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Waiting for warmer weather and summer? Then catch up with our authors in this week’s digest to pass the time. We won’t keep you waiting like the weather, and we’ll keep you entertained with the topics we’ve covered this week.

Log Parser Tutorial: Learn to Parse Many Input Formats

Logs come in a variety of formats and are stored in multiple different locations. Getting insights from all of these logs isn’t a trivial task. Microsoft Log Parser is a tool that helps us extract such information easily, using a SQL-like syntax. Curious to find out more about Log Parser? Scalyr has the answers to your questions with a tutorial from Peter Morlion.

How to Do Authentication Right With Rails Devise

Authentication for web apps is a difficult problem. Anyone who’s ever tried to create their own authentication system will tell you that there are a lot of unexpected edge cases. There’s good news, though. If you’re using Rails to build your application, you can use Devise, a gem which is designed to make authentication easy. Eric Boersma can tell you more on Stackify’s blog.

5 Red Flags Deployment Management Is Failing

It’s a great step when teams deliberately manage their deployments instead of treating them as second-class citizens to writing code. But there are many pitfalls to managing deployments effectively. Many things lurk, waiting to trip us up. So on Enov8’s blog, Mark Henke lays out five red flags you can use to find and root out obstacles to your deployment management. Check it out to find out more.

Change Management Process: 13 Steps to Getting It Right

There’s nothing quite like the phrase “change management process” to induce eye rolls from rank and file employees before you even finish your sentence. A change management process is hard to get right. Luckily, you have plenty of tools at your disposal for creating an effective change management policy. These include, of course, having a solid plan and good organization. But they also include cutting edge pieces of software and technological options for managing the change management process. Want to hear more? Head over to Plutora’s blog where Erik Dietrich can fill you in.

AKS Cluster Performance: How to Better Operate Kubernetes in Azure

AKS is the managed service from Azure for Kubernetes. When you create an AKS cluster, Azure creates and operates the Kubernetes control plane for you at no cost. The only thing you do as a user is to say how many worker nodes you’d like, plus other configurations we’ll see in this post. So, with that in mind, how can you improve the AKS cluster performance of a service in which Azure pretty much manages almost everything? Christian Melendez can tell you more if you check out Stackify’s blog.

Reasons Enterprise Configuration Management Is Failing

Enterprise configuration management (ECM) is a big topic. Projects that aim to implement ECM are, by their nature, significant endeavors. You’re trying to encapsulate all of your organization’s core configurations down into a single source. That’s difficult under the best of circumstances, and like most projects, ECM projects may fail quickly. So how can you tell if it’s on the track to fail? Eric Boersma lists five problems that could point to this on Test Environment Management (DOT) Com.

Containers: Benefits and Making a Business Case

We also updated a post from Lou Bichard on Scalyr’s blog about containers, which are hot stuff right now. So if you’re wondering what the business case and benefits of containers could be you may want to check it out. Lou fills you in on what containers are, what their benefits and drawbacks are, and he’ll also explain some decision-making criteria to assist you in your business case.