What’s the luckiest thing that’s happened in your career?

via GIPHY On more than a few occasions I’ve been asked what it’s like working remote. The inevitable followup is wow, you’re lucky. You can call it luck, but I just finished talking to 50 companies, put together proposals for all of them, and 49 said no to remote. Lucky indeed! Join 38,000 others and …

Are engineering orgs like Google so different from sales driven ones like Oracle?

Over the years I’ve worked with over 100 different organizations. Two decades in the industry you see a lot of things. Some businesses are more engineering heavy, while others are more sales driven. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. So this past week, I was somewhat surprised because I met with …

When You Have to Take the Fall

Also find Sean Hull’s ramblings on twitter @hullsean. One of the biggest jobs in operations is monitoring. There are so many servers, databases, webservers, search servers, backup servers. Each has lots of moving parts, lots that can go wrong. Typically if you have monitoring, and react to that monitoring, you’ll head off bigger problems later. …

Upcoming for Scalable Startups

Just back from the Labor Day holiday, and ready to dive back in. I thought this would be a great time to outline some of our upcoming topics so here goes… 1. Why Oracle usability sucks – a rant about Oracle’s weak points In the meantime take a peek at our piece on why we …

Beware the sales wolf in sheep suits

Recently a colleague called me up to get my opinion. [quote]We’re in the process of standardizing our systems on Red Hat Linux, but management and higher ups are convinced we should deploy Oracle on Oracle’s own Linux distribution. Which is better?[/quote] Therein lies the eternal drama in organizations, the push & pull between dollars and …

Juggling apples & oranges in the datacenter

In which a few choice words become one serious accident… The Backstory More than five years ago now, I worked for a shop in the business of news & information around the legal and real estate sectors. It was a fairly large organization with a number of Oracle and MySQL backed applications. The whole place …

Sometimes… let things break a little

Have you ever started a new project, just into it you realize that maybe there aren’t technical problems to solve? It starts to dawn on you the real crux of the problem boils down to people & processes? It’s happened to me on a number of occasions, but once in particular really stands out for …

Where’s my 80 million dollars?

Way back in the heydays of the dot-com boom, the year is 1999. Join 12,100 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I worked for a medium size internet startup called Method Five. When I came on board they were having a terrible time with their site performance. Website crashing When I first met …

You're Too Young To Be My Boss

About a year ago I engaged with a firm to do some operations work on their site. They provided services to colleges and universities. When they first reached out to me, they were rather quick to respond to my proposal. They seemed to think the quote was very reasonable. I also did some due diligence …

A CTO Must Never Do This…

A couple years back I was contacted to look at a very strange problem. The firm ran flash sales. An email goes out at noon, the website traffic explodes for a couple of hours, then settles back down to a trickle. Of course you might imagine where this is going. During that peak, the MySQL …