Trainline Engineering at Silicon Milkroundabout 5.0

The Trainline Engineering team attended Silicon Milkroundabout 5.0, the tech hiring event held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane on Sunday, May 12th, 2013. It was a great event, well organised and with excellent turnaround of quality job seekers.

thetrainline at Silicon Milk 2013

thetrainline at Silicon Milk 2013 – I’m on the left 🙂

The event’s participants are mostly startups, but also more established companies attended like StackExchangeyammer, king and us at thetrainline.com. This year many startups gravitated towards recruiting mobile applications development skills alongside more traditional javascript, php and design skills. It was an excellent opportunity for informal conversations with fellow companies, which resulted in several invitations to present at meet-up events.

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Why we built an on-premise private cloud for software test and integration

At thetrainline.com we recently transformed our software release process by rebuilding our problematic test and integration environments on a private (on-premise) PaaS cloud platform. The outcome of the 8 month project was a fully automated and repeatable infrastructure and software build process that reduced the environment build time from 12 weeks down to 4.5 hours, achieving ROI within 8 months. In this post we’ll share the rationale behind why we chose private cloud over the readily available public cloud offerings, details of the components, what we’ve learnt, and how we were able to use the experience to improve our other environments and processes.

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