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How DevOps Can Cut Innovation-Crushing Technical Debt
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Charlie Babcock
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1/22/2015 | 7:48:37 PM
The cloud is good for testing
You can also use the cloud to create a templorary test environment that has all the production elements. This is actually a big change from the days when the project leader had to go up and down the data center, trying to scarf a few servers for a test environment and falling short most of the time. It'll cost you in the cloud, but it's also a short lived expense. Production failures cost you also.
SachinEE
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1/22/2015 | 6:36:37 AM
Re: The code is good, but still doesn't run with all of an app's dependencies
@Charlie: Right you are. Having debts (both time and money) can lead to erratic decisions which would again lead to post release backlashes because of bad coding and/or bad support. This can only be eradicated if repeated checks and rechecks take place at each development station. Although it sounds easy but in reality, its a little tough. People working in the same department have less chances of seeing fault in a code that is working perfectly (the beta version) hence at the end of each development term, software developers should show the codes to other departments for corrections as well.
SachinEE
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1/22/2015 | 6:27:58 AM
Re: The code is good, but still doesn't run with all of an app's dependencies
"Being realistic at all stages and ensuring that the entire team is on the same page will help reduce those nasty surprises, but it only works if everyone has the right goals in mind!"

@Stratustician: That can come with a lot of floor management and counselling. Having a team under a leash is harshly looked down upon because it bottlenecks their working potential, but the reverse is true: without having a guidance, their skills would not be helpful at all.
Stratustician
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1/21/2015 | 3:16:53 PM
Re: The code is good, but still doesn't run with all of an app's dependencies
Just to add to this, throw in changing requirements, user feedback and ensuring that the right data and security controls are in place, and it's going to get really messy if you don't have the right checks in place as you are going along.  Requirements change, just like budgets, and if you ignore them like a bad credit card bill, you're just going to see something uglier when the interest (or vulnerabilities) hit.

Being realistic at all stages and ensuring that the entire team is on the same page will help reduce those nasty surprises, but it only works if everyone has the right goals in mind!
Charlie Babcock
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1/21/2015 | 2:56:43 PM
The code is good, but still doesn't run with all of an app's dependencies
This is a good commentary, Peter, and addresses the burden of accumulated software glitches and bugs that tends to build up into time-consuming maintenance problems. Many people ask how can so many bugs make it into production, and I don't think they have a picture of how frequently things change around productions systems, introducing new failure points. Developers can produce high quality code, but it still won't have 100% uptime unless its been thorougly regression tested -- will it work in the total, complex target environment.


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