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Between a rock and a hard place

Posted by Ian Shaw on May 19, 2017 9:11:28 AM


Solving problems is fun, especially when it’s done in a concise and elegant way. But, what do you do when the problem is the procedure?


I want to discuss a specific technological issue I personally ran into not too long ago. When I was asked to interact with a directory of .xlsx spreadsheets and retrieve data from them, I (perhaps, naively) assumed that it would be relatively straightforward.


However, the closer I got to the concise elegant solution mentioned above, the further away from solving the original problem I was. This is a common issue that people come across; the choice between doing it now or doing it properly. Doing things the correct way can take time, effort and diligence. It's easy for one of those requirements to be regarded as unnecessary, most commonly, it being time.

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Topics: DevOps

DevOps ≠ Millennials

Posted by Jason Man on May 18, 2017 10:07:27 AM



Millennials have changed the workplace – there’s no doubt about it. A few years ago, a client visit meant putting on my best-looking suit and tie. Today, we’re typically seeing IT teams dressed in t-shirts and jeans; set to the backdrop of table tennis tables, sofas and beers on tap.  

But, alongside this shift from a traditional to a more modern mind-set, a misconception has emerged that, DevOps = Millennials. I read my fair share of IT and Technology blogs, and have been shocked recently to read some of the connections being drawn between the two.

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Topics: DevOps

7 DevOps adoption statistics for 2017 [Infographic]

Posted by Jason Man on Apr 25, 2017 10:51:41 AM



In March 2017, our team sponsored Cloud Expo Europe. The event, which attracts thousands of technologists, was a great place for us to try and understand the current state of DevOps adoption in companies both large and small. 

So, we decided to put together a survey - and bought in a giveaway that would tempt even our own team to complete a short survey: the Lego Millennium Falcon.

Respondents were asked some introductory questions about their organisations’ state of DevOps adoption; and then asked to rank a list of commonly recognised DevOps barriers and benefits. We had over 50 survey completions.

From the answers we collected, we’ve pulled out some particularly noteworthy statistics comparing the behaviour of SMEs and enterprises when it comes to DevOps adoption.


We’ve put together an infographic, which you can see here.

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Topics: DevOps, DevOps Statistics

What you missed at Dockercon17

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Apr 24, 2017 11:33:01 AM


Fresh off the flight from Austin, Texas where this years Dockercon17 was held. We just couldn’t wait to get the latest information out!

Any fans of containers will have, no doubt, heard the number of new features to the Docker ecosystem. If we were to mention all of them, we would be here for days so, we’ve helped focus on a few really interesting announcements from the event.

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Topics: DevOps

How FinTech is impacting the Financial Services sector?

Posted by Andy Cureton on Apr 19, 2017 10:45:52 AM


Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 14.58.35 copy.jpgThere have been several advances in Financial Technology (FinTech) over the past few years.  We’ve seen both traditional financial companies looking to innovate quickly, and new entrants being backed by plenty of investment cash –  but which are here to stay, and what changes will the coming years bring?

We spoke to John White OBE, current chairman of ABOR LTD, ECS Group board member and previous CIO at a range of financial institutions including the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), to understand the impact that progresses in digital technologies will have on the banking sector.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Topics: FinTech

ECS Digital at Cloud Expo 2017

Posted by Szymon Sitko on Mar 30, 2017 5:51:26 PM


Between the 21st and 22nd of March, the ECS Digital DevOps Consultants’ team attended Cloud Expo 2017 at the ExCel Centre, London.

It was a great pleasure for us, especially because, not only were one of the main sponsors, we were also exhibiting at the event. 

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Topics: DevOps

APM: An intro to the ECS Digital approach

Posted by Michael Warr on Mar 24, 2017 1:48:41 PM


Application Performance Management (APM) is the monitoring and management of the availability and performance of software applications. Different people and industries interpret this definition differently, so we’re going to qualify what APM is, the overall business benefits and finally, what we at ECS Digital can bring to the table from a DevOps perspective when working with our specialist APM partner company - AppDynamics.

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Topics: APM, Application Performance Management, Application Performance Monitoring

All Hands on DevOps #7 - Monitoring x3

Posted by Michael Warr on Mar 20, 2017 4:37:08 PM


Metrics, monitoring and a generous helping of real-world experience set the stage for an intensely informative evening at the latest #AHODevOps.

For those that were unable to join us, and those whose memory needs refreshing, a quick summary of what we covered during the evening lies below, although we can’t possibly hope to capture the energy or passion of the nights two presenters in a blog post – to get a feel for that, you’ll need to attend a session in person!

Now on to our evening.…

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Topics: Meetups

AWS S3, Blameless Failure and DevOps

Posted by Mourad Trabelsi on Mar 14, 2017 9:48:12 AM


A lot of ink has already been spilled over last month's main event, and a lot of conclusions might have been drawn too early. Let’s review what we know, discuss it and go over a few potential solutions to the challenges faced.


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Topics: DevOps

DevOps Playground #10 - Rancher and DockerHub down

Posted by Mourad Trabelsi on Mar 6, 2017 2:02:04 PM

After DevOps Playground meetups, we like to go over the key points of each event.

The DevOps Playground held at the ECS Digital office last week - 28th February 2017 - was particularly eventful! Here’s why…

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Topics: DevOps Playground