Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness: Step 3 - Adding Cloud Operations

Every journey starts at the beginning and this journey's no exception.

As previously presented in the introduction to this series of articles, you'll be taken through the 10 steps to your cloud happiness.

This journey focuses on the storyline that you're interested due to the push towards a digital transformation and the need to deliver applications in to a cloud service.

This focus on application delivery and all the new moving parts, like containers, cloud, platform as a service (PaaS) and digital journeys might leave you searching for that simple plan to get started. There is nothing like getting hands-on to quickly leverage the experience you've acquired over the years, so let's dive right in.

Previously you were shown how to get a cloud and the use of a service catalog, so what's next?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness: Step 2 - Use a Service Catalog

Step 2 - Use a Service Catalog
Every journey starts at the beginning and this journey's no exception.

As previously presented in the introduction to this series of articles, you'll be taken through the 10 steps to your cloud happiness.

This journey focuses on the storyline that you're interested due to the push towards a digital transformation and the need to deliver applications in to a cloud service.

This focus on application delivery and all the new moving parts, like containers, cloud, platform as a service (PaaS) and digital journeys might leave you searching for that simple plan to get started. There is nothing like getting hands-on to quickly leverage the experience you've acquired over the years, so let's dive right in.

Previously you were shown how to get a cloud, so what's next?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness: Step 1 - Get a Cloud

Step 1 - Get a Cloud
Every journey starts at the beginning and this journey's no exception.

As previously presented in the introduction to this series of articles, you'll be taken through the 10 steps to your cloud happiness.

This journey focuses on the storyline that you're interested due to the push towards a digital transformation and the need to deliver applications in to a cloud service.

This focus on application delivery and all the new moving parts, like containers, cloud, platform as a service (PaaS) and digital journeys might leave you searching for that simple plan to get started. There is nothing like getting hands-on to quickly leverage the experience you've acquired over the years, so let's dive right in.

The first thing you'll need is a cloud, but not just some service online that you don't really get your hands-on. This cloud needs to run on premise, meaning you're going to leverage it as a test platform for your application development and delivery. You'll need that right on your very own laptop, so let's see how that works.

Friday, October 6, 2017

OpenSlava 2017 slides: 10 steps to AppDev in the Cloud happiness

As mentioned previously, I was at OpenSlava 2017 this week presenting a keynote, a lightning talk and a breakout session.

OpenSlava is organized by Accenture and brings together speakers on emerging technologies and open source, kicking off October 5-6 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Below you will find the slides from my breakout session.

OpenSlava 2017 slides: Real AppDev in the Cloud on your laptop in minutes

As mentioned previously, I was at OpenSlava 2017 this week presenting a keynote, a lightning talk and a breakout session.

OpenSlava is organized by Accenture and brings together speakers on emerging technologies and open source, kicking off October 5-6 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Below you will find the slides I used for my lightning talk.

OpenSlava 2017 slides: Are developers the real emerging technology?

As mentioned previously, I was at OpenSlava 2017 this week presenting a keynote, a lightning talk and a breakout session.

OpenSlava is organized by Accenture and brings together speakers on emerging technologies and open source, kicking off October 5-6 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Below you will find the slides from the opening keynote on developers and emerging technology.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness Introduction

No matter how many steps there are, it's always a journey.

There's always ups and downs in any journey as you traverse the path you've chosen.

This is no more true for a walk to the top of a ridge line than for your digital journey into the Cloud.

As an application developer, or as an operations specialist, you have to wonder how to get from zero to that plateau of Cloud happiness.

Let's take a closer look at an easy 10-step program to get you up and running your own application delivery platform in the Cloud, even though it's going to be a local experience.

This first article will layout the 10 steps with subsequent articles presenting each step in detail. You'll be able to follow along as your happiness grows with each following article.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

How To Setup Integration & SOA Tooling For JBoss Developer Studio 11

The release of the latest JBoss Developer Studio (JBDS) brings with it the questions around how to get started with the various JBoss Integration and BPM product tool sets that are not installed out of the box.

