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How to Monitor your Microservices

Victoria Williams

In the cutthroat world of digital business, we know that end users drive both innovation and the pace of development. And as end users demand faster response times with deeper functionality from their applications, developers have had to shift their conceptual model of architecture to begin implementing a more modular approach. This is where microservices comes in – and their popularity is on the rise: In a survey of about 1,800 IT professionals, about one-third currently implement some form of microservices. This number is expected to grow...

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The Transformation of IT/Operations

Racquel Downing

There have been huge changes in the Information Technology and Operations (IT/Ops) sector recently. Most have to do with the element of control exerted by various parties over the infrastructure required to deploy a website or app. This article covers changes in how IT/Ops teams operate, what these teams are responsible for, and the implications of companies merging their IT/Ops and engineering teams. A Very Brief History of IT/Ops As recently as ten years ago, IT/Ops controlled everything. IT/Ops teams’ responsibilities included (but w...

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From IT/Ops to DevOps With the move away from having dedicated, in-house Information Technology and Operations (IT/Ops) processes in favor of cloud computing comes the rise of DevOps. You can think of DevOps as a mashup between engineering and IT/Ops. Despite its relatively new status in the tech world, there have been many changes in its landscape. This article will cover some of those changes and what they mean for those who produce apps and sites today. From IT/Ops… As recently as ten years ago, IT/Ops owned and controlled nearly 100% o...

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What is Continuous Performance Management?

Victoria Williams

The worst time to learn that a business-critical performance metric depreciated is once a release is in production. Poor site performance can lead to losses in conversion rates and sends frustrated users running right to your competitors. The earlier you can detect a problem, the easier it is to resolve. Defining “Continuous” In today’s world, the ability to build fast apps or experiences is no longer a competitive advantage – it’s an expectation. Now the advantage is to build fast experiences faster than everyone else. In this in...

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Let’s Talk ChatOps

Victoria Williams

Source: Stephen Danelutti (LinkedIn Blogs) ChatOps, a term credited to GitHub, is an increasingly popular way of automating parts of the software development pipeline. By leveraging the power of modern chat applications like Slack and HipChat, the goal of ChatOps is to: Bring attention to tasks that happen without much visibility Reduce communication friction between team members Contribute to speedy software release cycles In this article, we will talk more specifically about what ChatOps is (and its required tools), how it ca...

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5 Helpful Tools for Your DevOps Process

Victoria Williams

DevOps, a clipped compound of software development and information technology operations, is a software development philosophy that emphasizes collaboration between developers, testers, and IT staff through all phases of the software development life cycle using practices and tools that increases a company’s ability to deliver at a fast pace. Source: Amazon Web Services The specifics of a given DevOps implementation may vary, but the goal is always the integration of teams that were once mutually exclusive. To facilitate this, these tea...

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As continuous integration and continuous deployment/delivery become everyday terms in software development and the DevOps world, it’s useful to define what they mean and clarify what each concept includes (and doesn’t). What Does Continuous Mean? While the word “continuous” evokes the image of software that is updated with changes coming down the development pipeline around-the-clock, this is not the case. What it typically does mean is that changes are pushed frequently, usually every twenty-four hours or so. Though this is a far c...

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