The DevOps Handbook

If you are on a DevOps transformation journey this is not doubt a good a read. It will give you the strength and some material to share with your coworkers.

The book remains quite high level (not too deep in the technologies) so it will give you an overview of DevOps practices and why they’re so powerful.
I would recommend the read to engineers but also to managers that want to understand or rollout DevOps practices to improve organisations.
This is also about creating a better workplace for you and your coworkers.

Micro Pipeline Hell

Today I did a nice presentation on continuous delivery applied in a microservices scenario at a tech meetup hosted by Levi9 in Novi Sad in Serbia.

I explained how the choice of microservices architecture can give you a lot of advantages but it also brings along a lot of work as a trade off.

An example would be to configure a continuous integration pipeline for each of your services. A nice solution is to automate the creation of the pipelines. Check the slides if you are interested!

 

How to take your knowledge of Azure resource manager to the next level!

I used ARM templates for some time now but probably also in a very unstructured way. Until .. I saw this excellent Pluralsight course on ARM templates called Azure Resource Manager Deep Dive

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ARM deep dive by James Bannen

 

If you got some spare time and you are into Azure infrastructure automation I would highly recommend it to you :)
Thanks to James Bannen for creating this excellent course!

Book: Fake Work

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This book is really nice. It describes how many people do work that is not actually useful to anyone. People are actually quite smart, even if they are not 100% aware that they are doing fake work they somehow feel it.

Almost nobody wants to do fake work, it is not gratifying that’s why many companies have big turnovers in job positions. The book gives insight and helps defining a strategy to get rid of the wasted time that we spend every day on fake work.

I advise it to anyone, it’s a good read for leaders that want to shape the environments and the culture they live in, and workers that have their part of responsibility in creating the same environment.

My Aikido master told me once: I’ve not created the dojo, everyone each of you has.

Keep track of Octopus deploys with the ELK stack

Sometimes we need some intelligence on how our deploys have behaved. We ask ourselves questions like:

  • How many deploys have we done this month, or this quarter?
  • How many have failed?
  • How many rollbacks have we done?
  • What was the context of that deploy that failed on march 29th?

So I came up with this idea to store the deployment information using the Elastic search, Logstash, Kibana stack. It is quite nice because it is free to use and it is very powerfull and customisable.

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Hello world!

Hi there!

My name is Andrea Maruccia and I’m a software developper for many years now. I started with web development but only after a while I finally I found my way: to improve methods and process delivery in various teams.

Recently I’ve lived an awful experience but it has teached me a big lesson. I now decided to be in contact with people that I like, that appreciate me for what I am and for what I give to them, from which I get something nice in return, a bilateral relationship.

I once saw a talk on the internet about devops and one thing the speaker said blew my mind:

If they do not appreciate you, don’t worry someone else will for sure.

I just now realize how true that was, even if deep down I knew it was.

So that’s why I decided to open myself to the world (hello world fits :)), to reach other people whoever wants some guidance on subjects I can help with.

I’ll start with giving a talk on Octopus deploy in the devops italia 2015 event. I will be talking about how you can improve your deployments though automation, on how Octopus helps you in the intent.

If you’re interested to contact me do not hesitate, If you’ve some colaboration in mind do not hesitate, I will be more than happy to find out if we can do something about it.

Cheers!