Topic: Tech Talk

Why Cloud Vendor Lock-in Doesn’t Bother Me

Recently, I have read posts and received questions around being locked into a public cloud vendor. The concern here is that it’s hard to say who the winner in the cloud space is going to be. What happens if Microsoft’s Azure surpasses Amazon’s AWS? Oh, and didn’t Oracle just announced their new cloud? These are, […]

Microservices at Constant Contact – a view from the trenches Pt. 2

This post is the second of two parts, see part 1 of the post here. Automation and Continuous Deployment (CD) Getting our CD process up and running took some time and effort, but once we did, our productivity improved significantly.  We created a pipeline for each of our microservices so we could deploy them independently.  Each […]

Engineers4engineers 2015

A little over a month ago, over 375 developers attended the 2015 engineers4engineers conference that was held at Constant Contact’s Innoloft. This was our third, and thus far the most successful, conference. But what is the engineers4engineers conference? E4E is a free, invitation-only conference held at our corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA, just outside of Boston. […]

The Importance of Trying New Things

One of my favorite #CTCTLife events is approaching — our annual Engineers4Engineers (E4E) conference is happening in Waltham on Friday, September 18, 2015. A continuing theme of the E4E conference is Making Engineers Better. Whether it be increasing the depth of a skill, expanding the breadth of one’s technical toolchest, or growing creatively, E4E is […]

Everything Your Business Needs to Facilitate an Effective Design Sprint

Part of my job on the Innovation Team at Constant Contact is to facilitate design sprints and workshops to come up with fresh ideas for our product and company. Sometimes our workshops focus on addressing a specific issue. Other times we just focus on sharing innovation methods like the value proposition canvas, job stories, or […]

You’re Invited to E4E 2015

On Friday, September 18, 2015, Constant Contact will be hosting our third developer conference, engineers4engineers (e4e for short), at our corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA, just outside of Boston. Organized by engineers, for engineers (hence the name), e4e is a free, invitation-only multi-track conference featuring a world-class lineup of speakers from the developer community. Sessions cover […]

Types of Innovation

It is remarkable how many people are under the false assumption that companies are either innovative or not.   This is a very polarizing and simplistic perspective that does not take into account the different types of innovations that companies can and do pursue. For this post, let’s break down innovation into two dimensions:  Technology and […]

Innovators At Work

Given half a chance, anyone can innovate. With the right opportunity, anyone has the ability to make a difference. Whether an idea  means to benefit themselves or their companies, they are important. Our team at Constant Contact helps colleagues flex their idea muscles at “Innovation Jams.” InnoJams give employees an opportunity to step away from […]

Microservices at Constant Contact

Over the last few months, the buzz around Microservices has become omnipresent. Tech conferences, blog posts, technology forums – even analysts feel compelled to chime in (I sometimes wish they wouldn’t). Of course, Constant Contact is no different. I get the occasional email about ‘look what cool things Netflix is doing with Microservices’ or questions like shouldn’t […]

Cassandra and Sharded MySQL

Stefan Piesche, Constant Contact CTO, spoke at the Data @Scale conference in Boston, hosted by Facebook. He discussed how Constant Contact moved from scaling data vertically in large DB2 databases attached to even larger SANs, to using Cassandra as a horizontally scalable data tier for key/value type data. CTCT used to scale data vertically in large DB2 […]