Gitflow and VSO branch policies use them together.

Gitflow is great, it supports you and your team members in following a proper flow for branches and commits. See A successful Git branching and a successful Git branching model. Also happy Jakob Ehn made a Gitflow Visual Studio extension for VS2015, which is very useful. Visual Studio Branch policies are great too, it helps you and your team members to control the quality of a branch. VSO branch policies are release in May, see: Build preview, updated backlog navigation, branch policies, and more... – May 15    ‘Enabling branch policies will require changes to be submitted using pull requests.’ Using them together is great, but … GitFlow mainly executes on the loca... [More]

Visual Studio Online Wunderlist extension on GitHub

With the joining of Wunderlist with Microsoft an obvious scenario falls in place, a connection between Visual Studio Online and Wunderlist (team tasks versus personal tasks). Take carefully planned Team activates in Visual Studio Online with you, by putting them together with your daily tasks in Wunderlist, ideal for the busy programmer.  With this idea a weekend project has started. I already planned (on my Wunderlist task list :-) to learn more about the Visual Studio Online extensibility model.  This is an overview video of the functionality.   On GitHub you can find the sources. For the implementation I mainly used the VSO examples together with the Wunderlist ... [More]

Sogeti finalist Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management Partner of the Year 2015

Happy to mention we got awarded as finalist for the Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management partner of the Year 2015. See the Worldwide Partner Conference site. The credits go mainly to or adoption accelerator for Dev and Test on Azure service, OneShare. It is a nice follow up on or 2011 Country partner and or 2013 ALM partner awards.

Organize, start, stop, schedule (and snooze) Azure VM’s and stay within your Azure MSDN benefit boundary.

I can’t use my MSDN Azure benefit anymore, because I forgot to switch off a Virtual Machine.   It happens too often. Although it is easy to schedule a virtual Machine via the Azure portal (see: Script Center and azure automation ), users still forget to configure it or don’t take the time or simply don’t know how to do it. To make it easier to organize, start, stop, schedule (and snooze) Azure VM’s and stay within your MSDN Azure benefit we a light version of the O365 App ‘OneShare’.   Development and Test on Azure with OneShare. OneShare is a solution and service build by Sogeti for Development and Test teams who are using Azure for their environment needs (Cloud usage fl... [More]

OneShare promo video …

Already did a lot of post about Development and Test on Azure … see small list below. Now a promotional video about our Dev and Test services …   Make your team cost aware … cost driven development The DevOps battle field … provision, configure and deploy environments. Insight and Self Servicing needs for Dev & Test Teams DevOps technical meeting video: Ent DevOps | Cloud Teams | Dutch harbour case | Docker containers for DevOps 3 Challenges when Testing from and on the Cloud. Cloud usage flavors for Development and Test teams. Integrate Azure, Visual Studio Online and Office 365 with VSO Rest APIs. DECK: Azure for Teams Things to think of when... [More]

Make your team cost aware … cost driven development.

Cost is an interesting thing when developing on and for Azure. A team now has direct influence on the run cost of the different environments. Not only development and test but also staging and production is in their influence zone. With the right insight in environment cost a team can make architectural decision based on environment billing information. For example, within Azure you can put all the code in an Azure VM, which is easy (lazy) and pretty expensive when you have them On all the time. Specially when you have Azure VMs for al stages. See graph below, a team before 22 November everything on VM’s and always on, after 22 November with some more awareness the costs went down w... [More]

The DevOps battle field … provision, configure and deploy environments.

The current battle field in the software industry is among the provisioning and configuring of environments, specially cloud environments. To live the DevOps dream one of the skills a team must have is the capability to be fast and flexible in the provisioning, configuring and usages of environments. These environments cover not only test environments but also the complete needed ALM infrastructure and the team member workspace. See this post: Cloud usage flavors for Development and Test teams. Deployment Technologies An interesting part of the battle field gives this survey Deployments in .NET 2014/2015 Report  although the list of tools is pretty long it isn’t compete and mor... [More]

Insight and Self Servicing needs for Dev & Test Teams

Two important aspects must be given to teams who work from and on Azure. Insight and Self Servicing. Insight. Insight in usages of Azure resources (and money) in relation to the team activities. When you are in the automation business, you are lazy by default. Team members will forget to switch off machines. Team members will leave test environments running, even when there aren’t any test runs going on or planned. When you give team members direct insight how they are consuming Azure resource in relation with their activities, they will pay a lot more attention to it. With this insight the lower cost, pay per use, scenario will really take off. Self-servicing. Self servicing and so... [More]

DevOps technical meeting video: Ent DevOps | Cloud Teams | Dutch harbour case | Docker containers for DevOps

Live streamed on 16 Oct.. 2014 Welcome to the Live stream of our DevOps technical meeting! Program is as follows: 18.00-18.45u Introduction & Enterprise DevOps (Dave van Herpen, Sogeti NL) 18.45-19.30u Cloud Team, OneShare (Clemens Reijnen, Patriek van Dorp, Sogeti NL) 19.45-20.30u DevOps collaboration in the Dutch harbour (Peter Siepel, Schuberg Philis/Loodswezen) 20.30-21.00u Use of Docker containers for DevOps practices (Benoît Wilcox, Laurent Guerin, Sogeti France, via webcast)

3 Challenges when Testing from and on the Cloud.

When adopting the Cloud for your test work it comes with several challenges. Looking at the different usages flavors of the cloud for teams, read: Cloud usage flavors for Development and Test teams, then every flavors has its own challenges. Challenge 1: Team Workspace in the Cloud – Test Environment On Premise. The scenario is that the team adopted Team Member Workspace on Azure, but the infrastructure (test environments) are staying on-premise. The planning, preparation, specification and execution of the test work takes place on the team member workstation which is hosted in the Cloud. The challenges is that the execution of test are triggered from the public cloud and the test run... [More]

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