Monday, November 11, 2019

How to setup OpenShift Container Platform on your local machine in minutes

It's been awhile since I've talked about running OpenShift Container Platform on your local machine.

This mean a container platform at your finger tips, one you can experience the joys of cloud native development and automated rolling deployments. Since I started pulling together ways to easily experience this with OpenShift Container Platform, back with version 3.3 believe it or not, we've come a long ways.

For some time now I've been waiting for the local installation that stopped being supported with OpenShift Container Platform 3.9 to reappear in version 4.x. Well now it's finally here with the last release of OpenShift Container Platform 4.2, in the form of Code Ready Containers.

The idea was to make this as streamlined of an experience as possible by using the same OpenShift Container Platform Easy Local Install project. Let's take a look at what this looks like.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2020 submissions

It's that time of year again, where we all start putting our heads together and submitting our biggest ideas to the Red Hat Summit 2020 in San Francisco on Apr 27-29.

The last few years I've been lucky enough to head up the hands-on labs, meaning working with the selection team, the planning team, the labs development teams, the presenters, and finally the support teams on site. It's grown every year an last year was no less than 57 labs run for our attendees, with 6 of the top 10 voted sessions being hands-on labs. The top 3 of 4 for entire event where also hands-on labs sessions, so we're proud of our labs presenters!

As you can imagine, that is a lot of work that has caused my participation in other areas (like presenting sessions myself) to decrease noticeably across that time span. This year I've been able to scale back my participation in hands-on labs to just the selection planning, with another team assuming the development and delivery management phases.

Let's look at what this means for my participation in sharing open technology and ideas this year?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Red Hat Forum Poland - Keynote and 3 Ptifall Sessions (slides)

red hat forum
This week in Warsaw, Poland we entertained around a thousand attendees at the National Stadium for the Red Hat Forum Poland 2019.

For the keynote we had around 700 attendees in the main stage area and they were even lined up along the back and sides of the room. The turnout was exceptional.

Along with keynoting, we interacted with attendees on sessions covering the pitfalls of microservice and hybrid multicloud transitions for organizations.

Below you'll find the slides for each session.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Codemotion Rome 2020 submissions

codemotion rome 2020
It's that time of year again, where one of the best Codemotion conferences that is held in Rome on March 27-28, 2020.

I've been invited to speak there several times over the years but it's been awhile so it's time to try again with the topics and material that's been developed over the last year. There's workshop material focused on creating DevOps heroes, microservice tips, and a bit of career help with how open source  is the key.

These are the following submissions I've put forth for Codemotion Rome 2020:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Getting Started with Cloud Native Development on OpenShift Container Platform (video)

After hosting a webinar to kick start developers looking to get hands on with an easy to use Cloud Native developer tool chain, I wanted to share a step-by-step video with you.

The video walks through the use of Red Hat Developers hosted tooling for Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes (RHOAR) used to automate the setup of a full cloud native development tool chain.

First you'll use the Launcher to coordinate your setup, then choose a Spring Boot example application, create a git-based project with web hooks to push changes to an OpenShift Container Platform for automated build, test, and deployment using containers.

Check it all out here, done in just under 10 minutes.

Monday, October 14, 2019

How to Jump Start Your Career in Open Source (video)

open source career
Back in August I spent a week at DevConf.US and got to share a really special story that comes from personal experience while being involved in open source throughout my career.

It's one I've used to open events, as a keynote in various adjusted forms, and as a session like this one. One thing remains the same throughout each telling, it's about sharing how to jump start your career in open source.
It's a very special talk, one that reached out to each and every one of us regardless of your age, the number of years in your job, and most of all, no matter what you are doing right now you'll learn something new. Not many talks promise you that, do they?

Here's the session recording from DevConf.US 2019 in Boston University.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

3 Pitfalls Everyone Ignores with Microservices (video)

3 pitfalls microservices
Back in August I spent a week at DevConf.US talking about microservices, specifically about the 3 pitfalls everyone ignores with microservices.

If you follow the link back to that story you'll get the slides used.

While slides are often nice, there is nothing like being in the room to experience the real story telling around microservice pitfalls. Many are unable to attend specific events so it's really nice when a conference makes that extra effort to record sessions for posting online.

Here's the session recording from DevConf.US 2019 in Boston University.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Getting Started with Cloud Native Development on OpenShift Container Platform (webinar)

cloud native development
This week I'm hosting a webinar to kick start developers looking to get hands on with an easy to use Cloud Native developer tool chain. It's part of an introduction series of webinars (more here) to help participants get started with their hackaton competition using open source technologies.