In this series of articles we will outline for you how to install each set of tools and explain which products they are supporting.

This should help you in making an informed decision about what tooling you might want to install before embarking on your next JBoss integration project.

There are three different software packs that offer tooling for various JBoss integration products:
  1. JBoss Fuse Development
  2. JBoss Business Process and Rules Development
  3. JBoss Integration and SOA Development
This article will outline how to get started with the JBoss Integration & SOA Development tooling with any of the JBDS 11 series of releases.

Monday, September 25, 2017

How To Setup BPM and Rules Tooling For JBoss Developer Studio 11

The release of the latest JBoss Developer Studio (JBDS) brings with it the questions around how to get started with the various JBoss Integration and BPM product tool sets that are not installed out of the box.

In this series of articles we will outline for you how to install each set of tools and explain which products they are supporting.

This should help you in making an informed decision about what tooling you might want to install before embarking on your next JBoss integration project.

There are three different software packs that offer tooling for various JBoss integration products:
  1. JBoss Fuse Development
  2. JBoss Business Process and Rules Development
  3. JBoss Integration and SOA Development
This article will outline how to get started with the JBoss BPM and Rules Development tooling with any of the JBDS 11 series of releases.
Select JBoss BPM & Rules Development tooling.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How To Setup Fuse Tooling For JBoss Developer Studio 11

The release of the latest JBoss Developer Studio (JBDS) brings with it the questions around how to get started with the various JBoss Integration and BPM product tool sets that are not installed out of the box.

In this series of articles we will outline for you how to install each set of tools and explain which products they are supporting.

This should help you in making an informed decision about what tooling you might want to install before embarking on your next JBoss integration project.

There are three different software packs that offer tooling for various JBoss integration products:
  1. JBoss Fuse Development
  2. JBoss Business Process and Rules Development
  3. JBoss Integration and SOA Development
This article will outline how to get started with the JBoss Fuse Development tooling and any of the JBDS 11 series of releases.

Monday, September 18, 2017

OpenSlava 2017: Keynote, AppDev in the Cloud, APIs and more

Back in July, I mentioned submitting a few talks to the event OpenSlava 2017.

With only a few weeks before the event takes place I wanted to share the two talks I will be presenting.

The organization selected the talks listed below and on top of that, one will a part of the opening keynote which means I get to help launch the main theme of the event; Emerging Technologies.

OpenSlava is organized by Accenture and brings together speakers on emerging technologies and open source, kicking off October 5-6 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Be sure to sign up on the registration site before you join us.

Let's look at the outlines for the keynote and accepted talks I'm presenting.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Zero to Cloud Operations on OpenShift in minutes

Some time ago I walked through installing the Cloud management solution known as CloudForms in a container.

While this was fun, it was not really feasible and quickly ran into limitations in use.

The real solution is pulling this example into the Red Hat Demo Central collection and put it on a Cloud solution based on open technologies.

This gives you the chance to go from your laptop, to Cloud installation and onwards to a Cloud Operations solution in just minutes.

Let's take a look at how this works, shall we?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Red Hat Forum Norway 2017 - foundation for digital transformation recap

As previously mentioned, I was in Oslo, Norway last week to present the technical keynote for the Red Hat Forum Norway.

With 200+ attendees, it was a full room and lots of interest in the foundations for digital transformation being the open technologies that Red Hat provides.

Red Hat Forum Norway
Not only that, the application development and deployment layers featuring OpenShift Container Platform were not only of interest, but the morning customer sessions featured many embracing the story today.

There were many side sessions where conversations took place around architectures for containers, where to find more on container security and live demo sessions showcasing the hands-on workshop that I have place freely online.

All industries were present, enthusiastic and enjoyed not only the focus on customers telling their stories, but also partners like Microsoft spent time laminating on the virtues of leveraging Red Hat open solutions on their Cloud platforms.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Red Hat Forum Finland 2017 - foundation for digital transformation recap

As previously mentioned, I was in Helsinki, Finland yesterday to present the technical keynote for the Red Hat Forum Finland.

