Thinking Lean in the new IT world

Lean Thinking, is the latest buzz around the startup world. From a startup recipe to a software development methodology, there’s significant efforts to port Taiichi Ohno‘s Lean Manufacturing practices to the modern day, fast paced business environments. In this post, I’m going to take a look at how a tech company can leverage WSO2 products and services in achieving the benefits of Lean Thinking. There’s of course much more to Lean practices than what software and services can cover. It is a strategic mindset as well as a disciplined process. However, the tools and components I’m going to cover, can deliver the validated learning through measurements, adherence to process through governance and super charge your product development with a comprehensive ecosystem. Continue Reading…

Your first Cloud-ready Web App using WSO2 App Factory

WSO2 AppFactory

In the Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Building and Deploying in the Cloud, I gave a brief introduction on what WSO2 App Factory is and on Apache Stratos, its underlying PaaS. In this post, I’m going to walk you through the steps of creating and deploying an application through WSO2 App Factory. I’ll start from the very begining and show you how to create a Web Applicaiton Project in App Factory. I’ll then create a simple Java application and build and deploy it in to my “Dev Cloud”. Then I’ll push it trough it’s life-cycle stages, finally deploying it live. Sounds exciting, right? Let’s get started! Continue Reading…

Entreprenuers’ Guide to Buidling and Deploying in the Cloud

Apache Stratos and WSO2 App Factory

In my last post, I discussed the benefits of developing on the cloud from a Small Business perspective. By now, you must be itching to leaverage it in your app development process.  In this post, I will introduce  an enterprise-grade cloud platform and a cloud Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution that fits your budget. In fact, they are both open source and freely available for download!

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Entrepreneurs’ Guide to the Cloud

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As a Small Business owner, launching your own online business used to be so hard and expensive. Obviously, running your own servers isn’t really an option. Your best bet was to start with a Virtual Private Server (or a VPS) from a hosting company and you can then even look at moving to a Dedicated Server, if your business really took off. In fact, many businesses still do just this. Continue Reading…