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MVP & Startup, with OpenSource Software and Microsoft Azure

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Test a startup's business model quickly is very important, as doing it minimizing risks and investments. In this talk I will discuss some experiments we did (that used open source tools, Microsoft Azure and Lean Startup methodologies) to validate our business hypothesis.

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MVP & Startup, with OpenSource Software and Microsoft Azure

  1. 1. with OpenSource Software and Azure MVP & startup Francesco Fullone ff@ideato.it / @fullo
  2. 2. I’m here because I’m a OSS evangelist I’m a PHP advocate I’m a pragmatic entrepreneur I was
  3. 3. Agenda • Chapter 1 - Lean Startup & MVP • Chapter 2 - Open Source • Chapter 3 - Why Azure • Chapter 4 - First hand experiences
  4. 4. Chapter 1
  5. 5. MV…what? “The minimum viable product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort” by Eric Ries
  6. 6. It’s evolution, baby
  7. 7. Or like this
  8. 8. Reasons behind Be able to test hypothesis with minimal resources Accelerate learning Reduce wasted engineering time Reach the customers ASAP
  9. 9. Test your hypothesis • Interviews • Landing Page • Surveys • Crowdfunding
  10. 10. Reduce wasted time • Concierge 
 (Sir, how may I help thou?) • Mage of OZ 
 (it’s you, but hidden behind 
 the curtains) • Piecemeal 
 (someone else API ftw!) engineering mostly.
  11. 11. A lot of MVPs • Products • Services • Features
  12. 12. Pirate Metrics Acquisition Activation Retention Referral Revenue
  13. 13. High-fidelity MVPs You (may) have to code something
  14. 14. Chapter 2
  15. 15. Why OSS? •it’s cheap (as for price) •ready to be deployed •a lot of ready-to-use resources •available in the language you love
  16. 16. It’s not a new idea Github, Wallmart, Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft have relied on OOS to accomplish new projects.
  17. 17. MVPs - ready to use WordPress, Drupal or any other CMSes with a rich interface and big enough community could be a valid solution for you.
  18. 18. MVPs - for hardcore devs PHP Frameworks such as Symfony, Laravel, etc with RAD tools NODE.JS Frameworks and platforms to rapid prototype like Eskimo/Igloo, ExpressJS, etc.
  19. 19. But the most important reason is…
  20. 20. It lets you concentrate on important stuff: “learning things”
  21. 21. Chapter 3 Why ?
  22. 22. Ready to deploy solution Azure Website one click install of dozen applications and stacks Worker Roles do not care about scaling up, you’ll get a real SaaS environment
  23. 23. Build & Manage complex stacks •MongoDb •MySQL •Redis •etc… a lot of choices with worker roles, one click install to deploy
  24. 24. Virtual Machines do not forget the old fashioned VM or the new fancy technologies
  25. 25. The ready to be used stuffto validate your MVP ideas
  26. 26. Git Deploy deploy-from-branch feature
  27. 27. A/B Testing an easy way to do feature tests on deployed instances
  28. 28. A/B testing on Azure 1. Create a new Azure Website and select a Standard hosting plan 2.Create a new Deployment Slot for each additional version of your site you want to deploy (up to 5) 3.Build two or more different versions of your website using the language and tools of your choice 4.Deploy the “primary” version of your site to your “primary” Azure Website, and then deploy each additional version to a different named Deployment Slot 5.Use the Azure Portal to configure the Testing in Production feature, specifying which percentage of users should go to the primary site and each deployment slot when they browse to your site’s URL 6.Use Application Insights to measure the effectiveness of each version of the site. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tomholl/archive/2014/11/10/a-b-testing-with-azure-websites.aspx a crash course
  29. 29. Application Insights Get metrics and performances of a real production environment https://github.com/Microsoft/AppInsights-PHP It’s opensource!
  30. 30. ?? !?
  31. 31. Chapter 4 first-hand experiences
  32. 32. single static page MVP Web role MVP passed!
  33. 33. Node.JS worker role Linux VM MongoDB worker role dismissed
  34. 34. Linux VM Lamp stack 15k users
  35. 35. Screenfony Azure website WordPress + WooCommerce pivoting
  36. 36. ?? !?
  37. 37. www.ideato.it info@ideato.it @ideato Ideatohelping startups since 2008 to turn ideas in real business