Red Hat Forum  showcasing the
foundations of your digital
transformation.
With 500+ attendees, it was a full room and lots of interest in the foundations for digital transformation being the open technologies that Red Hat provides.

Not only that, the application development and deployment layers featuring OpenShift Container Platform were not only of interest, but the morning customer sessions featured many embracing the story today.

There were many side sessions where conversations took place around architectures for containers, where to find more on container security and live demo sessions showcasing the hands-on workshop that I have place freely online.

All industries were present, enthusiastic and enjoyed not only the focus on customers telling their stories, but also partners like Microsoft spent time laminating on the virtues of leveraging Red Hat open solutions on their Cloud platforms.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Agile integration workshop updated to OpenShift Container Platform 3.6

Agile integration in hands-on workshop.
This last summer I posted an overview of the workshops available online for free.

They included middleware workshops showing you how to leverage business rules with JBoss BRMS, developing process applications with JBoss BPM Suite and a new look at application development in the Cloud.

They all get you hands-on with the various technologies, provide online browser-based instructions you can follow anywhere at your own pace. They take you from zero to fully completed solutions and are meant to give a solid feel of what using these open technologies can do in a short timeframe.

The latest Cloud focused workshop was based on OpenShift Container Platform 3.5 and with the new release of version 3.6 it's time to update this workshop.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Retail in the Cloud - Business rule integration in retail with Vaadin 8.1

Shopping cart UI updated to Vaadin 8.1
Last year the retail example integrating business logic with an online retail shopping experience was taken in to the Cloud.

We talked about the various layers from the bottom up and provided you with the easiest way possible to install your own private Cloud.

We brought you a full retail example with the JBoss Cool Store running on the OpenShift Container Platform (OCP), which you can install in just minutes before pushing this retail example in a container hosted on OCP.

You can now fully demo and leverage a retail example based on JBoss BRMS through the business central web console running containerized on not just your own OCP, but on any OCP installation you want.

How about that?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Red Hat Forum Norway 2017 - Keynote on a foundation for successful digital transformation

Last year I was asked to keynote and open the Red Hat Forum in Finland.

It was so much fun to spend the day with customers and partners from the Nordic region, talking about cloud, application development and poking fun at the challenges we face with our digital journeys.

This year I'm again going to be delivering the technology keynote on September 5th, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland and then traveling to Oslo, Norway on September 7th, 2017 to speak at the Red Hat Forum there.

Below is the title and abstract of the talk, which I hope entertains as much as the session did last year. With hundreds and hundreds of customers, partners and Red Hat experts on hand, you won't want to miss the chance to listen to some great speakers, attend the various breakout sessions and have a chat with us. Be sure to register and I'll see you in my session listed in the agenda:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cloud Happiness - How to install new OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 in just minutes

Get OpenShift Container Platform v3.5 today!
Since the release of the OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) it has been my desire to provide a simple, fully configured and easy to use installation.

This installation needs to have the Red Hat Middleware product streams installed (pre-configured container options) and all the extras like source to image and .Net Core containers.

Since I last updated this project, OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 was released.

As of today you can now install this new release in just minutes on your laptop, machine or where ever you might like if you have the time and inclination.

Bit of history

A few months back I showed you how to go from no Cloud to fully Cloud enabled with a container based application development platform in just over two minutes with OCP 3.4.

Next up we supported you with a newer version 3.5 with many new features you wanted to get your hands on.

Now it's time to embrace the latest version of OCP 3.6 and start enjoying the new features it brings.

If you've been following my journey through the application development phases of storytelling, it's fairly obvious I'm a fan of Cloud based solutions like OpenShift. This is how application development goes from local resources and moves on to remote resources, while developers continue to work locally in the same manner as always.

It is so simple, I believe that anyone can set this up in just minutes, so let's take a look at how to get you started:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Red Hat Forum Finland 2017 - Keynote on a foundation for successful digital transformation

Last year I was asked to keynote and open the Red Hat Forum in Finland.

