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Malcolm Namey

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Choose Digital Transforms Loyalty Programs with Digital Content Marketplace

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 15:07 PM

 
Many hotel chains, airlines and other enterprises rely on customer loyalty programs, promotional offers and affinity sales channels in their marketing and sales strategies. Until recently, offering digital content in such programs has been challenging because the supply chain for digital content has been controlled by a few industry heavyweights, who offer little or no custom branding. As a result, customers of a hotel or airline would be sent to a third-party digital content site with its own branding, resulting in a disjointed and sometimes confusing customer experience.

Challenge:

Get to market first with a private label marketplace for digital content, while preparing for surges in traffic and rapid growth

Solution: 

Use DEV@cloud to accelerate and align development activities with company goals, and deploy in the cloud with automatic scaling

Results: 

  • Zero expense until a working business model was established
  • Equivalent of 8 to 10 full-time employees saved
  • Development up to five times faster

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Topics: Jenkins, CloudBees, continuous delivery, Case Story

How Netflix Moved to the Cloud

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 16:04 PM

We love hearing about what DevOps unicorns like Netflix do and how we can learn from their experiences and help our customers transform into DevOps businesses - here are two stories from two of our favourite partners:

Netflix Builds Its Open Sourced Cloud Technologies on the CloudBees Platform

More than 36 million Netflix members worldwide view streamed content and access Netflix features delivered via cloud technology that the company has been developing since 2009. Netflix operates on a cloud platform based on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Over the years, Netflix engineers have developed numerous cloud tools and technologies, which the company has now shared with the development community as open source software.

Challenge: 

Support and promote contributions to the open source development of cloud technologies for video streaming and large-scale cloud deployments.

Solution: 

Use the CloudBees Platform, with Jenkins in the cloud, to streamline development, provide immediate build feedback to the community and minimize maintenance overhead and costs.

Results: 

  • Immediate feedback on builds
  • Minimal maintenance overhead
  • Cost-effective pricing

Products Used:

While many companies may be leery of freely sharing core technology, Netflix sees several compelling advantages to the move. First, the company aims to establish its solutions as standards that are widely used throughout the industry. Second, improvements contributed by the community to improve performance or add support for other cloud services will improve the standard for everyone, advancing the platform robustness and quality. Third, the move will burnish the company’s reputation as a technology leader, which was boosted in 2012 by winning an Emmy for Technical Achievement. Lastly, it will help Netflix attract, engage and retain expert engineers, because it can draw directly from a wide pool of proven contributors.

To help maximize these advantages, Netflix chose the CloudBees Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution to support the public builds of its NetflixOSS open source projects. “Open sourcing our cloud-based architecture projects is a way to reduce risk, improve our service and contribute to the broader cloud-based community,” says Gareth Bowles, senior tools engineer at Netflix. “The CloudBees platform is helping us achieve these objectives by enabling Netflix engineers and external contributors to rapidly build and test changes, instantly see the quality of the changes being made and continue to realize the benefits of continuous integration with Jenkins.”

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Topics: APM, Jenkins, CloudBees, continuous delivery, Appdynamics, Case Story

What’s New in the AppDynamics Fall ’14 Release

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 @ 16:03 PM

Gaining operating efficiencies is at or near the top of every IT executive’s list of priorities.  As environments continue to evolve and become more complex, this goal becomes more difficult to achieve. The Application Intelligence platform from AppDynamics now has several features that make it easier for DevOps teams to collaborate in full context to reduce mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) and learn from the past to better manage future issues.

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Topics: Appdynamics

7 Habits of Highly Effective Continuous Delivery Experts

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 17:03 PM

The most common desired future state we see when our customers undertake our DevOps Maturity Assessment is one of Continuous Delivery (CD). With applications becoming increasingly critical to organizations' competitive success it's no longer enough to just be Agile; innovation has to get to market as fast as possible and this demands the entire software development and deployment life-cycle be optimized and automated appropriately, with constraints and bottlenecks removed.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps Maturity, continuous delivery

Service Virtualization: What to Look for in a Vendor

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 @ 17:01 PM

 

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5 Myths About DevOps

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

At Ranger4 we're huge proponents of the DevOps movement, but as with any emerging term, there is some confusion in the marketplace as to what it's really about. Here's what it's not:

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Topics: DevOps