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One funny thing about DevOps is that it is often touted that constant, on-the-fly changes are the way of the future in operations, and DevOps enables those changes. While this sounds really good, and some organizations are actually doing this type of DevOps, I think it is time that, for the enterprise, we strongly question that premise. While it is really very cool to think about moving an entire web server from a farm to the cloud with just a script, upgrading a system while it’s hot, or spinning up more instances of a server without having to configure anything, I propose that, for the average enterprise, it is simply not necessary. I’m working on a test automation project that is being implemented for a generally available library. In this case, test automation gives standardized testing with standardized reports for those who are going to use the library to r... (more)

All-Consuming, All-Confusing

Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simply see things in the manner their background and experiences tell them is right. We definitely live in interesting times. Server virtualization has just about reached saturation, application development is going through a wide range of changes from the return of automated testing to continuous integr... (more)

All-consuming, all-confusing.

Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simply see things in the manner their background and experiences tell them is right. We definitely live in interesting times. Server virtualization has just about reached saturation, application development is going through a wide range of changes from the return of automated testing to continuous integ... (more)

Product Roadmaps – from vendor to CIO tool

Thought I’d take a moment to drop a bit of an idea out there for making the most of vendor relationships. You see, product roadmaps in the tech space are simply a sales and marketing tool. They are designed so that whomever you are talking to can point at them and say “those fifteen must have items? Look! They are coming!” How most of us really view roadmaps…  But there is wealth in products roadmaps. We all view them with skepticism because we all know plenty of cases where the roadmap and reality didn’t mesh. So the other day when I was telling a friend how to get more out of ... (more)

SSDs, Velocity and the Rate of Change

The rate of change in a mathematical equation can vary immensely based upon the equation and the inputs to the equation. Certainly the rate of change for f(x) = x^2 is a far different picture than the rate of change for f(x)=2x, for example. The old adage “the only constant is change” is absolutely true in high tech. The definition of “high” in tech changes every time something becomes mainstream. You’re working with tools and systems that even ten years ago were hardly imaginable. You’re carrying a phone that Alexander Graham Bell would not recognize – or know how to use. You h... (more)