Cloud Native: Getting Culture Right

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There is a great deal of talk about the crucial role culture plays when a company undertakes a Cloud Native transformation. But what does that really mean, and why is it so important? Cloud Native is more than a tool set. It is a full architecture, a philosophical approach for building applications that take full advantage of cloud computing. In this context, culture is how individuals in [...]

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Why Do Cloud Migrations Fail?

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This is part four in series of blogs about strategy. The third part is here. The starting point is here. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of… just kidding. There will be no second, or even first, enlightenment philosophy in this blog. There’ll be no Katy Perry references. There’ll be no nostalgic trip down to the 1970s or 80s. For that fix, you'll have to [...]

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A Monolith is a Burning Platform

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“The vast majority of enterprises we have encountered now using microservices got there by evolving their monolith -- not replacing it.” Monoliths gained popularity because they were safe: easy to build, easy to operate, and secure. They were in fact the way software was built for a fairly long time. But the way we build things is changing fast. A monolith is not a good platform for [...]

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Programming Languages for Microservices (and Containers)

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I'm not a programming language elitist. I'm not going to tell you that you're doing things wrong by using Java or Kotlin or Fortran or Eiffel or $insert programming language here$. It's highly unlikely that the choice of programming language will make or break your business. Most of the time you should be using the language you and your team are most comfortable with. But some languages are [...]

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Structure is Not Enough; Or, Why People Matter

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  This is part three in a series of blogs about strategy and Cloud Native. The second part is here. From Basic to Build Automation Like many others my age, when I was a child I had access to a computer called the BBC. The BBC landed in our laps through the most tragic of circumstances. A man called Christopher Evans, a psychologist who developed an interest in computer science, died [...]

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