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Weekly Top 10: Let Us Count the Ways that DevOps Pays

DevOps Benefits

As the hype around modern software delivery practices and technologies continues to grow, there’s no shortage of DevOps insights and advice out there for start-ups, horses and unicorns alike. This week’s top industry news continues to cover the countless benefits DevOps brings to any organization. One of the top discussions that continuously percolates is the proposition of building security into your delivery pipeline. DevOps practices not only help improve visibility and compliance, but also generates a culture of trust between teams that were once separated and often left in the dark. DevOps adoption can also result in some serious economic benefits, which stem from increased collaboration and streamlined processes across environments, meaning less downtime and thus, money saved. That’s just the short list of benefits that DevOps provides – read on for more, plus expert tips and tools to guide you on your DevOps journey.

Continue reading for more DevOps news and trends, and, as always, stay tuned to all the news coming from @ElectricCloud on DevOps and Continuous Delivery throughout the week.

1Why Leading DevOps May Get You a Promotion

By @joemckendrick | Published on @ZDNet
http://www.zdnet.com/article/will-leading-devops-get-you-promoted/

Is leading or engaging in DevOps a career booster? Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project and leading DevOps proponent, seems to think so. In a recent interview with TechBeacon’s Mike Perrow, Kim notes that of “the nearly 100 speakers at DevOps Enterprise Summits over the last two years, about one in three have been promoted.” Kim suggests that the reason these individuals have been promoted is because they “have created something of incredible value” to their organizations, and this has been noticed.

2A Deeper Look at the Financial Return on Investment for DevOps

By @varbetz | Published on @dailyfei
http://daily.financialexecutives.org/deeper-look-financial-return-investment-devops/

According to Gartner, DevOps represents a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture), and seeks to improve collaboration between operations and development teams. The ultimate goal of DevOps is to release software and applications more quickly at higher quality. Google, Amazon and Netflix now provide concrete proof points of fast-movers applying DevOps practices to disrupt entire industries with rapid-fire, digital-innovation based on cloud, big data and mobile technologies.

3DevOps and Security: Building Security Into Your Delivery Pipeline

By @andreaswittig | Published on @DZone
https://dzone.com/articles/devops-and-security-1

What are some of the best practices for building security as an integral part of your tools and practices throughout your delivery pipeline? On Tuesday I participated in an online panel on the subject of DevOps and Security, as part of Continuous Discussions (#c9d9), a series of community panels about Agile, Continuous Delivery, and DevOps.

4Why Agile is Like Flossing and Regular Sex

By @cote | Published on @TheRegister
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/27/agile_slow_ascent/

After roughly 20 years, agile software development has wheedled its way into most every developer’s mind as The Way Good Software Is Done. Like flossing, while we can all agree agile is a good idea, we’re not quite up to snuff on keeping all our teeth in our heads, so to speak. A recent Gartner survey [registration required] had 37 per cent of respondents saying they were doing agile, while 45 per cent preferred to float along with the traditional “waterfall” approach (the remaining said they were doing “lean,” “iterative,” or the always delightful “other”). While this isn’t world domination, a 2015 report put waterfall at 56 per cent.

5Agile 2016: How to Measure Your DevOps Initiatives

By @MulliganSDTimes | Published on @sdtimes
http://sdtimes.com/agile-2016-measure-devops-initiatives/

You’ve heard the benefits of DevOps, and you’ve decided to move your teams to this way of working. But how do you know if you are doing it right? Metrics are key indicators for businesses to figure out whether or not they are making the right decisions, but often they aren’t choosing the right metrics to look at, according to Anders Wallgren, CTO of Electric Cloud. He spoke at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta today about the key DevOps metrics businesses should look into to determine failures or successes.

How do you know if you are doing  right?http://hubs.ly/H03NJ0l0

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Agile 2016: How to measure your DevOps initiatives - SD Times

CTO of Electric Cloud Anders Wallgren discusses the key metrics businesses should pay attention to in their DevOps initiatives

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6Three Tips To Ensure That DevOps Adds Real Value To Your Business

By @jkrystynak | Published on @Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2016/07/20/three-tips-to-ensure-that-devops-adds-real-value-to-your-business/

If you work in tech, chances are you have an opinion on DevOps. Either you think it’s a worthless exercise that creates more problems than it solves, or that it’s a must-have in today’s workplace. At my company AppLovin, we stand solidly in the pro-DevOps camp: not only for what it does for our operations, but for what DevOps does for our business. If you do go with having DevOps, it’s crucial that you think of it as a driver of innovation; only then will it be efficient and successful. Here are my top three tips for making sure your DevOps team continually drives innovation at your company.

