Joel is the Director of Research and Development at Agility Inc in Toronto, cloud-based software for managing internally produced and user generated content across web, mobile and social media. He has over 12 years’ experience with Web application technologies and architectures, both from a product and a consulting perspective. Most recently, Joel drives the development of Agility CMS, improving bits of core functionality or encouraging others to take Agility to its limit.
He spends way too much time commuting to and from work. And it’s on the train where he finds his inspiration to write several short stories. How the World Ends is his first novel. Born and raised on a farm in Ontario, Joel now lives in Cobourg with his wife, and two kids.
Something interesting is happening, or about to happen, in the digital publishing industry with respect to supply and demand.
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Agility Director of R&D, Joel Varty, was recently interviewed on Microsoft's Canadian Developer Connection by Jonathan Rozenblit to give the story of Agility in the Cloud.
We were sitting on an aging set of servers and limited resources for hosting our own software. We were growing faster than our capacity to service new hardware. Find out how we moved over a hundred databases, websites and applications to the cloud in 3 months.
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