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Armakuni && Pivotal - Perfect Partners

For the 6th year in a row Armakuni built and deployed the Comic Relief donation platform, this year using platforms deployed, scaled and secured by Pivotal!

The platform, as it has done every year, collected every donation it was asked to and enabled Sport Relief to keep it's promise to help people live happier, healthier, safer lives!

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Continuous Delivery to Cloud Foundry: Why Your Junior Devs Will Love It!


How can you take junior developers, hand them the keys to the kingdom, and trust them to deliver features to production for your clients without micromanaging every line of code they push? The answer is easy if you are using tools like Concourse and Cloud Foundry. 

Concourse is a tool that allows for automated continuous delivery which also happens to work extremely well with deploying apps to Cloud Foundry. 

Speaker Robert Summers recently underwent this journey. He abandoned his career to become a developer through Europe’s leading Web Developer bootcamp and joined Armakuni, a consultancy specialising in cloud-native solutions.

Robert will share some of the challenges that come with entering such a technical field and provide tips for shepherding novices like them into the world of Continuous Delivery and Cloud Foundry.

Continuously delivering continuous delivery

(A talk given at London Continuous Delivery meetup group, July 2017 - Continuous Delivery and Platforms / PaaS - meetup.com/London-Continuous-Delivery/events/240687132/)

The rise and acceptance of Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a key tool in accelerating the journey to continuous delivery of your apps into production with the regularity your business requires. However, all too often the deployment and maintenance of the platforms themselves are dogged with the practices and delays that the CD of apps are all too familiar.

This session will serve as both an introduction and overview of the power of PaaS platforms, in this case Pivotal Cloud Foundry, with a selection of both application and platform case studies, continuously deployed all the way to production, in business critical and highly regulated environments.

Whether you're dealing with apps or globally distributed platforms, we hope to demonstrate that small batch sizes and continuous deployment are not only achievable but essential; no more 2am releases, no more working the weekends during "maintenance windows"

Identifying the Developer Gap

We find ourselves in the midst of a technology revolution in which businesses are changing the way they operate and even how they see themselves. More and more companies seek to transform themselves digitally, effectively becoming software companies—rather than shoe companies or shipping companies or financial services companies. In order to achieve this, they rely on an ever-increasing number of skilled developers with an ever-increasing variety of skills.  

Cloud Foundry’s latest Global Perception Study reveals that we are beginning to see the early stages of a skills shortage. The majority of respondents say there is already, or will soon be, a shortage of skilled developers. Most already feel the impact of this shortage, as is reflected in their difficulty hiring and retaining skilled people.

The report Identifying the Developer Gap seeks to understand the skills in greatest demand, and solutions to addressing the skills shortage.

Get your copy at https://www.cloudfoundry.org/learn/developer-gap-2016

Armakuni joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

Armakuni joins Cloud Foundry Foundation

November 8, 2016 – Armakuni, a UK-based application development and consultancy company, today announced it has joined the Cloud Foundry Foundation as a Silver Member. Armakuni joins more than 65 other leading technology innovators including Cisco, EMC, HPE, IBM, Pivotal, SAP and VMware as a Foundation member

Armakuni partner with IBM Cloud to help Comic Relief

Armakuni taps IBM Cloud to help Comic Relief achieve transaction perfection

Imagine organizing a huge televised donation event like Red Nose Day, where you need to handle hundreds of credit card transactions every second, and it must work perfectly.

That’s exactly why the charity organization Comic Relief turned to the folks at Armakuni to ensure that its donation platform would never fail during these critical moments. Launched in 2012, Armakuni is a software development company specializing in full stack build, delivering everything from infrastructure to code. And now, they’re using IBM cloud technology to deliver the best possible solutions for their clients.

Before Armakuni stepped in, Comic Relief’s donation platform struggled to handle large donation events.

“They would see these large spikes in traffic, more than 250 donations per second, and that only happens once a year,” Armakuni director Ben Dodd says. “That extreme spike of traffic generally lasts all of 15, 20 minutes. But if the platform fails, those people will not come and donate again.”
Like many businesses and organizations today, Comic Relief’s aging platform had been built for the previous decade’s technical landscape. Software and hardware were heavily siloed, and changes were slow and costly. Testing the platform to see how it would handle the night of a televised event was a three-month process. A drastic overhaul was desperately needed. But charities traditionally don’t have a ton of room in the budget to spend on IT. On the other hand, they can’t afford to lose donations as a result of a failing platform.

It was time to bring in Armakuni, which knew exactly what the organization needed. Armakuni got to work building a new donation platform using Cloud Foundry, and for a while it was delivering it on its own, which can be an intensive process. Recently, after realizing the need to move to a more established, reliable, hosted Cloud Foundry, Armakuni migrated onto IBM Bluemix.

“Bluemix is probably the best Cloud Foundry provider in terms of the working solutions, the support, and reputation,” Dodd says.

So, what does the Comic Relief donation platform look like today? Armakuni delivered the platform in a fast-feedback development environment as well as a Bluemix-enabled architecture that drives experimentation and innovation. Perhaps most importantly, there is now a reliable deployment and testing strategy, which allows developers to perform zero-downtime deployments during event peaks.

“As the first project at Comic Relief to use continuous delivery, it revolutionized our approach and defined the blueprint for all other technology projects,” Comic Relief CTO Zenon Hannick says.

Comic Relief has renewed confidence in its donations platform and its ability to perform during nationally televised campaigns like the UK’s Red Nose Day. The charity can now handle more than 400 credit card transactions per second and has shrunk the project staffing from 50 to just four members, a reduction of 92%.

“We find ourselves able to focus on developing innovative campaigns safe in the knowledge technology will not be a limiting factor,” Hannick says.

Without the need for dozens of people to maintain and look after a clumsy IT infrastructure, Comic Relief can go back to doing what it does best—delivering world-class fundraising events that change and save lives.

Drupal Show & Tell

Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Cloud Foundry in particular, are enabling developers and organisations to deliver apps at scale with speed and agility. In this session we’ll have a brief introduction to Cloud Foundry and then develop a platform on which we can scale a Drupal site. ALL the fun of an expensive close-source provider, with all the cost savings, openness and flexibility of an open-source industry-leading PaaS. FIGHT!

There is a video [not that I can bring myself to watch...myself]: