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With DevOps, failure isn't always a negative thing, it's a learning experience. High performing teams assume things are going to hit the fan here and there, so they build for fast detection and rapid recovery. That's the key to this and where Continuous Improvement comes in. Continue reading
DevOps is more than just automating the deployment pipeline. In the words of John Allspaw, DevOps is about, "Ops who think like devs. Devs who think like ops." Elaborating on that thought, Gene Kim explains The Three Ways as principles of DevOps: Continue reading
Over the years, a set of four performance metric categories have become very valuable to me.   Without the categories of 1) Workload, 2) Work, 3) Throughput, and 4) Experience, all the metrics that are available become a jumble. For example, somebody throws Average Response Time, Bytes per Second, Memory Pressure, Connection Pool Utilization at you, and you're like "Yeah? So?".  But, if we have some meaningful categories to bring order to them, well then, now we're talking.   Continue reading
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Mergers can be difficult. For example, look at the Bank of America's acquisition of Countrywide in 2008 for $2.5 billion. Now with a loss standing at $47 billion and counting because of the housing crisis and toxic sub-prime mortgages, Bank of America has withstood the Hurricane Irma of financial disaster in the banking industry. Continue reading