This hackaton is sponsored by Red Hat and it's an amazing opportunity for you to leverage the power and disruptiveness of open source. What better way to do this than by teaming up with your best developer colleagues, compete against the best developers in Europe, and take home awesome prizes!

You choose the area. You choose the application, service, frameworks or programming languages you want to use for your solution. We only want you to leverage the power of open source technology provided by Red Hat and plan to mentor you through the process. 

In the webinar on Thursday, 10 Oct at 14:00 CET, I'll be walking you through, live and hands-on, how to setup the cloud native tool chain. You'll see how easy it is on the hand of an example front end application with database back end, then I'll show you how to generate a repository for the project code by linking to your Github account, and generating a CI/CD pipeline to build, test, and deploy directly in to your OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat OpenShift Application Runtimes (RHOAR) 
When: Thursday, October 10: 14:00 CET (30 minutes)

To Watch, follow this link: https://bluejeans.com/6370804305

I've recorded the session and annotated the experience for your viewing pleasure. Watch for this video to be posted here after the event. See you online later this week!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

DevOpsDays Raleigh 2019 - Creating Real DevOps Heroes (workshop)

DevOps Days
Today was the launch of  this new workshop, focused on creating real DevOps heros by sharing a brand new (for most) tool for their toolboxes at DevOps Days Raleigh.

Whether you're a developer or and operations minded person, it's always nice to have a powerful selection of tooling to choose from when tackling the various problems in your daily work.

When this session was accepted I was pretty excited as it gave me the chance to share something entirely new with process automation and DevOps at it's core. While thinking about how to leverage automation integration across organizations for more than just CI/CD and infrastructure automation, this workshop was born.

Here's the abstract and workshop slides for you to enjoy as it's designed for anyone to enjoy from any web browser at their own pace.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Red Hat Forum Poland - Keynote and a Journey Through 3 Pitfalls

red hat forum
Every year in the fall Red Hat organizes events known as Red Hat Forums. These are smaller versions of the experience you can have at Red Hat Summit, without having to travel to either Boston or San Francisco (they switch coasts every year). To make it even easier they are organized all over the various regions of the world, from North America, Europe, and Asia.

On occasion I'm asked to help out by presenting a keynote and sessions during one of the European Red Hat Forums. This year Ive been invited to speak at the Red Hat Forum Poland, presenting three sessions of which one is the opening technical keynote.

Join me in Warsaw, Poland on 5 Nov 2019 for an amazing lineup of keynotes and sessions covering a wide range of topics; Infrastructure & Hybrid Cloud, IT Management & Automation, Cloud-Native Development, and Middleware & Agile Integration.

I'll be talking in the keynote covering an overview of the Red Hat Technological News. After that I'll cover two breakout sessions on the following topics.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

5 Questions Everyone's Asking About Microservices (Question 5)

When discussing the development impact on existing applications while transitioning to microservices, there are five questions that keep popping up in one form or another. They are the same regardless of the size of the organization and seem to become part of strategy discussions later in the process as organizations move towards microservice architectures.

These articles cover questions that everyone should ask about microservices. Their based on experiences from interactions with organizations in the process of conquering microservices for existing development and for delivering modern applications.

Previously we covered four questions; the performance impact of microservices,  a question on state and monoliths, one about data and microservices, and on testing microservices.  In this fifth and final article we look at the confusion around using API management or service mesh.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Digital Architecture Design Day 2019 Keynote

digital architecture design day
On Thursday, November 14 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands a unique conference for IT architects will be hosted at the Congress center 1931. It's called the Digital Architecture Design Day 2019 (DADD) and they've been so kind as to invite me for a keynote slot.

What's the DADD you ask? Well, in their own words, "It's a community driven event that will reveal the best ways of putting strategy into practice for information intensive, medium to large sized ecosystems that deal with a complex environment. Our goal is achieving sustainable change and coherent solutions by exchanging visions from global thought leaders, best practices, learnings and ideas. Digital Architecture Design Day is a one day conference festival incl. evening program and walking dinner: playground of creativity, innovation and hands-on experiences. People come for the insight, but stay for the networking and fun!"

With a conference full of architects you can expect some of the keynotes to have titles focused on customer centrist design, digital transformation, and other technically focused topics. Nothing wrong with that, but I thought it might be fun to share a story with you about how being more open might just be the secret sauce for your career as an architect.

How's that work?

