Thursday, June 14, 2018

Scotland JBug - AppDev in the Cloud Workshop (slides)


jbug scotland
As I mentioned last time around, I was heading back to my friends in Scotland to speak at the JBug Scotland.

Last week it was game on in Edinburgh, where I spent the evening with a fun group of people that really seem to enjoy working with open source, containers and developing in the cloud.

It was a full hands-on workshop showcasing application development in the cloud using containers, JBoss middleware, services, business logic and APIs.

To change it up a bit I thought it might be fun to present not from my pre-configured, tested and working installation on my laptop, but to use an attendees laptop to kick off the first installation of our OpenShift Container Platform.

Imagine the powerful storyline, when a presenter borrows your laptop for the first 30 minutes of the workshop and showcases kicking off installation so easy it works on ANY laptop?

Monday, June 11, 2018

3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud (Part 2)

three pitfalls
The daily cloud hype is all around you, yet there are three pitfalls everyone should avoid.

From cloud, hybrid cloud, to hybrid multicloud, you’re told this is the way to ensure a digital future for your business. These choices you’ve got to make don’t preclude the daily work of enhancing your customer's experience and agile delivery of those applications.

Let's take a journey, looking closely at what hybrid multicloud means for your business. Let's examine the decisions being made when delivering applications and dealing with legacy applications. Likely these are some of the most important resources to your business.

This article highlights three pitfalls everyone should be aware of when transitioning into hybrid multicloud environments. It's based on experiences from interactions with organizations working to conquer hybrid multicloud while delivering their solutions.

In part one, we covered the basic definitions to level the playing field. We outlined our views on hybrid cloud and multicloud, making sure to show the dividing lines between the two. This sets the stage for the first pitfall where we look at why cost is not always the obvious motivator for moving in to the cloud.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Shift Developer Conference 2018 - How to Jump Start a Career in Open Source (slides)

shift developer
As previously posted, I spent this week at the largest developer conference in Southeast Europe, known as the Shift Developer Conference 2018.

I gave a talk on the soft skill side of development, suggesting some ways to jump start a career in open source. I did not mention coding, pull requests or even suggest to join a coding project. It's more subtle than the obvious components one would expect in such a topic.

My career in open source has been a long one and I think I've got a few good tips, tricks and pieces of advice based on what's worked on this long and wonderful journey.

Take a look at the slides, see if you can find a way to jump start your career in open source?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Scotland JBug - AppDev in the Cloud Workshop

jbug scotland
I'm heading back to my friends in Scotland to speak at the JBug Scotland next month.

It's a fun group of people that really seem to enjoy working with open source and JBoss software stacks.

This time around I'm bringing a full hands-on workshop showcasing application development in the cloud using containers, JBoss middleware, services, business logic and APIs.

The event is on June 6th, 2018 from 16:15 to 19:30 or so... be sure to register online so they can order the right amount of food.

The abstract for the workshop and talk:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Get a Signed Copy of Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM

effective business process management with jboss bpm
As mentioned previously, a few weeks ago in San Francisco, CA I spent some time signing copies of my book Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM for attendees of the Red Hat Summit.

Since the book was launched as a free ebook download on Red Hat Developers, it was not really possible to get your hands on a real paper copy of the book.

Until now.

With over 200 put in print for Red Hat Summit, it was amazing to see the lines of people wanting to meet, greet and obtain their signed copies.

If you would like to receive a copy, possibly signed by me, read further.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Shift Developer Conference 2018 - How to Jump Start a Career in Open Source

shift developer
A conference in a resort town of Split, Croatia was something I had to see, as you know I have a lot of content to share so I dove in deep on open, application development, cloud and containers with the call for papers.

The acceptances came in and I've been asked to provide a session on the softer skills area of developer and development career advice.

My career in open source has been a long one and I think I've got a few good tips, tricks and pieces of advice based on what's worked on this long and wonderful journey.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Red Hat Summit 2018 - 3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Mulitcloud (recording)

red Hat sumit
In my previous article I highlighted the talk and lab I'm presenting at this years Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA next week.

As promised in the session talk we have, both Roel Hodzelmans and myself have the slides used here online and available for your viewing pleasure.

The only thing missing was the video recording... which we have now online:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Red Hat Summit 2018 - 3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Mulitcloud (slides)

red hat summit
In my previous article I highlighted the talk and lab I'm presenting at this years Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA next week.

As promised in the session talk we have, both Roel Hodzelmans and myself have the slides used here online and available for your viewing pleasure.

For completeness, the abstract is presented here and followed by the slides.

