Concepts of cloud computing

What is Cloud-Native? Is It Hype or The Future of Software Development?

Thorben Janssen Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

For quite a while now, cloud-native has been one of the hottest topics in software development. Some developers just call it hype that will lose traction and disappear after some time. For others, it’s the future of software development. Whatever the future will bring, cloud-native is currently one of the biggest trends in the software industry. It has already changed …

8 Things to Monitor During a Software Deployment

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

As software developers, our ultimate goal is to get our hard work deployed to production. Thanks to agile development, DevOps, and continuous deployment tools, that process is quicker than ever! It is important to remember that a software deployment is more of a process and not a single event. As part of that process, you need to be monitoring your …

Patterns, Best Practices, and Tools for Agile and DevOps

Software Configuration Management: Patterns, Best Practices, and Tools for Agile and DevOps

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Every high-functioning organization has a “master plan” that details how they are supposed to operate and accomplish tasks. The military has organization charts. Construction contractors have critical path scheduling. Mathematics (not an organization, I know) has Order of Operations. The world of software development is no different. While there are many project management methodologies and performance monitoring tools, there is …

Get the ultimate application deployment checklist

Proven Steps to Achieving Deployment Success

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

2018 is the Year of Deployment. Frequent and stable deployments are just table stakes for companies these days, and DevOps teams are being expected to pick up the pace. Deploying an application can be an overwhelming process. With so many moving parts, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos. Not to mention, the actual deployment itself is …

What DevOps Success Looks Like

DevOps Success Stories Across the Industry

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Across the world, companies from every industry are combining their development teams and operations teams to create one unified DevOps team. Teams are increasing productivity, transparency, and efficiency, while simultaneously decreasing bottlenecks and communication silos. Whether it’s a small restaurant POS startup out of Boston, or a world renowned ad agency, companies are making the switch and reaping the rewards. …

Application Lifecycle Management

What is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)?

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

 Speed is the name of the game in today’s software-driven world. The best companies deploy software updates daily, sometimes more. In order to reach such epic levels of productivity, businesses need a plan for managing their software from beginning to end. That’s where application lifecycle management (ALM) comes in. ALM helps businesses make smart decisions about their software and manage …

Developer Things Episode 3 feat. Jason Taylor

Developer Things #3: How Stackify Does DevOps Without an Ops Team with Jason Taylor

Matt Watson Developer Things Podcast

Matt & Jason discuss how Stackify does DevOps when we don’t even have an IT operations team. The key question is… can you do DevOps without an ops team?? The goal of DevOps is to get developers more involved in deployments and monitoring production applications. Even without an operations team, Stackify still does DevOps to monitor their large production environment …

WebOps vs DevOps

What is Web Operations? How Does it Relate to DevOps and SRE?

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

There is a big trend in software development for developers to be more involved in the deployment, monitoring, and overall operations of web applications. In many companies, the DevOps movement is fostering a lot of change and collaboration between development and operations. The concept of web operations builds on top of DevOps to specifically address the deployment and monitoring of …

What Is Site Reliability Engineering and Why You Should Embrace It

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

Software developers spend a lot of time chasing bugs and putting out production fires. I’ve been a software developer for over 15 years and it has always just been part of the job. Thanks to agile development, we are constantly shipping new code. By-products of constant change are constant issues with performance, software defects, and other issues that eat up …

Metrics for DevOps Success

15 Metrics for DevOps Success

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

How is DevOps going within your organization? If you need some help measuring just how well it is going, we have prepared a list of some key DevOps metrics to track. These metrics can help you understand how your team is doing over time. Define what DevOps means to your organization The word DevOps means different things to different people. …

software development lifecycle phases

SDLC Phases: Identify Current Problems

Ben Putano Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a broad term for a set of methodologies designed to guide a software development project. SDLC is a “process that produces software with the highest quality and lowest cost in the shortest time.” SDLC Phases There are several SDLC methodologies, but most include a version of the following phases: Identify Current Problems Plan Design Build …

Web Performance Optimization

Why Premature Optimization Is the Root of All Evil

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

One of the hardest parts of software development is knowing what to work on. We all love to write code and build things. Developers are also expensive and in short supply. One of the biggest challenges is making sure we are making good use of our time.  The last thing we want is to ship code that our users don’t …

Track Defect Escape Rate

How to Measure Defect Escape Rate to Keep Bugs Out of Production

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Every software development team is under a lot of pressure to ship product improvements as fast as possible. Most organizations now use agile methodologies and DevOps practices to ship software faster than ever. The reality is that software development is still a messy process. A potential byproduct of every software deployment are new software defects that are found in production, …

BizDevOps Process

A Quick Guide to BizDevOps

Ben Putano Insights for Dev Managers

Every company today should be terrified of disruption by a faster, more innovative competitor. In fact, as you read this article, Amazon is busy deploying a new release every second, and odds are they’re already planning to move into your industry. Any company that doesn’t keep a healthy fear of disruption — and speed up their own innovation — will …

low code development benefit

How to Choose the Best Low-Code Platform For Your Dev Team

Ben Putano Insights for Dev Managers

As late as June 2015, Alere (recently acquired by Abbott) still used Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to track their internal audits and enterprise risk management. It’s hard to believe that the world-renowned pharmaceutical and medical device company, who was featured in the classic business book Good to Great, relied on such a clunky system for such an important business process.  When …

Performance counters in .NET Core

How to Use Performance Counters with .NET Core: Current Solution, Alternatives, and the Future

Matt Watson Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Stackify Product & Company Updates

Performance counters are really important for monitoring and troubleshooting problems with your .NET applications. The full .NET Framework provides a wide array of performance counters that are very useful for troubleshooting application problems. Some examples of important performance counters are garbage collection and exception rates. Without these, you will be flying blind. In this article we will discuss how to …

Cloud Computing Advantages

8 Cloud Computing Advantages for Developers

Anthony Monsees Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

It has never been a better time to be a developer.  Development tools and technologies continue to evolve that allow us to create better software.  However, developers are under more pressure to decrease time to market, publish frequent enhancements, and reduce or eliminate bugs.  The cloud offers several unique benefits to developers that can help.  Some of the details mentioned …

How to use Azure Deployment

Which Azure Deployment Model Should You Use? 4 Ways To Deploy

Barry Luijbregts Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources, Insights for Dev Managers

Microsoft Azure is a great platform to use and it has many services and features. But how do you go about deploying your applications to the cloud and using them? There are several different options for deploying your applications in the Azure cloud and which one(s) you use and where you run them depends on the amount of control and …

Retrace Product Release: Deployment Tracking

Why You Need Deployment Tracking In Retrace

Megan Amos Developer Tips, Tricks & Resources

In conversations with our customers, a common requirement is how to identify when things start “slowing down”, or “behaving like an angry nerd who missed out on free LaCroix”.  The questions usually continue and developers start wondering about the deployment process.  Sure, we all know it “worked on your machine”, but what is it doing in Staging, QA, or Production? …

Retrace Product Release: September 2017

Megan Amos Stackify Product & Company Updates

One of the only things you can count on happening in the technology industry is constant change, and Stackify’s APM tool, Retrace, is evolving again!  Client feedback, industry needs, and the underlying goal of delivering better tools for developers has all culminated into the latest release of Retrace. There is a game-changing new Deployment Tracking feature, full support for highly …