Ammeon’s Cloud Journey Towards Remote Working

Ammeon | March 27, 2020

In 2018, Ammeon began the process of moving all of our operations over to the cloud. Learn how this process has improved our ability for remote working.

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Flow Efficiency: How It Can Improve Productivity

Ammeon | February 24, 2020

Flow efficiency examines the two basic components that make up your lead time: work and wait time.

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From College Intern to Full-Time Engineer

Ammeon | February 5, 2020

Interested In a Career In IT WIth Ammeon? Hear How Daniel Went From College Intern To A full Time Engineer. Start Your Career Today.

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Why Agile isn’t Agile without Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

Ammeon | January 21, 2020

CI/CD has the power to improve the flow of business value from the development team to production and also reduces the feedback time.

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MOVING 3975.08 KMS WITH AMMEON’S HELP

Ammeon | October 12, 2019

New country, even new continent, 3975.08 Km’s of distance between Cairo and Dublin. This is the distance I had to take to move from my home country and join Ammeon. If you are making such a transition you are asking yourself a lot of questions: there is always the usual risk of changing your work environment by accepting a new job, how will I get along with the new team, management and team leaders? But moving to a different country …

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION; FAD, FUD OR FREAK’N AMAZING?

Ammeon | October 1, 2019

How many e-mails have you received this week talking about the “digital transformation” going on everywhere around us? Businesses in any sector grow increasingly paranoid over digitally competent competitors, and/or excited about the possibilities. Google “digital transformation” and you’ll find as many definitions as search hits. The most respectable consultancy firms will be happy to help define your strategy (and take a lot of your money). If there has ever been a good time to talk to the geeks about …

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Evolving the 8 Lean Wastes Snake

Ammeon | August 10, 2019

“Snake on the wall” The “Snake on the wall” technique is one that has been used by many Agile and Lean teams in various forms for many years. In its simplest form, the scrum master draws a snake’s head on a post-it on the wall, and as team members run into distractions, impediments and other frictions during the course of their work, they note it on another post-it, and join it to the head … further post-its attach to the …

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HAVE YOU MET AMMEON’S NEW CEO? (Q&A)

Ammeon | July 11, 2019

Ammeon recently appointed its new CEO, Stian Kildal. We are delighted to have him take the reins of Ammeon’s future. Stian has worked with us for over 3 years and he is well known for his passion and his drive for innovation. We sat down for Q&A recently so that you can all get to know him better. How does it feel to be the CEO of Ammeon? It is a humbling experience. On one hand, I feel lot of …

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“AMMEON CARES. I AM NOT JUST ANOTHER NUMBER.”

Ammeon | June 26, 2019

Ireland has always been on the cards for myself and my family for a few years, I just hadn’t gotten the courage to do the big 9000 km journey. I started applying for work from South Africa not expecting to find work easily. Straight away I noticed a trend that companies only saw that I was living in South Africa and completely skipped over me. Ammeon wasn’t one of those companies and they were more personable, I didn’t feel like …

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AGILE HR SERIES: HOW TO TRANSFER AGILE TO HUMAN RESOURCES? (STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE)

Ammeon | June 18, 2019

The HR congress was on this week, I couldn’t attend but once again AgileHR was on everyone’s lips. In my last blog, I spoke about how adapting Agile concepts to HR can bring about some significant changes in the productivity and engagement of HR organisations. It sounds like Agile is great but why are more people not adopting it?  Having spoken to some of my colleagues in the HR community it seems that the difficulty in adopting agile is in …

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SOURCE CODE TO CLOUD DEPLOYMENT IN LESS THAN 10MINS

Ammeon | June 8, 2019

Lately I’ve been working with OpenShift and its source-to-image capabilities and I must say I am impressed. How impressed you ask? Impressed enough to want to write my own “Hello World” app for it. Currently, there is a simple Python app available which is used for most demos/education material. Even though the app does the job, I think that it doesn’t fully demonstrate some of the more powerful capabilities of OpenShift and OpenShift S2I. And then of course there is the result. Let’s face …

