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Danny Cowley, Nicky Cowley, Lincoln City, DevOps, Agile and Scrum

Posted by George Price on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

Most of you with a passing interest in football will have heard of Lincoln City FC in recent weeks, we are the media darlings right now, well more specifically two former school teacher’s Danny Cowley and his Brother Nicky our Managers are. I’ll come back to Danny and Nicky in a moment.

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Topics: DevOps, Lean, Agile, DevOps 2017

I Have to Disagree with Forrester

Posted by George Price on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 15:10 PM

Forrester released a white paper entitled Take Application Performance To The Next Level With Digital Performance Management (DPM); in it they describe Dynatrace as an APM and not a DPM. Well I have to disagree.

Dynatrace as a product is capable of performing all the tasks listed on page 4 and 5 of the paper, but only as part of a true DevOps process. Without the process and discipline then of course it will just be a tool for the Dev, or the Ops or the network guys.

If everyone involved in the customer's journey is consulted from the very beginning and all have an input into what is required from Dynatrace then everything that Forrester is saying that makes a DPM can be achieved so DYNATRACE IS A DPM.

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Topics: DevSecOps, DPM, Ideation to Realisation

How Dynatrace Helped Capital One on Their DevOps Journey

Posted by George Price on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 16:10 PM

I have to say that I’m not much of a blogger, in fact those of you that follow the Ranger4 blog will testify to this being one of my first efforts, however, I felt compelled to share with you an article written by Andreas Grabner of Dynatrace.

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Topics: DevOps Loop

Betfair Won't Gamble with Database Performance

Posted by George Price on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:09 PM

Betfair is the world's leading online betting exchange, a concept it pioneered. Driven by cutting-edge technology, Betfair enables customers to choose their own odds and bet against each other, even after an event has started. Betfair processes 7 million transactions a day and 99.9% of these transactions are completed in under a second.

Key Benefits:

  • Captured brief errors other solutions couldn't detect
  • Occupied less than 1% of CPU resource in already highly-stressed serversAutomated testing previously done manually
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Topics: APM, Appdynamics, Case Story

Multi-Platform Deployment Automation with IBM UrbanCode

Posted by George Price on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

Despite the need for greater agility and multi-tier integration, many organisations struggle to respond to market forces and effectively deliver high quality applications.

Multi-platform applications are laden with manual, rigid and error-prone processes that lack repeatability, scalability and speed, as a result slow deployments to test environments leave team waiting and unproductive and a lack of visibility and control over configuration and application changes leads to errors and rework.

All of these delays result in missed opportunity, delivery of composite applications requires a highly repeatable and reliable deployment process to synchronise all tiers from mobile front end on public cloud to the on premise back end services on z/OS, today mainframe and distributed teams use separate tools and processes making coordination across platforms and environments difficult.

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Topics: IBM, UrbanCode

Hiscox Win Celent Award for Continuous Delivery

Posted by George Price on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

Big congratulations to our customer, Hiscox, who recently won a major industry award from Celent for operational excellence in IT Management for their very successful implementation of a continous delivery pipeline - a project we were delighted to have some involvement with.

Hiscox are an international insurer providing a diverse range of insurance products to individuals and businesses and over a hundred years old.

Hiscox recognised that in an increasingly competitive market, with ever more demanding customers, the ability to change services fast would be key to continuing to thrive and so embarked on a major replatforming programme with an eye firmly on a future with improved IT agility.

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Topics: Case Story

Application Performance Management: What to Look for in a Vendor

Posted by George Price on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 13:01 PM

At a high level, APM tools must be selected with the five following strategic end goals in mind:   

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Topics: Application Performance Management, AppHappy, DevOps, Appdynamics

Application Performance Management – The Next Big Thing in DevOps

Posted by George Price on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 14:09 PM

DevOps is all about improving the time to market of innovation by improving collaboration between development and operations teams. To date, much of the focus of DevOps discussions has been around automating processes, particularly deployment processes. The success of this approach is dependent on the volume of releases an organisation has appetite to perform - if a new application release is only occurring once every six months, say, then a manual process may suffice - but if deployments are more frequent, even monthly, savings will be achieved through automation. Automation also delivers additional benefits around reduction in errors, auditing and compliance capabilities and ability to troubleshoot/triage problems.

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Topics: Application Performance Management, DevOps, Appdynamics