It was so much fun to spend the day with customers and partners from the Nordic region, talking about cloud, application development and poking fun at the challenges we face with our digital journeys.

This year I'm again going to be delivering the technology keynote on September 5th, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. Below is the title and abstract of the talk, which I hope entertains as much as the session did last year.

With hundreds and hundreds of customers, partners and Red Hat experts on hand, you won't want to miss the chance to listen to some great speakers, attend the various breakout sessions and have a chat with us. Be sure to register and I'll see you in my session listed in the agenda:

Monday, July 31, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing Travel Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

OpenSlava 2017: Keynote & AppDev in the Cloud showcase

OpenSlava 2017 is a large event that Accenture puts together on emerging technologies and open source.

It's running from October 5-6 in Bratislava, Slovakia which provides the beautiful backdrop to the registration site.

I have been asked to provide the opening keynote session covering open source, Red Hat and what's interesting in our emerging technologies. I have some thoughts on the matter, but won't post that here until post conference event.

Below are a few other talks submitted and well worth your time if you're attending in the Fall.

Monday, July 24, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing Retail Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing Financial Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to Optimize Existing IT by Modernizing HR Processes

There is a concentrated effort today in the technology world for businesses to navigate towards becoming a digital business.

This is not a simple turn-key solution, nor is it something easily achieved without taking a step-by-step approach to your complex environments.

Let's face it, there have been many commitments made in the past to certain technology paths. There are legacy investments that are still returning enough value to cause hesitation when reaching to pull their plug. There could be partially completed projects that were chosen in the course of spending political capitol, making it nearly impossible to abandon them without endangering the entire IT landscape.

These are just a few of the issues that necessitate one of the first steps being to evaluate optimizing existing IT investments.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Financial AppDev in the Cloud with Generic Loan Demo

Previously you received a containerized financial application as a demonstration for application development in the Cloud.

This was intended to showcase a generic loan process based application running in a container on the Container Development Kit (CDK).

Multiple demo projects installed on OCP.
Times have changed, the products showcased move forward and this is an update to take the Generic Loan demo application in to the future with JBoss EAP 7.0 and JBoss BPM Suite 6.4 on OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) 3.5.

Updated generic loan project

Today the updated financial (FSI) generic loan example that can be installed on any OpenShift Container Platform layer of your stack.

Other improvements include the ability to clone the project from inside the container and to install this demo project alongside any of the others found in Red Hat Demo Central in a single OCP instance.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Free open source workshops available online for AppDev in the Cloud

Over the years of being a technology evangelist I have come to understand the value of workshops.

They are a way to take developing ideas and deepen them as they gain traction with the audiences I am trying to reach.

Workshops emerge as ideas, then they gain an implementation from either someone in the field or that I put together myself and finally it justifies taking the time to provide depth.

This is the process of teaching, from idea to implementation to detailed workshop. It's taking that initial possibility to the point that demand requires an in depth model everyone can learn from.

Just talking about a solution is not the way to gain traction, it's just the test bed of your ideas. Once you gain traction and there is interest, you develop a demo implementation to prove the value. Often this lacks any form of explanation beyond installation documentation.

To reach the masses, a workshop with step-by-step instructions along with eventual video support is the most effective tool I have found.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Catching up on the Red Hat Partner Conference

Last week was a whirl wind of activity at the Red Hat Partner Conference hosted in Frankfurt, Germany.

I provided tips before attending this conference and it seems quite a few of you took them to heart.

While my workshop did not get the room needed, a talk on sales conversations around Cloud Infrastructure was selected for the main keynote stage together with Margaret Dawson.

The event kicked off on Sunday, but due to earlier commitments I arrived on Monday afternoon. The event for me is almost a reunion with many of the current Red Hat partners around Europe having been around since my Solution Architect days in the Benelux area.

