Getting Started with the Elastic Stack

Jul 27, 2017 8:27:00 AM / by Paul Friedman posted in DevOps, Development, Architecture, Modernized Technology, Elastic Stack


Applications running in production, test, and development environments produce massive files filled with endless lines of text in the form of log files. Mining the data available in these files manually is a daunting, nearly impossible, effort. This is where log management tools come into play. The two most popular are Splunk and the Elastic Stack. Both solutions are excellent options, with each having their own pros and cons; this article makes no claims as to which tool is best for your organization, as there are simply too many variables to be taken into consideration to make a blanket statement of one being better than the other.

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4 Core Concepts You Need to Understand SQL Databases

Aug 17, 2016 7:49:50 AM / by Ashley Hope posted in Database, SQL, Architecture, Modernized Technology

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We developers live in an object oriented world where data is represented as objects in our applications. However, these applications often end up saving their data in SQL databases which are relational, not object oriented. This often causes translation errors and could cost you and your team significant time tracing and debugging. Understanding keys, relationships, and cardinality are essential skills for any developer to be able to create and maintain reliable, consistent, and efficient applications by being able to create and read data models and spot potential problems before they become major bugs.

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7 Signs Your Architecture Is Not Agile-Ready

Jul 19, 2016 7:58:14 AM / by Eric Taylor posted in Automated Testing, TDD, Unit Testing, ATDD, Architecture, Modernized Technology


I have heard it asked many times, “Where do architects fit into Agile?” But that's the wrong question.  Instead, you should be asking, "Is our architecture Agile-Ready?"

One reason for adopting Agile is to enable “flow” to breakout – meaning your organization accelerates moving business needs from the concept phase to delivering customer value in production. Agile, grounded in Lean principals, asks your teams to look at everything that does not contribute to “flow” as waste and to eliminate it. But what if your application architecture is holding you back? 

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Blazed and Confused - Agile Transformation

Mar 27, 2014 9:16:53 AM / by Brian posted in Architecture, Modernized Technology, Agile Transformation, Digital Transformation


Here is a reprint of my article originally published with Scrum Alliance in March 2014. Enjoy!

Been blazed and confused for so long it’s not true . . .

So, your Agile transformation journey has been underway for a few weeks, a few months, or maybe almost a year. You have blazed a path toward agility. But, much like the Led Zeppelin song (Dazed and Confused– please, you don’t have to be from the ’70s to get the Led out!), there is a huge pause in the middle of the journey, and now you are not really sure if you are going anywhere.

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