3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multi-Cloud

red hat summitThe daily hype is all around you. From cloud, hybrid cloud, to hybrid multi-cloud, you’re told this is the way to ensure a digital future for your business. These choices you’ve got to make don’t preclude the daily work of enhancing your customer's experience and agile delivery of those applications. Let us take you on a journey, looking closely at what hybrid multi-cloud means for your business, the decisions being made about delivering applications, and dealing with legacy applications, likely the most important resources to your business. Join us for an hour of power, where real customer experiences are used to highlight the three top lessons learned as they transitioned into hybrid multi-cloud environments.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with DevOps, Modern AppDev and more

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article you'll tour the theme of get hands-on with labs focused on a mix of topics that have yet to be covered yet in this series. You'll experience a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency, modern application development techniques, real devops solutions, and data storage in the cloud.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with Hybrid Cloud

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article you'll tour the theme of get hands-on with labs focused on hybrid cloud. You'll learn how to get started with cloud native apps, using OpenShift on a public cloud, focus on operator tasks with a container platform, optimize your existing IT by migrating VM's easily from one infrastructure to another in your hybrid cloud, and build base images for your public cloud infrastructure.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Signing: Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM

developers
Early this year the book Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM launched a free ebook on Red Hat Developers that you can download.

Next week I'll be at the Red Hat Summit 2018 conference in San Francisco, CA, at the Moscone Center speaking and presenting a hands-on lab.

The surprise event is that Red Hat authors will be spending time at the booth where we'll be signing copies of our respective books.

Look for me at the following times at the section labeled DevZone ready to give you and sign a copy of Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM:
  • Tuesday, 8 May: 12:00 - 13:00
  • Thursday, 10 May: 13:00 - 13:45

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Portland Java User Group (PJUG) Session and Slides

portland java user

As I mentioned previously, I was going to be on the west coast for a few weeks and was invited to speak for the Portland Java User Group (PJUG).

The eventing was hosted by a recruitment company with pizza and drinks for all. We had 29 registered for the event an about 20 in the room when I kicked of the talk.

There was a lot of active discussions at the end and several attendees approached afterward about getting started on their own laptops with the workshop that was showcased.

Here is the abstract again and the slides:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with Cloud Management

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article, the focus narrows to cloud management, where you can get hands-on with everything from open cloud management technologies, create a self-service portal, ensure you're familiar with all the details behind your infrastructure configurations, learn how to manage a container platform beyond initial installation and experience diverse infrastructure automation tools.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Inside Open Innovation Labs Residency (Part 3)

inside open innovation labs
This article is the final in a series taking the reader on a journey. We're taking a peek inside life in a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency.

This is the top tier experience for any customer*, exposing them to open collaboration, open technologies, and fast agile application delivery methods.

This experience often escapes organizations attempting digital transformation, so through submersion in an Open Innovation Labs residency Red Hat shares its experience in managing, developing, and delivering solutions with communities, open technologies and open collaboration.

Join me as I share experiences from inside a real life residency, watching Red Hat work intimately with a customer, exposing new ways of working, leveraging open technologies using fast, agile application delivery methods and open collaboration.

In the first part, I shared what's in a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs Residency. Then in part two, I looked at what I encountered as the residency progressed towards delivery. All that's left is to share the delivery week, known as Demo Day.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cloud Happiness - How to install new OpenShift Container Platform 3.9 in just minutes

cloud happiness
Get OpenShift Container Platform v3.9 today!
Since the release of the OpenShift Container Platform  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 3.9 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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Portland Java User Group (PJUG) - 10 Steps to Cloud Happiness

portland java user
In a few weeks, on 24 April 2018, I'm going to be on the west coast of the US. I reached out to the local user groups some time ago and we've completed the planning to drop by for an evening of fun in the cloud.

It's very exciting to be presenting in my home town, something I don't think I have ever done before believe it or not.

The Portland, Oregon Java User Group, known as PJUG, will be hosting my talk. Register and let them know you're coming in the Meetup group.

My talk abstract is all about having fun on your own laptop:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with OpenStack

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article a theme based on OpenStack featuring how to get hands-on with everything from your first experience on the platform, to deep dives with director, to digging into containerized OpenStack Platform, to exploring software defined networking with OpenStack, and deploying a containerized highly convergent infrastructure.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

DevConf.us 2018 - Process driven development, cloud, containers and more...

devconf.us 2018
DevConf.us 2018 is the 1st annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference for community project and professional contributors to Free and Open Source technologies at the Boston University in the historic city of Boston, USA.

