In our ongoing work to advance the interests of customers around adoption of Agile, DevOps and continuous delivery, the theme of evolving workflows to better suit human-scale work cycles often comes to the fore.
While it’s easy to say that build, test, release and monitoring capacities should feed into each other to promote continuous collaboration, realizing this vision in the form of integrated tooling is still no trivial feat. And it is further exacerbated by the reality that DevOps teams typically utilize a wide range of products built by a diverse set of providers, from larger players such as CA Technologies to open-source projects.
If the goal is to drive application lifecycle processes and supporting technology to better support human work cycles—along with accelerating organizational velocity and improving quality—somewhere in this domain of tooling integration there’s a need for relevant vendors to participate.
That work officially begins today.
At the Jenkins World 2016 conference this week, CA, along with a dozen other leading DevOps solutions providers and the DevOps Institute, announced the DevOps Express consortium. Joining us, along with CloudBees and Sonatype, which spearheaded this effort, are Atlassian, BlazeMeter, Chef, GitHub, Infostretch, JFrog, Puppet, Sauce Labs, SOASTA and SonarSource.
So what’s the big deal? The direction of this initiative—which will focus first on supplying reference architectures that describe field-tested integrations of best-in-breed solutions—strikes directly at the heart of the central DevOps tenet: collaboration.
The immediate result is that these providers are moving to boost interoperability across a typical production DevOps toolchain. It is truly noteworthy that these solutions providers, some of whom maintain palpable competitive interests, are putting aside those considerations to advance the interests of end users; that is a very DevOps phenomenon.
In many other areas of IT, this type of cross-pollination either never commences or doesn’t emerge until the sector is so well-established that industry collaboration seems more of an effort to fend off perceptions of commoditization. To anyone familiar with the incredible pace of innovation ongoing in the automation sector, and the potential for competition between many of the companies involved in DevOps Express, it should be immediately obvious that this is a partnership that truly puts customers first.
Yet, if we’re serious about empowering the kind of wholesale software factory reinvention that we espouse around DevOps, this is something that had to take place. How can an industry talk endlessly about eliminating stovepipes and marrying long disparate processes, and then defer to a walled garden worldview as it relates to the enabling products? That certainly wouldn’t really add up.
It’s amazing to see what’s going on in the world of technology these days, and ever more exciting to be a part of it. We’re proud to be a member of DevOps Express.
It’s a great time to be involved in this space.