Meet one of our DevOps Alex

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 3:02:56 PM by Ashley Wood

Using Amilia is easy: create a form, restrict a skill, why not add a promotion, and presto! You are ready to launch your registration. It’s so easy to use that you would never know the layers of sweat, tears, and coding behind it. Alex, one of our DevOps simplifies all the behind-the-scene processes so that our Devs can add new features more easily (remember what we said about coding and Lasagna). We asked Alex 10 questions so you could get to know him:

Explain your job at Amilia

My job is to “make stuff work. People on the interwebs have been calling this *DevOps*. It started with the automation of a few tasks. Then making/automating the dev environment to look like the end result. Now I’m automating a lot of the live stuff too. When I first started at Amilia, it took 3 guys 3 days to release new code. Now we can release things by pressing a button, it takes 15 minutesand there’s no downtime. I’m also into making all the internal processes as lean as possible between teams and people at Amilia. 

What was your last search on Google?

Something about Cassandra replication across datacenters. We’re currently adding a lot of stuff into this database and it’s, so far, performing pretty well. AlexRcircle

What’s the wallpaper on your phone right now?

The default one for a Nexus 5. When I look at my phone, it’s mostly to actually do something with it. So I never bothered. Some of my computers have my car on it though.

What one thing drives you absolutely crazy?

People without the drive to learn and improve themselves. Having to spot-check everything somebody does and look over their shoulder is something I really hate.

You enter an eating contest.  What food?

About anything. I’m really not a picky guy. I would try to go to the gym before though, to improve my odds. ;)

What word are you guilty of using too often?

*I lift*. I’ve been using it ironically for about anything. Some people have even started saying it before me when I’m about too.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Amilia?

This whole place. We can work on almost anything we want, when we want. Of course when things need to be fixed, we focus on those. But that doesn’t happen often anymore. I guess I’m proud of the fact that we’re constantly improving the software as a team.

What is your TV guilty pleasure?

Not a big TV fan, so we’ll go for video games instead. Valve made so much money with me, it’s ridiculous. Many of my games have over a hundred hours on record. Some have more… The top one, Civ5, is currently standing at 692 hours…

What’s your favorite Amilia feature?

I guess it would have to do with what I do at Amilia. Most importantly, it works! It’s taken a lot of work to get here and I’m really proud of it. Second, it would be the way we release updates. Being able to push big features easily. And then, of course, being able to push fixes for bugs really quickly. It’s such a plus for us to be able to react really quickly when there’s an issue.

Pick one: Bacon or Nutella

Bacon, I’m not into sweets so it's a no brainer. It tastes really ordinary to me. Can’t say I hate it, but I don’t share the same enthusiasm for it as others do. I did try some recipes with bacon weave and I can confidently say that it’s not the best idea right before the gym ;)