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Mike Kavis
Mike KavisMike is a VP/Principal Architect for Cloud Technology Partners. Mike has served in numerous technical roles such as CTO, Chief Architect, and VP positions with over 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. A pioneer in cloud computing, Mike led a team that built the world's first high speed transaction network in Amazon's public cloud and won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge. An expert in cloud security, Mike is currently writing a book for Wiley Publishing called "Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)" which is expected to be released in late 2013.

Expand Your Thinking When Architecting in the Cloud

December 26, 2013
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agilecloud

I have been building solutions on AWS since 2008, and even though that sounds like a long time, I have still only scratched the surface of what is possible in the cloud. Every few weeks I get another “Aha” moment when I see problems solved with cloud architectures that would be either too hard, not…

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Agility and the Cloud

December 13, 2013
By
agilecloud

When people hear the word agile, they usually think of words like scrum, kanban, and velocity. Agile methodologies are geared toward churning out faster iterations of software, but the speed of software development does not always correlate to an organization being agile. What makes an organization agile is when the software that is being delivered…

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Cloud Deployment Approach: Avoiding the Dark Side

December 9, 2013
By
agilecloud

By now, we have all heard the success stories in which companies have increased their agility, lowered costs, reduced their data center footprint, built impressive high-scale systems, or gained competitive advantages by leveraging cloud computing services. But for every success story, there are one too many companies that struggle to capitalize on the promise of…

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Agile Transformation Success Story at Valpak

November 22, 2013
By
agilecloud

As a consultant, I have witnessed numerous organizations struggling with implementing agile. Agile fail patterns is a topic I have written about often (here, here, and here). Every now and then, I stumble across a company that is having great success with agile. One of the best success stories I have ever seen is from…

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AWS re:Invent 2013 Recap — Taking On the Enterprise

November 15, 2013
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re-invent

This week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) held its second annual re:Invent conference. For the past two days, Amazon has been announcing a wide variety of feature enhancements to existing services as well as publicizing new services. Even before these announcements, AWS was so far ahead of their competition in features, customers, and rate of innovation…

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Talking Immutable Infrastructure with Codeship

November 8, 2013
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Codeship

Yesterday I had a chat with the folks at Codeship, a continuous integration and continuous deployment platform. The topic of immutable infrastructure came up and was intriguing to me, so I thought I would write about it. So what is immutable infrastructure? The concept of immutable infrastructure is to never change your existing production servers.…

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Barriers for DevOps Adoption

November 1, 2013
By
barrier

Companies that embrace the DevOps movement and implement the proper processes, tools, and culture change can greatly increase business agility and achieve higher levels of performance. What does high performance look like?

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Agile without Ops Is Not Really Agile

October 25, 2013
By
agilecloud

Many companies use some flavor of an agile methodology today with mixed results. I have written about agile fail patterns in the past, but some companies do an excellent job of applying agile best practices yet still suffer from missed dates, botched deployments, and low quality. Why is that, you may ask? Because most agile…

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Lessons Learned from Transforming a Company

October 18, 2013
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Lessons Learned from Transforming a Company

Several years ago I was working at a company that had a ton of legacy silo applications that collectively represented the entire process flow that supported the core business. The process flow was made up of years and years of legacy technologies and legacy business processes.

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