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AWS Week In Review May 9 2018


Please excuse the week hiatus.  I was travelled to lovely Washington D.C. last week.  I’m back now and ready to rock and roll. Here’s the latest news in Amazon Web Services this week…   CI/CD Developments (AWS Code Pipeline/Build) It was a good week to be an AWS customer and Continuous Delivery / Continuous Deployment […]

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AWS Week In Review April 10 2018


Here’s my latest commentary on the last week in Amazon Web Services announcements… zomg. New Shiny Things. Last week, Amazon Web Services had their annual San Francisco summit. Along with this year’s summit, there were lots of new service announcements AWS Secrets Manager: store, manage, rotate, and retrieve secret data.  This is a full-fledged service […]

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AWS Week In Review: April 3 2018


Here’s your weekly breakdown of all things AWS…and lot’s of stuff this week ranging from new pricing tiers to new Alexa for Business features. AWS Web Application Firewall Available in US East (Ohio) Good news for anyone with their cloud infrastructure hosted in Amazon’s other US-East region (Ohio). This week, Amazon launched their Web Application […]

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How To Set Up a Serverless React Application with AWS S3 and CloudFront


Today’s DevOps tools allow for much more flexible deployments and application workflows. One interesting pattern I’ve seen develop is a Serverless React application. In this post, I’ll go through one of the quickest and easiest ways to get started with this style of application. If you would like to skip the article and access the […]

Simple Is Not Easy: Why Application Architectures Fail and How To Avoid It


It used to fascinate me why some applications broke down over time and other applications continued to deliver value for years and years.  What makes some system architectures rot over time and others stay strong and useful? Keep reading while I discuss why this happens. Why Do Some Architectures Fail and Others Thrive? Software Architecture […]

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Top 5 Roadblocks to Continuous Delivery and How to Remove Them


After speaking with different teams, I’ve noticed many folks trying to get Continuous Delivery deployed in their workflow. They understand the benefits but can’t get started. Here, I’ll explain the problems I commonly see and how to fix them.   1. Wrong Culture As I mentioned in an earlier post, cultivating a DevOps culture is […]

How To Tell Your Team Is Actually Ready For Site Reliability Engineering


Site Reliability Engineering is the latest hotness.  But is it also just the latest hype-train?  Short answer: yes…but also, uh…it’s complicated.  Considering SRE?  Today, I talk about how to set yourself up for success.   What I’ve seen recently with regards to SRE is a lot of organizations took their cues from Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, […]

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What Exactly is DevOps and Why Should We Care?


Imagine yourself on a typical Software Development team. What might you see? You might imagine a chaotic cycle.  Misalignment between people and groups.  Building the wrong things based on politics.  Walled gardens or “silos” where managers have carved off their fiefdoms.  Resume-driven projects. You may also imagine a tighter, healthier environment.  One where teams move […]