REST Support in ElectricFlow and ElectricCommander 5.2

One of the enduring strengths of ElectricCommander and ElectricFlow is the full API support: anything you can do in the product's UI you can also do from the command line using ectool, or using other tools or systems with our Perl and Java API bindings. However, not everyone in the world...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Disparate Techniques

This is part four of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. Even in the most rigid, hierarchical organizations, there’s a good chance that...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Error-Prone Processes

This is part three of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. There are many explanations why manually initiated, slow-running build-test-deploy procedures are much...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Performance Inefficiencies

This is part two of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. For complex modern applications, a single pass through the software build-test-deploy process...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Manual Procedures

This is part one of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. Building, testing, and deploying software by hand is tedious and inefficient. There...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation

The Agile software development methodology is composed of a number of techniques designed to help deliver incremental releases of high-quality software more quickly than ever before. Although Agile adoption is proceeding steadily, many enterprises aren’t yet fully converted to this approach. However, the trend lines are very clear: industry surveys...

No cloud for you!

Arthur Cole makes a great observation in a recent article: even a rudimentary cloud will fail to live up to its promises without a fair degree of automation. I agree. If your processes aren't automated, it will be tough to transition your infrastructure into the cloud, be it private, public...

Cost vs. performance in the public cloud

An interesting article by Baron Schwartz on the MySQL Performance Blog comparing (anecdotally, anyway) the price/performance of public and private cloud database setups: Death match! EBS versus SSD price, performance, and QoS...

When is Open Source not Enough?

I recently contributed an article to CM Crossroads on when (or whether) to upgrade from an open source Continuous Integration (CI) system to a fully automated enterprise system.  It’s a question we get a lot.  To help our customers assess their needs, I always start by asking these seven questions:...

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