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Andreas Grabner

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DevOps is speeding towards the IT world like a freight train and the hype around it is deafening. There is no reason to be afraid of this change as it is the natural reaction to the agile movement that revolutionized development just a few years ago. By definition, DevOps is the natural alignment of IT performance to business profitability. The relevance of this has yet to be quantified but it has been suggested that the route to the CEO's chair will come from the IT leaders that successfully make the transition to a DevOps model. If this still seems foreign to you, I recommend reading up on DevOps Blog from IT Revolution, the OpsCode Blog, and check out The Phoenix Project. Despite all the talk around simple monitoring tools, breaking through the walls between Dev and Ops still poses a real challenge. This is because of a misunderstanding around Operations real purp... (more)

Continuous Innovation | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #CD #ContinuousDelivery

Transformation to Continuous Innovation and Optimization Businesses have always had to transform to find better and more efficient ways to deliver value faster to their users, customers or consumers. The motivating factors are shorter lead times, automated and streamlined value flow, as well as reduction of overall costs and bound capital, requiring enterprises to transition to a continuous innovation and optimization model. Prominent examples can be found when studying the last decades in the automobile industry with Toyota and their way of optimizing and automating their end-to... (more)

Case Study: It Takes More than a Tool

Swarovski - the leading producer of cut crystal in the world - relies on its eCommerce store as much like other companies in the highly competitive eCommerce environment. Swarovski's story is no different from others in this space: They started with "Let's build a website to sell our products online" a couple of years ago and quickly progressed to "We sell to 60 million annual visitors across 23 countries in six languages." There were bumps along the road and they realized that it takes more than just a bunch of servers and tools to keep the site running. Why APM and why you don... (more)

Challenges of Running Apps in “The Cloud”

Cloud Computing presents unique opportunities to companies to reduce costs, outsource non-core functions and scale costs to match demand. However, the Cloud also presents a new level of complexity that makes ensuring application performance in the Cloud a unique challenge, in particular  with the many different usage and deployment scenarios available. Perhaps the most popular present scenario uses the Cloud to perform certain tasks where  additional computational power is unavailable in a local environment, e.g.: running large scale load-tests or processing large amounts of in... (more)

Identify Performance Bottlenecks in Your BizTalk Environment

In Part I of this series I gave a general overview of BizTalk - the components that are involved in message processing and talked about how BizTalk specific performance counters can help spotting problematic areas. In this post we go beyond performance counters (even though we still need them) and take a deep-dive into adapters and pipelines. Step 2: Analyzing BizTalk Adapters On the incoming or receiving side of BizTalk – Adapters receive artifacts, e.g.: the File Adapter reads files from disk that get put into and processed by the receiving pipeline. On the outgoing or sending s... (more)