This started as a question on the community forums, and my answer got so long I decided to capture it here as well.
Continue reading “Should we host Sitecore on IaaS or PaaS? (Jan 2020)”
In general, when you are choosing an infrastructure model the first question you need to ask is what your team is comfortable having responsibility over, and what your organization is willing to pay to have somebody else worry about. You could do it in-house, pay a managed services group or Sitecore partner, or have Sitecore do things for you. Figure out what your team wants to have responsibility for and then that will guide you towards the best hosting model for your production environment.
This year at Sitecore Symposium we launched a new DevOps track, with two rooms of sessions delivering what you need for day-to-day tactical solutions, but also bigger-picture, strategic guidance. Do you want to know how to deploy your code with Azure DevOps? We got you covered. Or maybe you are wondering how to fit an agile process into a waterfall organization? We got you there too! This track can appeal to both the technical and the business, it’s not all about Solr (though we got that too, thanks Jeremy!)
I am really proud of the sessions that Rob Earlam and I selected for the track this year, I think we have a little bit of something for everybody. Below, find your guide to all things DevOps at this year’s event!
Continue reading “Sitecore Symposium 2019 – So you think you can DevOps?”
Did you miss out on my Montreal SUG presentation a few weeks back? Not to worry, I got your back!
I recorded a run-through of my presentation and uploaded it so you can hear my thoughts on how we can continuously improve and invest in DevOps practices for our Sitecore projects. It’s not exactly what was in Montreal, but close enough 🙂
Want more? Come hear the Effective DevOps for Sitecore panel at Symposium 2017 on Wednesday, October 18th, at 11:15am. I’ll be moderating panelists Kam Figy, Derek Hunziker, and Joe Bissol. Great panel, great content!
I had the chance to work the Sitecore booth at MSBuild in Seattle last week and took the opportunity to walk around and meet some of the other partners in the Hub. A lot of folks are doing cool things, but one that caught my eye was the work being done by the LaunchDarkly team.
Feature toggling without deployment? Yes please!
Continue reading “Managing feature flags with LaunchDarkly”
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… eleven re-blogged posts!
…ten women of Sitecore, nine sessions of training, eight tweets a-tweeting, seven VSTS features, six GIFS a-dancing, five Golden Rules!
Four Community Sites, three Maturity Models, two Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.
As a fun twist, each post has been given a new classic ‘link-bait’ title. You won’t believe your eyes!
- Three Easy Sitecore Instance Role Configurations
- Six Steps to custom TDS Post Deploy Steps
- Need Continuous Everything now? Read more!
- 7 Sitecore Burst videos… number 4 will surprise you!
- You wouldn’t believe what happened at Sitecore Symposium!
- This Big Bad Wolf won’t scare you after you read this post
- Are you using VSTS and NuGet? You need to read this now!
- Got Sitecore? Want HTTP/2? Your IT team is probably telling you no. Here’s why!
- Multi-tenant? Multi-site? And SSL? With Sitecore? Yes you can!
- I hate best practices and so do you (okay, so this one was already pretty link-baity…)
- Can’t find the roles in your TDS package? Read this to unlock the secret.
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:
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:
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:
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.
Continue reading “Sitecore Production Deployments: The Big Bad Wolf”