Business Agility

Business Agility covers using the technical agility delivered by virtualization and cloud computing to improve business agility, performance and results. This includes the agility derived from the proper implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies, the agility derived from proper application and system architectures,|the agility derived from the proper implementation of Infrastructure as a Server (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds, the agility derived from proper monitoring of the environment coupled with a process to resolve problems quickly, and the agility derived from have continuous availability through the use of high availability and disaster recovery products and procedures in place.

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DevOps Discussion with ScriptRock

March 28, 2014
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I recently read a great article by Alan Sharp-Paul, cofounder and co-CEO of ScriptRock, called “You’re Doing DevOps Wrong. Automation in the Enterprise.” So I reached out to Alan for a Q&A session about DevOps. The following is a recap of our discussion.

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An Interview with Docker

March 20, 2014
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docker

Last week, I interviewed Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker. I first met Solomon back in January of 2013 when I was interviewing executives in Silicon Valley. At the time, I was  researching PaaS solutions for my recently released book, Architecting the Cloud. Back then, the company had a very promising public PaaS solution…

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Active Directory: Microsoft Azure’s Secret Weapon

March 18, 2014
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CloudComputing

Microsoft is going to make it easy to migrate on-premises workloads to Azure through Active Directory. This will force VMware to build a true public cloud and Amazon to offer an on-premises version of its software.

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The Value of DevOps in the Enterprise

March 5, 2014
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agilecloud

We live in interesting times. If I were to chart the increase in the number of customers asking for help with DevOps, that chart would look like a hockey stick, that same kind of hockey stick our CFOs are always dreaming of. If I added another line on the chart for the percentage of those…

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Business Case for Open Source Contribution

February 24, 2014
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agilecloud

Instead of just thinking about using open source software, enterprises should now be thinking about creating open source software.  That’s where the business benefits really lie.

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Agile Requires Architecture, Not Methodologies

February 4, 2014
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agilecloud

Does this scenario sound familiar? A sprint team delivers another release on time and on budget. It boasts about how much its velocity has improved and how many story points it was able to cram into a two or four-week sprint. It shows its business partners a bunch of nice, pretty charts that illustrate how…

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The War on PaaS

January 17, 2014
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The War on PaaS

For over a year now, a large number of industry experts have been asking questions like “is PaaS becoming just a feature of IaaS?,” “is PaaS dying?,” “do you really need a PaaS?,” and “is PaaS dead?” This has raised great deal of passionate debate in Twitter-land and other social media outlets, although supporters of…

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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
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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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