running conference focused on user experience design and ways to be more effective in a UX role as part of a larger team. One of the presentations in particular stuck with me as I returned to Boulder thinking about VictorO...
What organizations really want is to become a high performing organization. DevOps can help but it is just one piece of the puzzle. Check out my latest post on The Virtualization Practice which discusses how some enterprises think hiring DevOps engineers is the way to high perfor...
The market transition from education and evaluation to remediation is marching along as the End of Support (EOS) nears for Windows Server 2003. The market has moved from being unaware of the challenge that EOS would pose for most IT organizations at the beginning of 2014 to POCs, trial...