The IT world is moving forward fast. The digital transformation changes complete industries and peels away existing business models. Cloud services, mobile devices and the Internet of Things establish wild spaghetti architectures though different departments and lines of business. Several different concepts, technologies and deployment options are used. A single integration backbone is not sufficient […]

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Once I was a serious developer, but this year all I have been allowed to do is play with Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. Instead of sulking, I have embraced the concept, and I think it’s time a lot of other techies did too. Today I have been taking a frankly delicious free lunch […]

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The IT world is moving forward fast. I wrote about Microservices and whether that spells the death of the Enterprise Service Bus and other middleware a year ago. This article is a “follow-up” and update to discuss how relevant microservices, containers and a cloud-native architecture is for middleware. It is unbelievable how fast enterprises of […]

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Since Continuous Delivery (CD) specialists CloudBees made the decision to pin their fortunes on integration tool Jenkins, the company has continued to bring new converts from across both public and private cloud infrastructure. It’s subsequently invested a good deal of its funding into developing new products to help customers make the most of Jenkins, and […]

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I’ve just delivered a four day deep-dive training course on Docker and Kubernetes to a customer in Atlanta. In true open-source spirit, I’d like to publish the source/slides to allow other people to benefit from it and contribute to making it better. Kubernetes is such an awesome project, and I learned a lot by doing this training. […]

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In a previous post, I outlined why DevOps is not about efficiency, and how our old ways of looking at “complicated” problems by solving for efficiency first are not actually effective or flexible in our now very complex world. In fact, letting go of our century-long instincts to apply reductionist management theories to create efficient workplaces may lead to building […]

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This post is for those of you working in large companies or “enterprises” and are exploring what “DevOps” really means and why you’re struggling with it. I’ve decided to split this into a two-part post to make it easy to digest some of the thoughts here; I suspect I’ll be writing a lot here and […]

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In the ever evolving battle for cloud supremacy, US retail giant and sticky fondue pot of humanity Walmart has taken the decision to open-source its in-house cloudy operations, striking a blow to long-term rival Amazon.com. Motivated by a desire to avoid what Walmart Labs CTO Jeremy King and VP of Platform and Systems Tim Kimmet […]

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There was consternation (and confusion) for cloud providers on both sides of the pond this week when the news broke that the European Court of Justice has ruled that the 15 year old ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement is no longer applicable. Whilst previously it was perfectly legal to throw data across to America as long as your […]

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We all know Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and it’s various uses in psychology, sociology, management, and marketing in someway or the other. In the original pyramid, Maslow uses the terms (in order) “physiological”, “safety”, “belongingness” and “love”, “esteem”, “self-actualization”, and “self-transcendence” to describe a pattern that human motivations generally move through from lower to higher […]

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