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Organizational DevOps – an Enterprise Contradiction

Does your business structure help or hurt your DevOps move? “Organizational DevOps” is the enterprise level action for a DevOps strategy and tactics. There is a natural struggle when moving towards DevOps, but therein is the value. First some context … Process or Project  Operations management is the attempt to run things better – in the current […]

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DevOps/OpsDev: The Name Debate is Over

DevOps was first introduced in 2008 as an extension of proper development, but shortly thereafter, “OpsDev” was on many of our minds. I believe the earliest mention of OpsDev was 2012 [Randy Clark in UK Business Computing World, “DevOps or OpsDev?”]. Please forgive me if you made an earlier mention! Why the Name Debate? There […]

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The Biggest Challenge of DevOps Is…

In my role over the past number of years, I’ve had many great ideological DevOps conversations with many people from various organizations.  I often explain that to me, DevOps is an approach and a mindset.  Whether it’s implementing a deployment automation tool for the first time, strengthening a continuous integration (CI) implementation, or writing infrastructure as code, my approach […]

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The Keys to Successful Salesforce Development Projects

While we’re obviously partial to the skills of our Salesforce Developers (the technicians responsible for coding work on our projects), there’s more to it than simply hiring the “best of the best” in the industry, when it comes to achieving development success on our client engagements.  While the end goal is ultimately to increase customer […]

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Making Sense of the MEAN / MERN Stack

I remember the first time I developed a website during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. I was a fourth grader at Williams Elementary School, going to school among many fellow classmates who had parents in the technology industry. Sensing that their students might one day be part of this wave, our teachers put […]

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Getting Started with IBM Content Navigator Plugin Development

IBM Content Navigator (ICN) is a massive leap forward for the OOTB Enterprise Content Management user experience. One of the most important features is the plugin interface. It allows organizations to extend or alter functionality in a maintainable way that persists nicely through upgrades and fix packs*. I’ve been working on a talk for a […]

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Elevate Your Innovation with DevOps in a Box

When Apple launched their iPhone nearly a decade ago, the proliferation of devices and subsequent innovation of mobile applications brought about an evolution in how everyday consumers interact with their technology. The arrival of their Application Store further created the paradox of choice as consumers found themselves with many options to connect with friends, do their […]

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Azure ARM Template: Import and Export Templates from Portal

The feature support for Azure Resource Manager and ARM Templates has been a little light since it’s initial release. This is something that is slowly changing, however, an update to the Azure Portal released this week helps move ARM Template support forward in a big way. This new feature is the ability to Export any […]

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What Does Azure Stack Mean for the Enterprise?

At the Ignite 2015 conference Microsoft had announced a few details about what Azure Stack is, and that at its most basic level it’s Azure Services that run in the On-Premises, Enterprise Data Center. Back when Microsoft Azure launched in 2010, there was a promise of Azure in your Data Center, that wasn’t talked about […]

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Uber Bets Its API Will Transform Your Ride

One of the technology points we make in digital transformation is that you cannot just focus on the front end. Failure to leverage all your assets in creating a great customer experience means you will probably be left behind. Venture Beat has an article on Uber’s API Bet. Their vision is very specific and entirely […]

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Richer, More Personalized Customer Experiences for an API Economy

At the IBM Digital Experience 2015 Conference, Ajay Kadakia with IBM talked about how the API economy is affecting legacy IT companies versus the newer cloud-based companies. The challenge is how to provide more agile, market reactive content off the legacy systems when competing against seemingly more agile, cloud based systems. Ajay talked about the […]

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8 Benefits of Microservices

Microservices are small, independent services that work together. In other words, these services are small, highly decoupled and focus on doing a small task at a time. Follow the Single Responsibility Principle Resilient/Flexible – failure in one service does not impact other services. If you have monolithic or bulky service errors in one service/module it […]

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Financial Insights Into Costs For New Digital Applications

When I initially wrote my blog “Making Financial Sense of PaaS” it was to crowdsource my estimates comparing building and operating a new mobile application for a year using various platform architectures. The platform choices ranged from n-tier on-premise using licensed software to using a hosted PaaS. The blog resulted in some excellent conversation and […]

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Lessons from 2014: Healthcare and Patient Portals

There was a lot of talk about Healthcare and Patient Portals in 2014.  Health insurance exchange portals started to mature a little bit with healthcare.gov finally coming on line.  The Affordable Care Act requires providers to provide access to medical records for patients and many have looked to implement patient portals. Looking back, here are […]

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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, Part 3: Knockout Portlet

In this series, I’m showing how Portals don’t have to be heavyweight.  In Part 1, I wrote about how to make the infrastructure lighter by using cloud or IBM’s Pure System.  In Part 2, I introduced the concept of using IBM’s Web Content Manager system to build very simple portlets. Now in this final installment, […]

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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, Part 2: Portlets

In part 1 of this series, How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, I wrote about the infrastructure and installation aspects of Portals. To make the tasks of managing and installing portals, I recommended cloud solutions and for IBM, their PureApplication system both in the cloud and on-premise. In Part 2, I turn my attention to […]

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Using Mapping to Show Up-to-Date Content

Sometimes I’m amazed with what some of our developers do.  I’ve seen so many examples of code just thrown together. I’ve seen that code produce infinite loops, slow down load time by a factor of 10, and take down servers.  So when I see an example of someone thinking through how to efficiently create code, […]

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DevOps for SharePoint Online (Office 365)

With the rapidly evolving migration to the cloud SharePoint teams are faced with a new challenge: How do we develop and deploy for SharePoint Online? If your feet have been firmly planted with on-premises development for SharePoint it can be a little daunting trying to move your process to the cloud. Where and how should […]

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IBM Portlets Running on Liberty Profile on IBM Bluemix

You may not have heard of the Liberty Profile, unless you are interested in running WebSphere Application Server in a cloud environment like BlueMix.  Saurabh Agarwal and Jaspreet Singh presented this session at the IBM Digital Experience Conference. What is this Liberty Profile? Liberty is a lightweight WebSphere Application Server that is already embedded in […]

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Integrating IBM Digital Experience and Microsoft SharePoint

Jason Cornell spoke at the IBM Digital Experience Conference about how well IBM Digital Experience software integrates with SharePoint. When IBM talks about integration with SharePoint, its usually how to display SharePoint content or apps within WebSphere Portal. There are a bunch of ways that IBM has enabled out-of-the-box integration with SharePoint: IBM has Web […]

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