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Integration Key to Customer Experience – Common Architectural Elements

In my previous article from this series we introduced a use case around integration being the key to transforming your customer experience. The process was laid out how I’ve approached the use case and how I’ve used successful customer portfolio solutions as the basis for researching a generic architectural blueprint. The only thing left to cover was the order in which ...

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What should you be automating in the development process?

What to automate? Which parts of the delivery process are good candidates? Which applications will benefit from automation? At first, those sound like silly questions. Automate all your repetitive processes. If you think that you’ll do the same thing manually more than once, automate it. Why would you waste your creative potential and knowledge by doing things that are much ...

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Integration Key to Customer Experience – An Introduction

For the past few months I’ve been digging in to my new role with a group of Portfolio Architects, looking specifically at integration as the key to omnichannel customer experience. It’s an interesting challenge in that we’ve been given the mission of creating of architectural content based on common customer adoption patterns. That’s very different from most of the traditional ...

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There has long been a divide between development and operations. But recently, there has been a movement to break down these metaphorical walls and build bridges of shared accountability between the two. Over the past few years, we have seen the emergence of DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), introducing a more collaborative approach to delivering reliable software. Unfortunately, in ...

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Best Practices for Instrumenting Containers with AppDynamics Agents

Continuously build, test and monitor your Microservices for optimal performance. Summary There are many ways to instrument Docker containers with AppDynamics agents. Here are some best practices that work well in large Docker environments. In this blog I will show some best practices for instrumenting Docker containers, using docker-compose with a few popular AppDynamics application agent types. The goal here ...

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Zero-Downtime Rolling Updates With Kubernetes

The software world moves faster than ever. In order to stay competitive, new software versions need to be rolled out as soon as possible, without disrupting active users. Many enterprises have moved their workloads to Kubernetes, which has been built with production-readiness in mind. However, in order to achieve real zero-downtime with Kubernetes, without breaking or loosing a single in-flight ...

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Turning Digital Transformation into Digital Dexterity

Continuously build, test and monitor your Microservices for optimal performance. Summary In a disruptive business world, digitizing the traditional workplace is not enough. Digital dexterity gives you power to make lasting, impactful change. The goal of digital dexterity is to build a flexible, agile workplace and workforce invested in the success of the organization. This dexterity allows the enterprise to ...

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Configuring a Datasource in a Docker Container

In this post I am going to show how to configure a datasource consumed by an ADF application running on Tomcat in a Docker container. So, there is a Docker container sample-adf with a Tomcat application server preconfigured with ADF libraries and with an ADF application running on top of Tomcat. The ADF application requires a connection to an external database. The ...

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