Events

A maturity model for DevOps teams

TS_CoreViz_SocMedia_TNWLast year, we merged our existing operations and development departments into one Product Engineering department. Since then we have been focusing a lot on coaching all 13 teams and improving their effectiveness

In october last year, we attended an excellent talk by Bol.com at Velocity Amsterdam. In this talk they explained their ongoing transition towards DevOps. One of the concepts they introduced, was a maturity model to measure and incentivise continuous improvements within a team.

Inspired by the Bol.com talk, we have since developed and implemented a maturity model within our Product Engineering organization which consists of a matrix of four levels in four categories.

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The seven deadly sins of web scale (Part 1)

joshua_web_scale_part_1Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to work at a variety of different companies both large and small. They each had their own set of unique challenges regarding growth but one thing I noticed with time and experience was that the solutions to the problems they faced were not specific to the company itself. The approaches that were taken and the lessons that were learned could be extrapolated and applied to many of the situations facing a company looking to expand and grow technically.

There is a concept in some religions that before you save a sinner you have to tell them how they have sinned. In other words, if someone doesn’t know what the problem is they won’t be able to change. For a company just starting out, there are no wrong ways to build and deploy your app or product. Once you begin to grow however, you realize there are things you didn’t know and that some or all of the decisions that you made at the beginning were mistakes. This is the point where you need to decide how to address these issues. New companies are started all the time so I decided to draw from my experience to put together what I call the Seven Deadly Sins of Web Scale using seven real world examples from my career.

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Scalability: The hot topic at this year’s TechSummit

TS_CoreViz_SocMedia_TNWThe theme of TechSummit 2016 Berlin and Amsterdam is “Designing for Scalability”. But what do we really mean by the word “scalability”?

Well, we’re all familiar with the standard definition along the lines of Wikipedia’s definition: “The capability of a system, network, or process to handle a growing amount of work… A system whose performance improves after adding hardware, proportionally to the capacity added, is said to be a scalable system.”

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Techsummit Berlin 2016 Podcast: Owning your reliability

Who do you trust? What do you control? What are your dependencies? Reliability in the Internet is an adrenaline adventure but we all want a good night sleep and working service. Adam Surak, DevOps Engineer at Algolia previews some of the reliability nightmares he’s going to discuss at TechSummit Berlin.

TechSummit Berlin takes place on 13 April 2016. Join others from the tech community for a day of informal chat and information exchange – all in the cool surroundings of Berlin. More info, full lineup and tickets: www.techsummit.io/berlin

The origins of TechSummits hosted by LeaseWeb

In 2014 we held a tryout. Last year we went public. This year we’re going on tour. But where did the idea of organizing TechSummits come from?

TechSummit Berlin takes place on 13 April 2016. Join others from the tech community for a day of informal chat and information exchange – all in the cool surroundings of Berlin. More info, full lineup and tickets: www.techsummit.io/berlin

TechSummits: Why does LeaseWeb organize them?

TS_CoreViz_RGB_300Our TechSummits have been going for a couple of years now. They started small – just a bunch of LeaseWeb guys getting together to talk tech – but last year’s TechSummit Amsterdam marked a turning point. With well over two hundred attendees and some 20 speakers we knew we were on to something big. That’s why we’re expanding the concept. This year there will be multiple TechSummits, in prime locations such as Berlin and Amsterdam, which gives us the opportunity to give something back to the tech community.

Sharing knowledge. Having fun.
LeaseWeb has a huge amount of talent in its ranks. The guys and girls in DevOps, Product Engineering and SysAdmin represent the real heartbeat of the company. Getting and sharing knowledge is a key part of their job and TechSummits provide the perfect forum for this.

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TechSummit Berlin: Interesting speakers, awesome venue – get your ticket now!

TS_CoreViz_RGB_300Preparations are in full swing for the newest, freshest event on the tech calendar: TechSummit Berlin 2016. It’s a must-see happening for programmers, developers or anyone in DevOps, SysAdmin or IT management as top speakers from leading tech and retail companies share tips and secrets on designing systems for scalability.

Learn from expert speakers
All the invited speakers have years of hands-on experience developing powerful tech solutions in the real world. Taking the summit’s theme “Designing for Scalability” as a starting point, here are just some of the talks to look forward to:

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Software-as-a-Service: Agile, Innovative, Thriving

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In the last few weeks, it seems that everyone has become convinced that the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sector is in trouble, thanks to a sudden decline in market valuations of SaaS companies like LinkedIn, Workday and Salesforce.

Those concerns aren’t without merit: In one week, the combined stock values of those three companies plunged by $22 billion, and in the first 9 weeks of 2016, the Bessemer Venture Partners SaaS index (which contains 38 cloud-computing companies) lost a mind-boggling $125 billion in value.

It would be easy to draw the conclusion that the SaaS industry is in the middle of a decline towards obsolescence, but it’s important to remember that the recent struggles of the tech juggernauts represented on the NASDAQ exchange aren’t representative of the industry as a whole.

In fact, a deeper look at the SaaS market reveals a far more positive perspective on the future of the industry. We host a tremendous number of SaaS companies, providing them with the capabilities and infrastructure they need to scale in accordance with market realities, and their numbers are expanding more rapidly than ever before.

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Microsoft partner conference reveals bright future for Cloud VARs

mswpcMicrosoft’s annual worldwide partner conference (WPC) in Orlando, Florida in July opened up many insights into the company’s strategy around the role partners will play in an increasingly Cloud-centric IT architecture. More than 15,000 attendees – myself among them – were given the opportunity to network and discover how working with Microsoft will include as much value-adding to its Cloud portfolio as performing on-premises integration work.

Exciting developments include Project GigJam, the Cortana Analytics Suite for improved business intelligence and HoloLens for visualisation. For partners, Microsoft is expanding its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to help partners engage with solution providers to build Cloud businesses without investing in infrastructure themselves and take advantage of services offered by other Microsoft partners.

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The LeaseWeb Tech Summit 2015: “The more tech the better”

LeaseWeb Tech Summit 2015 Undercurrent Amsterdam / Rebel Shots fotografieThe second annual LeaseWeb Tech Summit took place in Amsterdam on 4 June attracting over 200 participants. More than a dozen speakers from a wide range of international companies gave a series of presentations on the theme of “Automate. Build. Secure.´ Kicking off the day at The Undercurrent venue on the banks of the river IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands, LeaseWeb’s Innovation Director Laurens Rosenthal told the mainly developer and DevOps audience that the event was a chance to get under the hood of the internet and that “the more technical the presentations, the better”. He was right.

Automate. Build. Secure.

On the “Automation” theme, Marc van Eijk boldly stated that “Microsoft is cool again” going on to describe the benefits of Azure Resource Manager and his vision of how the hybrid cloud of the future will look. Job Snijders of NTT talked about his company’s use of SDN and some of the lessons learned from using automated control while Paul de Raaij explained how Coolblue develops its business critical software in-house using the principle of “continuous integration”.

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