Category “Culture”

Published
November 26, 2017
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Rob Meyer (@robfromca)
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re:Invent 2017 – Building High-Performing Cloud Teams

By Rob Meyer (@robfromca) in Cloud, Culture on November 26, 2017 | Responses (1)

Session: ENT217: Building High-Performing Cloud Teams This session is a part of the Chalk Talk series at re:Invent where presenters team up to have a slide-lite, interactive discussion with attendees.  Matt will be presenting with Ian Falconer, Engagement Manager from AWS to talk about how to optimize your teams to take full advantage of the new capabilities provided by the cloud. The hardest part about migrating to the cloud is often not the technical challenges themselves, but rather changing the culture to take full advantage of what it really means to…

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May 19, 2017
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Cloud and Finance – Lessons learned

This is a joint post with Abiade Adedoyin. Here at Expedia, we’re undergoing a strategic migration to the cloud. Like most others, we too first struggled to understand and manage our cloud spend. Over the past eight months, we learned some lessons and adopted certain practices to manage our cloud spend more predictably and efficiently than before. Here are the results of our practices: We increased the proportion of reserved instances (RIs) from under 40% to about 65% to 70%. See the “Compute Usage Hours” chart below. Our overall savings…

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Published
December 11, 2016
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Cloud Lock-In and Change Agility

By in Cloud, Culture on December 11, 2016 | Responses (1)

TL;DR Don’t Focus on Lock-In Insulation — Focus on Change Agility We are entering into a future of lock-in. Public clouds are no longer someone else’s computers or hosted services. These are fast becoming proprietary platforms with a bit of open source sprinkled in here and there. Almost everything you need to run an enterprise is now available as a pay-as-you-go platform on AWS, and Azure and GCP are not staying put. As difficult as it may be to swallow and accept this trend, it is important recognize that, anything that needs…

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Published
November 21, 2016
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Vithun Gajendra
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Gamifying Continuous Integration

By Vithun Gajendra in Cloud, Culture on November 21, 2016 |

For the last couple of years we’ve been moving applications from our data centers into the cloud. One of the advantages of moving to the cloud was that we could host our applications in different geographical regions bringing them closer to the user. Also each team working on an application gets the chance to easily have their app hosted on multiple environments (test/stress/integration/production). Having multiple versions of an application running at the same time across multiple regions and environments brought its own challenge of visibility. It was not straight-forward to know what’s running where…

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Published
November 7, 2016
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Jayanthan Padinjaredath
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Things that matter

By Jayanthan Padinjaredath in Culture on November 7, 2016 |

This week marked my second year at Expedia and I have been giving some thought to aspects of working with people and teams that I have found to be important. We know a lot about how technology, process, people, and budget choices impact how teams perform. The following are my beliefs around improving team performance that don’t always get the same attention. Building relationships Building genuine relationships is hard, but it’s also the most important thing you can do. Understanding that people are different, but each one will probably do some…

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