As a big fan of this type of grass roots conference, I'm supporting by putting in a few talks and a workshop hoping to foster some of that exchange that's open source fundamentals.

Here are the details around when and where you can find me.

When: Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19, 2018

Venue: Boston University, George Sherman Union Building

You should consider attending this DevConf event if you are:
  • A developer
  • A technology architect
  • An IT consultant
  • An IT student or a teacher from an IT university/faculty
  • Or simply an IT enthusiast interested in the latest trends in open source and emerging digital technologies
Talks, presentations, and workshops will all be in English. I submitted the following sessions:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with RHEL

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article let's examine a track focusing only on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It's a selection of labs where you'll get hands-on with package management, OS security, dig into RHEL internals, build a RHEL image for the cloud and more.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud (Part 1)

three pitfalls
The daily cloud hype is all around you, yet there are three pitfalls everyone should avoid.

From cloud, hybrid cloud, to hybrid multicloud, you’re told this is the way to ensure a digital future for your business. These choices you’ve got to make don’t preclude the daily work of enhancing your customer's experience and agile delivery of those applications.

Let's take a journey, looking closely at what hybrid multicloud means for your business. Let's examine the decisions being made when delivering applications and dealing with legacy applications. Likely these are some of the most important resources to your business.

This article highlights three pitfalls everyone should be aware of when transitioning into hybrid multicloud environments. It's based on experiences from interactions with organizations working to conquer hybrid multicloud while delivering their solutions.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with Security

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessionsbirds-of-a-feather sessionsmini sessionspanelsworkshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

In this article, the focus narrows to security, where you can get hands-on with everything from cloud security, security compliance automation, developing secure solutions and digging in to container security.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Inside Open Innovation Labs Residency (Part 2)

inside open innovation labs
This series takes the reader on a journey, taking a peek inside life in a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency. This is the top tier experience for any customer*, exposing them to open collaboration, open technologies, and fast agile application delivery methods.

This experience often escapes organizations attempting digital transformation, so through submersion in an Open Innovation Labs residency Red Hat shares its experience in managing, developing, and delivering solutions with communities, open technologies and open collaboration.

Join me as I share experiences from inside a real life residency, watching Red Hat work intimately with a customer, exposing new ways of working, leveraging open technologies using fast, agile application delivery methods and open collaboration.

In the first part, I shared what's in a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs Residency. For part two, let's look at what I encountered in my first real life residency.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ultimate Guide to Red Hat Summit 2018 Labs: Hands-on with Linux Containers

ultimate guide red hat summit labs
This year you've got a lot of decisions to make before you got to Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, CA from 8-10 May 2018.

There are breakout sessions, birds-of-a-feather sessions, mini sessions, panels, workshops, and instructor led labs that you're trying to juggle into your daily schedule. To help with these plans, let's try to provide an overview of the labs in this series.

Our first article is starting with a focus on Linux containers, where you can get hands-on with everything from container security, containerizing applications, developing container solutions and digging in to container internals.

The following hands-on labs are on the agenda, so let's look at the details of each one.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Launched - Effective Business Process Management with JBoss BPM

Are you interested in an introduction to the concepts of process management (BPM)?

Do you want to learn how your business can leverage process driven application delivery?

Are you looking for an easy to understand guide to mastering Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite tooling?

Do you want a step-by-step introduction to setting up JBoss BPM Suite, then coverage of practical and important topics like data modeling, designing business rules and processes,  detailed real world examples, and tips for testing?

For the last few years I've been working on putting years of working with JBoss BPM Suite, community projects Drools and jBPM together in one easy to understand book.

In 2017, Red Hat put the first chapter online for free and literally thousands downloaded it starting their journey on the road to delivering process driven application with JBoss BPM Suite. Many of you have reached out over the years to ask about the completion of this book and where you can get it.

The good news isthat the book is available and Red Hat's providing ebook downloads for free!

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

All Things Open 2018 - Career, Cloud and OpenSource

all things open
Last year I planned on targeting this great conference in the South of the US, called All Things Open. After submitting my talks I was forced to back out due to work priorities requiring my presence elsewhere, something I have never done to a conference, ever.

I made a mental note to go all in the next time around and here it is, in Raleigh, North Carolina from Oct 21-23.

The call for papers deadline is April 24th, so get your talks in if you have them. I have put forth a mix of soft skills and hard core cloud application delivery sessions that I hope get me in the door.

