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How to hire the best talent and keep them happy and productive Part 1

Posted by Fernando Villalba on Jun 23, 2017 10:06:42 AM


This blog is the first part of a series which will discuss what to do when hiring the best talent. The second blog will explain what you should be doing once the employee has joined the company and how you can keep their motivation and happiness high in order across your business in order to get the best out of your team and develop a strong DevOps culture.

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Topics: DevOps

Why is trust key to DevOps?

Posted by Fernando Villalba on Jun 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM


People and organisations are sometimes wary when it comes to trusting employees. It's understandable: trust means opening yourself up, and it making your organisation vulnerable.

However, trust is of utmost importance when it comes to working together in a team. It lets people do their jobs. And, to achieve maximum productivity in your organisation, teams, departments, management and employees need to feel comfortable and accessible to each other.

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Topics: DevOps

ECS Digital sponsors DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017

Posted by Thivan Visvanathan on Jun 8, 2017 10:00:13 AM


I know what you’re thinking to yourself as soon as you read this title.

“An Enterprise Summit? That sounds like buzzwords, free food and a lack of innovative talks.”

But, you couldn’t be more wrong. A moment of honesty: DOES17 is the first large talk in the DevOps space that I’ve attended. So, I also had the same thoughts as above. 

I was pleasantly surprised. The summit is aimed at large, complex organisations, who are either just beginning their digital transformation into an agile world - or assessing their current architecture to see how their processes align with the rest of the industry.

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Topics: DevOps

Applying Machine Learning to DevOps

Posted by ECS Digital on Jun 6, 2017 9:37:02 AM


Machine Learning in DevOps

Andi Mann

This is a guest blog written by:

Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk

With contributions by:

Jeff Spencer, Senior Engineer, Splunk


There is powerful synergy between DevOps and Machine Learning (ML) – and related capabilities, like Predictive Analytics, IT Operations Analytics (ITOA), Algorithmic IT Operations (AIOps), and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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Topics: DevOps

Jenkins: The issues around selecting, not investing, in a tool.

Posted by Jason Man on Jun 2, 2017 11:20:03 AM


Over recent years, Jenkins has built a reputation as a very reliable scheduling build system. With 1360 plugins at the time of this writing, it’s currently one of the most popular build automation tools. However, its increasing popularity has seen a broader range of teams, with varying degrees of technical skill, adopting Jenkins as their driver to Continuous Delivery.

Due to their lack of technical knowledge, these teams require a more bespoke user interface. Enter Blue Ocean, a plugin that introduces a new user interface that makes Continuous Delivery more accessible to this new audience, without sacrificing any of the power of Jenkins.

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Topics: Jenkins

You don't need a hero, you need culture

Posted by Fernando Villalba on May 25, 2017 3:28:42 PM


We seem to be drawn to heroes, and superheroes. We want to see them in action, to rise against all odds and triumph just so we can get a vicarious experience through their efforts and feel as if one person is all that is needed to change the world for the better.

However, in an organisation or company, if you need a hero to get things done, that probably means you are not doing it right, or you are in trouble.

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Topics: DevOps, Culture

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