Chris Riley

Neurotic techie, who loves DevOps and Marketing.


12 Sep

Competition is one of those rare things that can be both good and bad—sometimes at the same time! Glancing through historical quotes about competition gives us Walt Disney’s take: “I’ve been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t[...]

5 Sep

There are few modern marketing practices that have been as revolutionary as growth hacking. With internet marketing constantly being challenged to achieve more, especially at startups with little money and even less marketing experience, growth hacking has quickly become an[...]

31 Aug

Three things in life are pretty much universally certain: death, taxes and the great organizational gulf that always seems to form between business and development teams. Despite the importance of collaboration between the two, I find this disconnect between front-of-house[...]

31 Jul

On a recent trip to meet my co-workers in Israel, software developers who I had known for 6 months at this point, one of them hit me with a funny surprise. Right after we met in person, and said our[...]

5 May

Maybe you have already heard the terms “Programmable Infrastructure” and “Infrastructure as code”.  But even if you have not, if you are interested in DevOps it’s something you need to know.   Most new lingo causes me to roll my eyes[...]

29 Apr

Perhaps wrongly, “DevOps” has been associated with “new” and “that thing for the cool kids” and the “hipster developers”. This is used both as an excuse and as a source of animosity against the movement. But more subtly, I sometimes[...]

25 Apr

None of the experts in DevOps will 100% agree on WHAT it is.  But the essence is understood.  DevOps is some combination of culture, tooling, and processes that enhance the quality and speed of software delivery.  In the remainder of this post[...]

8 Apr

Re-Post from my original post on the CloudShare blog Maybe it’s a little bit of manifest destiny, but I couldn’t help but notice that one of my new year’s predictions is already coming true: Namely that it’s only late February and I’m[...]

23 Mar

Recently I decided to migrate this blog, yep this one, from it’s original WordPress multi-tenant host to a WordPress site on Azure Websites.  It took a few attempts to get it right, here was the process. My site was previously[...]

19 Jan

Just when we thought we picked out a name for our beautiful little girl we discovered this.  Right there, number 5, “Ava”, THEY STOLE OUR NAME. What is this weird global concensus that societies form that allow them to choose[...]