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CATHX OCEAN AGILE-LEAN CASE STUDY

Ammeon | May 31, 2019

Ammeon Enables Cathx Ocean To Deliver Faster Through Agile-Lean Consulting Cathx Ocean design, manufacture and supply advanced subsea imaging and measurement systems. Software and hardware R&D projects in Cathx were challenged by lengthy development cycles and a lack of project visibility. In addition, Cathx was developing a business-critical product and needed help to set up new processes to plan and execute its delivery. Cathx selected Ammeon help overcome these challenges. Ammeon recommended that Cathx undertake an Agile-Lean Start programme. Over a 6-week …

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AGILE HR SERIES: IS AGILE TRANSFERABLE TO HUMAN RESOURCES?

Ammeon | May 28, 2019

I was delighted to have been asked to talk about my journey into AgileHR at the Agile Lean Ireland event in Croke Park in Dublin in April. Despite overwhelming imposter syndrome talking about Agile to a room full of Product Owners and Scrum Masters, I was happy to see a connection being made with these experts by using language and terms which they were familiar. What was sad from my perspective was how few HR people were at the conference despite the …

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How do I deploy a Python application on OpenShift?

Ammeon | May 25, 2019

The good folks at 3scale gave us access to the first beta version of the on-premise API Gateway application. This presented us with an exciting opportunity to test its applicability for a proof of concept IoT application we’re building. 3Scale and IoT Application The 3scale API Gateway lets us manage access to our concept IoT application in terms of who can access the API (through an application key for registered users) and the rate at which API calls can be …

READ MORE

UNUSED SKILLS – LEAN’S 8TH WASTE

Ammeon | May 21, 2019

The seven wastes of Lean, when translated from the original Japanese of Taiichi Ohno, are Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Overproduction, Overprocessing and Defects [1].  The 8th waste, which was added later [2], is “under used skills” and is the least mechanical and most human of all the wastes. Often it is the most overlooked and, in my experience, the most important waste. Under used skills deliver no value A few years ago, I performed an analysis for a lean project at …

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Getting to know the 3Scale On-Premise API Gateway

Ammeon | May 12, 2019

API Management The management of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is a hot topic. Discussions usually include mention of phrases like ‘exposure of your customer data’, ‘monetizing your underlying assets’ or ‘offering value add services to your customer base’. If you have ‘assets’ or data which you think may be useful to other third parties or end customers, or if you are being driven by regulatory changes or market pressure, then an API Gateway has to form part of your solution …

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AGILE PLANNING: HOW TO PICK A STORY

Ammeon | March 3, 2019

The Scrum Guide, the official definition of Scrum, created and described the role of Product Owner (PO). The role is described as “responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team” [1]. It’s a challenging role; as it requires someone with technical ability, business analysis ability and authority to make decisions and deal with the consequences. It is often considered to be the most difficult role in Scrum [2, 3, 4]. There are a …

READ MORE

The 8 Wastes Snake

Ammeon | February 21, 2019

The 8 Wastes Snake is a continuous process improvement tool. It is a poster-sized sheet that allows people working on a process to record any perceived wastes and annoyances when they occur during process execution. This record can then be reviewed periodically by the teams and management identify changes to improve the process and conditions of the people working on it. The Purpose Of The Waste Snake The purpose of the waste snake is to embed a culture of continuous …

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THREE DEBUGGING PATTERNS FOR DEVOPS

Ammeon | February 1, 2019

The great promise of DevOps is that organisations can reap the benefits of an automated workflow that takes a developer’s commit from test to production with deliberate speed. Inevitably, problems arise in the process of setting up and continuously improving a DevOps workflow. Some problems are cultural or organisational in nature, but some are technical. This post outlines three patterns that can be applied when debugging difficult failure modes in a DevOps environment. You Don’t Need a Debugger for Debugging While …

