Continuous Integration

Dynatrace on Dynatrace: Detecting Regressions in Continuous Performance Environments

In my previous blog I addressed how we use Dynatrace on Dynatrace in our Continuous Functional Testing Environment. During that same visit to our engineering lab in Linz, Austria I also spoke with Thomas Steinmaurer, Performance Architect for Dynatrace. He oversees our Continuous Performance Environment. Dynatrace builds are deployed daily. Different load patterns are constantly running simulating traffic of thousands of agents. For this purpose we wrote our own performance testing tool because we have some … read more

DevOps from the Front Lines: Enterprise Adoption Principles and Pitfalls

So, what do I think of when I’m told a company wants to adopt DevOps? The first thing that comes to mind is the size of the organization, and how far they want to take DevOps best practices. I really want to know what DevOps adoption will mean for the company. In my experience, it gets especially interesting for large organizations that rely on a lot of applications and teams. There … read more

Sitecore Performance Tips: What’s Geography Got to Do with It?

It’s not very often that data aligns perfectly to illustrate a topic. Typically, there are very clear trends among the outlying data points that clearly support the topic in question, but it’s rarely absolute. So, while researching Sitecore performance topics this week, I spotted data points that almost perfectly align to support the premise of Geographical Performance Variance in User Experience, that is, in layman’s terms, the further away the … read more

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, performance, … 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. What you typically don’t hear are the challenges that come with this transformation: increased code complexity when combining legacy and new stack … 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

Monitoring GO Applications with Dynatrace

Providing fast feedback is a key aspect of continuous integration, so kicking off a new build when changes are committed is a common practice in modern software development. One cool visualization of the current builds (trunk and latest sprint) are our Pipeline State UFOs, located around our development office to provide our engineers with fast — and highly visible — feedback no matter where they are in the building, even … read more

Upgrade to IBM Commerce 8 with Confidence

On November 30th 2015 IBM released IBM Commerce v8.o.  It’s been six years since IBM released a major version of IBM Commerce.  While there have been many feature and fix packs released over the last 6 years, the idea of deploying a new major version of application software is one that can give the digital business owners and IT roles many restless nights. Application upgrades can be a nerve-wracking experience for any organization, … read more

How Netflix, Mars Curiosity Rover, testing & automation can help us deploy better code, faster

YOW! 2015 Brisbane is a wrap! I have been to many developer conferences over the course of my career in IT, and the level of thought leadership and innovation at this event by speakers, sponsors, and developers won’t soon be matched. The best and the brightest from Netflix, Facebook, Microsoft, Expedia, NASA, and DARPA, (just to name a few) lead keynotes and sessions that inspired and shaped the minds of … read more

Production: Performance where it REALLY matters!

“Production is where performance matters most, as it directly impacts our end users and ultimately decides whether our software will be successful or not. Efforts to create test conditions and environments exactly like Production will always fall short; nothing compares to production!” These were the opening lines of my invitation encouraging performance practitioners to apply for the recent WOPR24 (Workshop On Performance and Reliability). Thirteen performance gurus answered the call … read more