Acquisitions and Proper Planning

Before I launch into my series, I wanted to commented on the acquisition that has taken the world by storm: Saxy Inc. Oh wait, sorry that’s next time. I’m referring to Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. The media reports have been quite extensive over the course of the acquisition mainly due to the ensuing drama, and everyone loves watching a train …

KubeCon EU 2022 Wrap-Up

For a little bit of background, I’ve been attending KubeCon off and on for a while. I attended last year in LA. It was quite the let-down for several reasons, but most important was the surging Delta variant that prompted a new batch of fears resulting in sponsors and attendees cancelling out. This resulted in a very small conference given …

Permanent Strangulation

When discussing how to transition to new systems or environments, one of my favorite approaches is the strangler pattern because it allows for a low risk approach to transition to the new environment in a piecemeal fashion. There is a hidden risk with this approach, and it is the price tag is increased tech debt adding complexity and maintenance costs. …

Contrary to popular belief, you’re already multi-cloud

Last week Protocol hosted a panel discussion called So you want to go Multicloud. Now what?There was one common theme that ran counter to the initial topic, and it startedfrom Priyanka Sharma of CNCF: you don’t decide to go multi-cloud. multi-cloud will find you. That one comment shatters perhaps the biggest held belief: that companies choose to go multi-cloud at …

Upselling and Breaking Up with BigCo

I was talking with my client the other day as they were looking to replace their web gateway from the early 2000s with an enterprise version of an open-source alternative. This client had a long-standing relationship with BigCo, but wasn’t really happy with them. My client’s previous attempt to escape for a smaller vendor with a much better offering and …

The Kubernetes Test for Modernization

Coming of age as a programmer around the .com boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, there was one blogger that had a big influence on the developer me, and that was Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software. One of his posts went viral and became the cornerstone of what true software development was supposed to be like, called …

Looking for help on Facebook

I’m going to share part of a conversation I had while attending KubeCon last fall. We sapped stories on our experiences with esoteric hardware, but there were two that came to mind. The first looked at a regional bank that happened to have a VAX based system running their daily transactions. There was an issue that required rebooting the system …

Tis the Season to Freeze Changes

There is something to be said for the official start of the holiday season: the feasts, the family and friends, and gifts. Especially in the IT space, there may appear to be a lull, especially if your organization has code freezes in place. For anyone in the IT or engineering part of the org chart, it is anything but quiet. …

Software Is Change

Today I’m going to touch on something that is near and dear to my heart as an engineer, and that is breaking changes at scale. Granted there are industries and armies of consultants dedicated to the concept of change management ranging from ITIL to Agile/Scum. At the core, the focus is on documenting the change request and resulting change. My …