Agile In Action with Cloud Computing

Agile and Cloud computing are how software applications are delivered today. These trends are the result of advances in technology, ranging from increased processing power (which made virtualization a reality), and increased sophistication of storage area networks (which made storage seamlessly scalable), ubiquitous high-bandwidth network access, and the increased security and reliability of the Internet. Agile development processes optimize the opportunity provided by cloud computing by carrying out software releases iteratively and getting user feedback more frequently. With agile development, the application is constantly subject to the reality check of actual users putting it through its paces. As a result, …

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Cloud Benefits Not Falling on Deaf Ears in Startup Community

Recently I gave a talk at iLab’s CEO luncheon on my story founding and running CVSDude / Codesion to iLab member CEOs. iLab is a startup incubator based in Brisbane, Australia that we once were a member of ourselves. These talks let members share their experiences in running a successful startup. I remember going to these talks years ago and listening to the war stories people had about their past experiences, the lessons they had learned, things they would change and what went right. On the drive home I was going over some of the questions from the audience and how many of …

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Subversion Repository Configuration for SaaS

When you start using Subversion, you should look at some recommended directory layouts. If you just put your project at the root of the repository, then you haven’t left room for Subversion’s branches, which exist as directories alongside your main project directory. You should, at the very least, have a /trunk directory or equivalent, as recommended in this Subversion manual. This gives you some room to grow. Once you start adding branches, you might want to customize the layout to suit your particular process. As a SaaS company that values each developer having their own space where they can be creative, …

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EngineYard Roadshow Wrapup – Inside Scoop

I recently returned from visiting five cities as part of Engine Yard’s Roadshow (read the recap)- Boston, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The focus of the roadshow was on Ruby-on-Rails Performance in the Cloud. So, how is Codesion related to Ruby on Rails, and why was I invited? I describe that in the article below. But first, learn more about Codesion’s plans for git and security architecture in the video below. Rails’ performance on the Cloud is not only about application performance, for which Engine Yard provides a fully automated, turnkey solution.  Rails performance is also influenced by the development …

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Onwards and Upwards: Codesion Expands from Oz to California

Greetings from Palo Alto, California! Some of you may have read in recent news – such as Techcrunch, SD Times and Intranet Journal – that Codesion has made the strategic decision to move our corporate headquarters to the heart of Silicon Valley (local customers, feel free to drop by).  It’s true. It’s all part of a new chapter in the Codesion story, and one we anticipate will be welcomed by the two thirds of our subversion hosting customers who are US-based. Our US-based executives and teams will be focused on technical support, business development and marketing,  kicking off with the release of our new website and V4 Platform …

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Zuora- Monetizing the Business Cloud

Last night I was invited by Zuora.com, the leader in online subscription billing for SaaS companies, to present at their Z-Commerce Platform product release gig. Speaking to over 100 analysts, prospective and current Zuora clients in San Mateo CA, I described our experience of incorporating their new API-driven SaaS billing system to replace our PayPal system (watch this space- we are releasing soon). As part of the introduction, Zuora’s CEO Tien Tzuo described their use of Codesion to support their globally distributed development teams. Tien made several points that ring true with us as a company and I think many of our clients: 1. No Servers. Zuora …

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