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Continuous Everything

Earlier this week, a really smart architect and I were evaluating various methods for managing software code changes, bug fixes, releases and major features. We both were in agreement with the primary direction, a popular one in nimble companies. Have a primary … Continue reading

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The Real ROI of Cloud

Is hard return on investment all there is? In exploring business (and tech) projects, we have a tendency to think about the immediate, quantifiable ROI. Yet, there are times when the soft costs or other benefits outweigh any measurable ROI, and … Continue reading

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Internet in the Air

I used to hate taking long day flights. If I had to spend 12 hours in the air from New York to Tokyo, or Zurich to Bangkok, or Tel Aviv to Newark, I preferred overnight flights. Even since the advent of on-demand entertainment, personal … Continue reading

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Put a Stake In Your Steering Wheel

When at the Container Summit, I heard a great (if somewhat perverse) line from Jacob Groundwater of New Relic. I liked it so much, I tweeted it out immediately: If you want people to drive slower, don’t give them an … Continue reading

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Whence QA?

Since the dawn of software, more or less, companies wrote their software in a process that went something like this: Product defines the specifications. Architecture designs it. Engineering/R&D builds it. Quality Assurance (QA) tests it. If it passes, it is scheduled … Continue reading

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Hands Off! How to Release Product Faster

What are the three biggest impediments, or roadblocks, to fast product cycles, especially in the cloud? Incomplete Testing. If you are not 100% confident that your testing covers every known use case, you will be fearful of releasing. Actually, fear of the … Continue reading

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Conway’s Corollary – Design Determines Scale

When I went to business school, I worked closely with an incredibly smart woman with whom I shared a very similar method of thinking and mindset. When we would find the same responses to the same questions in the same manner, inevitably I … Continue reading

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The Cloud and Being Nimble

In our most recent article, we explored why “true cloud” really matters: it has a significant impact on: Your gross margins Your speed As a company providing technology services, as opposed to products like software, you cannot get cloud-scale gross margins and speed … Continue reading

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Why True Cloud Matters

In our previous articles, we discussed what cloud is, the types of cloud services, and the difference between true cloud and “market cloud”, or hosting. The big question is, so what? You are a software provider offering a cloud solution. Does it … Continue reading

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