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IRELAND’S FINTECH MAP

Ammeon | January 20, 2019

In a recent post, I wrote about how traditional companies are being disrupted by more nimble competitors. Banking is one sector taking an interesting approach to this challenge. Like their counterparts in other sectors (including telecoms, networking, media and life sciences), banks are turning to digital transformations to speed delivery and fend off competitive threats. Digital transformations are about DevOps adoption and infrastructure automation using public and private cloud. Banks are also adopting two other winning strategies: Spinning up digitally-focused ‘start ups’ that are free from old processes, oppressive corporate culture and technical …

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BUSINESS AGILITY WORKSHOP WITH OKALOA

Ammeon | June 21, 2018

This 2 day Business Agility Workshop you will use simulations to engage the intuitive as well as the rational brain while learning about the foundations of business agility. Date: 21st & 22nd November, 2018 Location: Ammeon Learning Centre, O’Connell Bridge House, Dublin 2 It is more than scaling agile (development) practices. It is more than the sum of different organisational units that each implement their own chosen agile method on their own little island, constrained by a traditional management system. It is a …

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AMMEON OPENS NEW OFFICE IN BELFAST WITH 60 NEW JOBS

Ammeon | February 27, 2018

We are proud to announce the opening of our new Belfast office and the creation of 60 new jobs. The establishment of this new office will expand our Software Engineering and Consulting Capacity as well as taking advantage of the IT talent and experience within Northern Ireland. Our new facility is on the 5th floor, Norwich Union House, Fountain St, Belfast, this office brings us right into the heart of Belfast city centre. Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI said: “This sizable investment by …

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Service Orchestration

Ammeon | January 21, 2017

Installation and upgrade processes can be a problematic and frustrating. Manual steps carried out on many different servers introduce the potential for human error – adding time, cost and risk. Ammeon Workflow Engine (AWE) is a collection of services designed to address the complexity of end-to-end installations and upgrades. Our workflow engine emphasizes reducing cost and effort by removing complexity and manual interaction. The core functionality of AWE is to automate the manual steps involved in any software application installation …

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HAVE YOU MET AMMEON’S NEW CEO? (Q&A)

July 11, 2019

Ammeon recently appointed its new CEO, Stian Kildal. We are delighted to have him take the reins of Ammeon’s future. Stian has worked with us for over 3 years and he is well known for his passion and his drive for innovation. We sat down for Q&A recently so that you can all get to know him better. How does it feel to be the CEO of Ammeon? It is a humbling experience. On one hand, I feel lot of …

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News

AMMEON OPENS NEW OFFICE IN BELFAST WITH 60 NEW JOBS

February 27, 2018

We are proud to announce the opening of our new Belfast office and the creation of 60 new jobs. The establishment of this new office will expand our Software Engineering and Consulting Capacity as well as taking advantage of the IT talent and experience within Northern Ireland. Our new facility is on the 5th floor, Norwich Union House, Fountain St, Belfast, this office brings us right into the heart of Belfast city centre. Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI said: “This sizable investment by …

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Ammeon cloud remote working

Ammeon’s Cloud Journey Towards Remote Working

March 27, 2020

In 2018, Ammeon began the process of moving all of our operations over to the cloud. Learn how this process has improved our ability for remote working.

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People & Processes
Daniel - ammeon intern to full-time

From College Intern to Full-Time Engineer

February 5, 2020

Interested In a Career In IT WIth Ammeon? Hear How Daniel Went From College Intern To A full Time Engineer. Start Your Career Today.

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People & Processes
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MOVING 3975.08 KMS WITH AMMEON’S HELP

October 12, 2019

New country, even new continent, 3975.08 Km’s of distance between Cairo and Dublin. This is the distance I had to take to move from my home country and join Ammeon. If you are making such a transition you are asking yourself a lot of questions: there is always the usual risk of changing your work environment by accepting a new job, how will I get along with the new team, management and team leaders? But moving to a different country …

READ MORE
People & Processes

“AMMEON CARES. I AM NOT JUST ANOTHER NUMBER.”

