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Automation is a big part of the DevOps approach, to the point where some people (incorrectly) define DevOps exclusively as automation. While many discuss automating the deployment pipeline process for build->test->deploy, few talk about utility automation for the intermediate steps of that process. There are different aspects of end-to-end processes that can help improve the adoption of DevOps principals by developers. There are on-call responsibilities, development-centric monitoring and process automation for developers. One of the great techniques for the latter is commit/push hooks that can be implemented as part of the version control system. Unfortunately, many people are either not familiar with pre/post commit hooks or not using them to their advantage. As a result, I thought it might be helpful to outline a few of the most common use cases for commit/push ho... (more)

In Search of the Unknown

I've talked at length about the importance of business process monitoring alongside of system monitoring, but in discussions I found that sometimes an overview and simple examples are not enough to convince people about the benefits of this approach. Business owners think they don't need to know anything about the operational performance of their systems as long as they have their numbers, and engineers often don't feel they need to invest time into understanding the business they are supporting in detail, finding examples shown too "common sense." One question we ask our engine... (more)

Considerations for Selecting a Content Management System

Content Management Systems (CMS) have become one of the most powerful Internet-related products. What once was a gadget for web developers and technology geeks is now a must-have tool for multiple business units. Because of the pace at which the world of Internet technology changes, and the high demand for up-to-the-minute content, there are thousands of products (commercial and open source alike) that offer myriad features to companies in need of a solution for publishing their content. Unfortunately, over the past decade, the term "CMS" has become a buzz word, a commodity if y... (more)

New Year’s Resolutions for Internet Retail By @Papa_Fire @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

As the holiday rush is winding down, I sit here reflecting on all the companies that lost business/revenue during the busiest time of the year. Loss of business not because of technology failure, although this is always a manifestation of a problem, but because of process failure in order to remedy the failures of technology. I've offered some tips on preparing for the holiday traffic from the system architecture perspective, but perhaps I should have concentrated on preparing for the rush from the organizational perspective. Behind the extensive downtimes I witness every holida... (more)

Keys to Production Readiness By @Papa_Fire | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Data Quantity, Quality & Frequency: Keys to Production Readiness Despite the fact that majority of developers firmly believe that "it worked on my laptop" is a poor excuse for production failures, most don't truly understand why it is virtually impossible to make your development environment representative of production. When asked, the primary reason for the production/development difference everyone mentions is technology stack spec/configuration differences. While it's true, thanks to the black magic of Cloud (capitalization intended) with a bit of wizardry from Chef, anyone c... (more)