Webinar: Show Me Success Before I’ll Invest in DevOps – A HM Health Solutions Case Study

Whatever your conviction, the reluctance by senior management to justify new investments and sponsor major change in existing software delivery practices and technologies, while theoretically understandable, often leaves application development executives and managers lobbying for additional budget and resources putting them and their teams between a rock and a hard place. So the question is how do you monetize the benefits and measure your DevOps results? Join Valerie Scott, Manager of Shared Services Division at HM Health Solutions, Rick Slade from IBM, and Alan Shimel from DevOps.com as they discuss the process for quantifying DevOps benefits using metrics your business stakeholder will care about the most. They will walk you through the methodology and share customer case studies that demonstrate the impressive ROI that DevOps is providing to IBM clients worldwide.   Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015  Time: 2:00 pm eastern standard time REGISTRATION LINK:(CLICK HERE)   Your Host:  Alan ...

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The Business Value of Continuous Testing

Enterprise software development models have presented many innovative solutions for IT to align development efforts with business goals. Adopting new software development lifecycle methodologies is as much a business decision as an IT decision. From an IT perspective, this means the ability to produce profitable products at lower cost without compromising quality. Maintaining quality through the code changes to add features and push new releases has been a struggle until the inception of the DevOps-driven Continuous Testing model, which transforms costly, time-consuming IT practices into profit centers. The DevOps Patch to Agile Pitfall Having already adopted lean Dev and Ops strategies, Agile enterprise IT seems to have unlocked unprecedented efficiency and productivity by delivering better business value at a rapid pace. But in all the mayhem and chaos in jumping on the bandwagon of the Agile development, IT teams ended up stockpiling a mass of false assumptions. Simply implementing Agile ...

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Chevy and DevOps: What the Wi-Fi?

In DevOps: Rapid Feedback, Rapid Repair I’m sure you have seen it too.  Chevy cars now come with wi-fi. How cool. I want that (and so would my kids). I can only imagine the possibilities. But, this is not all about my needs. Chevy and every other vehicle maker wants this too. And not for the reasons that you might first consider. Quickly, let me introduce you to the recalls of today: Fiat recalls cars for software that causes stalls (April 2015)  200K Jeeps recalled for software updates (February 2015) Audi recalls 200K vehicles for software glitch (Oct 2014) The glitches were related to cars losing power, erroneously deploying airbags, and other defects. This is just a small glimpse of the software recalls that have happened over the past year. But more troubling is this form of software “recall” from BMW showing a security flaw that could allow cyber criminals to unlock doors ...

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Enterprise DevOps: Standardize for Security

Etsy is a shining example of the success that can be achieved with continuous delivery (CD). By 2014 Etsy had doubled its deployment rate, deploying more than 50 times a day. Today the site deploys API changes in 18 seconds and launches a new website every 150 seconds. That’s speed, to be sure. Speed that very few enterprises need or want to achieve. But that doesn’t mean that Etsy and CD don’t have valuable lessons for the enterprise, because one of the reasons CD and Etsy succeeds is because of the underlying principle of standardization.   Whether it’s standardization of tools or of processes – or both – it is standardization that eventually drives such speed. The use of the same tools and the same processes over and over hones them until they’re an optimized, lean delivery machine. That standardization has other, benefits, too that are as beneficial – maybe ...

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The continuous continuousness of DevOps

Defining DevOps is getting easier, but it’s still an elusive goal. Part of the challenge is that DevOps is more of a culture than a specific “thing” and how that culture exists is subjective and varies from one organization to the next. DevOps is what you want or need DevOps to be to some extent, but one thing seems to be consistent no matter how you define DevOps—it’s continuous. If DevOps is the buzzword du jour for tech, then continuous is the buzzword du jour of DevOps. Everything is continuous. Continuous development and continuous testing lead to continuous deployment and continuous delivery, which requires continuous support. Continuous monitoring produces continuous integration and continuous change. Continuous security results in continuous incident response…or vice versa. To top it off, all of the continuous activities continuously feed each other to drive more continuousness in some sort of DevOps Mobius strip of continuity. What ...

