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  • Blog Post: The Ultimate And Totally Biased Ignite Session List For DevOps Aficionados

    DevOps people, here’s over 70 good reasons why you should attend Ignite in May. I need to apologize upfront, this list is very long. But man, it is worth reviewing. For the most part you might miss these if you just peruse the great session catalog on the website. There you have it. Unless you...
  • Blog Post: What have you done to your CIO?

    All this talk about DevOps and how it can give businesses the necessary edge and a fundamental advantage over non-DevOps practicing organizations is moot if the CIO is not empowered properly. Reading an article of a recent February 2015 McKinsey survey of business and IT executives I cannot help myself...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Network Security

    Security and network security in particular is at the center of everything. On-premises and off-premises. One could argue that off-premises security is even more important than on-premises. But if you think of one of the most common scenarios in cloud computing, hybrid, it is obvious you need both. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Hackathon at Ignite

    I know, I know. You’ve heard it over and over again by now. We’re having a big conference in May in Chicago. The mother of all Microsoft tech. conferences, Ignite. Very telling name if you ask me. As with our TechEd event in the past, it comes with a pre-day. A Day 0 with plenty of great pre-conference...
  • Blog Post: More Top 10 DevOps Books for Operations

    The May 2014 list got quite a bit of attention. The comment section contains additional recommendations and great suggestions. Here’s an update to the existing list * – in no particular order and very subjective. And since a list like this never ever contains the right books, please share your favorite...
  • Blog Post: DevOps – The Honeymoon Is Over

    Monikers come and go, the practices will evolve It is very obvious that DevOps, I spare you my favorite definition, is on its way to become a mainstay in IT organizations of companies of all sizes. Smaller sized “born-in-the-cloud” companies grow and prosper applying modern and collaborative development...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Learning Resources

    Over the course of the last 12+ months different teams at Microsoft have put together a large number of valuable resources to provide IT Ops and developers an understanding of DevOps, the concepts, processes, and tooling involved to support DevOps on-premises and in the cloud. Everything is available...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevOps News January 2015

    Here is a summary of some of the key highlights for DevOps related content coming from Microsoft over the past month. This post is also associated with the new Edge Show episode 135 : Enhancements to Application Insights performance monitoring . Application Insights Support for multiple environment...
  • Blog Post: DevOps Learning Resources of 2014

    Over at the IT Pro Guy blog David has pulled together very useful information on top learning resources for #DevOps . While the list is by no means complete, it is a great start for anyone interested in knowing and learning more about DevOps in the Microsoft world and way beyond. The post contains references...
  • Blog Post: Top DevOps Links – Week 50

    The last 6 weeks have been very busy and a lot has happened in the meantime. A lot of change in the job, a lot of development in DevOps. Regardless, it is hard to keep track of what is going on in DevOps even without some “external” disruptions. Enough whining. Let’s get back to...
  • Blog Post: Top DevOps Links – Week 43

    After about 18 hours of flights, missed connections and other unpleasant events with a well know German airline I arrived at the final destination for me and about 5000 close friends. Barcelona, Spain, will be Microsoft capital for most of next week. The company hosts it major technology events TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Top DevOps Links – Week 42

    We're already in week 42, can you believe it. End of next week a huge trek of MIcrosofties heads out to Barcelona, Spain, for TechEd. Should be very, very exciting, specifically for DevOps interested people. Check out an earlier post http://bit.ly/1nYE73z. Now, let's do the links. As always,...
  • Blog Post: Broad Support for Docker in Windows Server and on Microsoft Azure announced

    Today’s announcement of a deep collaborations between Docker Inc. and Microsoft is additional evidence that Microsoft is very serious about supporting IT organization’s decisions to rely on multi-vendor and multi-platform operations models. With containerization becoming more and more relevant and with...
  • Blog Post: L as in Linux Love

    TechEd 2014 in Barcelona starts in a couple of weeks. More than ever you will find Linux focused or related sessions at the event. Acknowledging the fact that many of our enterprise customers demand the support for mixed environments in Microsoft Azure and on-premises, the teams use events like TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Top DevOps Links – Week 41

    Posting my favorites a day early – at least. Try to stay offline this Friday and get some work done around the house. Physical work. I mean, the real deal. Hammer and nail, paint and brush and all… As always, I am very interested in your favorite DevOps link(s) of this week. Please share...
  • Blog Post: #TalkDevOps at TechEd

    “TechEd Europe is the Microsoft premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, providing the technical education, product evaluation, and community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise.” This is how the portal presents...
  • Blog Post: Culture Debt – Watch your Balance

    Culture is a key term in the context of DevOps. And then it feels like it is sometimes one of the most overlooked. When we talk about DevOps we usually refer to People, Process, and Products or the Three Musketeers of DevOps how I like to call them. Culture spans at least the first two, it certainly...
  • Blog Post: Top DevOps Links – Week 40

    Starting this week I am going to share my top 10 or so links of the past week. All links will have a DevOps context of sorts. I may take the liberty and add my opinion and commentary to some to foster a conversation or spur controversy. Let’s find out and see how it works out. I am very interested in...
  • Blog Post: DevOps – Hot topic at TechEd 2014 in Barcelona

    TechEd Barcelona (Twitter tag #TEE14) is upon us in a few weeks. People at Microsoft, speakers and organizers as well, are working frantically on final preparations. Sessions are reviewed, final slides are prepared (that late?, well you know how it goes), keynote speakers have been announced, some equipment...
  • Blog Post: Azure Resource Manager for DevOps and mere mortals

    With Azure Resource Manager Microsoft introduced a new and more efficient way to better support DevOps workflows and the operations and development teams at large in managing Azure resources. What is Azure Resource Manager anyway? While still in preview, Azure Resource Manager has already got some very...
  • Blog Post: CIO Guide - Eight Steps to Enterprise DevOps – Step 1

    In a 2013 survey of the Katzenbach Center , 84% of the respondents said that culture was critical to the success of change management. Another 64% identified organizational culture as even more relevant than strategy or operating model. Introducing change – and that is what DevOps in the enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Web Sites - A platform for continuous deployment

    Delivering software fast, furiously, and continuously are some of the great promises that come to mind when thinking of DevOps. The goal is to achieve the ultimate results repeatedly and repeatable throughout the whole Software Development Lifecycle. Great business alignment, the proper team, good processes...
  • Blog Post: CIO Guide – Leading Change in Enterprise IT with DevOps

    Contrary to what a recent Wall Street Journal post suggests, I believe the CIO is needed more than ever. Increasingly, IT is at the heart of every business and with that the CIO becomes a key player – again. Traditionally, the CIO and his operations teams have been identified with phrases like...
  • Blog Post: Happy, Happier, DevOps

    The team over at Puppet Labs just released their 2014 study, “2014 State of DevOps Report”. According to Puppet Labs, this is the “largest and most comprehensive DevOps study to date.” Over 9,200 individuals from organizations of all sizes and a wide variety of businesses took the survey. Over 30% were...
  • Blog Post: The Three Musketeers of DevOps

    How can any organization launch products, services and solutions without focusing on the three “P”s – People, Processes and Products? You need the right people, following appropriate processes using the proper technology or products to accomplish a task or solve a problem. How is...