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Christopher Harrold

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Welcome back to our series on building out our own IoT projects and discovering the underlying tech and principals that make up the industrial internet and IoT.  In this video session we will assemble, boot, and configure our Raspberry Pi 3 and lay the foundation of all the IoT projects we will build. You can view the video on my YouTube Channel here. I wanted to add a couple of things I learned after recording, that didn't make it into this video but should have. After you get your Raspberry Pi running, the first thing you should do is open the terminal window, and execute the following commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade This will download and install the latest packages for the Raspberry Pi and make a lot of things work better. At this point, sharp observers will note that I did not choose the language during NOOBS setup. This caused several issu... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Microservices

Part 1 - How do I get started making the transition to DevOps? I am an ops guy. I have been in Ops since I started my career a long time ago. I still remember the glorious days of being the new guy on the Ops team and getting stuck with changing backup tapes. I remember moving servers in the wee small hours of the morning, upgrades that went horribly wrong with no prayer of reverting, and the joys and pains that went with being in operations, and really what we would call "Legacy IT" in general. It's like the opposite of "Cheers", because you want to be where NO ONE knows your n... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps: Part 2 By @CHarrold303 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

One of the things that is bugging me about DevOps and the current conversations about it, is that they are all really heavily Dev focused and talk a lot about tools as they relate to the developer. This isn't a bad thing, but I find myself asking constantly where's the Ops in DevOps!? As an operations person (as I spoke about in my first blog in the series) I really want to speak for the other side of the coin and talk about the ways to marry the Dev concepts of continuous release, test-as-you-go, and agile development into the more static and often rigid world that traditional o... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps: Bimodal IT By @CHarrold303 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

In my previous posts I have been talking about the issues with DevOps as seen from the Operations side; the cultural changes needed and the reality of the challenges that are faced getting there. As a firm believer in the idea that you "never present a challenge without a possible solution" it's time we talked about one of the ways to start building towards true Operationalized DevOps. Bimodal IT is a concept that was revealed by Gartner in 2014 as a possible model to address the reality of the IT Operations landscape. My first reaction was much like this article. To sum it up, ... (more)

The IoT for the Rest of Us | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API

Today is another exciting day as an Evangelist to a Big Data company, because I love me some data and I love making it accessible to everyone. I got it in my head that I wanted to take my other "how to," start to finish, make it an easy-for-everyone approach to analytics, and build something that would do the same for people interested in IoT. So I went ahead and started on my IoT journey today in the way I figured it was best. I bought a bunch of sensors and components and a Raspberry Pi (R-Pi) 3, yes I am turning into a hipster nerd. I had asked around to some folks I knew who ... (more)