Here's what I came up with.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Shift Developer Conference 2018 - Diving in deep with Open, Containers, Cloud and AppDev

shift developer
I have been watching the Shift Developer Conference for some time, but it rarely has fit into my schedule so attendance was never an option.

This year the stars are aligned and I pulled this one into my must-do list.

Not only do I plan to attend this conference, I've taken it a step farther and submitted some of my ideas as a test bed for their validity. I am always working towards new and better ways to share what's going on in my world, so here's what I have come up with.

I have a few ideas to share some of the softer skills that have been a part of my toolbox as a developer in the open source universe I live in. These first two sessions target these kinds of talks, so we'll see if this conference gives them any traction:

Monday, January 29, 2018

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness: Step 10 - Agile Cloud Service Integration

10 steps cloud happiness
This is the tenth step on our journey introducing a path to cloud happiness, one that started four months ago and it's been a vast array of content to help you discover the joys of cloud development.

It's the pinnacle of your climb to the top where you find cloud happiness, having led you from the basics to the more advance solutions as you learn how to leverage development, containers, a container platform and more.

As previously discussed in the introduction, it's possible to find cloud happiness through a journey focused on the storyline of digital transformation and the need to deliver applications in to a cloud service.

Application delivery and all it's moving parts such as containers, cloud, platform as a service (PaaS) and a digital journey requires some planning to get started. There's nothing like hands-on steps to quickly leverage real experiences as you prepare.

In earlier steps you covered how to get a cloud, the use of a service catalog, how to add cloud operations functionality, centralizing business logic, process improvement, the human aspect, a retail web shop, curing travel woes, and explored financial solutions, so what's next?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AppDev in the Cloud - Data Virtualization Solves Acquisition Use Case

appdev cloud data virtualization
In a past role I helped put together a rather expansive travel agency booking project to show some of the more interesting feature of JBoss BPM Suite.

The project continued to expand over time, adding on not just a bookings process, but also a payment process that included advanced features like compensation (rolling back bookings), integration of traditional web services in service tasks and a credit card fraud detection system.

An interesting use case came to light that required the use of a data virtualization tool and this travel booking example project was a perfect fit. It's a use case where a sister travel agency is acquired mid-booking season and we don't want to have to re-deploy new applications to account for maintaining data in two disparate location.

Before we get into the solution, let's look closer at the use case shall we?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Inside Open Innovation Labs Residency (Part 1)

inside open innovation labs
This series takes the reader on a journey, taking a peek inside life in a Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency. This is the top tier experience for any customer*, exposing them to open collaboration, open technologies, and fast agile application delivery methods.

This experience often escapes organizations attempting digital transformation, so through submersion in an Open Innovation Labs residency Red Hat shares its experience in managing, developing, and delivering solutions with communities, open technologies and open collaboration.

Join me as I share experiences from inside a real life residency, watching Red Hat work intimately with a customer, exposing new ways of working, leveraging open technologies using fast, agile application delivery methods and open collaboration.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness: Step 9 - Exploring Financial Services

10 steps cloud happiness
Step 9 - Exploring Financial Services
Every journey starts at the beginning and this journey's no exception, a journey of 10 steps to cloud happiness

As previously presented in the introduction, it's possible to find cloud happiness through a journey focused on the storyline of digital transformation and the need to deliver applications in to a cloud service.

Application delivery and all it's moving parts such as containers, cloud, platform as a service (PaaS) and a digital journey requires some planning to get started. There's nothing like hands-on steps to quickly leverage real experiences as you prepare.

Previously we covered how to get a cloud, the use of a service catalog, how to add cloud operations functionality, centralizing business logic, process improvement, the human aspect, a retail web shop, and curing travel woes, so what's next?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

AppDev in the Cloud - Financial Services with Process Driven Application

AppDev Cloud
Process driven with KPI's
There has been much written about AppDev in the Cloud on this site.

From series on cloud happiness to example demo projects, it's all about getting you started with containers, application delivery, and open technologies to support your digital journey.

Not only that, it's a starting point for your hybrid cloud planning, satisfying the need for running your applications anywhere. You have been running examples provided here locally on your machines, in your data centers and in your private cloud, and now you can continue that journey with container deployments and applications delivery that can span many cloud providers.

Along these lines there are always processes in your organization that are being optimized for maximizing your customer's experiences with your services. A good example of this is automating and easing a new customers onboarding experience in your organization. To this end, you are driving business through process driven applications that integrate services, front end applications and processes in your organization to ease new customers onbaording experience.

Let's take a closer look through the use of an example project with open technologies by Red Hat.