In the world of Boston DevOps consulting, our mission is (as far as we know) unique. We’re here to help your team succeed with automating infrastructure and deploying software. But rather than asking you to outsource core skills, we help you build them in-house by working alongside your team to augment and mentor.
To highlight and clarify what that looks like in real life, I’d like to start out by summarizing three of Bitlancer’s “case study” client engagements (which we have permission to share).
We helped Localytics implement DevOps culture and tooling, enabling their developers to be more productive and self-sufficient, and better equipped to launch microservices. Some of the components of that engagement include AWS, CloudFormation, Amazon Code Deploy, SimpleAD, Chef for configuration management, and ThoughtWorks Go for continuous integration/continuous deployment. We also used LogEntries for log management and New Relic for performance monitoring.
Harvard Law School
We helped HLS improve database performance, maintenance and reliability by upgrading to a stable MariaDB environment, consolidating physical infrastructure with virtualization and performanc tuning, and automating database management and deployment with Puppet. We also upgraded HLS to Puppet 4 and standardized code on best practices, empowering employees to make changes themselves and work together productively without the need for Bitlancer’s intervention or services.
We helped Everseat implement CloudFormation and reliable Amazon ECS infrastructure, which allowed for better consistency across environments, and enabled any team member to deploy to production without the need to fully understand low-level details.
As I mentioned upfront, we are into mentoring. One way that can explicitly work is through our affordable CoPilot service, which comes in 3- and 10-hour increments per month. With CoPilot, we work closely with your team so that they own and understand your company’s cloud tooling, configuration management, CI/CD pipelines, and so on. We’ll meet at least once every two weeks and add value any way we can - whether it’s prioritizing backlog tasks, restructuring development teams, helping you architect upcoming product changes, or tracking down especially problematic bugs. Any remaining time is usually best spent on hands-on consulting work.
Besides mentoring, we also provide more conventional training. Here the goal is to help your team understand the key concepts related to “infrastructure as code” and how to apply them in your organization. Typical training topics include Chef Fundamentals, Intermediate Chef, Puppet, Git Fundamentals, CI/CD with Jenkins, and various offerings related to AWS and CloudFormation.
You might be interested to know that Bitlancer provides one of the ten largest commercial banks in the US with periodic Chef training at a dozen locations nationwide. This allows their developers to understand infrastructure as code; build ephemeral, cloud-based applications, and make changes faster and with more confidence.