Centralising Operations with ChatOps

09 September 2016

At its core ChatOps means building tools that make it easier to operate your infrastructure via a Bot than via the Terminal … by placing tools directly in the middle of the conversation everyone is pairing all the time ~ Jesse Newland

ChatOps is all about conversation-driven development. The idea, put simply, is that team members interacting with each other in a chat room can issue commands that a bot listens to and is configured to execute. These commands can range from deploying code to retrieving logs to provisioning new services. ChatOps, in a very real sense, helps to integrate people, bots and tools together in an automated and transparent way.

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Join our team

12 August 2016

Our software helps universities and colleges connect teaching and learning in meaningful and productive ways. Over the last 3 years we’ve been doubling our revenue roughly every 10 months, with 100% customer renewal, so we’re growing fast. We are keen to hire great development talent, to help us scale out our enterprise software, to challenge our thinking and markets, to take ownership in the business and for you to find the home that meets your needs.

We are looking for senior and mid level developers as we grow this team, joining an established product team who look after our enterprise products, which have hundreds of thousands of users and millions of interactions per day.

Think Talis might be the right place for you? Check out the job description and apply here.

Want to know what it’s like to work at Talis? Read some blog posts written by our team members here:

p.s don’t wear a suit - Mark writes about the company culture here at Talis, particularly relaxed compared to his consultancy background. He explains why coffee is so important to the team and why he doesn’t feel tied to his desk all day.

Reasons not to intern at Talis - Camille explains why if corporate is your thing and you fear pinstripe withdrawal, then Talis isn’t for you. She recalls her first 6 months at Talis and why it’s all about rolling up your sleeves and having a go.

Making hot drinks and other internship cliches - Roman explains how the company culture at Talis helped him debunk the top 4 internship myths, and why he was involved in so much more than just making tea. During his work experience Roman enjoyed doing something meaningful, working closely within a team and learning lots of new skills.

How to use Let's Encrypt SSL certificates with Heroku and AWS CloudFront

Earlier this year, Let’s Encrypt launched, first with a closed beta and more recently, a public beta.

This is fabulous news for all concerned (except, probably, for the SSL certificate issuers that charge $$).

Not only does Let’s Encrypt let you create an entire certificate from the command line, but it’s totally free. It’s now entirely possible to automate SSL certificate generation, so worrying about renewing your cert and having to sort it out after it’s already expired (who hasn’t been there?) could be a thing of the past.

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Remote working - collaboration tools

At Talis we have a distributed team. We have people in multiple countries, in different timezones and supporting everyone is a problem we have to solve. We’re always looking for ways to improve how we go about communicating between the teams and ensuring everyone feels included.

Our latest Hackday focused on this - making it easier for remote workers to connect, not just with other remotees, but with their office-bound colleagues.

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