Monday, September 2, 2019

5 Questions Everyone's Asking About Microservices (Question 4)

When discussing the development impact on existing applications while transitioning to microservices, there are five questions that keep popping up in one form or another. They are the same regardless of the size of the organization and seem to become part of strategy discussions later in the process as organizations move towards microservice architectures.

These articles cover questions that everyone should ask about microservices. Their based on experiences from interactions with organizations in the process of conquering microservices for existing development and for delivering modern applications.

Previously we covered three questions; the performance impact of microservices,  a question on state and monoliths, and one about data and microservices. In this fourth article covers a question around testing stateful microservices.

Monday, August 26, 2019

5 Questions Everyone's Asking About Microservices (Question 3)

When discussing the development impact on existing applications while transitioning to microservices, there are five questions that keep popping up in one form or another. They are the same regardless of the size of the organization and seem to become part of strategy discussions later in the process as organizations move towards microservice architectures.

These articles cover questions that everyone should ask about microservices. Their based on experiences from interactions with organizations in the process of conquering microservices for existing development and for delivering modern applications.

Previously we covered the first question around the performance impact of microservices and the second question on state and monoliths. In this third article we'll take a look at data and your distributed microservices.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

5 Questions Everyone's Asking About Microservices (Question 2)

When discussing the development impact on existing applications while transitioning to microservices, there are five questions that keep popping up in one form or another. They are the same regardless of the size of the organization and seem to become part of strategy discussions later in the process as organizations move towards microservice architectures.

These articles cover questions that everyone should ask about microservices. Their based on experiences from interactions with organizations in the process of conquering microservices for existing development and for delivering modern applications.

Previously we covered the first question around the performance impact of microservices. In this second article we'll take a look at dealing with state after splitting up monolithic applications.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

DevConf.US 2019 - 7 Steps to Expanding Your AppDev Toolbox (slides)

Previously I talked about submitting to DevConf.us in Boston.

This week I was in Boston presenting three talks that got accepted.

It was a lot of fun and happy to see so many faces of friend, to meet so many eager new developers, and to share the stories I have to tell.

Below are the slides from the talk I gave on 7 steps to expanding your application development toolbox.

DevConf.US 2019 - How to Jump Start Your Career in Open Source (slides)

Previously I talked about submitting to DevConf.us in Boston.

This week I was in Boston presenting three talks that got accepted.

It was a lot of fun and happy to see so many faces of friend, to meet so many eager new developers, and to share the stories I have to tell.

Below are the slides from the talk I gave on how to jump start your career in open source.

DevConf.US 2019 - 3 Pitfalls Everyone Ignores with Microservices (slides)

Previously I talked about submitting to DevConf.us in Boston.

This week I was in Boston presenting three talks that got accepted.

It was a lot of fun and happy to see so many faces of friend, to meet so many eager new developers, and to share the stories I have to tell.

Below are the slides from the talk I gave on 3 pitfalls everyone ignores with microservices.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

5 Questions Everyone's Asking About Microservices (Question 1)

One of the joys of my role is that we're often talking to customers (or potential customers) about their concerns, their plans, and their strategies for moving their business forward based on open source technologies.

When discussing the application development impact on existing developed applications and transitioning to microservices there are five questions that keep popping up in one form or another. They are the same regardless of the size of the organization and seem to become part of strategy discussions later in the process as organizations move towards microservice architectures.

This article touches on five questions, in no particular order, that everyone should ask about microservices. It's based on experiences from interactions with organizations in the process of conquering microservices for existing development and for delivering modern applications.

In this article we'll take a look at the first question, one on the performance impact of microservices.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Beginners Guide - Building an Online Retail Web Shop Workshop (Technical Rules)

beginners guide red hat decision manager
With the release of Red Hat Decision Manager 7.3 I've started updating my free online workshop, a beginners guide to building an online retail web shop.

The previous article covered creating a guided rule for your online retail web shop.. This update is the for the sixth lab in this workshop, with more to follow. Learn how to create techical rules with Red Hat Decision Manager.

Below you'll find the embedded lab slides with all the instructions you need.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Beginners Guide - Building an Online Retail Web Shop Workshop (Guided Rules)

beginners guide red hat decision manager
With the release of Red Hat Decision Manager 7.3 I've started updating my free online workshop, a beginners guide to building an online retail web shop.

The previous article covered creating a domain specific language or DSL for your online retail web shop.. This update is the for the fifth lab in this workshop, with more to follow. Learn how to create guided rules with Red Hat Decision Manager.

