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DevOps Leaders Announce DevOps Express, an Industry Initiative to Streamline DevOps Adoption

JENKINS WORLD – Fourteen DevOps technology leaders have announced DevOps Express, an initiative to streamline the way enterprises transform their software development and delivery environments to DevOps. The 14 members of DevOps Express include vendors spanning multiple solution categories in the software delivery process, as well as services organizations providing consulting, training and professional services. DevOps Express is the first-of-its-kind alliance of DevOps industry leaders and includes founding members CloudBees and Sonatype, joined by Atlassian, BlazeMeter, CA Technologies, Chef, DevOps Institute, GitHub, Infostretch, JFrog, Puppet, Sauce Labs, SOASTA and SonarSource.

As enterprises demand a steady stream of new software features to fuel their business, IT organizations are responding by adopting DevOps practices that require changes to processes, culture and tools. As organizations begin their DevOps transformation a number of key questions arise such as:

  • Where do I start – with people, process or technology?
  • What does a typical DevOps stack look like?
  • How can I learn from industry leaders and others who have already started their transformation?
  • How can I minimize risk that something won’t work?
  • How do I ensure that different vendor technologies will work together in my environment?

These organizations are seeking information, best practices and technologies that can accelerate their path to DevOps.

DevOps Express is a solution-oriented approach designed to make it easier and more flexible for enterprises to adopt DevOps, using popular technologies spanning multiple solution components. DevOps Express provides a framework for industry partners to deliver reference architectures that are better integrated and better supported. Creating reliable and actionable reference architectures for organizations will accelerate DevOps adoption and minimize risk for organizations.

“Aspiring DevOps organizations encounter significant challenges with integrating a multitude of DevOps-related offerings,” said Donnie Berkholz, research director for Development, DevOps & IT Ops at 451 Research. “By providing an out-of-the-box experience with integrated, battle-tested solutions, the founding members of DevOps Express aim to make it easier for organizations to benefit from the experiences of early adopters."

“We have worked with many enterprises transforming to a continuous delivery process and we see many of the same technologies used in each environment. That sparked for us the idea of DevOps Express – key DevOps vendors, working together as a group, to deliver greater value to the DevOps market than any of us could deliver individually,” said Sacha Labourey, CEO and founder of CloudBees. “The combination of an alliance that includes popular technology vendors, coupled with our collective years of expertise, will enable a more streamlined approach to DevOps adoption and enable enterprises to realize business value more quickly.”

In an effort to dramatically ease the buyer’s journey, DevOps Express members will supply reference architectures that describe field-tested integrations of best-in-breed solutions residing on-premise and in the cloud. The new initiative will improve interoperability of a DevOps toolchain initially through verification of technology integrations with Jenkins. The partners will also form a support alliance to facilitate diagnosis and resolutions for enterprises when issues occur between the various alliance tools.

“By proactively integrating and supporting DevOps native solutions that have been proven in the real world, the founding members of DevOps Express are making it possible for organizations to accelerate their time to value,” said Wayne Jackson, CEO, Sonatype. “Our goal for DevOps Express is to create an essential resource for the community that is focused on an actionable buyer-oriented approach leveraging best-in-breed solutions.”

