Archive for February, 2011

February 19, 2011

Jez Humble on Continuous Delivery

Through automation of the build, deployment, and testing process, and improved collaboration between developers, testers and operations, delivery teams can reduce cycle times and improve the quality of their software and the reliability of the release process.

In this Orbitz IDEAS Series video Jez starts by briefly introducing the value proposition of continuous delivery. Then Jez introduces the deployment pipeline, a pattern for modeling the delivery process, ensuring everyone in delivery can self-service deployments, and providing fast feedback on the production readiness of their software upon every change to its source or configuration. He also discuss patterns for zero-downtime releases, and patterns for continuous development – keeping your software production-ready in the face of change without the use of branches in version control.

Jez Humble on Continuous Delivery – Orbitz IDEAS from Orbitz IDEAS on Vimeo.

Speaker: Jez Humble has been fascinated by computers and electronics since getting his first ZX Spectrum aged 11, and spent several years hacking on Acorn machines in 6502 and ARM assembler and BASIC until he was old enough to get a proper job. He got into IT in 2000, just in time for the dot com bust. Since then he has worked as a developer, system administrator, trainer, consultant, manager, and speaker. He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for non-profits, telecoms, financial services and on-line retail companies. Since 2004 he has worked for ThoughtWorks and ThoughtWorks Studios in Beijing, Bangalore, London and San Francisco. He holds a BA in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University and an MMus in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is presently living in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

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February 19, 2011

John Willis on DevOps: Why Should You Care?

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What do you get when you mix together sysadmins and code-monkeys? You get a weird cocktail called “DevOps” – development and operations. Pulled from the successful practices of high-scale web companies like Flickr and enterprises developing on the bleeding edge of application delivery, the promise is to make the lives of each better and, hopefully, allow their organizations to deliver better software, faster, and more frequently. dev/ops theory is still new – even shorter in its buzzword pants than “cloud”! Still, this evolving body of theory, practice, and tools looks extremely attractive.

In this video, John Willis (the co-hosts of the popular IT Management & Cloud Podcast) will catch you up on what DevOps is looking like and how it might help (or harm!) you. This video will give you a pragmatic overview of DevOps and leave with a better idea of how dev/ops applies to you and your organization.

John Willlis on DevOps: Why Should You Care? – Orbitz IDEAS from Orbitz IDEAS on Vimeo.

Speaker: John M. Willis is currently the VP of Services at Opscode, Inc. John has worked in the IT management industry for 30 years. He began his professional career at Exxon as an IT infrastructure analyst. He is the founder of four successful startups over the past 20 years Willis is known internationally for his IT Management and Cloud blog. He also has two podcast series on clouds called ‚”Cloud Cafe‚ and Droplets”. Willis is also the co-host of Redmonk’s IT Management Guys‚ podcast series.