Below you'll find the embedded lab slides with all the instructions you need.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

3 More Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud (slides)

3 pitfalls
Back by popular demand, the sequel has arrived that's expanding on the original 3 pitfalls everyone should avoid with hybrid multicloud.

This live online session was delivered on 11 July 2019 and can be watched on demand if you register for the access.

If you want to be fully up to date, catch the original session (recorded) that was delivered at Red Hat Summit 2018. Then jump on over to the all new sequel, 3 More Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud for more great tips and pitfalls.

Below are the slides and abstract for this session.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Beginners Guide - Building an Online Retail Web Shop Workshop (Domain Specific Language)

beginners guide red hat decision manager
With the release of Red Hat Decision Manager 7.3 I've started updating my free online workshop, a beginners guide to building an online retail web shop.

The previous article covered creating a domain model for your online retail web shop.. This update is the for the fourth lab in this workshop, with more to follow. Learn how to create a domain specific language or DSL with Red Hat Decision Manager.

Below you'll find the embedded lab slides with all the instructions you need.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Beginners Guide - Building an Online Retail Web Shop Workshop (Domain Model)

beginners guide red hat decision manager
With the release of Red Hat Decision Manager 7.3 I've started updating my free online workshop, a beginners guide to building an online retail web shop.

The previous article covered installing the tooling and setting up a project. This update is the for the third lab in this workshop, with more to follow. Learn how to create a domain model with Red Hat Decision Manager.

Below you'll find the embedded lab slides with all the instructions you need.

Monday, July 1, 2019

DevOps Days Raleigh 2019: DevOps Heroes Workshop Accepted

DevOps Days
Previously I posted about submitting a workshop to the DevOps Days Raleigh from 1-2 Oct 2019.

While thinking about how to leverage automation integration across organizations for more than just CI/CD and infrastructure automation, this workshop was born.

It's a perfect chance to test out some of my theories, so I was really happy to get an acceptance letter last week and I'll be in Raleigh, NC to present the following workshop on Oct 1-2:

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

3 More Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud (webinar)

hybrid multicloud
Back in 2018 we put together the first version of the talk about 3 pitfalls everyone should avoid with hybrid multicloud.

This talk was recorded and such a popular talk that it was top rated at Red Hat Summit 2018. It also garnered attention with a few of our customers which resulted in a tour through the middle of the US to present on-site.

After all this, we published a four part series of articles that outlines our thoughts. Later that year we were approached to help with a book you can now download for free, Multicloud Portability for Dummies, which is strongly based on the articles.

So let's look at the upcoming sequel.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Beginners Guide - Building an Online Retail Web Shop Workshop

beginners guide red hat decision manager
With the release of Red Hat Decision Manager 7.3 I've started updating my free online workshop, a beginners guide to building an online retail web shop.

This update is the first two labs in this workshop, with more to follow, that installs Red Hat Decision Manager on your laptop. After the installation you'll start by creating a new project for the online retail web shop you'll be building in subsequent labs.

Below you'll find the embedded lab slides with all the instructions and links to needed software components for Unix and Windows based machines.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Red Hat Tech Day 2019 - Open is Key to Your Career (slides)

red hat tech dayYesterday we kicked off the Red Hat Tech Day 2019 in Netherlands with a motivational keynote where I was asked to share stories on how the philosophy of 'open' is key to your career.

Over 200 attendees showed up and were both interactive and engaged about how they could look at themselves, share more of what they know, and as a side effect positively affect their careers.

With well over 50% of the audience indicating 15 years or more in the IT workforce, the topic was very relevant. Too many of us are engaged in work tasks and forget to share the vast wealth of knowledge we've acquired over these years.

Below the slides used in this keynote followed by the abstract originally posted on the event agenda.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

DevConf.US 2019 - Open Source Career with Automation Integration Acceptances

Previously I talked about submitting to DevConf.us in Boston.

After submitting I was asked to help chair the Application Development and Containers track, so told the organizers we would not be selecting any of my talks for our track.

I kind of assumed I would just be attending as a track chair to assist the speakers in presenting smoothly through the entire conference. Then last week the acceptance letters arrived and all three talks have been chosen.

Gonna be busy time but fun week in Boston, MA from Aug 17 - 19, so hope to see you at one of these talks or just for a chat in the halls.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Red Hat Tech Day 2019 - Open is Key to Your Career

red hat tech day
Next week, 18 June 2019 it's going to be a lot of hands-on open source technology at the Red Hat Tech Day 2019.

There's an all day agenda with several tracks that cover topics across cloud infrastructure, application development, and a hands-on lab series.

