Breaking Down DevOps

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This article is the first in a series discussing trends, tools, and processes related to your Software Delivery processes.  We will uncover how taking on a DevOps mindset and making incremental changes can have a tremendous impact and ROI to your organization. 

Recently, we developed 5 Misconceptions about DevOps, a guide highlighting the top misconceptions around DevOps today and sharing our perspective on the true state of DevOps today.  Download it and read on as we dig in further to DevOps.

Jason FarmerBreaking Down DevOps

A Simple, “Thank You”

thank you_sqSince a young age we have all been reminded of the importance of saying, “thank you.”  After so many years of using the phrase, it can be easily forgotten that thank you is more than good manners. Thank you can be a powerful gesture, especially as a punctuation point on the interview process.

You may ask yourself, “Why should I write a thank you note?” Why not? The worst that can happen is that the note is ignored, and the best-case scenario is you set yourself apart from other interviewees and land a new position. Even if you made a great impression in the interview, a thank you note can serve to provide a positive reminder for the interviewers.

Mike WestA Simple, “Thank You”

Digging In with THE INTERNS

Digging In is a rDigging In with THE INTERNS_SQegular series of blog posts profiling UDig employees. We hope this series helps you to get to know our team and understand why we dig what we do!

This summer, UDig Richmond had the pleasure of hosting two summer interns.  As they head back to school, we had one last request… a recap of their experience for the blog.  Read on to hear their accounts of what’s it’s really like to work at UDig.

 Best of luck at school Kensley & Reid!   

Amy ThompsonDigging In with THE INTERNS

Cloud Strategy: Where are you now?

Andy cloud sq2015 was predicted to be a big year for cloud computing. Multiple reports cited cloud computing as the 2nd largest expenditure in technology behind security in 2015. We are more than half way through 2015 and we are seeing our customers consume more cloud services. Each one of the cloud strategies we work on with our clients is different. They have discrete goals and needs, and those requirements drive our engagements.

Prior to 2015 the big driving factors behind cloud utilization were:

• Accelerate application development
• Decrease maintenance and support efforts
• Flexible OpEx Cost Structures
• Increase opportunity for collaboration
• Reduce business continuity risk

Our experience with our clients has validated that these factors are still the driving force for increased spend in cloud services. Many of our clients have already addressed lower risk solutions like email, disaster recovery and infrastructure as a service.

As cloud computing matures, clients are starting to realize more specialized cloud services focused on processing data, analytics and delivering business applications. The themes and challenges for cloud strategy are evolving. For early adopters, we have started to see the following two issues emerge:

Andy FrankCloud Strategy: Where are you now?

UDig Ranks No. 4353 on the 2015 Inc. 5000

inc5000_num_4353RICHMOND, VA, August 12, 2015Inc. magazine today ranked UDig No. 4353 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

CEO and Founder, Andy Frank, stated “This recognition by Inc., is a testament to the great work our consultants are doing for a wide variety of clients across the country.  Being named to the Inc. 5000 list for the third time, along with our expansion into consulting services and new Nashville office, are tangible evidence of the phenomenal growth and excitement at UDig.”

Amy ThompsonUDig Ranks No. 4353 on the 2015 Inc. 5000

Leveraging Technology to Save Lives

Saving Lives_sqOur consulting staff brings a wide range of technology expertise to the table supporting an equally diverse client roster, including organizations in the software development, data analytics, trade and logistics, and financial services arenas, among many others.  The common thread to our team members’ contributions is that they all measurably contributed to either running our clients’ business more efficiently and/or increasing their profitability.

Jeff GrimmLeveraging Technology to Save Lives

Technology on the Menu for Restaurant Owners?

technology on the menu_sqThe restaurant industry is continuing to see consecutive year over year growth.  Sales are expected to hit a record high of over $709 billion in 2015.  It seems new restaurants continue to pop up on every corner.  The National Restaurant Association estimates the industry now impacts nearly 10%, or $1.6 trillion, of the entire US GDP.

In every other industry, technology is continually driving change.  Restaurants are now playing catch up.   The industry needs and will continue to adapt better technology; tools to solve real problems in the industry, like revenue management, cost management, and training.

Joanna CurrenceTechnology on the Menu for Restaurant Owners?

Consultant Spotlight: Jim M.

Consultant SpotlightI had the pleasure of assisting Jim in his career search a little over 2 years ago. He has a proven track record of working through all phases of project management, product launch and customer engagement. Jim had just helped build a company from start-up to successful business venture with multi-million dollars in annual sales. He developed new product initiatives supported in a cloud computing environment for clients in the areas of online sales enablement, workflow automation, business process management and web-based learning.

Wahid OsmaniConsultant Spotlight: Jim M.

Evaluating Your Employment Options

Evaluating Options_sqIf you are in the market for new opportunities, chances are you are facing many difficult choices. One of the first things that will come to light is the types of opportunities that may be available. Typically, this means consulting or contract engagements, contract to hire or permanent positions. There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of position so let’s break them down.

Rob BrinkleyEvaluating Your Employment Options

Should I stay or should I go?

Sam -Q2 SQA study by Forbes Magazine recently stated 52% of Americans are unhappy at work.  Which begs that important question The Clash, a famous rock band from the 80’s, once asked.

“Should I stay or should I go?”

I was recently listening to one of my regular podcasts; which is based off the book Freakonomics.  The episode was entitled “The Upside of Quitting” and focused on prostitutes, baseball players, government officials and a couple of Amish women who had left their private Amish Community.  I’ll highlight some of the main points and how it relates to your current dilemma of staying in your current position or making a career change.

Sam LantorShould I stay or should I go?