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To the Cloud!! Enable Business Agility Through your Cloud Transformation [And DevOps]

By |2019-02-28T10:02:01-05:00February 26th, 2019|

You are formulating your company’s cloud strategy. Where do you start? There’s so much information out there! So many options – Which provider do I go with? What services fit my tech stack? How do I translate my and my team’s knowledge into this new world of THE CLOUD? Are we falling behind? I hear ...

Microservice vs Monolith

By |2019-02-20T16:15:29-05:00February 20th, 2019|

A colleague and I set out to write three open source APIs that would all do the same thing, but each with a different design (monolithic, microservices, and nanoservices). Our reason for this was that we would have a set of APIs that can be used to give talks at various conferences, highlighting the good, ...

Variables and Conditional Build Steps in Azure DevOps

By |2019-02-15T14:34:07-05:00February 15th, 2019|

Implementing a CI/CD pipeline can be intimidating if you are used to a manual release process.  I have heard the concern that tools like Azure DevOps are not flexible enough for more complex build procedures.  Even the term pipeline certainly suggests moving in a straight line through your process, which doesn’t seem very adaptable.  However, ...

QA in a DevOps World

By |2019-02-12T10:36:29-05:00February 7th, 2019|

DevOps is a journey.  While many people focus purely on releasing more frequently or adopting new tools, often the more important part of the process is the culture shift required to truly embrace DevOps principles.  In my experience, Quality Assurance (QA) teams can be resistant to these changes.  While it may require a change in ...

The DevOps Tool For The Job

By |2019-02-06T10:44:50-05:00February 1st, 2019|

This past Christmas, my wife Sarah was kind enough to buy me what my heart truly desires - more tools. In this case, it was 20V DeWalt tools, including a drill and driver set. Of course I was delighted, but then, I saw which drill it was and my heart sank. I had the very ...

Losing your “ARM” “AZ” you move forward with Azure PowerShell

By |2019-01-16T10:44:03-05:00January 16th, 2019|

For any of us that have interacted with Microsoft Azure for any length of time, we know that at times there are actions or resources that are not fully configurable from the Azure Portal.  When times like this occur one way to handle this is to jump to the Azure PowerShell modules to make these ...