Agile Cloud Development

Agile Cloud Development focuses the aspects of agile development that integrate with cloud computing SaaS and PaaS environments including DevOps, Scrum, XP, and Kanban. (Read More)

Major areas of focus include the Agile Development process and the pitfalls many companies encounter trying to implement it, the DevOps process and the pitfalls associated with its implementation. the organizational aspects of successfully implementing Agile Development and DevOps and the new tools that should be used to support Agile Development and DevOps processes. Covered toolsets include Agile Project Management, Continuous Integration, and Automated Deployment.

News: PaaSLane 2.0 — Letting Applications Take Advantage of the Cloud

agilecloudPaaSLane from Cloud Technology Partners is a tool that greatly facilitates the process of migrating an application to the cloud by comparing its source code to known safe best practice. It claims a 25% enhancement in migration time. We suspect that in many cases this will easily be achieved, plus PaaSLane removes a lot of uncertainty.

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The Value of DevOps in the Enterprise

agilecloudWe 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 companies that actually knew what DevOps was, it would be a flat line at the lower coordinates of the chart. What we are seeing is that everyone wants DevOps, but not everyone knows why or exactly what DevOps means.  Continue reading The Value of DevOps in the Enterprise

No, You Are Not a DevOps Engineer

agilecloudAsk five IT people what the term DevOps means, and you will likely get five completely different answers. Go to any online job board, search DevOps, and look at the job descriptions, and you will see great disparity in the desired skillsets and responsibilities, as well as job titles. Go to LinkedIn and search for people using DevOps, and you will see thousands and thousands of people calling themselves DevOps engineers. Some of them may even claim having up to ten years of experience. I find it quite amusing that nobody can define what it is; very few companies are actually doing it and doing it well, yet we are all experts at it.

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Agile Requires Architecture, Not Methodologies

agilecloudDoes 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 it is cranking out software and how agile the organization has become. The business partner is not impressed, however. Her competitors are crushing her by getting more rich features out each month. The competing products seem able to adapt on the fly and quickly address new requests from customers. The business partner asks the team to call out the major features delivered in the last release. Continue reading Agile Requires Architecture, Not Methodologies