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When I visit clients to talk about DevOps, I usually ask them what their monitoring strategy is. Too often, the answer I hear is "We use Nagios". I think Nagios is a great tool, but it sure is not a strategy. Nagios does a good job of monitoring infrastructure. It will alert you when you are running out of disk, CPU, or memory. I call this reactive monitoring. In other words, Nagios is telling you that your resources are getting maxed out and you are about to have issues. Proactive monitoring focuses more on the behavior of the applications and attempts to detect when metrics are starting to stray away from their normal baseline numbers. Proactive monitoring alerts you that the system is starting to experience symptoms that can lead to a degradation of performance or capacity issues which is more preferable than Nagios telling you are about to be screwed. With react... (more)

The Impact of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new hot buzzword and like most buzzwords, its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood. When some people hear the term IoT they immediately associate it with a refrigerator reminding us to order milk or our Fitbit wearable device tweeting how we just "crushed a 4.1 mile run". Neither of those use cases are very compelling to most of us which makes it hard to fathom how experts can predict that by 2020 there will be greater than a one trillion dollar market that vendors will be trying to claim a piece of. Check out my latest post of Forb... (more)

Are Software Engineers a Commodity? By @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Are Software Engineers a Commodity? August 4, 2014 I read a thought provoking article called The Happy Demise of the 10X Engineer. In this piece the author points out how software has evolved to the point where engineers can quickly assemble different components and build solutions in days for a minimal investment where as previously this would take months and tons of capital. There are some great points in this article but the final sentence set off a nerve that I had to respond to. Check out my response on Forbes. Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companie... (more)

11 Common DevOps Bottlenecks By @MadGreek65 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

11 Common DevOps Bottlenecks After performing an analysis at a number of Fortune 500 companies and by collaborating with my peers in this space, I have compiled a list of 11 bottlenecks that have the biggest impact on the flow of work. Checkout my latest post on Forbes and see if you have encountered one or more of these bottlenecks in your DevOps journey. Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find themselves competing with Google and Amazon on the speed of innovation. As the innovation cycle accelerat... (more)

The Digital Disconnect with @AndiMann By @MadGreek65 | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Episode #7: The Digital Disconnect w/Andi Mann Our guest on the podcast this week is Andi Mann, VP, Office of the CTO at CA Technologies. We discuss the "digital disconnect", a gap between the expectations of business leaders and the ability of IT leaders to deliver, and how DevOps can close the gap by delivering services faster and better. Listen in to learn how you can utilize resources within your enterprise to address the digital disconnect. Check out this episode! Software Is Eating the World Download slides ▸ Here Companies that were not previously in the technology space... (more)