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Andrew Phillips

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Data Driven Continuous Delivery with XL Release’s Export Hooks

Data Driven Continuous Delivery with XL Release’s Export Hooks

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of things in XL Release 4.7.0 that I’m most excited about is the new “export hook” feature. Export hooks allow you to populate your reporting/Business Intelligence/Big Data stores with as much or as little information about release, phases and tasks as you need. More importantly, you can “mix in” related data from external sources, […]

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XL Deploy’s Seamless Integration with AWS CodePipeline

XL Deploy’s Seamless Integration with AWS CodePipeline

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m at the AWS Summit in NYC, which seems a fitting place to talk about the new integration between XL Deploy and AWS CodePipeline. CodePipeline is Amazon Web Services’ cloud-hosted continuous delivery service, officially launched yesterday. As such, it’s similar to XL Release, but in the AWS developer tools ecosystem and with a focus on […]

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Steps to prepare to Integrate XL Release and/or XL Deploy with Change Management Tools

Steps to prepare to Integrate XL Release and/or XL Deploy with Change Management Tools

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

We’re quite frequently asked by users who are investigating or implementing XL Release or XL Deploy what steps, permissions, configuration etc. are required to integrate XL Release/XL Deploy with change management systems such as BMC Remedy, CA Harvest Software Change Manager and the like. My first comment in response is usually to ask which kind […]

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Join Me at JUC East for a discussion on improving Automated Testing with Jenkins

Join Me at JUC East for a discussion on improving Automated Testing with Jenkins

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

  Next stop: Washington, DC! I’m looking forward to heading there in a couple weeks for JUC East, which runs June 18-19. The Jenkins User Conference is the annual get-together for Jenkins customers, users, partners, developers and community members. It promises to be an exciting two days, and as an added bonus I get to catch […]

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What Are Your DevOps Goals? Shipping Faster or..?

What Are Your DevOps Goals? Shipping Faster or..?

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

A theme we encounter very often with companies attempting DevOps transformations is that they rarely know where to start. Our advice: start by figuring out your goals – DevOps is a means to an end, not an end in itself. One of the most common goals we come across is that companies want to “ship […]

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Going for Agile and Continuous Delivery with Commercial Off-The-Shelf Apps

Going for Agile and Continuous Delivery with Commercial Off-The-Shelf Apps

| April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

No matter what kind of IT applications you’re running, getting a feature, fix or change delivered to production successfully is, for more organizations, still a painfully slow, error-prone and expensive process. And as more and more of these apps move from being in-house “support services” to becoming your customer-facing presence, so this problem moves from […]

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From Dev on your Laptop to Prod in the Cloud: How XL Deploy and Amazon AWS OpsWorks take away the pain

From Dev on your Laptop to Prod in the Cloud: How XL Deploy and Amazon AWS OpsWorks take away the pain

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a developer, I want the pain the effort required to go from a code change to a running version of my app (which I can test) to be as minimal as possible. Luckily, there are a whole bunch of frameworks and tools that will give me an on-demand environment: Vagrant, Terraform, all the virtualization […]

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Before You Go Over the Container Cliff with Docker, Mesos etc: Points to Consider

Before You Go Over the Container Cliff with Docker, Mesos etc: Points to Consider

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a company making software for Continuous Delivery and Devops at scale, at XebiaLabs we’re pretty much always in discussions with users about the benefits and challenges of new development styles, application architectures, and runtime platforms. Unsurprisingly, many of these discussions right now focus on microservices on the application side and containers and related frameworks […]

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Why Chef Delivery is a big step forward, and what comes next

Why Chef Delivery is a big step forward, and what comes next

| April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a company building tools for the Continuous Delivery and DevOps space, we decided early on that the real value lies in managing the application layer. This was the driver for the launch, almost 18 months ago now, of XL Release: the first Continuous Delivery Management tool designed to allow teams and businesses to focus […]

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Making Agile Real: The Zen of Continuous Delivery

Making Agile Real: The Zen of Continuous Delivery

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Much of what is written about Continuous Delivery at present seems to revolve around technical challenges and technical choices: “Which is better: Puppet, Chef or Salt?”, “Should I use Jenkins, Go or XL Release?”, “How do I build a CD pipeline with containers?” etc. etc. If we’re looking at CD properly, though, this is the […]

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