3 Tips To Ensure That  Adds Real Value To Your Business http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2016/07/20/three-tips-to-ensure-that-devops-adds-real-value-to-your-business/#366f789b7546 @Forbes @jkrystynak

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Three Tips To Ensure That DevOps Adds Real Value To Your Business

Think of DevOps as a driver of ongoing innovation, not IT support.

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7Managing Your DevOps Releases Efficiently

By @samueldfell | Published on @devopsdotcom
http://devops.com/2016/07/20/managing-devops-releases/

DevOps is a modern software delivery movement that encompasses agile principles and encourages automation in application delivery. Why adopt it? It allows teams to reduce errors due to manual steps and break down silos between teams to improve communication and collaboration between all stakeholders within the business.

8DevOps: A Pillar of Modern IT Infrastructure

By @swapnilbhartiya | Published on @LinuxDotCom
https://www.linux.com/news/devops-pillar-modern-it-infrastructure

A massive transformation is underway in the way we manage IT infrastructure. More companies are looking for improved agility and flexibility. They are moving from traditional server stacks to cloudy infrastructure to support a new array of applications and services that must be delivered at breakneck pace in order to remain competitive. This transition is as much about people as it is about technology. In traditional data centers there are different IT departments specialized in different pieces — networking, storage, database, and so on. These silos operate independently. Provisioning new systems is a challenging and time-consuming task.

9Security Teams Consulted Too Late On Digital Transformation

By @ThorOlavsrud | Published on @CIOonline
http://www.cio.com/article/3097485/security/security-teams-consulted-too-late-on-digital-transformation.html

IT decision-makers who have responsibility for security believe security teams are brought in too late to have a meaningful effect on digital transformation initiatives, according to a new study. Dimensional Research, commissioned by by Dell, recently surveyed 631 IT decision-makers with responsibility for security from companies with 1,000 or more employees in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, Scandinavia and the Benelux region. Ninety-seven percent of respondents report their organizations were investing in digital technologies to transform their business: 72 percent of the respondents said their organizations had active projects in mobile, 68 percent in cloud and 37 percent involving the Internet of Things (IoT) — all areas commonly associated with digital transformation.

1050 Tips For Improving Your Software Development Game

By @mpron | Published on @TechBeaconCom
http://techbeacon.com/50-tips-improving-your-software-development-game

How do you keep improving as a software engineer? Some pieces of advice are valid no matter your experience level, but often the advice will depend on where you are in your career. If you’re a beginner, the best advice is to simply learn your language, frameworks, and tools top to bottom and gain more experience with a variety of different projects. If you’re an experienced software developer, you should constantly try to find new ways to optimize your code for readability, performance, and maintainability, and then practice making well-reasoned decisions about where to focus time and resources in your code—whether it’s testing, performance optimization, or other technical debt.

 

+1Bonus: Do it like a unicorn!

We’ll be amiss if we did not mention we had our own big news recently, announcing the industry’s first push-button rolling deployments– allowing you to deploy like Etsty and Netflix, without the heavy-scripting and risk overhead.

Check out some of the coverage at The Register and The New Stack below:

Electric Cloud offers cautious corporates Canary choicehttp://reg.cx/2mTT

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Electric Cloud offers cautious corporates Canary choice

Blue/Green also a deployment option

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Electric Cloud Automates Rolling Deployments for Zero-Downtime Updates http://tnstack.io/y8sZ302A7VS @electriccloud

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Electric Cloud Automates Rolling Deployments for Zero-Downtime Updates

Electric Cloud wants to free up deployment teams’ weekends by eliminating the heavy scripting and manual steps involved in releasing new software. The latest feature for its ElectricFlow release...

