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Andrew Phillips

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Data, not Docker: Why Metrics Are the Key to CD

Data, not Docker: Why Metrics Are the Key to CD

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the readers of a previous blog post left a nice comment: Kudos! This is the very first article on continuous delivery that I’ve read the included the following caveat: “Have a real business reason for investigating release automation and other changes to your delivery process. Just wanting to experiment with new technology is […]

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Microservices, Docker and the Death of the Workflow Tool

Microservices, Docker and the Death of the Workflow Tool

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The days of The Big App are over – at least, for the forseeable future. Sure, there will still be tons of large, monolithic beasts around, just as we still tend to our mainframe and keep that COBOL application running, the one with the critical business logic that nobody understands. What we are moving towards, […]

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How Continuous Delivery is like Pizza

How Continuous Delivery is like Pizza

| November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Our expectations for buying all sorts of consumer goods has gone through a radical transformation we now take for granted. Why should we not expect this same level of service from IT businesses?  We accept the status quo for how software delivery exists today but would reject it without hesitation if it were applied to […]

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Why, for many, delivery automation is the Right Thing To Do right now

Why, for many, delivery automation is the Right Thing To Do right now

| September 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

A couple of months ago, ZeroTurnaround, makers of popular development acceleration tools such as JRebel, halted their foray into the release automation space and killed off their LiveRebel product. ZeroTurnaround’s Alex Laats recently followed that up with a post that tried to explain the renewed focus on development tooling by outlining why he felt “the […]

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Continuous Delivery in the Real World: Moving to CD with a complex portfolio and compliance requirements

Continuous Delivery in the Real World: Moving to CD with a complex portfolio and compliance requirements

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a previous post, I talked about how helping users handle the challenges of adopting Continuous Delivery in the real world is one of our key goals at XebiaLabs. I shared excerpts from one particular thread and would like to continue in the same vein here. This discussion focuses specifically on the challenges of a […]

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Continuous Delivery in the Real World: How to move from “thinking in Releases” to CD?

Continuous Delivery in the Real World: How to move from “thinking in Releases” to CD?

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

A comment we frequently hear from users is that one of the key things they value about working with XebiaLabs is that we don’t just provide useful tools, we actually help them get to grips with the challenges of trying to introduce Continuous Delivery in a real world scenario. Building a pipeline doesn’t sound all […]

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Running phases in parallel in XL Release

Running phases in parallel in XL Release

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

When talking with users about how to optimize releases/pipelines in XL Release, the question sometimes comes up of whether it is possible to run multiple phases in parallel. As of the current version (4.0.7), that is not the case: phases are always executed in sequence. But it’s easy to define your release/pipeline flow so that […]

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Perceived strengths and weaknesses of Docker

Perceived strengths and weaknesses of Docker

| July 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

There’s an interesting discussion over in LinkedIn’s DevOps group about the strengths and weaknessed of Docker, which starts with the following question: “Docker, The New ‘Shiny’ Which is fine, it’s always fun to see something new. I have one of my engineers drooling over it. I’m a little more skeptical as I’ve seen the pain […]

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“Will the future be Dockerized?” A discussion on Docker, containers and the future of application delivery

“Will the future be Dockerized?” A discussion on Docker, containers and the future of application delivery

| June 19, 2014 | 7 Comments

At XebiaLabs, we know that building great tools is only part of it. What our users are especially looking for is thought leadership and trusted advice on Continuous Delivery and Devops automation. For us, staying ahead of the game in terms of new developments and technologies is a top priority, and one in which we […]

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The deployment-sized hole between Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Provisioning tools

The deployment-sized hole between Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Provisioning tools

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

As a developer and “honorary” (nobody else wanted to do it) build engineer, I was always dissatisfied with the amount of glue I had to apply to stick our Continuous Integration or Continuous Delivery tool, whether Jenkins, Bamboo or Go (XL Release wasn’t around at the time ) to our provisioning tool (Puppet, Chef or […]

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