Start laying your digital foundations today!
I spent Monday evening touring the regional areas during a dinner where I got to chat with the partners from the Benelux region, German region, Italian region and UKI region.

That final group included my good friends from the Scotland JBug who were one of the first meetups I ever spoke at in Europe.

The power of networking was in full swing as the Italian region solicited for a keynote at the OpenSlava 2017 conference hosted by Accenture, so watch for me there in the Fall.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Digital transformation with hybrid cloud solutions

Getting ready to dive in to your digital journey?

Are terms like digital transformation, digital business, modernizing infrastructure, scalable infrastructure, optimizing IT, and modern development starting to resonate with you?

These and many more topics related to hybrid cloud solutions are on stage (virtually) this week, keynote speakers, sessions and more.

Everything is brought to you live sessions and as post-event recordings on-demand that you only need to register for to attend and view (recordings available through late September).

Red Hat Cloud Suite is the baseline for these sessions, bringing together Ops, DevOps and modern AppDev storylines in a single event. This is Red Hat's broadest offering combining OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and much more.

Register for this virtual event to learn how Red Hat's hybrid cloud solutions can help your organization meet business demands—today and tomorrow. Join Red Hat experts, industry thought leaders, and market innovators as they discuss how to:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 ways to effectively prepare for process improvements in your digital journey

Effectively prepare for process improvements.
In our journey to transform our ways of working, our focus on our customers wishes and our plans to pivot to a digital business there is always a need for process improvement.

While the transformation to a digital business can encompass many aspects that are new to your organization, there are always existing investments in technologies and processes that need to be evaluated.

Some can be modernized and migrated on to the new infrastructure that will support the digital business and others end up remaining in place as legacy systems of record.

One thing is for sure, evaluating existing business processes and looking to improve their effectiveness is going to be a necessary step. With that in mind, here are three ways to effectively prepare for process improvements in your digital journey.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Digital Transformation with Hybrid Cloud Virtual Event (slides)

On June 29th Red Hat is hosting an online virtual event entitled, Digital Transformation with Hybrid Cloud Solutions. 

This event spans a day of online keynotes, sessions and demonstrations. You can register online to see this live, or post-event to view recordings of any of these items.

My session explains why the Red Hat Cloud Suite is the ultimate application development stack and below is the abstract followed by the slides for you to enjoy.

"As you can imagine, Red Hat Cloud Suite is a complete and all encompassing solution that offers a lot to an enterprise, but you might be left asking yourself, "How can I experience the Red Hat Cloud Suite as an application developer?"

This session will orientate your interests on application development with the Red Hat Cloud Suite stack, getting you started on the path to containerized application development and Cloud happiness."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Anyone show you how to install OpenShift Container Platform in minutes? (video)

The OpenShift Container Platform (OCP) is the primary way to manage your application development experience in the Cloud.

From code, to containers, to deployments in a polyglot of languages and frameworks, nothing is easier to integrate in to your toolbox or IDE than OCP.

To make this process of getting your very own private Cloud based on OCP, a simple and fast installation project was created. I spent some time on presenting this to various groups and at this years Red Hat Summit event. It has also become a basis for the free online workshop where you can enjoy application development with containers in the Cloud.

The best teacher is a video that supports the claims of installing the latest OCP in just minutes, so here you go:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

AppDev in the Cloud self-paced, free, online workshop

AppDev in the Cloud free online workshop.
Are you ready to get hands on with containers, web services, Java, .Net, PHP, service integration, and all that in the Cloud on your very own laptop?

If you are, hold on to your hats, this is the workshop for you.

The description for this workshop provides you with the basics behind what you will be doing with your very own laptop:

Ready to get hands-on with AppDev in the Cloud with container based services? This workshop will let you experience the wonders of Red Hat's open technologies for Cloud based application development, letting you pull together multiple services in to a Cloud on your laptop (be sure to bring it with you).

In this workshop you're a developer working for Destinaisa, a travel agency that needs to setup its online bookings applications backend services. You'll be installing the OpenShift Container Platform on your laptop, then installing JBoss BRMS to work in the Destinasia discount rules. 

