How Management Training Is Taking Off

management trainingAt Leaseweb we recently kicked off our Management Development Program. Socrates famously said “Know thyself”, but this is only the beginning. Self-knowledge also leads to a better understanding of the people around us, and the ability to work together in teams. This is why the first step in the program is such an important one: looking into everyone’s unique talents, behaviors, and potential.

Since Leaseweb’s history is connected to aviation, we decided to bring teams to a Flight Simulator session. Besides it being a unique and enjoyable experience, it teaches you that there are many circumstances win which you can’t rely on previous experience, and that our natural, immediate responses to stressful situations are often based on ineffective patterns of behavior. Landing a virtual airplane, without any previous experience, can teach you a tremendous amount about teamwork and the importance of clear communication.

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The Amazing Story of Leaseweb

leasewebOne of the first things you learn as a professional pilot is the importance of teamwork. Even with raw talent, thousands of hours of training, and years of experience, you can’t do it alone.  From the co-pilot sitting by your side, to the flight attendants, mechanics, maintenance staff, and ground crew, everyone needs to work together to get the plane off the ground. But, of course, it doesn’t stop there. It also takes the tower, air traffic control, the airport administration, government agencies, airplane manufacturers, and countless other people and organizations to make flying a Boeing 747 look easy.

The importance of teamwork is something I have carried with me since the earliest days of Leaseweb, and something that we as a company decided should be at the very heart of our business. From the beginning we set out to create a great team, bringing together both talented employees from around the world (we have 35 nationalities and counting), as well as our business partners and customers. By understanding that all of these pieces are necessary for real teamwork, we have been able to develop a company that empowers our customers to achieve amazing things.

20 years on, it’s incredible to think that all of this started out of a dorm room in Utrecht. With our original 4 servers, we could have never imagined that we would end up working with leading global brands, and standing at the forefront of the cloud computing industry. We have been fortunate to have had the chance to work with incredible partners whose ideas and feedback have helped continue to push us forward. By always treating our customers as an important part of our team, we have learned from them and used their feedback to create new products, services, and even expand to new markets.

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we have decided to look back at everything we’ve accomplished together, the people who have made it possible, and what it means for the future of our company. To do so, we asked our colleagues and customers to come up with 20 amazing stories and reflections, which they feel encapsulate the spirit and values of Leaseweb, and collected them in an anniversary book.

I invite you to read it for yourself and share our journey with us.

How Scrum Can Help Your Projects Take Flight

ScrumWith founders who began their careers as professional pilots, the history and culture of Leaseweb have close ties to the principles of Aviation. So when deciding on a development methodology, Scrum became the natural choice because it fits well with these principles.

In Jeff Sutherland’s book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, he explains the origins of Scrum. I recently recognized the strong correlation between some of these principles and the one’s held by Leaseweb while attending a management training day that included a flight simulator experience.

Jeff Sutherland describes the following model:

  • Observe the target area and find the past path into and out of the hot zone.
  • Orient yourself in the face of unexpected events.
  • Decide instinctively.
  • Act decisively based on instincts and hard wiring.

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What You Need to Know When Choosing a Cloud Solution for SaaS

SaaS hostingUnless you are Oracle, Salesforce, or another enterprise-level company, the cost of opening your own data center can be prohibitive. While this may be true, the benefits of operating in the cloud are clear from both a business and an IT standpoint. You can deploy software quickly, applications are easy to use, and maintenance and upgrade costs are lower than in the traditional model.

If your company doesn’t want to deal with the hassle or expense of managing everything itself, then working with a SaaS hosting company can offer you all the advantages of a cloud solution without blowing through the company’s capital expenditure budget.

By hosting in the cloud, you’ll be able to focus on developing software that runs smoothly without having to worry about managing equipment. IT departments will be able to rest easy, knowing that your cloud provider will handle data security, software upgrades, and compliance requirements — all without getting in the way of your business. What’s more, many IaaS providers offer models based on meeting various levels of operating expenditures, making it easier for your business to meet its budgetary needs.

As you explore different cloud providers, it’s important to consider each platform’s performance, reliability, and scalability before you make a final decision. The best cloud platforms are fully redundant, provide state-of-the-art equipment, are built to scale, and are backed by a team that understands the unique needs of different businesses and verticals.

