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Business Agility Through DevOps and Continuous Delivery

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The principles of Continuous Delivery and DevOps have been around for a few years. Developers and system administrators who follow the lean-startup movement are more than familiar with both. However, more often than not, implementing either or both within a traditional, large IT environment is a significant challenge compared to a new age, Web 2.0 type organization (think Flickr) or a Silicon Valley startup (think Instagram). This is a case study of how the consultancy firm I work for delivered the largest software upgrade in the history of one blue chip client, using both.
Background The client, is one of Australia's largest retailers. The firm I work for is a trusted consultant working with them for over a decade. During this time (thankfully), we have earned enough credibility to influence business decisions heavily dependent on IT infrastructure.
A massive IT infrastructure upgrade was imminent, when our client wanted to lev…

HowTo: Install make on a Mac without XCode

I love it when things 'just work' and the osx-gcc-installer is a nice, all in one package that will install make and other GNU build essentials for your Mac without having to install XCode. The pre-built binaries are available for both Snow Leopard (OSX 1.6.x) and Lion (OSX 1.7.x). So this is great if you have the older version of OSX.

You can get the installer from the link above or from the download page.