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Electric Cloud wants to give  teams the ability to do zero-downtime deployments http://hubs.ly/H03Pvmr0 @electriccloud

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Electric Cloud brings rolling deployment to DevOps teams - SD Times

Electric Cloud adds push-button support for rolling deployments to its DevOps platform ElectricFlow

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More Stories By Anders Wallgren

Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.

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In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
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All organizations that did not originate this moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. That organizational culture is influenced by the personalities and management styles of Executive Management, the wider culture in which the organization is situated, and the personalities of key team members at all levels of the organization. This culture and entrenched interests usually throw a wrench in the works because of misaligned incentives.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 companies.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Massive Networks mission is simple. To help your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions. Improve your customer's experience with outstanding connections to your cloud.
DevOps is under attack because developers don’t want to mess with infrastructure. They will happily own their code into production, but want to use platforms instead of raw automation. That’s changing the landscape that we understand as DevOps with both architecture concepts (CloudNative) and process redefinition (SRE). Rob Hirschfeld’s recent work in Kubernetes operations has led to the conclusion that containers and related platforms have changed the way we should be thinking about DevOps and controlling infrastructure. The rise of Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is part of that redefinition of operations vs development roles in organizations.
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture.
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that’s no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, will explore how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He will explain how automation, orchestration and governance are fundamental to managing today’s hybrid cloud environments and are critical for digital businesses to deliver services faster, with better user experience and higher quality, all while saving money.
Most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes a lot of work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reduction in cost and increase in speed.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big Data are challenging the existing design patterns of the Data Center. The increase in complexity of managing legacy systems alongside new systems is beyond the ability of most IT departments. This leads to multiple tiers of storage and high economic costs, during a time in which IT is expected to do more with less.
“Why didn’t testing catch this” must become “How did this make it to testing?” Traditional quality teams are the crutch and excuse keeping organizations from making the necessary investment in people, process, and technology to accelerate test automation. Just like societies that did not build waterways because the labor to keep carrying the water was so cheap, we have created disincentives to automate. In her session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anne Hungate, President of Daring Systems, discussed how to break the cycle of manual testing as de-facto – empowering development and quality to lead with automation. Learn about the changes in reporting, behaviors, and communication necessary to make automation the first choice.
SYS-CON Events announced today that GrapeUp, the leading provider of rapid product development at the speed of business, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the USA and Europe, we work with a variety of customers from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 companies.
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Given the popularity of the containers, further investment in the telco/cable industry is needed to transition existing VM-based solutions to containerized cloud native deployments. The networking architecture of the solution isolates the network traffic into different network planes (e.g., management, control, and media). This naturally makes support for multiple interfaces in container orchestration engines an indispensable requirement.
In his opening keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Michael Maximilien, Research Scientist, Architect, and Engineer at IBM, discussed the full potential of the cloud and social data requires artificial intelligence. By mixing Cloud Foundry and the rich set of Watson services, IBM's Bluemix is the best cloud operating system for enterprises today, providing rapid development and deployment of applications that can take advantage of the rich catalog of Watson services to help drive insights from the vast trove of private and public data available to enterprises.
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Elastifile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Elastifile Cloud File System (ECFS) is software-defined data infrastructure designed for seamless and efficient management of dynamic workloads across heterogeneous environments. Elastifile provides the architecture needed to optimize your hybrid cloud environment, by facilitating efficient data access across cloud and on-premises boundaries - with all the advantages of public IaaS everywhere.
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory?
While some vendors scramble to create and sell you a fancy solution for monitoring your spanking new Amazon Lambdas, hear how you can do it on the cheap using just built-in Java APIs yourself. By exploiting a little-known fact that Lambdas aren’t exactly single-threaded, you can effectively identify hot spots in your serverless code. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Dave Martin, Product owner at CA Technologies, will give a live demonstration and code walkthrough, showing how to overcome the challenges of monitoring S3 and RDS. This presentation will provide an overview of necessary Amazon Lambda concepts and discus how to integrate the monitoring data with other tools.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st 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.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Golden Gate University will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Since 1901, non-profit Golden Gate University (GGU) has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing high quality, practice-based undergraduate and graduate educational programs in law, taxation, business and related professions. Many of its courses are taught by faculty actively working in their field of expertise, providing students with skills that can be applied immediately. The new MS in Business Analytics, like most of its programs, is available fully online or in-person in downtown SF.
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st 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.