5 tips to taking the fear out of automation projects

Getting started with automation can be a very scary proposition for anyone or any company that has never done it.  In this post and blog we give you five tips for making this process a little less fear inducing.  Hopefully this will help you navigate the path of least resistance.

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Six tips for more effectively DevOps communications

6 things to think about when you are writing your communications with other teams.  We explain why it's just as important to explain why you are communicating as what you are doing.  Remember a little time spent preparing a message can save you days, weeks or months of time trying to get everyone to understand.

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Your buzzwords can't fix all my problems.....

Seriously why do people always have to think that if we just implement X it will solve all of our problems?  It can't and won't because a tool or methodology is rarely the biggest problem.  Most buzzwords over promise and under deliver.  Here is what I think...

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How do you measure DevOps Success?

Part of any successful campaign to win people over to doing things in a DevOps style usually requires some sort of promise of it being a better way.  So how do you prove you are seeing benefits as you start to implement your plan?  How do you quantify all the unlogged hours you put in doing things manually after you have just automated it.  Sure you and maybe your boss will notice you have reduced your hours down to 80 hours a week, but what about the people at the top?  The ones who ultimately need convinced to let you keep spending time on it?

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Change/Incident Management is critical to your DevOps Success Story...

That's right don't even attempt to do DevOps without Change/Incident Management. Not because you won't be successful in at least small ways. Not because people won't appreciate you automating your companies one hundred and fifty servers in five minutes instead of five days. But because you won't be able to prove any benefit of DevOps to Management. That means they won't appreciate it, value it, or the most important part FUND it......

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I am a new programmer should I use a framework or not?

This week we discuss whether or not you should learn a framework or just the language first?  Does learning a Framework do you harm?

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What scripting and programming language would you choose?

Where to begin and what language is a question the DevOps Master get's often.  So at a readers request he decided to give out his recommendations.  He also explains a little behind the wars between the languages.

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Why does Continuous Integration(CI) matter?

What is and why should I care about Continuous Integration?  This article tries to give you a brief explanation.  Check it out and see what you have to add to the conversation.

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Scriptors need to learn from Developers....

Scriptors really are developers who just refuse to admit it.  But there are differences as subtle as they are.  Most really need to learn a few simple things from developers to make their lives easier.

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IT workers who can't write scripts will be unable to change jobs within 5 years…

If you don't know how to script you won't be able to find a job in five years.  If you think being a Windows Admin can save you think again.  This article explains why!!

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What is DevOps and why does my company need it?

DevOps is the term currently used for Systems Automation.  The art and craft of making building and deploy processes for complex systems and applications reliable, repeatable and maintainable.  But that is just the begining.  Check out this article for more details. 

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