Before you join us, be sure to register and check out the agenda to plan out your day.

Below you'll find the complete agenda, including the outline of my keynote opening the event.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Beginners Guide: Multicloud Portability for Dummies

multicloud portability for dummies
This last year was a good year for talking about cloud, hybrid cloud, and hybrid multicloud.

We saw many organziations struggling with some of the same issues time and again. Their frustrations being voiced were enough that together with Roel Hodzelmans we pulled together an introductory session for Red Hat Summit 2018 entitled, 3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Hybrid Multicloud.

Based on reactions to this talk we decided to expand the reach with a series of four articles covering all aspects of the material.  The series was picked up through on DZone.com, generating so much interest that there's clearly a need for these multicloud insights.

Together with the 'for dummies' series, we came up with an outline based on our content, feedback from attendees, and the published articles. This become a free e-book you can download, so let's look at the outline.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

How To Setup Data Virtualization Tooling for CodeReady Studio 12

codeready studio
The release of the latest Red Hat developer suite version 12 brings with it a name change from Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio to Red Hat CodeReady Studio.

The focus here is not on the Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, a cloud and container development experience, but on the locally installed developers studio.

The new release brings with it the questions around how to get started with the various Red Hat integration, data, and process automation product tool sets that are not installed out of the box.

This series of articles continues to showcase how to install each set of tools and explains the products they are supporting. The hope is that an easy getting started experience helps you make informed decisions about the tooling you might want to use on your next development project.

There are three different software packs that offer tooling for various Red Hat middleware technologies:
  1. Red Hat Integration Development
  2. Red Hat Process Automation Development
  3. Red Hat Data Virtualization Development
This article will outline how to get started with the Red Hat Data Virtualization tooling with any of the CodeReady Studio version 12 releases.

Monday, May 20, 2019

How To Setup Process Automation Tooling for CodeReady Studio 12

codeready studio
The release of the latest Red Hat developer suite version 12 brings with it a name change from Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio to Red Hat CodeReady Studio.

The focus here is not on the Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, a cloud and container development experience, but on the locally installed developers studio.

The new release brings with it the questions around how to get started with the various Red Hat integration, data, and process automation product tool sets that are not installed out of the box.

This series of articles continues to showcase how to install each set of tools and explains the products they are supporting. The hope is that an easy getting started experience helps you make informed decisions about the tooling you might want to use on your next development project.

There are three different software packs that offer tooling for various Red Hat middleware technologies:
  1. Red Hat Integration Development
  2. Red Hat Process Automation Development
  3. Red Hat Data Virtualization Development
This article will outline how to get started with the Red Hat Process Automation tooling with any of the CodeReady Studio version 12 releases.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

How To Setup Integration Tooling for CodeReady Studio 12

codeready studio
The release of the latest Red Hat developer suite version 12 brings with it a name change from Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio to Red Hat CodeReady Studio.

The focus here is not on the Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces, a cloud and container development experience, but on the locally installed developers studio.

The new release brings with it the questions around how to get started with the various Red Hat integration, data, and process automation product tool sets that are not installed out of the box.

This series of articles continues to showcase how to install each set of tools and explains the products they are supporting. The hope is that an easy getting started experience helps you make informed decisions about the tooling you might want to use on your next development project.

There are three different software packs that offer tooling for various Red Hat middleware technologies:
  1. Red Hat Integration Development
  2. Red Hat Process Automation Development
  3. Red Hat Data Virtualization Development
This article will outline how to get started with the Red Hat Integration tooling with any of the CodeReady Studio version 12 releases.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019 - 3 Pitfalls Everyone Should Avoid with Microservices

red hat summit 2018Previously I mentioned that I'd submitted together with colleagues sessions on a diverse range of topics for Red Hat Summit 2019.

Early this year we heard back about one session being accepted.

Last week we spent an hour with around fifty of our closest microservices friends debating many of the pitfalls everyone should avoid with microservices, and it was a lot of fun!

Before we talk about the session, some background.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: Road to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to road to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 lab content.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to hybrid cloud infrastructure lab content.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: IT Automation and Management Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to IT automation and management lab content.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: IT Optimization Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to IT optimization lab content.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Integration Key to Customer Experience - Example Service Integration

omnichannel customer experience
Part 9 - Example service integration
In my previous article from this series we looked in to details that determine how your integration becomes the key to transforming your customer experience.

It started with laying out the process of how I've approached the use case by researching successful customer portfolio solutions as the basis for a generic architectural blueprint.

