Welcome!

@DevOpsSummit Authors: Jason Bloomberg, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Linux Containers, FinTech Journal

@DevOpsSummit: Blog Post

Where DevOps Starts: Developers, Implementers, and Leaders

There's no right place to start with DevOps, but there are reasons that different people choose to start

Where DevOps Starts: Developers, Implementers, and Leaders
By Greg Pollock

There's no right place to start with DevOps, but there are reasons that different people choose to start. There are also ways of communicating that make it more likely to take succeed in your organization. Being aware of the people you are talking to and the processes they work within can make your DevOps experiments more likely to grow into a business-wide culture.

A forthcoming study sponsored by Microsoft and conducted by independent research firm Saugatuck Technology digs into the expectations different groups have for DevOps. Spoiler alert: not everyone likes DevOps for the same reasons. You probably know why DevOps sounds useful to you, but getting buy-in from other teams is crucial and tricky. Knowing what others are likely to care about can make it way easier to get them on board and make DevOps a reality.

Developers

Developers are most interested in optimizing resources, both in terms of people and infrastructure. This is likely because they do project-based work where a schedule of milestones formalizes how they will be evaluated. Unfortunately, developers have thus far seen less benefit from DevOps than Implementers or Leadership, perhaps because their involvement in deployment appears to be extra work that jeopardizes hitting milestones. (If you've never experienced the conflict between "hitting milestones" and "shipping a good product," The Phoenix Project gives a spot-on depiction.)

If you're talking to a Developer: Tell them about a development cycle where stable deployments mean less time fixing bugs. Better accounting for deployment work means they can give more accurate scoping and have a more consistent workflow.

Implementers

Not surprisingly, Implementers are disproportionately interested in automating release cycles and improving mean time to recovery. Whereas Developer work is typically evaluated through a formal project management strategy, Implementer work is commonly viewed through the binary lens of "is the site up or down." Implementers see the value of DevOps in preventing the latter.

If you're talking to an Implementer: For years, Implementers have been catching the pig when Development tossed it over the fence. DevOps is the way to make that handoff more graceful. Tell them about a release process with greater visibility and faster recovery when something does go wrong.

Leadership

The IT Leadership has much higher expectations than Developers or Implementers for their adoption of DevOps in the next two years. They also think their companies have done a much better job adopting DevOps principles than Implementers or Developers do. The disconnect between the perception and expectation of Leadership and the rest of the IT team is a potential source of resistance to DevOps--when one group thinks they're already half way there while another thinks they've barely begun, the distance to the finish line appears drastically different.

IT Leadership is more interested in scaling operations and improving communication and collaboration than the other groups. This is likely because they are more concerned with long term strategy and processes than people doing the day to day work on the next release.

If you're talking to an IT Leader: Talk about the long term benefits of investing in DevOps. Cultural change in particular is slow to come, but it also yields the biggest dividends. [read more...]

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By ScriptRock Blog

ScriptRock makes GuardRail, a DevOps-ready platform for configuration monitoring.

Realizing we were spending way too much time digging up, cataloguing, and tracking machine configurations, we began writing our own scripts and tools to handle what is normally an enormous chore. Then we took the concept a step further, giving it a beautiful interface and making it simple enough for our bosses to understand. We named it GuardRail after its function — to allow businesses to move fast and stay safe.

GuardRail scans and tracks much more than just servers in a datacenter. It works with network hardware, Cloud service providers, CloudFlare, Android devices, infrastructure, and more.

@DevOpsSummit Stories
"Our strategy is to focus on the hyperscale providers - AWS, Azure, and Google. Over the last year we saw that a lot of developers need to learn how to do their job in the cloud and we see this DevOps movement that we are catering to with our content," stated Alessandro Fasan, Head of Global Sales at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, he has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to the new world.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.