No Perfect Candidate

A few months ago, I interviewed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a joint project they were doing with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If offered this position, it was going to be a significant reduction in salary for me, about fifty thousand dollars per year, but I was willing and motivated to take the position because of the mission. This project was a big data initiative to identify veterans at risk for suicide and prevent tragedy before it strikes. Given the mission statement and the environment, I felt that this opportunity was a near perfect fit for me. It was almost like I had written the job description for myself.

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SouthEast LinuxFest Roundup #SELF2015

First and foremost, I must apologize as I’ve given no love to my blog in almost a year.  I’ve had many major personal and work events happen, and honestly, have just not had the motivation to write.  Nonetheless, I just got back from the SouthEast LinuxFest, #SELF2015, and it was phenomenal; it has definitely reinvigorated me. Continue reading

DevOps is Hot, but Big Data isn’t going anywhere.

Obviously, DevOps has been a focus of my career for the last couple years, and within DevOps, I tend to be more Ops focused. This would make sense given my stint at Splunk and a couple of other operational intelligence based startups. However, over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a startup that focuses specifically on big data platforms as a managed service.   Having the opportunity to get an intimate look at these big data platforms, I’ve learned one thing; although big data has been around for while, and DevOps is the hot buzzword right now, big data isn’t going anywhere.  Continue reading

DevOps is Enterprise Ready, Now!

The Wall Street Journal published an article by Rachel Shannon-Solomon stating that DevOps is not ready for the enterprise. You can, and should, see that article here.  In my opinion, this entire article is a plethora of ridiculous statements.  Not only is DevOps built for the enterprise, it’s ready now; enter DevOps 101: CAMS. Continue reading

The Case for Managed Services

As veteran of the IT industry, I fall inline with the 10,000 hour rule in reference to Linux/Unix Systems Administration.  Needless to say, as a wrangler of *nix based operating systems, most people would consider me an expert; although, I rarely feel that way.  However, as of recent I’ve been doing a lot of work on Big Data platforms, including Hadoop, Elastic Search, MongoDB, and using tools such as Storm and Impala.  While the install of these platforms is trivial, I can unequivocally say that the tuning is not.  Continue reading

Why You Should Be Involved in the Technical Hiring Process.

I’ve been staying busy these days doing a lot of consulting relating to DevOps, Big Data, and Data Science.  Part of the services I’ve been offering is assistance in locating qualified candidates for positions in DevOps environments.  One thing that I’ve noticed over the last seven months of consulting is that most companies have no idea how to screen and vet a technical candidate; this is mostly because of the fact that you have human resources personnel trying to locate someone for a highly technical position. Continue reading

How to choose an SPI (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) service provider, Part One

Welcome to part one of a three part blog series about choosing an SPI provider. Be sure to check back to read part two and part three. In part one, I will be addressing aspects of an SPI provider to take into consideration when choosing one to partner with. In part two, I will delve deeper into a couple of these aspects, as well as giving some recommendations for SPI providers that I believe deliver great value while maintaining performance.
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DevOpsDays ATL Rehash

I just returned from a short excursion to the ATL for DevOpsDays Atlanta, and I must say, I never get tired of being around the people in the DevOps community.  DevOpsDays are great opportunities for anyone looking to become part of the DevOps community or bring DevOps to their organization.  I was fortunate enough to be selected as a speaker at the conference, and spoke about something extremely important to me.  You can view my talk, Don’t Fear the DevOps, here:

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As far as the show itself, I can’t say enough good things about it.  Good people, solid food, and great times.  If every show I went to was as enjoyable as this specific outing, I may never come home.

Thank you to all of the sponsors that make these shows happen.  I feel that more collaboration and propagation of DevOps and Open Source happens at these style shows than any other event I attend.

Till next time…..

Operational Intelligence: What Does It Really Mean? And Does Your Log Wear A Stash?

One of the things I try to do here on my blog is cut through the red tape, BS, smoke and mirrors, or whatever other obstacle you may encounter when trying to learn about the ongoing gibberish, er, I mean lingo, in today’s IT world. As you may have read in my previous blog, I was talking about DevOps, what it is, and what it is not. In this post, I’m going to focus on another tech-world buzz word: Operational Intelligence, or OpIntel, as I refer to it. Continue reading

What is DevOps?

Everywhere we go, no matter what we do, we constantly here buzzwords; so much so that we’ve created the incredible pastime of BuzzWord Bingo. Unfortunately, this practice seems to be rampant in the tech industry. We’ve all been in those meetings with the new VP of Something That Never Actually Existed Before But Does Now So The CEO Can Give His Best Buddy a Job; that would be one hell of a business card, but I digress. Nonetheless, these meetings all start the same, “Hello, I’m Bob Brown-Noser, and I’m the new VP of Something Ridiculous and Completely Pointless, and I’m here to help you create the next-big-thing, to usher our product into a cutting-edge Web 2.0 platform, to create a synergy of sustainability and empowerment, to harness the technologies of cloud computing and big data, and to facilitate the convergence of disruptive technologies into a next-generation company.” Blah, blah, blah, blah, so on and so forth…………. Continue reading