Review Category : Blogs

Mobility Means Enterprises Need to Get Lean with DevOps

When people say “mobile” most folks think “devices.” Phones. Tablets. Phablets. Smart things. Wearables. But what we really ought to be talking about in most cases is apps. A McKinsey & Company survey noted, “When we recently surveyed 250 CIOs on their mobility strategies, 56 percent reported strong demand from employees to support a wide range of mobile devices.” With no direct mention of applications you might think CIOs are reporting just that employees be allowed to use mobile devices, but dig deeper into this and similar surveys and you’ll find what CIOs and employees mean by “support a wide range of mobile devices” is really this: make applications available across all the myriad devices we might want to use. When we say “mobility” is a driving factor for the adoption of a technology or an emerging methodology like DevOps, we don’t mean just the insatiable demand consumers have for engaging ...

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Webinar: What DevOps Need To Know About Web App Security

You’ve seen the headlines—<Well-Known Company> With Global Presence Falls Victim to Hackers. These data breaches result in the theft of millions of names, passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal data. Imagine the consequences of a breach leading to the theft of your confidential data. . . If multi-national companies with dedicated security teams and expansive budgets aren’t immune to the impact of hackers, how can you adequately prepare yourself to defeat this threat? What can be done to make apps more secure? From both development and operations, how can web app security and DevOps work together to make it better? This webinar will explore the web application threat landscape. It will zero in on some of the most common attacks wreaking havoc on the internet, teaching you how to defend your online assets from them by leveraging development and operations teams to be more security aware. Date: Thursday November 11th, ...

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The fashionable IT crowd

The IT Crowd I was recently reading an article in Marie Claire UK (yes I do read non-nerdy publications, some higher AI should sentence my brain to enter a loop without an exit condition) which explained that women should start learning how to code in order to become successful professionally. That triggered my curiosity and I started to wonder when IT became classy enough to be mentioned in a fashion magazine. This might be the time for a little history. Don’t blame Information Technology. Once upon a time, well before the internet – yes kids, there was a time where people had to read books to access knowledge – IBM was ruling them all. It was such an important and powerful company that you could likely compare it to Google today. IBM salesmen were to wear suits, ties and an attaché case every day like other any other corporate person ...

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DevOps + IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is part marketing hype and partly a real movement. After low power WiFi chips have allowed small devices to connect to the web for a long time. Remember Eye-Fi founded in 2005? But there is no denying it is BIG. Service revenues rooted in micro-controller-based IoT are expected to reach a whopping $7.3 trillion by the year 2017 according to a recent IDC report, with the radical new paradigm shift of DevOps leading to the perfect storm of IoT adoption. IoT is set to be a disruption those building and connecting things. It forces a transformation that is largely driven by the integration of development, IT operations and quality assurance practices delivered for IoT under a single automated umbrella in the DevOps-oriented world. ...

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Enterprise DevOps: same medicine, different dose

I am presenting at the DevOps Summit in Santa Clara early next month.  The title of my presentation is “Enterprise DevOps: Same medicine, different dose.”  I will be attempting to tackle the sometimes sticky subject of whether Enterprise DevOps is a unique species or is there just DevOps for organizations big and small. My personal feeling is DevOps is DevOps. That being said though, I don’t think anyone would argue that large enterprises are a different animal than smaller companies. The inertia in these organizations make culture change on a large scale harder, if not slower.  Just as you would give a different dose of medicine to a child then you would to an adult, I think you have to inject DevOps differently into a larger organization than you would a smaller one. That doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone selling enterprise DevOps services or tools is a snake oil salesmen ...

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The DevOps Culture Cocktail

As I have written in previous posts, I believe that IT has accumulated decades of cultural debt that is now due.  We are a young  industry that grew up in silo neighborhoods, each with it’s proprietary practices, language and population of like-skilled specialists.  Left unchecked, the resulting “framework culture” contributed to IT’s cultural debt and is partially the motivation behind DevOps. The goal of DevOps is not to undervalue or replace the frameworks that are in place.  On it’s own, DevOps is not a framework – in fact,  successful DevOps relies on combined effect of best practices such as Agile, Lean and ITSM.   By recognizing and adapting the best of each, IT can formulate a potent recipe for enhancing performance and increasing customer satisfaction. So let’s belly up to the bar and mix ourselves a DevOps Culture Cocktail by taking the best guidance from the top shelf of each of ...

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Share Your Thoughts about On-Call

We all know that being on-call sucks. What we don’t know is how other people are dealing with the problem. It’s time to dig deep, ask the hard questions and collect data around what it’s really like to be doing the hard job of keeping the machines up & running. That’s why VictorOps needs you! We’re conducting the first State of On-Call survey and would love to hear what you have to say about the topic. Whether you’re currently on-call or manage a team of on-call folks, we’d like to know what tools you’re using to make the process easier and what sort of pain points you’re still experiencing. We’re thanking you in advance for your time & feedback. Additionally, your survey response gets you automatically entered into a drawing for a Nexus 7 tablet. Help us to better understand the problem so that we can help you make on-call ...

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Consumer Web Automation for DevOps?

These days event-based automation is everywhere from IFTTT recipes used by non-technical folks to cross post automatically to Twitter, Google+ and Facebook to email alerts for free iTunes downloads. And don’t forget the tech savvy that create even more complex sequences from Zapier and now Stamplay to track workloads and simple business processes or automate developer tools. But this automation is not limited to consumer uses—it can also be the answer to DevOps challenges. Simple DevOps processes implemented with services such as IFTTT and Zapier improve the workflow and boost work performance. ...

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Webinar: DevOps in the modern enterprise

We are happy to announce the next DevOps.com webinar. In partnership with AppDynamics and Citrix : DevOps in the Modern Enterprise DevOps has been embraced by companies ranging from small e-commerce providers to large fortune 100 institutions. As the rate of adoption continues to grow there is still much confusion about how to successfully transition from “DevOps curious” to full fledged “DevOps practice”. Jim Hirschauer, Technology Evangelist with AppDynamics, will discuss the role of software tools in fostering a successful DevOps practice. Spencer Schwab, Staff DevOps Engineer with Citrix, will share his experience in transitioning his organization into a DevOps centric practice. Spencer will expose the challenges associated with shifting towards DevOps as well as the solutions he discovered while leading and participating in this experience with all of it’s ups and downs. You’ll learn how to initiate change within your organization as well as the associated pitfalls and benefits ...

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The Dark Side of Infrastructure as Code

We spend a lot of time extolling the virtues of infrastructure as code. All of it is true. Treating infrastructure as code can add great value in terms of its ability to promote consistent, predictable and repeatable results during the application deployment process. One of the ways in which infrastructure is treated as code is through the use of programmability. Programmability is an integral component in software defined architectures and a part of the DevOps approach is automation through integration with traditionally development lifecycle focused tools and technologies. APIs, app templates and the ability to programmatically interact with the data path are enabling rapid provisioning of services in the network. That’s important to the business. Improving service velocity in the network is critical to achieving faster time to market and enabling the operational scale necessary to meet growing pressure on networks arising from the growth of applications driven by cloud, ...

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