Wednesday, 15 April 2015


If I get one more condescending email today there is going to be trouble....

Just saying 

Some PM's do my head in

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Is Docker dying

Is Docker dying as quickly as it spun up.

Its interesting looking / hearing about some of the discussions that are going on with docker and other opensource companies, some of the contradictory behaviour, roadmap that wont be sorted out anytime soon with things such as security and an un-reliable roadmap with un-reliable deliverables

are there more new shinys about to come and overtake it - and docker will be thrown on the trash heap all-to-soon??!!??



Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Cloud made useable...

The vendors have a lot to answer for.... I have only said that a few times (ok and maybe a few more)

"Hey come and buy our cloud thing"
"Of course we can do cloud and save costs"
"Our infrastructure cloud offering rocks"

To name but a few quotes i have heard over the past weeks, months, years

But it really never quite delivers - not if you just think in terms of infrastructure... obviously infrastructure is not there for its own purpose - it has consumers... Developers and dare i say the business (shock horror)

So what is this little rant about - well... its about how do we make these cloud offerings useable to our end consumers

Its all about packaging, dynmiac compile of code, placement onto a compute container of some descrption, spin up , test and then deploy to production

Yep - you have guessed it - im going to start ranting about the devops dream - another shock - we need to glue the development lifecycle and inte infrastructure offerings together to make technology useable to the business... Hey i am all full of revelations today!

but seriously - its not only the standup of the cloud infrastructure thats the gig here - its how do you look at code deployment models, what are the development tools that your developers utilise to build and test code. How might you move the code to the infrastructure, automatically deploy and test and then put back into the feedback loop - and then there is the promotion of app services to production - its pointless just answering this question in development  as consistency is key...  You need to consider the whole lifecycle

So back to my rant - when your shiny vendor rocks up and says buy one of these, its gonna change your life - its a whole lot bigger than just the infrastructure gig


Another cloud thought for the day.... Living the dream

so you thought cloud adoption was hard from a technical perspective - pales into insignificance compared to;

- Changing the financial model within you enterprise to handle consumption based charging
- Bring hearts and minds of your enterprise with you to realise the benefits to be had
- Technology religon / not invented here syndrome
- Getting development & infrastucture on the same page
- "No i didnt ok that" from all and sundry that think they need to get involved
- Orginsational model to adopt these new paradigms 
- The realisation you will start to manage service and not technology
- Get everyone in the org singing from the same hymnsheet - one team one dream
- Get the markting sorted - sell and brand what you will deliver  - and ensure the exec down let everyone in your technology & business function know that this is mandated way forwards

im sure there are more - please feel free to add