Questions to Ask Before Implementing DevOps

DevOps is a method of collaborative software development that stresses on the interdependence of technology operations, software development interdependence, and quality assurance teams.

 

Do You Need DevOps?

 

Before you get ahead of yourself to implement DevOps, you need to be sure that it’s not some basic but useful remedy for poor collaboration among your team. Some concerns that will arise include:

  • How to implement DevOps
  • Does DevOps need significant restructuring?
  • How can DevOps teams interact with the rest of the teams in infrastructure and applications?
  • When can a DevOps team sit in the company structure?

As a concept, this certainly improves handoffs and collaboration between operation and application development teams. However, the goal is to focus on the challenge of interaction instead of opting for DevOps just because other companies like it.

 

Three essential questions to ask

 

As an infrastructure executive, you need to consider …

What are the Consequences of Driving Without Insurance

Most states only require drivers to carry liability insurance. There are exceptions. If your vehicle is financed, the lender will want you to have full coverage in case it is totaled. This protects their investment. When you think about what could happen if you are caught without it, the cost of liability insurance seems minimal.

Losing Your License

One of the consequences of driving without insurance is the loss of your license, particularly if you are in an accident. If the accident is your fault, losing your license is the least of your worries. The other drivers insurance company will probably sue you for damages. It does not matter if they had uninsured motorist insurance. You are still responsible for the damages.

Other Consequences

If you get stopped for any reason and have no automobile insurance, you are facing hefty fines, possible jail time, suspension of your license and registration, …

How to Cut Down on Your Mosquito Numbers This Summer

The worst part about living in the Southern United States in the summertime is the mosquitoes.

These buzzy nuisances are responsible for tremendous illness and widespread disease—not to mention, their bites are itchy, painful, and can easily become infected. All of this, and their sheer annoyance, means you need ways to cut down on the number of mosquitoes in your yard this summer. And here’s how.

Sprinkle Coffee Grounds in Standing Water to Deprive Mosquito Eggs of Oxygen and Nutrients

Coffee grounds are dense but expansive and absorbent, allowing them to naturally circulate and cleanse standing water for the time that they’re fresh. Not to mention, coffee grounds have a naturally bitter taste that mosquitos hate. As for the eggs, the coffee grounds will soak in all of the oxygen and nutrients in water, which then suffocates the eggs before they have a chance to hatch.

DIY Your Own

Get The Right Washer For The Job

Standing in the hardware store, it’s easy to find the rows and rows of different washers confusing, especially if you’re a layman. They all start looking the same and appear to be the same size.

However, there are different types of washers. Each has its own function. And yes, size does count! Using the wrong sized washer can be disastrous.

Different Types Of Washers

When most people think of washers, they think of flat metal discs with a hole in the middle. You’d be right in thinking that this is a washer. You’d be wrong in thinking it’s the only type of washer there is.

Washers are categorized according to the function they must perform. A plain washer spreads the load ensuring there is no damage to the surface you’re attaching something against. A spring washer has axial flexibility.

Spring washers are used as part of fastener assemblies to prevent …

Setting up Your Home Office

If you’re an entrepreneur chances are you work from home as many or more hours than you work at your place of business.  Indeed, in today’s virtual world you may be running your business entirely from home, and that means you should have a space set aside that’s dedicated solely to your business. Whether you have a separate room or just an area in the main part of the house, having a well-equipped home office doesn’t mean you have to have the latest cutting-edge technology, it means having everything you need to perform your work efficiently.

Here are some tips on setting up your home office:

Be practical. If you’re starting your business on a shoestring or have limited funds then consider keeping your office low-key and functional. Start with the basics and plan an expansion phase for when your business takes off and starts showing a healthy profit.

Concentrate …

8 Things To Consider Before Buying a Retail Business

 

When you buy an already established retail store, you are also paying for a well-established customer base and a recognized brand name. You will need to make few decisions and take few risks as compared to start a new retail business. You can find a number of retail store business for sale on popular online marketplaces like Businesses Buy Sell, in Canada. Hence, before you decide to buy a retail store, you should know about few significant things:

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There could be several reasons why a business owner would want to sell his or her retail store business, maybe the owner is ready to retire or want to start a new business in a new industry. Before buying a retail business for sale, conduct a thorough research in the retail industry. Check things like if other retail businesses are selling as well, is …

Tips For Cutting Down On Your Trucking Company Costs

When you own a trucking company, you have to keep a close eye on costs. Between gas and replacement tires, expenses to run your business can get out of control. To go along with rising costs, you also have to worry about keeping your customers happy and securing repeat business. It can take years to find that right balance that brings you customer satisfaction and maximum profitability. In the meantime, there are some ways that you can cut costs that can help your business survive.

Outsourcing Loads

Outsourcing loads can be tricky because most of your customers want to be sure that they are doing business with your company and not someone else. But on those days you are busy and you have local loads for trucks that are hard to find, you should consider contacting another company to help take those loads for you. It can be to …

Effective Operation Risk Management

You’ve probably heard entrepreneurs and business owners using the term “operational risk management” in the past, but you might not understand the nature of the concept. If that’s the case, the information in this post should help to set the record straight and ensure your company does not fall behind the competition. You need a strong operational risk management strategy in place these days to strengthen the link between your brand’s strategic goals and the operational decisions made by your management teams. Follow each of the stages below to ensure you get it right!

Identifying the risks

The first stage of effective operational risk management involves taking the time to understand the nature of the risks your organization faces. The person in charge of the process should spend time reviewing the current situation and the company’s long-term strategy against the visible risks the brand might encounter. The most common risk …

Prevent Chargebacks

Merchants Still Sorting Through Visa’s New Chargeback Rules

Chargebacks. Every merchant’s worst nightmare involves chargebacks. They are hard to manage and incredibly expensive. And the new chargeback rules under Visa’s VCR have only made the process more complicated.

Ecommerce merchants have long-stated that chargeback rules are unclear and unfair. In April, Visa took steps to address merchants’ concerns by launching Visa Claims Resolution (VCR) process. This action completed overhauled the rules governing when and how disputed online transactions are resolved.

In addition, the San Francisco-based card network created a global, data-driven management system: Visa Resolve Online (VROL). The purpose of this measure was to automate the tedious process and eliminate up front as many disputes as possible. In case there are any further concerns or questions about how the process has changed for disputes, Card Not Present has also produced a guide to help them better understand the changes.

The …

What makes a great entrepreneur?

It used to be that only the wealthy and well-connected were able to take a great idea and turn it into something really big. But with the rise of the internet-based economy, the cost of entry for entrepreneurs with a dream has dropped rapidly, and there’s never been more room for invention and innovation, even on a shoestring budget. Despite all this potential, the vast majority of start-ups just don’t make it – whether it’s increased competition from other entrepreneurs, mismanagement of their funds, or simply a case of bad timing.

What hasn’t changed, however, are the underlying qualities that distinguish the entrepreneur who’s set on success, no matter how many hurdles they have to jump, and no matter how many times they fail. When the right mix of skill, passion and perseverance is there, a true entrepreneur is unstoppable. Here are the traits (both learned and innate) that make …