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Dance like Nobody’s Watching; Encrypt like Everyone Is

While AWS is making computing easier, it can be challenging to know how to effectively use encryption. In this screencast, we provide an overview of the encryption landscape on AWS. This includes services like AWS Certificate Manager, AWS Key Management Service, and the Encryption SDK, which provide encryption in transit and at rest. In addition, Read more…

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Value Stream Mapping with Mock Pipeline

Value stream mapping (VSM) is a technique for modeling process workflows. In software development, one of the key reasons for creating a VSM is determining the bottlenecks slowing down the delivery of value to end users. While VSM is used in many different industries (mostly related to physical goods), the topic of this post is Read more…

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App Modernization on AWS Powered by DevOps

A great number of enterprises seek to modernize their applications for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Many find it can be challenging on which approach to embrace. Do they leverage the cloud for its capabilities or use an abstraction layer? How should product teams be organized and which practices should they adopt? In this post, we’ll Read more…

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Continuous Compliance on AWS using AWS Config Rules

How does compliance work in many organizations? From what I’ve seen, it might look something like this: ‘Internal compliance is conducting an audit in three weeks, we need to make sure we’re compliant with all of our internal policies’. What ensues is a heroic effort of people discovering or creating documents and other artifacts indicating what Read more…

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Measuring DevOps Success with Four Key Metrics

Over the years at Stelligent, we’ve used many metrics and have debated on which are best for our customers. Therefore, it’s extremely beneficial to finally have a canonical source for the relevant metrics that matter to organizations that is backed by data and analysis – if for no other reason then to stop wasting time on debating the finer points of certain metrics. Read more…

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AWS re:Invent 2018 DevOps re:Cap

Stelligent was 50 people strong at the AWS re:Invent 2018 conference in Las Vegas, NV. We were particularly proud as we announced that we are the only group at our size that is 100% AWS certified (yes, this means executives, sales, marketing, operations, and engineers). There were over 80 product announcements at the conference. Of Read more…

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A DevOps on AWS Enterprise Transformation

In helping enterprises transform their engineering organizations and apply DevOps practices on AWS, we are often introduced to all types of legacy systems and processes. Let’s imagine an enterprise that might have hundreds of brownfield applications and services and they want to move some of these applications to AWS. Let’s also assume they don’t see Read more…

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Segregation of Duties on AWS

In the book, Accelerate, by Forsgren, et al., it states the following about Segregation of Duties:   What About Segregation of Duties?…First, when any kind of change is committed, somebody who wasn’t involved in authoring the change should review it either before or immediately following commit to version control. Second, changes should only be applied Read more…

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Troubleshooting AWS CodePipeline Artifacts

AWS CodePipeline is a managed service that orchestrates workflow for continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment. With CodePipeline, you define a series of stages composed of actions that perform tasks in a release process from a code commit all the way to production. It helps teams deliver changes to users whenever there’s a business Read more…

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Automating Amazon Polly for WordPress

In our previous post on automating AWS Budgets, I included an embedded audio file that read each word of the blog post. I did this using an AWS service called Amazon Polly – which turns text into lifelike speech using deep learning. I got the idea after noticing that Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist at AWS, had started providing this capability Read more…