Cloud Native in Pharma and Banking: High Levels of Regulation ≠ Low Levels of Innovation

    It’s not enough just being agile. Developers and software engineers have spent years striving for freedom, in the tools they use, in the ways they apply them, and in the ways they innovate and seek to...

    How the World’s Most Valuable Insurance Firm Takes a Cloud Native Approach

    Allianz Direct is the European direct to customer arm of the world’s most valuable insurance brand. Regulated by the German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian authorities, it has taken advantage of a step ch...

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    What SRE Teams Can Learn from Business Continuity and Vice Versa

    Keeping our software up and running isn’t so different from keeping our organisations functional. We can learn from each other and use the same techniques.

    Enabling and Maintaining a Resilient Culture

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, the topic of resilience is something that’s been explored and discussed a lot lately. Early in the pandemic, Container Solutions’ co-founder Pini Reznik published a free eBook ...

    Pursuing Organisational Resilience in Times of Radical Uncertainty

    We think and write a lot about systems reliability at Container Solutions. We even hosted a free, live, virtual event on it on April 28th called WTF is SRE?, for the second year running. Like all thin...

    Podcast: Susanne Kaiser on Joining the Dots Between Wardley Mapping, Domain Driven Design and Team Topologies

    Charles Humble talks to Susanne Kaiser, an independent tech consultant from Hamburg, Germany, supporting organisations with building socio-technical systems. They explore her thinking on combining War...

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    The Edge of Space

    Recently, I was persuaded to take part in a Simon Wardley (of Wardley mapping fame) research group on the future of telecoms. I’m not a telecoms expert, but that wasn’t why I was asked. As well as an ...

    Reliable Innovation

    Creativity is thinking up new ideas. Innovation is doing new things. — Theodore Levitt Working with financial, retail, and telecommunications over the past couple years as a consultant, I’ve seen a bi...

    WTF is Value Stream Mapping?

    On the first episode of our “Hacking the Org” podcast, VP Engineering and Chief Architect at eBay Randy Shoup talked about how he used Value Stream Mapping to understand the bottlenecks in eBay’s deve...