Supporting Quotes

  • Sean Regan, Head of Product Marketing, Atlassian
    “Everyone talks about how software is eating the world but not enough time is spent thinking about how DevOps impacts the people and teams building and running software. Atlassian's mission is focused on improving team collaboration. We see great potential in DevOps Express to help people, teams and tools collaborate more effectively.”
  • Alon Girmonsky, CEO, BlazeMeter
    “At BlazeMeter, we believe that DevOps success ultimately comes down to technologies and tools that interact and support each other. Today’s new initiative is a step further in achieving this vision. By working together with other key players in the DevOps community, our hope is that users ultimately benefit from an environment that’s open, collaborative and supportive for all.”
  • Jeff Scheaffer, SVP and GM Continuous Delivery and DevOps Business Unit, CA Technologies
    “Increased collaboration represents the core of DevOps methodology, not just for software practitioners but also among the many technology providers that enable today’s integrated application workflows, making efforts such as DevOps Express critical to everyone’s success. At CA, we’ve long acknowledged the need for partnership across the entire application delivery ecosystem, so we’re proud to be a founding member of this consortium that will help organizations accelerate and simplify their DevOps transformation.”
  • James Casey, Partner Integration, Business Development, Chef Software
    "DevOps transformation is often challenging. There's a lot of noise surrounding DevOps, so it can be difficult for enterprise teams new to its practices and technologies to know where to start. We're here to change that and are excited to join DevOps Express to be part of doing so. By defining reference architectures and delivering comprehensive solutions, DevOps Express will help simplify and accelerate DevOps adoption for organizations everywhere."
  • Jayne Groll, Co-Founder and Board Member, DevOps Institute (DOI)
    “DevOps Express demonstrates the industry’s commitment to living DevOps principles through collaboration, automation, learning and a collective focus on delivering clarity and value to the market. DevOps Institute is excited and honored to be a member of this important alliance.”
  • Joe Wadcan, Head of Business Development, GitHub
    "We see DevOps practices accelerating software development and so we're excited that DevOps Express can pave the way for a truly best-of-breed solution."
  • Manish Mathuria, CTO and Co-Founder, Infostretch
    “Enterprises seek support and guidance around DevOps because they already understand that Agile methodologies deliver real business value, but they don’t have the time, tools or expertise to successfully apply DevOps practices. With considerable experience helping organizations frame and execute on DevOps strategies, we see great value in this collaboration among industry leaders. The combined expertise of the alliance can help organizations establish best practices, and we look forward to working together to build a fast track to DevOps adoption."
  • Fred Simon, Co-Founder and Chief Architect, JFrog
    “Next gen DevOps will bring new tools and methodologies for accelerating software development. Those who automate their processes the most effectively will benefit the most. JFrog adheres to a universal approach to DevOps. We believe in the freedom to choose the best tools, in sharing best practices, and engaging with the community to help drive the DevOps evolution. We look forward to participating in DevOps Express.”
  • Nigel Kersten, CIO, Puppet
    “Transitioning to DevOps can be a challenging process, particularly with regards to the cultural and organizational changes necessary to make the transformation a success. Choosing the right tools and integrating them shouldn’t be where most of the effort is spent. DevOps Express will help organizations move along their DevOps journey by providing better integrations and support for some of the most popular tools in this space, enabling organizations to focus on the much more important cultural, process and organizational changes.”
  • Charles Ramsey, CEO, Sauce Labs
    “The DevOps Express alliance brings industry leaders together to provide a powerful set of tools, support and best practices that are critical to getting DevOps projects off the ground successfully. We're extremely pleased to be a founding member of the alliance, as our cloud-based platform for automated testing and deep integration with leading CI servers, like Jenkins, are key to helping our customers deliver better software, faster."
  • Tom Lounibos, CEO and Co-Founder at SOASTA
    "SOASTA is excited to join with our partners in the DevOps community to provide resources and expertise to help organizations become experts in managing their digital performance, transforming their teams, technology and processes, and breaking down the silos of development, testing, operations and business. As the speed of business increases, everything has to be continuous, especially performance, in order to meet the demands of the always-on 24x7x365 marketplace."

Additional Resources

About CloudBees
CloudBees (www.cloudbees.com) is the hub of enterprise Jenkins and DevOps, providing companies with smarter solutions for automating software development and delivery. CloudBees starts with Jenkins, the most trusted and widely-adopted continuous delivery platform, and adds enterprise-grade security, scalability, manageability and expert-level support. By making the software delivery process more productive, manageable and hassle-free, CloudBees puts companies on the fastest path to transforming great ideas into great software and returning value to the business more quickly.

Backed by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Verizon Ventures, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of continuous integration, continuous delivery and DevOps professionals. Follow CloudBees on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

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