In this DevOps Chat we sit down with Cliff Utstein, director of Offering Management, IBM Cloud DevOps and CJ Paul, distinguished engineer and chief architect, IBM Cloud DevOps. Cliff and CJ give us some insight into how some of the biggest trends in technology today—DevOps, cognitive, IoT and blockchain—are connected. It is a great discussion with some of the people at IBM who are dealing with these subjects day in and day out.
As usual, the streaming audio file is immediately below, with the written transcript of our conversation below that. Enjoy!
Alan Shimel: Hey, everyone, this is Alan Shimel of DevOps.com and we’re here for another DevOps Chat. We have a really interesting DevOps Chat today and it’s regarding how DevOps kinda interacts and can help you get started with some of the leading sort of technology trends out there today and talking about things like cognitive and blockchain and IoT, etc. So a lot to cover in our 15-minute show, but we’re gonna do the best we can. I’m joined today by two friends from IBM. First of all, a returning guest to DevOps Chat, our friend CJ Paul, distinguished engineer and chief architect, IBM cloud. CJ, welcome to DevOps Chat.
CJ Paul: Thank you, Alan. Glad to be here.
Shimel: Thank you and welcome – glad to have you here. And, secondly, we have Cliff Utstein, and, Cliff, if I mispronounced your last name, I apologize, but Cliff joins us from Boston and he is the director of DevOps product development for IBM Bluemix and cloud. Cliff, welcome.
Cliff Utstein: Thanks, Alan.
Shimel: Did I mess up the title or the name?
Utstein: I actually lead product management for IBM’s Bluemix – IBM’s cloud DevOps.
Shimel: I apologize. So much for me for following the show notes. That’s what you get. [Chuckles] But, okay, fantastic. So, guys, you know, three big, kind of meaty topics out there—cognitive, blockchain, and IoT—and then how does DevOps help you get started with all of them. Let’s start with cognitive because, certainly, IBM is a market leader in cognitive and it seems like they’re building cognitive into everything. So let’s talk a little bit about that. CJ, I’ve probably spoken about this with you in the past, so, if you don’t mind, let’s start with you. How can DevOps help you get started with cognitive?
Paul: Well, we find many customers evaluating several of these cognitive services that Watson provides. They are available as APIs in Bluemix, so this is – such as natural language understanding, natural language classifiers, the Watson conversation service, and many others like that. And many companies are looking at how to take advantage of those combination services to build interesting applications, like chatbots, that they can deploy for various use cases. So, as they look to build these applications, clearly, the way you build these applications is important.
What DevOps proposes now is an iterative model where you rapidly take ideas and get them into code and deliver them out to market and see how effective they are. And then, you know, measure the usage and iterate rapidly from there, so using the DevOps practices and toolchains that we provide, it can greatly speed up a company’s ability, the developer’s ability, to build and deliver these leading-edge cognitive applications.