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Win a ticket to attend SHA2017

SHA2017 is a non profit outdoor Hacker camp taking place in the Netherlands on August 4 – 8, 2017. Yesterday they’ve reached the maximum amount of tickets and SHA2017 is sold out!

About 3000 people are expected to join this year to participate in interesting projects, talks, and activities. You can find more information here.

Are you interested in attending SHA2017?
Help us find a Site Reliability Engineer with good knowledge of Chef, Nginx, and Elasticsearch, and win a free ticket to attend SHA2017.

Candidates have to apply directly on the website. Please ask them to mention your name as the referral.

You can also email the CV to b.poveda@global.leaseweb.com by July 15.

You will win a ticket to attend SHA2017 if the candidate is invited to the first “technical” interview round.

 

Still happy at LeaseWeb after all these years

Working for LeaseWebI have been working for LeaseWeb for more than 7 years, and I’m still enjoying every day. But in all this time, I have yet to write a blog post about my experience, or reasons for staying at the company for all these years. So here’s my story.

I joined LeaseWeb in 2010 as a Corporate Recruiter, the first one they hired in fact. Although I felt insecure about leaving my job to start a new adventure, all my worries disappeared at my first interview. I knew the company; I had been recruiting new employees for them as an external recruiter more than 6 months. Impressed by their growth I understood the challenges they were facing, so I was excited to have my interview.

I had been working for Manpower for more than 10 years, and really enjoyed the variety of fun projects I worked on. Still, for a number of different reason, I had the feeling that I was not at full speed. Feeling somewhat limited in my personal development, as well in my goal to reach bigger achievements, I took the chance on a new company.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Company from DDoS Attacks

DDoS AttackAs an online business, you have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of your customers’ hard-earned money from DDoS attacks. Unfortunately, hackers are making it harder to fulfill that responsibility. Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report found that the e-commerce industry falls victim to cyberattacks more than any other industry. In some cases, hackers are looking to extort money from your company. In others, they’re coming at your business as a form of industrial sabotage.

One of the most common strategies used to carry out these intrusions is a distributed denial of service attack. Digital Trends reported that the frequency of DDoS attacks increased by threefold in 2016. These attacks typically take on one of three forms: protocol, volume-based, or application layer attacks. Each uses a different method to overload your network, but the results are the same: chaos.

Sizing Up the Threat

To put the threat of DDoS attacks in context, just imagine if the online component of your business were disabled for hours, minutes, or even seconds. Depending on the size of the company, this loss of service could cost as much as $250,000 per hour — maybe more.

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Site for Peaks in Traffic

Peak trafficAs an IT professional, you covet page views and unique visitors to your site. But at times of peak traffic, they can be as much of an obstacle as an asset. The popularity of your website can make it the victim of its own success.

Target experienced this problem firsthand when it introduced its Lilly Pulitzer product line with a torrent of multichannel advertising. Unfortunately, this advertising worked as intended. Customers flooded Target’s website, but it wasn’t quite prepared to handle the stress of that load.

The site never crashed, but it did experience severe lags in performance. At one point, administrators even shut the site down for 15 minutes voluntarily. Worst of all, the customers who did have the patience to wait through slow load times often discovered that products were out of stock or in limited supply. Customers were eager to buy, but Target’s website lacked the resiliency to accommodate peak demand.

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E-commerce Success Requires the Right Partner

e-commerceThere’s a saying in the venture capital community: If you want money, ask for advice; if you want advice, ask for money.

It doesn’t work quite the same way with cloud hosting providers. But it is true that customers who ask us for advice during the pre-sale process are often the ones who end up saving money further down the line. The best approach is to start with an honest conversation about your needs and plans. Using an e-commerce company as an example: Is the business even and steady, or do you see major spikes around big sales? What are your plans for outbound marketing? Are your customers just in the United States or around the world? For what contingencies do we need to plan?

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Launching a New Game? Make Sure to Use These Technologies

cloud computingGame design is like the virtual Wild West, where anyone with a dream and some courage has a chance to build something great. But you can’t grow an indie game studio on dreams alone; you need the right technology to turn your vision into reality.

 

Cloud computing offers game developers a means of quickly and easily spinning up or down, depending on their circumstances. The technology enables them to respond quickly to unexpected performance demand, which is critical to building a thriving user base.

 

Cloud computing becomes an even bigger asset when it’s paired with dedicated servers. A system built on these technologies working in tandem offers flexibility, customization, and raw performance power.

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