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31 Reference Architectures for DevOps and Continuous Delivery

At QCon London, David Farley (@davefarley77) told the audience that “continuous delivery changes the economics of software delivery”.  I could not agree more. If you have been drawn to the evangelists like David Farley, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim, you’ll know that high performance IT organizations are seeing a massive payoff in their continuous delivery investments.  Industry leaders big and small are sharing noticeable results: 8x more frequent production deployments 50% lower change failure rates 12x faster service restoration times when something went wrong 5 Principles How are they achieving these results?  They are following a few key principles that David and Jez outlined in their seminal book, Continuous Delivery (highly recommended).  The principles outlined in their book and in David’s QCon presentation are as follows: Deliver fast Automate almost everything Keep everything in version control Build quality In Empower the team  Reference Architectures for DevOps and Continuous Delivery In ...

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Is DevOps a Competitive Advantage? A Debate

The idea of DevOps being a competitive advantage is not a new one. Service providers, software sellers, and internal IT frequently use this argument to justify all kinds of investments. But is there any real merit to this argument? Is DevOps truly a source of sustainable competitive advantage? Or is it simply just hype and a new way to sell a product / service? Here are some of the more popular points of view from both sides of the aisle. “Yes Absolutely” “No, Go Take A Hike” Speed is sexyIn the mobile, social, and web world customers expect speed and responsiveness. Bringing an idea to the market faster than your competitors is definitely an advantage and DevOps allows us to do just that. DevOps is not the only fish in the seaAgreed that speed is sexy. But at this given moment there are multiple technologies / philosophies out there that ...

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9½ Simple Steps On How To Start With DevOps Today

I will tell you what you as a developer can do now to start with DevOps and Continuous Delivery. DevOps is all about the people that work together and create value. Here are 9½ simple approaches that tell how you can start immediately. Isn’t it funny that a lot of people, me included, don’t really know the difference between DevOps and Continuous Delivery? Wikipedia tells that both are pretty much overlapping. In order to continuously deliver one must be familiar with DevOps. Anyway, let’s start and become smart. ...

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DevOps Makes Security Assurance Affordable

Despite the fact that information security is a top priority, many organizations face challenges integrating security assurance practices into their product and service development practices. All too often security problems are only detected and resolved with software patches following a security breach. Security assurance is often reactive but what is needed is a more consistent proactive and affordable approach to security. As indicated by Sean Michael Kerner in his article The DevOps model isn’t a threat to security; it’s a tool that can be used to enforce security like never before. DevOps with Continuous Testing (CT), when implemented according to best practices, is an opportunity for organizations to systematically and affordably integrate security assurance into product and service development. Using DevOps techniques, continuous security testing can be built into software change and deployment operations. Many refer to the application of DevOps practices to security assurance as “SecDevOps”. Below are some ...

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Webinar: You Can’t “Do” DevOps. You Can “Do” Continuous Delivery.

“DevOps” is the latest rage.  Leading edge companies like Netflix, Etsy, and Intuit (the “Unicorns”) have transformed their I.T. Development and Operations organizations into a new culture known as DevOps:  Development and Operations working collaboratively together to accelerate the pace of software and application delivery.  But they didn’t implement DevOps.  A DevOps transformation to their culture was the outcome of their implementation of continuous delivery of software.  Continuous delivery is a process that applies automation and orchestration technologies to the application lifecycle.  In this webinar you will learn how your organization can implement continuous delivery as a step toward your own DevOps transformation.  With continuous delivery, you can accelerate application delivery which will allow I.T. to better meet the needs of the organization.  With continuous delivery, I.T. becomes a business enabler.   Event recorded Wednesday April 22nd, 2015 SLIDES VIDEO   Your Host: Alan Shimel, Editor-in-Chief of DevOps.com.  An often-cited ...

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