June 26, 2019

Ireland has always been on the cards for myself and my family for a few years, I just hadn’t gotten the courage to do the big 9000 km journey. I started applying for work from South Africa not expecting to find work easily. Straight away I noticed a trend that companies only saw that I was living in South Africa and completely skipped over me. Ammeon wasn’t one of those companies and they were more personable, I didn’t feel like …

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Flow efficiency - ammeon

Flow Efficiency: How It Can Improve Productivity

February 24, 2020

Flow efficiency examines the two basic components that make up your lead time: work and wait time.

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Technology
Continuous Integration and Delivery

Why Agile isn’t Agile without Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

January 21, 2020

CI/CD has the power to improve the flow of business value from the development team to production and also reduces the feedback time.

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Technology

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION; FAD, FUD OR FREAK’N AMAZING?

October 1, 2019

How many e-mails have you received this week talking about the “digital transformation” going on everywhere around us? Businesses in any sector grow increasingly paranoid over digitally competent competitors, and/or excited about the possibilities. Google “digital transformation” and you’ll find as many definitions as search hits. The most respectable consultancy firms will be happy to help define your strategy (and take a lot of your money). If there has ever been a good time to talk to the geeks about …

READ MORE
Technology
lean snake - ammeon

Evolving the 8 Lean Wastes Snake

August 10, 2019

“Snake on the wall” The “Snake on the wall” technique is one that has been used by many Agile and Lean teams in various forms for many years. In its simplest form, the scrum master draws a snake’s head on a post-it on the wall, and as team members run into distractions, impediments and other frictions during the course of their work, they note it on another post-it, and join it to the head … further post-its attach to the …

READ MORE
Technology
Agile Human Resources - Ammeon

AGILE HR SERIES: HOW TO TRANSFER AGILE TO HUMAN RESOURCES? (STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE)

June 18, 2019

The HR congress was on this week, I couldn’t attend but once again AgileHR was on everyone’s lips. In my last blog, I spoke about how adapting Agile concepts to HR can bring about some significant changes in the productivity and engagement of HR organisations. It sounds like Agile is great but why are more people not adopting it?  Having spoken to some of my colleagues in the HR community it seems that the difficulty in adopting agile is in …

READ MORE
Technology

SOURCE CODE TO CLOUD DEPLOYMENT IN LESS THAN 10MINS

June 8, 2019

Lately I’ve been working with OpenShift and its source-to-image capabilities and I must say I am impressed. How impressed you ask? Impressed enough to want to write my own “Hello World” app for it. Currently, there is a simple Python app available which is used for most demos/education material. Even though the app does the job, I think that it doesn’t fully demonstrate some of the more powerful capabilities of OpenShift and OpenShift S2I. And then of course there is the result. Let’s face …

READ MORE
Technology

CATHX OCEAN AGILE-LEAN CASE STUDY

May 31, 2019

Ammeon Enables Cathx Ocean To Deliver Faster Through Agile-Lean Consulting Cathx Ocean design, manufacture and supply advanced subsea imaging and measurement systems. Software and hardware R&D projects in Cathx were challenged by lengthy development cycles and a lack of project visibility. In addition, Cathx was developing a business-critical product and needed help to set up new processes to plan and execute its delivery. Cathx selected Ammeon help overcome these challenges. Ammeon recommended that Cathx undertake an Agile-Lean Start programme. Over a 6-week …

READ MORE
Technology
Agile HR - Ammeon

AGILE HR SERIES: IS AGILE TRANSFERABLE TO HUMAN RESOURCES?

May 28, 2019

I was delighted to have been asked to talk about my journey into AgileHR at the Agile Lean Ireland event in Croke Park in Dublin in April. Despite overwhelming imposter syndrome talking about Agile to a room full of Product Owners and Scrum Masters, I was happy to see a connection being made with these experts by using language and terms which they were familiar. What was sad from my perspective was how few HR people were at the conference despite the …

READ MORE
Technology

How do I deploy a Python application on OpenShift?

