|By Anders Wallgren||
|April 23, 2016 07:15 PM EDT||
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Over the past few years, industry leaders have been discussing the best and most innovative ways to make software delivery faster and safer. Continuous Delivery, Agile and DevOps mindsets are prevailing while new technologies related to containers, microservices and release automation have been top of mind. These methods and technological advancements are finding their way into nearly every marketplace, from FinServ to healthcare, and it's made its biggest gains in enterprise IT organizations. This week's top 10 walks us through the DevOps journey in the enterprise, why it is necessary for IT professional to adapt with new DevOps skills, and, for a bonus, Jez Humble returns to the blogosphere to tell us why he thinks Gartner's "Bimodal" IT model is misleading.
1. The Flaw at the Heart of Bimodal IT
By @jezhumble | Published on @jezhumble
Gartner's "Bimodal" IT model has taken the world of enterprise IT by storm. Gartner defines Bimodal IT as "the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed." In this post I will describe three flaws in Gartner's model, the most fundamental of which is that high performing organizations do not in fact trade off agility for safety. In fact, high performance is characterized by consistent improvements in levels of both agility and safety. While the Bimodal model provides a valuable guide to enterprises beginning their agile journey, I will argue it is misleading and, I believe, dangerous when viewed as a destination in its own right.
2. DevOps Journeys of Large Enterprises Highlights
By @ashimmy | Published on @devopsdotcom
I read a recent comment to an article made by my friend Rob England (the IT Skeptic). Rob took exception with the author's point of view about that DevOps was so widely adopted. Rob asked the author of the article, "How many of the Fortune 500 are DevOps shops?" My reaction to this was "Rob, not sure if you have noticed out in New Zealand, but there are a sizable number of Fortune 500 and other large enterprises that are DevOps shops now." Maybe not a majority, but a sizable minority and growing every day. DevOps journeys of large enterprises are pretty well documented.
3. The Next Evolution of Enterprise DevOps Is to Harden It
By @anders_wallgren | Published on @infoworld
In today's digital age, business innovation is largely driven by software. To win, serve, and retain their customers, enterprises must release application updates at an increasingly faster pace. A great idea, killer functionality and a robust technology are all as important as ever, but they don't mean much if you can't get your code to your end users in a fast, predictable manner with high quality.
4. Implementing IoT with a Three-Tier Architecture
By Bryan Che | Published on @4enterprisers
If you aren't looking to the Internet of Things to connect the analog side of your business to the digital world, your organization is going to be left behind. As enterprises digitize their analog business, the number of devices accessing your business services is going to dwarf the total human population of the world. This is going to create huge new opportunities. McKinsey estimates that the IoT market could grow up to $11 trillion dollars in the next 10 years. Adding sensors and automation to your analog business will allow you to tap new data and insights that could open up entirely new business opportunities for your organization.
5. What the Buzz Is DevOps?
By @jamie_informa | Published on @BizCloudNews
In an industry where there seems to be a constant conveyor belt of buzzwords, you'll struggle to find one that is currently more widely used that DevOps. In its simplest form, DevOps is, among other things, a business practise which ensures greater collaboration between the development and operations function within the organization, the Holy Grail for most businesses! Development often considers operations too regimented, and operations tends to consider developers too wishy-washy. Finding a middle ground can be a tricky task.
6. IT Operations Pros Must Adapt with New DevOps Skills
@PariseauTT | Published on @TechTarget
The intersection of DevOps with IT operations is a two-way street - even as developers increasingly take on more of operations, IT Ops pros must think more like app programmers. The technical changes that come with establishing a DevOps culture affect the IT infrastructure even if separate IT operations teams still manage day-to-day matters. New application development practices such as containerization, microservices and release automation, as well as new infrastructure management techniques that require programming skills, mean IT Ops pros must learn new tricks to keep that infrastructure running smoothly.
7. DevOps: The Good, The Bad and The Inevitable
By @BenRossi89 | Published on @InformationAge
DevOps allows organisations to unite software development and operations teams, do away with organisational silos, and encourage teams to work towards a shared objective. As a result, many that take the plunge are seemingly reaping the rewards and leaping ahead of competitors in almost every relevant metric, thanks to its ability to speed up software delivery times, produce greater stability and reliability for customers, and free up valuable business time.
8. Wikibon Offers Prescription to Make Containers Enterprise-Ready
By @bgracely | @SiliconANGLE
Containers have dramatically changed the ways in which application developers package and deploy software, initially in the cloud but soon in the enterprise as well. When combined with DevOps, microservices, and cloud-native applications, containers are revolutionizing the applications are designed, developed and managed over their lifetimes. Containers, however, only take the development process part way to the operational environment, writes Wikibon Analyst Brian Gracely in his latest Professional Alert, "Docker is the Least Interesting Part of Docker." Containers cover the artifacts-to-applications part of the journey, but that only takes an application part of the way to reliable deployment.
9. Which Is Best - Waterfall or Agile?
By @david_cotgreave | Published by @CIOonline
"Which is best - Waterfall or Agile?" a client asked this week. For me, ineffective project management, a better question would be "Which is the best methodology for THIS specific part of THIS specific project?" You probably have many pairs of shoes ... formal shoes, hiking boots, sports shoes, slippers, etc. When you choose which shoes to wear you do so based on what you're about to do. If you were to head off on a vacation that you knew was going to include hiking in the foothills, laying on the beach, playing tennis and dancing the night away you wouldn't try to pick one ‘best' pair of shoes to do it all in - you'd pack the lot.