Once they are completed, you leverage Ansible playbook to see infrastructure automation in action. Each playbook will deploy a new container based service to support flight, hotel, car and discount rule queries from your application. In total you will be running 6 container based applications or services on your laptop in a private PaaS before testing this solution with a REST client, sending a booking and verifying the discounts provided by the rules you implemented.  

As you can see, this is a complex and realistic application development workshop that will pull together quite a few open technologies on your laptop.

Let's examine the parts that make up this workshop.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Boston JUG - Evening of AppDev in the Cloud Workshop

Boston JUG
A few weeks back I spent an evening with the Boston Java User Group (JUG), a group I've visited through the years as part of my journey through the world of Red Hat product evangelism.

This is a smart group of developers that enjoy everything from core Java, business processes, business logic, Cloud and more.

It's always a group that I like to test my workshops on as they provide a good baseline of knowledge and user interaction, ensuring what I'm trying to bring to the application developer is actually resonating.

This evening was during the week of OpenStack Summit in Boston and gave me a chance to step out to the Rapid 7 offices downtown for pizza and good conversations around the topics of application development in the Cloud. There were 44 registered attendees and the hosts at Rapid 7 provided a fantastic area for the attendees to work in.

Let's take a look at what the workshop offers attendees and what that experience looks like.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How To Take New Improved Mortgage Finance Process in to the Clouds

New and improved Mortgage Finance process application.
Early last year I showed you how to take a JBoss Mortgage Finance process in to the clouds.

A little over a year later it's time to refresh this experience and the release of OpenShift Container Platform v3.5 gives you a Cloud in just minutes to deploy it on.

For some time now it has been apparent that application developers can't ignore their stack anymore, as stated in the App Dev Cloud Stack series. Part of this story involves providing something interesting to deploy on your new Cloud Stack.

Updated and ready for OpenShift Container Platform, today you can start running the Mortgage Finance process in a few easy steps. It's a full demo application and leverages a financial process example based on JBoss BPM Suite with the business central web console running containerized in the Cloud.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tips for Attending the Red Hat Partner Conference EMEA

The best conference you can find for Red Hat Partners is coming to Frankfurt, Germany from June 18 - 21.

This conference brings all the sessions, speakers and technologies you need to build on the rapidly accelerating demand for digital transformation solutions. This year’s agenda focuses on providing you with the knowledge needed to truly profit from your partnership with Red Hat - today and in the future.

Whether you’re an independent software vendor, systems integrator, (cloud) service provider or sponsor, this event is entirely devoted to not just meeting, but hopefully exceeding, your expectations and to providing significant value to your business.

Red Hat’s Partner Conference is a great opportunity to experience the amazing spirit of collaboration and deep connection that makes the Red Hat partner community unique in the industry. Of all the industry events out there, this really is one you cannot afford to miss. Be sure to register today.

The following are a few tips for those of you attending next month. I am going to be speaking with the ever dynamic and energetic Margaret Dawson on the following:

Monday, May 22, 2017

How To Save on Planning Cloud Deployments

Figure 1. Cloud Deployment Planner virtual stack designer.
Since the creation and launch of the Red Hat Cloud Suite last year, additional tooling was provided to help make good use of all the technologies included in this stack.

It's the Cloud stack you can't ignore when looking to facilitate both your infrastructure needs and your application development needs.

One key aspect is planning and designing a Cloud stack before diving in to setup a digital architecture using open technologies.

With that in mind, Red Hat published a free and useful tool to help with planning, designing and deploying your Cloud infrastructure with Red Hat Cloud Suite.

Figure 2. Selecting open technology components for
a Cloud deployment.
This week a new version of this planning tool was released, called Cloud Deployment Planner, still freely available online. It includes a new feature to help visualized the planning of your components in your Cloud stack, called Virtual Stack Designer.