May 25, 2019

The good folks at 3scale gave us access to the first beta version of the on-premise API Gateway application. This presented us with an exciting opportunity to test its applicability for a proof of concept IoT application we’re building. 3Scale and IoT Application The 3scale API Gateway lets us manage access to our concept IoT application in terms of who can access the API (through an application key for registered users) and the rate at which API calls can be …

READ MORE
Technology

UNUSED SKILLS – LEAN’S 8TH WASTE

May 21, 2019

The seven wastes of Lean, when translated from the original Japanese of Taiichi Ohno, are Transport, Inventory, Motion, Waiting, Overproduction, Overprocessing and Defects [1].  The 8th waste, which was added later [2], is “under used skills” and is the least mechanical and most human of all the wastes. Often it is the most overlooked and, in my experience, the most important waste. Under used skills deliver no value A few years ago, I performed an analysis for a lean project at …

READ MORE
Technology

Getting to know the 3Scale On-Premise API Gateway

May 12, 2019

API Management The management of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is a hot topic. Discussions usually include mention of phrases like ‘exposure of your customer data’, ‘monetizing your underlying assets’ or ‘offering value add services to your customer base’. If you have ‘assets’ or data which you think may be useful to other third parties or end customers, or if you are being driven by regulatory changes or market pressure, then an API Gateway has to form part of your solution …

READ MORE
Technology
Agile Planning - Ammeon

AGILE PLANNING: HOW TO PICK A STORY

March 3, 2019

The Scrum Guide, the official definition of Scrum, created and described the role of Product Owner (PO). The role is described as “responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team” [1]. It’s a challenging role; as it requires someone with technical ability, business analysis ability and authority to make decisions and deal with the consequences. It is often considered to be the most difficult role in Scrum [2, 3, 4]. There are a …

READ MORE
Technology

The 8 Wastes Snake

February 21, 2019

The 8 Wastes Snake is a continuous process improvement tool. It is a poster-sized sheet that allows people working on a process to record any perceived wastes and annoyances when they occur during process execution. This record can then be reviewed periodically by the teams and management identify changes to improve the process and conditions of the people working on it. The Purpose Of The Waste Snake The purpose of the waste snake is to embed a culture of continuous …

READ MORE
Technology

THREE DEBUGGING PATTERNS FOR DEVOPS

February 1, 2019

The great promise of DevOps is that organisations can reap the benefits of an automated workflow that takes a developer’s commit from test to production with deliberate speed. Inevitably, problems arise in the process of setting up and continuously improving a DevOps workflow. Some problems are cultural or organisational in nature, but some are technical. This post outlines three patterns that can be applied when debugging difficult failure modes in a DevOps environment. You Don’t Need a Debugger for Debugging While …

READ MORE
Technology
irelands fintech map - ammeon

IRELAND’S FINTECH MAP

January 20, 2019

In a recent post, I wrote about how traditional companies are being disrupted by more nimble competitors. Banking is one sector taking an interesting approach to this challenge. Like their counterparts in other sectors (including telecoms, networking, media and life sciences), banks are turning to digital transformations to speed delivery and fend off competitive threats. Digital transformations are about DevOps adoption and infrastructure automation using public and private cloud. Banks are also adopting two other winning strategies: Spinning up digitally-focused ‘start ups’ that are free from old processes, oppressive corporate culture and technical …

READ MORE
Technology

BUSINESS AGILITY WORKSHOP WITH OKALOA

June 21, 2018

This 2 day Business Agility Workshop you will use simulations to engage the intuitive as well as the rational brain while learning about the foundations of business agility. Date: 21st & 22nd November, 2018 Location: Ammeon Learning Centre, O’Connell Bridge House, Dublin 2 It is more than scaling agile (development) practices. It is more than the sum of different organisational units that each implement their own chosen agile method on their own little island, constrained by a traditional management system. It is a …

READ MORE
Technology

Service Orchestration

January 21, 2017

Installation and upgrade processes can be a problematic and frustrating. Manual steps carried out on many different servers introduce the potential for human error – adding time, cost and risk. Ammeon Workflow Engine (AWE) is a collection of services designed to address the complexity of end-to-end installations and upgrades. Our workflow engine emphasizes reducing cost and effort by removing complexity and manual interaction. The core functionality of AWE is to automate the manual steps involved in any software application installation …

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