10. Guest View: Seven Reasons to Spend More Time on the Front End of Your Agile Projects
By Tony Higgins | Published on @sdtimes
Many initiatives vie for business dollars, but only a few get funded. To gain funding, business leaders document a clear business case and a sound economic argument. They articulate the problem and the value of solving it, often providing candidate approaches for delivering that value. The information in the business case helps a project team understand the "why" of the work it is about to do. It provides a guidepost to which the team can refer throughout the project to ensure it delivers what the business needs.
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Feb. 22, 2017 04:45 PM EST Reads: 874
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, CA creates software that fuels transformation for companies in the application economy.
Feb. 22, 2017 02:45 PM EST Reads: 1,564
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 19th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will explore this emerging use of Big Data generated by the digital business to complete the DevOps feedback loop, and inform operational and application decisions.
Feb. 22, 2017 02:30 PM EST Reads: 4,700
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outlyer, a monitoring service for DevOps and operations teams, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outlyer is a monitoring service for DevOps and Operations teams running Cloud, SaaS, Microservices and IoT deployments. Designed for today's dynamic environments that need beyond cloud-scale monitoring, we make monitoring effortless so you can concentrate on running a better service for your users.
Feb. 22, 2017 02:30 PM EST Reads: 1,459
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann and Aruna Ravichandran have been named Co-Chairs of @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 22, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 1,432
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud computing technologies. Get certified, manage the full lifecycle of your cloud-based resources, and build your knowledge based using Cloud Academy’s expert-created content, comprehensive Learning Paths, and innovative Hands-on Labs.
Feb. 22, 2017 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,299
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, I provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading these essential tips, please take a moment and watch this brief video from Sandy Carter.
Feb. 22, 2017 01:45 PM EST Reads: 8,195
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Feb. 22, 2017 01:30 PM EST Reads: 1,620
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
Feb. 22, 2017 01:15 PM EST Reads: 1,063
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Feb. 22, 2017 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,134
TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets. By creating abundant, high-quality editorial content across more than 140 highly targeted technology-specific websites, TechTarget attracts and nurtures communities of technology buyers researching their companies' information technology needs. By understanding these buyers' content consumption behaviors, TechTarget creates the purchase intent insights that fuel efficient and effective marketing and sales activities for clients around the world.
Feb. 22, 2017 12:45 PM EST Reads: 1,346
Column Technologies exhibited at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, in June 2016. Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a global technology solutions provider with over 400 employees, headquartered in the United States with offices in Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Column Technologies provides “Best of Breed” technology solutions that automate the key DevOps principals and help our customers meet today’s DevOps and Digital Transformation challenges.
Feb. 22, 2017 12:30 PM EST Reads: 966
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, will provide a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with Tintri's web services architecture and APIs. Impress your DevOps team with smart and autonomous infrastructure.
Feb. 22, 2017 12:30 PM EST Reads: 1,723
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Feb. 22, 2017 12:30 PM EST Reads: 1,543
Have you ever noticed how some IT people seem to lead successful, rewarding, and satisfying lives and careers, while others struggle? IT author and speaker Don Crawley uncovered the five principles that successful IT people use to build satisfying lives and careers and he shares them in this fast-paced, thought-provoking webinar. You'll learn the importance of striking a balance with technical skills and people skills, challenge your pre-existing ideas about IT customer service, and gain new insights into how to build your own satisfying and rewarding career by rising above the ordinary and mundane to build an extraordinary life and career as a world-class Compassionate Geek.
Feb. 22, 2017 12:00 PM EST Reads: 2,203
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Feb. 22, 2017 12:00 PM EST Reads: 2,102
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Feb. 22, 2017 11:30 AM EST Reads: 1,174
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker containers gain prominence. He explored these challenges and how to address them, while considering how containers will influence the direction of cloud computing.
Feb. 22, 2017 11:15 AM EST Reads: 1,036
DevOps and microservices are permeating software engineering teams broadly, whether these teams are in pure software shops but happen to run a business, such Uber and Airbnb, or in companies that rely heavily on software to run more traditional business, such as financial firms or high-end manufacturers. Microservices and DevOps have created software development and therefore business speed and agility benefits, but they have also created problems; specifically, they have created software security issues.
Feb. 22, 2017 11:00 AM EST Reads: 3,320
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of SolidFire, discussed how to leverage this concept to seize on the creativity and business agility to make it real.
Feb. 22, 2017 10:45 AM EST Reads: 487
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Feb. 22, 2017 09:45 AM EST Reads: 1,389
Tricky charts and visually deceptive graphs often make a case for the impact IT performance has on business. The debate isn't around the obvious; of course, IT performance metrics like website load time influence business metrics such as conversions and revenue. Rather, this presentation will explore various data analysis concepts to understand how, and how not to, assert such correlations. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, will review data analysis basics, and then move into some data-to-actionable information concepts. Afterward, YOU decide whether to use your newfound knowledge for good or evil.
Feb. 22, 2017 09:15 AM EST Reads: 1,431
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTrend processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
Feb. 22, 2017 08:45 AM EST Reads: 1,169
To manage complex web services with lots of calls to the cloud, many businesses have invested in Application Performance Management (APM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) tools. Together APM and NPM tools are essential aids in improving a business's infrastructure required to support an effective web experience... but they are missing a critical component - Internet visibility.
Feb. 22, 2017 06:45 AM EST Reads: 1,671
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" in this scenario: microservice A (releases daily) depends on a couple of additions to backend B (releases quarterly).
Feb. 22, 2017 06:00 AM EST Reads: 5,344