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Adding the ‘How’ to ‘What’ for Sitecore Helix Test Automation

Prologue Following the introduction of the Sitecore Helix framework at Sitecore Symposium 2016 in New Orleans, and after attending Sitecore User Groups where Helix has been discussed, I wanted to take this opportunity to share insights on how to achieve the automation aspects outlined in Helix. By adding Dynatrace AppMon into your DevOps Continuous Integration (CI) / Continuous Deployment (CD) processes, you automatically ensure the highest levels of quality,… read more

Scaling DevOps Deployments with AWS CodePipeline & Dynatrace

AWS CodePipeline is a more recent addition to Amazon Web Services – allowing development teams to push code changes from source check-in all the way into production in a very automated way. While code pipelines like that are not new (e.g: XebiaLabs, Electric Cloud, Jenkins Pipeline), Amazon provides seamless integration options for AWS CodeCommit, S3, CodeDeploy, Elastic Beanstalk, Cloud Formation as well as integration options for popular external DevOps… read more

From 0 To DevOps in 80 Days: The Dynatrace Transformation Story!

Market disruption can spark innovation and radical change, and DevOps — as a set of best practices — has emerged from software industry disruptions. Why? Because, over the years, delivering software in many organizations has become harder, slower and more error prone. Outdated technology became a disadvantage for older, established companies competing against startups without years of accumulated technical debt. Rigid processes and an old fashioned mindset blinded these enterprises to new business models… read more

Transformation to Continuous Innovation and Optimization

Businesses have always had to transform to find better and more efficient ways to deliver value faster to their users, customers or consumers. The motivating factors are shorter lead times, automated and streamlined value flow, as well as reduction of overall costs and bound capital, requiring enterprises to transition to a continuous innovation and optimization model. Prominent examples can be found when studying the last decades in the automobile industry with Toyota and… read more

Get Ready for DevOps: Remove Code & Architectural Bottlenecks

I was honored to do a DevOps Handbook Lessons Learned webinar with the DevOps “Godfather” Gene Kim earlier this month. In preparation for it I not only started reading his new DevOps Handbook, but also revisited the main messages of his previous DevOps book – The Phoenix Project. Gene (and co-authors) talk about the three ways which represent a maturity path of organizations from a rigid, slow and manual… read more

Scaling Continuous Delivery: Shift-Left Performance to Improve Lead Time & Pipeline Flow

Transforming from Agile to Continuous Delivery by embracing DevOps Best Practices and a high degree of Automation is a desirable goal for many IT organizations. The biggest challenge I’ve seen when recently talking with companies such as Capital One, BCI, BCP, BBVA, and even our own engineering teams, is scaling that transformation. Just as Adam Auerbach (Sr. Dir Continuous Delivery and DevOps at Capital One) explained in… read more

Continuous Innovation with Dynatrace AppMon & UEM 6.5

Customer-centric innovation, more frequent deployments, the adoption of new stack and PaaS (Platform as a Service), as well as breaking up the monolith into micro-services, are several of the trends we can’t escape when following the hot topics at conferences or when talking with enterprise Innovation and Transformation Teams. Digital businesses need to transform their IT and application delivery: Building the right thing, more efficient and faster than… read more

When configuration settings from development wreak havoc in production

As applications are promoted from the development environment to the CI or the QA environment and then into the production environment, it is very common for the configuration settings to be changed as the code is promoted. For example, the settings for the database connection pools are typically lower in development environment than the QA/Load Testing environment. The primary reason for the existence of the configuration setting differences is to… read more

Dynatrace in a Microservices World with Ansible, Bamboo & Docker

Although containerizing applications is not a new concept, it was recently rejuvenated by Docker and has taken the IT world by storm. In this post we present a way Docker containers were used in conjunction with Ansible to automate and generalize the use of Dynatrace monitoring at a major telecommunication company in APAC. Tools of choice: Docker, Ansible and Bamboo Custom PaaS Architecture based on VMs,… read more

Is ITIL still relevant in the digital world?

Is ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) still relevant in the digital world? The short answer is…yes! The longer answer is: it depends on your organisation’s understanding and application of ITIL. In order to best answer the question it is important to take a step back and examine the goals and intent of ITIL. Quick refresher on ITIL Documented Common Sense – Don Page The best definition of ITIL comes… read more