Spring 2016 ShipIt Day

ShipIt Day is an all day, all night hackathon with the goal of building something awesome, usable, and value-adding within the given 24 hours. This Spring marked our fifth ShipIt Day, with participation and reach growing with each event. We kicked off the event at 10 AM on Thursday, when …

Deploying Web Services With Apache Tomcat and Chef

Open source is an important part of our engineering culture and we love when we’re able to contribute back to the community. We recently open sourced our Tomcat Chef Cookbook, which we use to automate deploying many of our web services here at Cerner. The cookbook is meant to be …

Girls in Technology Movement - Hour of Code

As a female Software Engineer, I know the benefits of having other females in the field to fellowship with as well as the benefits of early exposure to coding and the technology field. The Girls in Technology Movement Hour of Code event held December 9th, 2015 at Cerner’s Innovation Campus …

Identifying Network ACL Issues With Chef Locally

At Cerner, we use Chef to automate our deployments across a very large distributed system comprised of many thousands of nodes. While we employ ServerSpec and Test Kitchen extensively to test our Chef recipes, this still doesn’t identify all possible failure scenarios. In a large distributed system such as ours, …