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Old Problem – New Context – Business to IT Translation

In today’s world  of “Cloud Everything” using “Hyper Everything” we still see an old problem creating challenges. Most IT organizations are still struggling to translate business requirements into technology requirements. Cloud has allowed us to simply accelerate the process of seeing the disconnect. I had the opportunity to hear about this experience from one of […]

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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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Are You Ready for Microservices?

Microservices are gaining popularity for their potential to deliver scalability, resilience, and agility that wasn’t possible with service-oriented architecture. Over 70% of organizations are investigating microservices adoption, but many are encountering challenges to success in achieving these goals with the additional strain on IT to be more agile, adopt new technology, and embrace DevOps. The […]

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Marriage of DevOps and ITIL

DevOps is more of a philosophy or way of working than it is a formal framework or standard. Nevertheless, the approach deserves merit, as it goes to the core of tension in most IT organizations—the need to be responsive to business change while maintaining a stable, highly available IT infrastructure, and delivering quality services that […]

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Avoid Becoming Digital Prey: How to Optimize Operations to Transform Your Business

Digital innovation continues to disrupt industries at lightning speed. Today’s organizations are transforming their entire business – from strategy to operations, technology to culture – to better deliver value to their customers. We’ve compiled the top 10 trends leaders needed to know when it comes to their digital transformation journey. In this 10-week blog series, […]

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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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Introducing Our Atlassian Partnership

We recently welcomed Atlassian to our valued partners and are very excited to be able to offer an expanded set of products, services, and vendor backed support to new and existing customers. The addition of the Atlassian portfolio is a natural one for our teams as we often see these solutions in our customers already as a best of […]

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Deploying ETL Platforms with Jenkins and AWS CloudFormation at a Large Financial Institution

My focus at Perficient lately is a fast-moving project with 15+ individuals, complex requirements, and a tight deadline. The experience is extremely valuable. The project is an ETL platform on AWS that uses Lambda for event-driven processing, Elastic MapReduce (EMR) for managed Hadoop clusters, RDS and S3 for persistence, and a handful of other services. […]

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Install Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Google Cloud Platform with One Command

Implementing Pivotal Cloud Foundry on Google Cloud Platform is an arduous task for most developers, taking hours and numbering in nearly 100 steps. However, recent developments by industry leaders have simplified the process, allowing the setup to take just a few steps, saving time and accelerating innovation. The installation instructions and necessary files are on […]

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3 Powerful Technologies Impacting Media and Entertainment

In 1929, Hollywood held its very first Academy Awards ceremony. With no broadcast and a room of just 270 guests, the event was a calm affair and low-key, complete with dinner and a few awards. For the average American who could afford to go to the theaters to see a movie, they found an industry […]

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AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate

“CIOs expect to shift 21% of their company’s applications to a public cloud this year, and 46% by 2020, according to a report by Morgan Stanley.” Intro Recently, I attended a webinar on “Cloud Migration”. It was a joint presentation by folks from AWS and Chef. It touched on two key areas – “migration to […]

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Maintenance and Reuse Best Practices in Jenkins Pipelines

Imagine a large organization with many teams and Jenkins pipeline jobs.  Or imagine one or two people who have to maintain many different Jenkins pipeline jobs within a Jenkins Master.  For anyone who has been responsible for maintaining source code of any scale, the source code 101 tactic of good source code maintainability is the […]

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Cloud Computing Adoption Continues to Surge in 2018

At Perficient, we’re all about having our pulse on the state of technology and the trends impacting business. Around this time of the year, we look out for surveys, including RightScale’s State of the Cloud Report. A regular fixture in the technology community, this particular survey answers burning questions around cloud adoption, usage, and anticipated […]

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Build Tools Do Not Make Good Release Management Solutions

The following diagram is a generic representation of release management for a development organization.  There are typically different development teams who develop individual and standalone pieces that go into a release.  In the diagram, they are referred to as the component.  Each component has its own development lifecycle, source code repository, and (probably its own) […]

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Trend Tuesday: Brainstorming the Perfect Dating App

Anyone who is single understands the exhaustion and frustration of modern dating, especially with so many different online platforms and mobile applications. Without the right strategy, finding love becomes an overwhelming and thankless experience. Developing a dating application is also a challenging endeavor, especially with the nuances of digital transformation. Akin to modern marketing challenges […]

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Test Management DevOps Best Practices

DevOps pushes organizations to accelerate innovation, leveraging automation in the face of rapidly changing customer tastes and expectations. Some organizations leverage Test Data Management in DevOps, which is the ability to create targeted, right-size databases rather than cloning entire production environments. This enables easier test environments to test realistic data sets in advance of going to production. […]

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How to Choose the Right Tool for DevOps Success – Part 3

Read Part 1  Read Part 2 In part 1 of this 4-part blog, I discussed your tool requirements.  In part 2 of this blog I discussed your procurement process and I mentioned key stakeholders.  Here in part 3 of this blog I elaborate on key stakeholders required to make tool purchases. DevOps is about breaking […]

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How to Choose the Right DevOps Tool for Success – Part 2

Read part 1 here. In part 1 of this 4-part blog, I discussed articulating your desired tool requirements.  This is important as you need to ensure that the technology team’s needs are met and that the business understands why it is important to make this purchase.  Here in part 2 of this blog I will […]

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