Mastering Cloud Vocabulary

Vocabulary is a problem when you start working with Microsoft Azure, or any cloud service offering. There are so many new terms to wrestle with. I was considering blogging my own glossary but Microsoft now have several web pages giving very useful information. Here are the links: Continue reading

Googling for Fun and Profit

Do you feel embarrassed about Googling answers to problems instead of working them out for yourself? Well don’t: if you’re a working programmer who has to answer for time spent, you’ve got to make use of other people’s work. As long as you don’t believe everything you read, it’s simple efficiency. Continue reading

Cloud Choice: Disaster Recovery

A recent Run As Radio podcast covered “Disaster Recovery in the Cloud”. Many suggestions weren’t brand new of course, but it was great to have them validated by two of the best people in the field. Anecdotes from personal experience livened up the conversation. I’ve made some notes here, but do listen to the podcast if you can.

The main theme I would pick out is that you need to arrive at a point where you have a disaster recovery process which is well rehearsed and for the most part automated. Anyone in the team should be able to put the plan into action, not just the best people, and they should be able to work from the instructions. Continue reading

Developer! Get a grip on your Information Information!

Good luck to anyone who can conjure up a TED lecture out of telling people that it’s impossible to keep up with all the changes these days. You and I knew that already, didn’t we?

Agile methods help organisations adapt to change. If successfully applied they increase the rate of change. There was an interesting podcast about Agile on .NET Rocks recently called The Economics, Psychology and Science of Agile. The very intelligent guest (listening at double speed was a wild ride) helps corporations improve their agility.

Individuals and teams act and react in a complicated way, so managing change and the information associated with it is hard for organisations. As a developer you are responsible for moving your knowledge forward in tandem. It’s a simpler task but not easy because you can’t call on other people to do it for you. Continue reading

Manager’s List of Potential Cloud Computing Risks

In Manager’s List of Potential Cloud Computing Benefits I promised to write up a list of risks, so here it is. The question probably isn’t “should I use cloud services or not?”, but “which activities and data would be safe to migrate to the cloud?”. You’ll have thought of most of these; if you see something new, writing this post has been worthwhile. Continue reading

Manager’s List of Potential Cloud Computing Benefits

This is a list of potential cloud computing benefits and where they might touch on your organisation(As I’ve mentioned previously, I only work with the Microsoft cloud, but the principles should apply generally).

Of course, you should have another list – the risks, and consider what that list tells you about the trade-offs you would have to make. That’s for another blog post. Continue reading