Let's look at how this tool saves time and effort up front when planning a Cloud deployment.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cloud Happiness - How To Get OpenShift Container Platform v3.5 Installed in Minutes

Get OpenShift Container Platform v3.5 today!
There is no easier way to install your very own Cloud than with OpenShift Container Platform (OCP).

A few months back I showed you how to go from no Cloud to fully Cloud enabled with a container based application development platform in just over two minutes.

This was based back then on OCP 3.4, but now it's time to update this project to get you onto the newer version 3.5 with many new features I know you want to get your hands on.

If you've been following my journey through the application development phases of storytelling, it's fairly obvious I'm a fan of Cloud based solutions like OpenShift. This is how application development goes from local resources and moves on to remote resources, while developers continue to work locally in the same manner as always.
Figure 1. Container images pulled to your box.

After the Red Hat Summit announcements, I updated the OpenShift Container Platform Install Demo to provide version 3.5, without changing any of the installation steps.

It is so simple, I believe that anyone can set this up in just minutes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Impressions at OpenStack Summit Boston 2017

This year in Boston, MA I was lucky enough to join the thousands of enthusiastic Stackers at the OpenStack Summit.

This was a chance to take a closer look at the community and direction of the OpenStack as a platform.

The main event is the first day kickoff and features an extended morning of keynotes along with background on progression of OpenStack in the wild and within active enterprise users.

It started with an initial look back at the past year and how much the community has grown, but also showcasing that this growth wasn't just in the development space.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Red Hat Summit 2017 - Taking an AppDev look back

The Red Hat Summit 2017 has finished and there were a lot of interesting things that were announced, that happened and that were presented.

In fact, there was so much to do that one could not be everywhere at once.

With this in mind, let's take a look at the experience I had in Boston, MA. this week and share some of these impressions.

The biggest day is of course the opening of the Red Hat Summit.

It's the main keynote and includes a series of live demonstrations all captured for you in this video, so take a break and watch this from end-to-end.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Red Hat Developers Interview online (video)

During the Red Hat Summit this week in Boston, MA, I had some time to spend with my friend Jason Porter.

Jason works on the Developer Program at Red Hat and interviewed me about a diverse set of topics.

We discussed what I am doing now and how that differs from the past, we jumped into some of the larger solution spaces developers are faced with in their daily jobs.

I also talked about some of the uses cases that our products and tooling can help with and we touched on my love of AppDev in the Cloud.

Some of the items I mention are provided here for reference:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red Hat Summit - How to setup a container platform for modern application delivery in minutes

Red Hat Summit 2017 is going on live as this article is published and is full of labs, sessions, birds-of-a-feather, keynotes, booths, mini-theater talks and more.

I am pretty active with talks and such which gives a chance to meet with all of you and share some of the fun things I have been working on over the past year.

This talk was at the mini-theater and was a 15 minute talk to show how easily a full local installation of the OpenShift Container Platform can be done.

I always promise that my slides are online when the talk starts, so here you go:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Red Hat Summit - Discover the foundations of digital transformation

Red Hat Summit 2017 is going on live as this article is published and is full of labs, sessions, birds-of-a-feather, keynotes, booths, mini-theater talks and more.

I am pretty active with talks and such which gives a chance to meet with all of you and share some of the fun things I have been working on over the past year.

In this full session I talk about the foundations of digital transformation as the relate to our customer use cases, showcase the four that led to the creation of the Red Hat Cloud Suite product and provide information that gives you the collateral you need to see it all in action.

I always promise that my slides are online when the talk starts, so here you go:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red Hat Summit DevZone - Anyone show you how to install OpenShift Container Platform in minutes?

Red Hat Summit 2017 is going on live as this article is published and is full of labs, sessions, birds-of-a-feather, keynotes, booths, mini-theater talks and more.

I am pretty active with talks and such which gives a chance to meet with all of you and share some of the fun things I have been working on over the past year.

This talk was at the DevZone and was a 10 minute lightning talk to show how easily a full local installation of the OpenShift Container Platform can be done.

I always promise that my slides are online when the talk starts, so here you go: