Michael Long

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Co-Founder and CEO

Mike was born in Australia, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Norway. Merkely is his vision.

Who’s the person behind Merkley?

First and foremost I’m a technologist. I studied Computer Science and after graduating I got my first job doing some fairly low level systems programming. As my career progressed I became really interested in how software technology is actually delivered and I started exploring practices like TDD, continuous integration, hardware in the loop, and test automation.

How did you go from systems programming to founding your own startup?

In between I was a CTO and a DevOps consultant and I had a lot of engagement with organizations where it’s tricky to do DevOps because they have embedded systems or safety critical applications. I kept seeing this need for a very sharp DevOps tool that could automate change management.

What’s being a founder really like?

It’s the best job in the world. I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve had, but this is great. There’s a brilliant book called The Pragmatic Programmer and it has this great story about stone soup. You start with a big pot, put some water in it, add a big stone, and start boiling it up. Creating a startup is a lot like making stone soup.

What do you do when you’re not busy being a founder?

Spending time with my family is where my spare time goes. We’re lucky to have some incredible natural beauty on our doorstep, so most weekends you’ll find us in the forest or up a mountain. I’m sure that sounds lovely. The reality is I usually injure myself skiing and then complain about it a lot.

Blogs by Michael Long

How To Release Compliant Software on Demand

In this blog we’ll explain how to automate the change and release compliance in a Secure Software Development Lifecycle. Merkely is new technology that enables teams in regulated industries, like fintech, to release compliant software on demand.

How to Ensure Software Provenance. Just like Google.

Google has always been a leader when it comes to security culture, and google’s approach to managing a secure development lifecycle is no exception. This article introduces Google’s Binary Authorization for Borg (BAB), and will show you how you can implement the same binary authorization system to ensure that production software and configuration deployed in your organization is properly reviewed and authorized.

Introducing Continuous Compliance with Merkely

In this article we introduce new technology that allows you to automate the change and release compliance in a Secure Software Development Lifecycle. It’s called Merkely, a DevOps Change Collaboration tool for teams in regulated industries.