No, You Don’t Need Kubernetes – You Need Unit Tests

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No, you don’t need Kubernetes, no matter how much you believe it to be the answer to all your troubles. What you actually need is unit tests. Let's look at why this is true. Solving the right problem A challenge we often suffer from in tech is the idea that we can use the latest, coolest technology, to solve our current problems. If you are struggling with the stability of your platform and [...]

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The Cloud Native Paradigm Shift:
Are you ready?

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At Container Solutions, when we say we help companies transform themselves into Cloud Native entities, we use that term for a very specific reason. Cloud Native is a major paradigm shift, not just the latest new tech to be bolted on top of whatever else a company has been doing for years. The last true paradigm shift was Agile, which arose 20 years ago and is still not finished. Few people [...]

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The Power of Value Hierarchies in Enterprise Cloud Native (and everywhere else, too)

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Dynamic companies (or programmes of work) need a way of rapidly making day to day decisions without seeking consent or approval. One way to do this is with a value hierarchy. A value hierarchy explains the relationship between your values: e.g. at Disney amusement parks they value both fun and safety but safety comes first. (It wouldn’t be much fun if people were getting decapitated on the [...]

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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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