A first look at IBM Bluemix

On Thursday evening, I got my first taste of this hip and happening Internet of Things (IoT) by attending a workshop at the Ottawa IBM campus organized by Hacking Health Ottawa. The workshop was centered on getting folks ready for a hackathon coming up in April where we will focus on the use of IoT technology and cloud services to improve health care services. I had little knowledge of this stuff and had no idea what to expect…

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Trello acquired by Atlassian

If you use Trello (and there are more than 19 million of us that do) you have probably heard about the acquisition of Trello by Atlassian. While Trello will essentially still be what it is today, the team behind Trello now has some serious R&D backing.

As somebody who uses the Atlassian stack of tools daily, and also a lover of Trello, this is some pretty sweet news. I’m looking forward to seeing what integrations these teams come up with for the tool set!

TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has a value of $425 million, with $360 million in cash and the rest in shared/options. Things get official on March 31st.

The official news from Atlassian and Trello:

Twelfth day of Christmas… Deployment memes!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… twelve Deployment memes!

eleven blogs a-plenty, ten women of Sitecore, nine sessions of trainingeight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Last year I brought you an installment of Sitecore memes, and this year my webinar on Continuous Integration and Deployment allowed me to round up a whole new set of memes. Here is the 2016 list of Deployment memes!

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Seventh day of Christmas… VSTS features in 2016

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… seven Team Services features!

six GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

If you have been using Visual Studio Team Services, you know that Microsoft regularly releases new functionality to the application throughout the year. Today we’ll recap seven new features released in 2016! These may not be the biggest changes, but they are the ones I like to see in the evolution of a product.

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Third day of Christmas… Maturity Models!

On the third day of Christmas my true blog gave to me… three maturity models!

.. two Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Customer Experience Maturity Model

Sitecore released a maturity model a while back to guide organizations through the various stages of engaging a customer.  Great for seeing where you line up and how you can get to the next stage. You can download the PDF here:

Sitecore Customer Experience Maturity Model

DevOps Maturity Model

Last year I released a maturity model for continuous improvement of your DevOps practices. I use this as a guide for helping put together a roadmap for organizations looking to improve their delivery. Download it here:

DevOps Maturity Model

SEO Maturity Curve

Nothing like a little search engine optimization to ring in the holiday season! Details of SEO might be constantly changing, but the maturity of investment in SEO is always there. Check it out:

the-seo-maturity-model-across-microsoft

On the first day of Christmas… Sitecore in a NuGet Feed

On the first day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Sitecore in a NuGet feed!

One of the great things announced this year was the Sitecore public NuGet feed for Sitecore DLLs. This really makes managing Sitecore dependencies on a project a lot easier and makes life deploying everywhere a whole lot simpler.

Here are a few extra reads for the curious:

VSTS and Sitecore NuGet feeds

SPECIAL NOTE: This article is a lead up for my November 30th #SCUniversity session on Continuous Integration and Deployment. Register for the webinar now!

When you are setting up your Continuous Integration build definition in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS, formerly Visual Studio Online) you will get a NuGet Restore step that by default will work with any standard NuGet feeds. However, if you try to build your solution with Sitecore NuGet references it can’t download the packages. Time for your NuGet.config!

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Sitecore Production Deployments: The Big Bad Wolf

SPECIAL NOTE: This article is a lead up for my November 30th #SCUniversity session on Continuous Integration and Deployment. Register for the webinar now!

Do you need to secure 14 signatures and present technical documentation just to run a script on your production database? Does it take a group of enterprise architects to approve a change to your application? Or do you have no restrictions whatsoever but are so afraid of touching the production server in case the slightest change brings everything down?

You are not alone… the word ‘Production’ has become synonymous with ‘Hallowed’ and a culture of fear dominates all changes made to a working production environment. An upcoming production deployment can feel like the Big Bad Wolf is coming to blow your house down.

Big Bad Wolf reading bedtime story to wolf pup

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Corello brings dashboards to your Trello life

A while back, Corello came across my desk as something to look into for reporting on Trello boards. It took me some time to finally get around to it, but I’m glad I finally did. If you use Trello at any scale, you have probably hit the limits of your capacity to really get a portfolio glance of your organization in Trello. Corello aims to help with that very problem through cross-board reporting dashboards. I’ll try to give a quick synopsis here as well as a few scenarios where this tool fits well.

What is the problem being solved here?

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