2 06, 2015

Why Create a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Solution?

By | 2015-06-02T23:23:57+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|0 Comments

Architecting PaaS Solutions Part 1: Why Create a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Solution? Part 2: Storage Options with PaaS Part 3: PaaS Architecting: Designing Apps for the Cloud Part 4: PaaS Security (coming soon)   We learned a lot as we built our PaaS solution this past year. PaaS has been wonderful, and we thought some of our lessons learned [...]

28 04, 2015

The Cloud Changed Us. Should it Change You Too?

By | 2015-04-28T15:07:51+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|3 Comments

For the last few months, Northwest Cadence has been going through a transformation of sorts. You’ve come to know us as your partner in process improvement and ALM, specifically around agile transformation and developing a modern and mature software development practice. We’ve likely helped you move from more traditional software development practices to agile ones, [...]

21 04, 2015

How Your DevTest Practices Are Holding You Back

By | 2015-04-21T10:03:36+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|9 Comments

You know you're doing it. You know your development, test, and deployment practices are in serious need of repair, but you think you’re getting away with it because no one is calling you out. Well, my apologies in advance because that's what I'm doing. Your DevTest and DevOps practices are bad. Don't believe me? Here [...]

7 04, 2015

Why I was Afraid of Azure – A Technophiles Confession.

By | 2015-04-07T14:26:15+00:00 April 7th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|0 Comments

Let’s set something straight - I love technology. I love what it can do for my life.  I’ve been a first-adopter since the Apple II+.  You name it, I was one of the first people to use it, as evidence by the Palm Pilot, laserdiscs, mini-disc’s, that Casio wrist calculator, IoMega drives, and the Newton [...]

30 03, 2015

Azure Websites Are Better Than Your Current Web Solution

By | 2015-03-30T11:56:14+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

In the beginning, Azure was all about virtual machines (VMs).  At least for me.  My background is in infrastructure, so it is natural for me to think about technology within that framework.  Since a lot of the work I do uses virtualization technologies, specifically Hyper-V, VMWare, and Parallels, spinning up a virtual machine in Azure [...]

23 03, 2015

5 Things You Should Be Doing with Your Azure Subscription (and Aren’t)

By | 2015-03-23T08:58:22+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

In a previous article, I wrote about the value of an Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA).  An EA offers discounts and makes it easier to manage multiple Azure subscriptions.  If you don’t have an Azure EA, you should read this article.  If you have an EA or other Azure subscription, then hopefully you’re taking advantage of [...]

16 03, 2015

4 Reasons why an Azure Enterprise Agreement is Better than Pay-As-You-Go

By | 2015-03-16T15:40:17+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Azure|2 Comments

At Northwest Cadence, we recently developed software called Visual Cadence, which delivers powerful reports from your Team Foundation Server data.  The bulk of our development uses Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).  For the last year we’ve chosen to use Pay-As-You-Go to purchase our Azure services.  We recently discovered that an Enterprise Agreement (EA) would save us a [...]

3 03, 2015

4 Lies you Believe About Azure

By | 2015-03-03T16:03:55+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Azure|0 Comments

Infrastructure-as-a-service.  Cloud-sourcing your datacenter.  You’ve heard enough, right?  Over the last few months you’ve been inundated with Azure information.  By now you’re undoubtedly aware that Azure lets you build infrastructure in the cloud, providing you a way to (potentially) reduce your overhead by cloud-sourcing your datacenter.  You’ve also probably heard us pontificate on the value [...]

18 02, 2015

Integrating your Azure Active Directory with your on-Prem AD

By | 2015-02-18T10:51:36+00:00 February 18th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure|0 Comments

If you’re reading this you likely use Active Directory in your organization.  Active Directory provides authentication services for a network.  In other words, it validates your identity and gives you the ability to access resources on your network or on other connected networks when correctly configured. There are scenarios when you want to have Active [...]

17 02, 2015

Azure is more than Infrastructure

By | 2015-02-17T09:16:06+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Azure, DevOps|0 Comments

As DevOps continues to grow in everyday practice, companies are faced with a number of new and old constraints that slow down the development cycle. Some of these constraints are operational reaction time, “safe to fail” development platforms, standardized automation, manual error-prone workflows and operational costs which closely match demand and true capacity. Working with [...]