Let's continue looking at more specific examples of how these blueprints solve specific integration use cases.

This article walks you through an example integration scenario showing how expanding the previously discussed details provides blueprints for your own integration scenarios.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: Emerging Technology Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to emerging technology lab content.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

DevConf.US 2019 - Open Source Career with Automation Integration

Last year I submitted to this great conference, but for the first time since I've been doing conference submissions, I had to pull out due to unforeseen  circumstances.

I really wanted to make a point of returning to support this event, so I have put in three of my best talks. I hope the committee gives this another chance, as I've cleared my schedule for this event and can't wait to meet everyone at Boston University on 15-17 August.

Here's my list of submissions, fingers crossed:

Thursday, April 4, 2019

DevOps Days Raleigh 2019: DevOps Heroes - Adding Automation Integration to your Toolbox

DevOps Days
This year the same team running the All Things Open conferences has put together a DevOps Days Raleigh from 1-2 Oct 2019.

I couldn't resist as I've been thinking about how to leverage automation integration across organizations for more than just CI/CD and infrastructure automation.

This is the perfect chance to test out some of my theories, so I've submitted a full workshop format session. It's all about adding modern open source automation integration tooling to your DevOps toolbox.

Let's take a look at my session submission.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: Integration and API Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to integration and API lab content.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Red Hat Summit 2019: Cloud-native Application Development Labs Roadmap


Red Hat Summit 2019 is rocking Boston, MA from May 7-9th in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Everything you need to know about the current state of open source enterprise ready software can be found at this event. From customers talking about their experiences leveraging open source in their solutions, to the creators of open source technologies you're using, and all the way down to hands-on lab experiences on these technologies.

This hands-on appeal is what this series of articles is about. It's interesting to take a tour, so starting with this article let's examine a series of instructor-led labs based on a specific theme.

This week it's a roadmap to cloud-native application development content.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Modern Process Integration Tooling Workshop - Lab 7 Running Rewards Process

process automation manager workshops
Click to start workshop
Since starting to update my free online rules and process automation workshops that showcase how to get started using modern business logic tooling, you've come a long ways with process automation.

The updates started with moving from JBoss BPM  to Red Hat Decision Manager and from JBoss BPM Suite to Red Hat Process Automation Manager.

This article highlights the newest lab update for Red Hat Process Automation Manager, where you learn to run your completed automation project and explore data gathered in process and task reports.

Let's take a look at the lab shall we?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Integration Key to Customer Experience - Example Mobile Integration

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Part 8 - Example mobile integration
In my previous article from this series we looked in to details that determine how your integration becomes the key to transforming your customer experience.

It started with laying out the process of how I've approached the use case by researching successful customer portfolio solutions as the basis for a generic architectural blueprint.

Let's continue looking at more specific examples of how these blueprints solve specific integration use cases.

This article walks you through an example integration scenario showing how expanding the previously discussed details provides blueprints for your own integration scenarios.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Grace Hooper Celebration 2019 - Empowering a Career in Open

Later this year, from 2-4 Oct in Orlando, Florida is the Grace Hooper Celebration 2019.

As they say on the site, "Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest gathering of women technologists."

I've always admired this conference from afar, and have been a bit unsure if I should submit a session. It's often been an issue of not really having something specific to the theme of this conference, but now I do.

I've been tuning a topic for the better part of two years now and feel that I can tailor it towards helping empower women in open careers.

I've submitted the following session and have my fingers crossed.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Beginners Guide: How to Configure an Email Service Task for Red Hat Process Automation Manager

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Recently I've been updating my free online workshops, specifically the series based on JBoss BPM Suite so that you can get started with the newer Red Hat Process Automation Manager.

In this article I'm sharing something that I've stumbled on while trying to use email notifications in my automation project.

I discovered while updating this project that the email service task, a task type that should allow you to send emails from a process, is not pre-configured out of the box. Not only that, I'm unable to find the solution online for Red Hat Process Automation Manager.

Let's fix that shall we and take a look at what's needed to get our emails flowing in our processes?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Modern Process Integration Tooling Workshop - Lab 6 Creating Process and Task Forms

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Since starting to update my free online rules and process automation workshops that showcase how to get started using modern business logic tooling, you've come a long ways with process automation.

The updates started with moving from JBoss BPM  to Red Hat Decision Manager and from JBoss BPM Suite to Red Hat Process Automation Manager.

This article highlights the newest lab update for Red Hat Process Automation Manager, where you learn to create a process start form and user task forms.

Let's take a look at the lab shall we?