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Automation is a critical component of DevOps and Continuous Delivery. This morning on #c9d9 we discussed CD Automation and how you can apply Automation to accelerate release cycles, improve quality, safety and governance? What is the difference between Automation and Orchestration? ...
Just last week a senior Hybris consultant shared the story of a customer engagement on which he was working. This customer had problems, serious problems. We’re talking about response times far beyond the most liberal acceptable standard. They were unable to solve the issue in their eC...
Creating a unified toolchain is increasingly important for today’s modern software delivery approaches. Providing context, visibility and compliance around the growing number of tools and processes being used today is core to our mission of connecting the world of software delivery. To...
Stress Testing: A testing process designed to push an application’s environment to its breaking point so that QA teams can gain an understanding of the upper limits of capacity within the system. Its purpose: Stress testing exposes issues that may not appear under normal or even expect...
My personal view is NO. It needs DevOps for sure, but not Devops Managers. There is a simple explanation and a more well defined, elaborate explanation to this question though. The simple explanation first. A manager's role needs to be associated with some outcome. A Project Mana...
Agile teams report the lowest rate of measuring non-functional requirements. What does this mean for the evolution of quality in this era of Continuous Everything? To explore how the rise of SDLC acceleration trends such as Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery are impacting software...
You might already know them from theagileadmin.com, but let me introduce you to two of the leading minds in the Rugged DevOps movement: James Wickett and Ernest Mueller. Both James and Ernest are active leaders in the DevOps space, in addition to helping organize events such as DevOpsD...
Earlier this week, we hosted a Continuous Discussion (#c9d9) on Continuous Delivery (CD) automation and orchestration, featuring expert panelists Dondee Tan, Test Architect at Alaska Air, Taco Bakker, a LEAN Six Sigma black belt focusing on CD, and our own Sam Fell and Anders Wallgren....
When I talk about driving innovation with self-organizing teams, I emphasize that such self-organization includes expecting the participants to organize their own teams, give themselves their own goals, and determine for themselves how to measure their success. In contrast, the defini...
I have an article in the recently released “DZone Guide to Building and Deploying Applications on the Cloud” entitled “Fullstack Engineering in the Age of Hybrid Cloud”. In this article I discuss the need and skills of a Fullstack Engineer with relation to troubleshooting and repairing...
A lot of companies believe that they can transform the way they do business, and go so far as to include transformation in some job titles. You might be an architect, an agile coach, or otherwise responsible for setting the new standards or transitioning to a new set of tools. Let me s...
Small teams are more effective. The general agreement is that anything from 5 to 12 is the 'right' small. But of course small teams will also have 'small' throughput - relatively speaking. So if your demand is X and the throughput of a small team is X/10, you probably need 10 teams to ...
Admittedly, two years ago I was a bulk contributor to the DevOps noise with conversations rooted in the movement around culture, principles, and goals. And while all of these elements of DevOps environments are important, I’ve found that the biggest challenge now is a lack of understan...
The world of automated provisioning has come a long way in a short time. From hand deploying everything from temporary VMs to complex clustered systems, we have reached the point where the entire operations stack can be provisioned with the click of a button – provided the infrastructu...
In 2006, Martin Fowler posted his now famous essay on Continuous Integration. Looking back, what seemed revolutionary, radical or just plain crazy is now common, pedestrian and "just what you do." I love it. Back then, building and releasing software was a real pain. Integration was s...
"Release night" is something of a norm in many development organizations. Not because it takes so long to deploy the software, but because there are so many unforeseen problems that need to be addressed right away. Sometimes there isn't a way to roll back easily: database issues, thir...
From the conception of Docker containers to the unfolding microservices revolution we see today, here is a brief history of what I like to call 'containerology'. In 2013, we were solidly in the monolithic application era. I had noticed that a growing amount of effort was going into d...
In a crowded world of popular computer languages, platforms and ecosystems, Node.js is one of the hottest. According to w3techs.com, Node.js usage has gone up 241 percent in the last year alone. Retailers have taken notice and are implementing it on many levels. I am going to share the...
One of my favorite scenes from Disney’s film Fantasia is that of the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (originally, a poem by Goethe). Mickey Mouse, as the apprentice, is being trampled by an army of enchanted, cloned brooms. The brooms multiply automatically – in an endless march to “get the jo...
While some of you may have already looked into Continuous Performance Validation, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the concept in more detail and explain why it works for organizations using process and practices like agile, DevOps, continuous integration, continuous devel...
As the software delivery industry continues to evolve and mature, the challenge of managing the growing list of the tools and processes becomes more daunting every day. Today, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platforms are proving most valuable by providing the governance, manage...
If there is anything we have learned by now, is that every business paves their own unique path for releasing software- every pipeline, implementation and practices are a bit different, and DevOps comes in all shapes and sizes. Software delivery practices are often comprised of set of ...
With DevOps becoming more well-known and established practice in nearly every industry that delivers software, it is important to continually reassess its efficacy. This week’s top 10 includes a discussion on how the quick uptake of DevOps adoption in the enterprise has posed some seri...
Call it DevOps or not, if you are concerned about releasing more code faster and at a higher quality, the resulting software delivery chain and process will look and smell like DevOps. But for existing development teams, no matter what the velocity objective is, getting from here to th...
I had the opportunity to catch up with Chris Corriere - DevOps Engineer at AutoTrader - to talk about his experiences in the realm of Rugged DevOps. We discussed automation, culture and collaboration, and which thought leaders he is following. Chris Corriere: Hey, I'm Chris Corriere...
In the digital arena, it’s impossible to avoid Dion Hinchcliffe. Perhaps you’ve seen one of his numerous keynotes or joined one of his workshops. Maybe you’ve read one of his books, Web 2.0 Architectures (with coauthors James Governor and Duane Nickull) or Social Business By Design (Pe...
Just to explain a little about what we mean by continuous design. It’s basically bringing together the entire organization and a unifying design in operations. It’s taking what we are doing in DevOps and expanding it to include product, design and support. It lets the whole organizatio...
These days I mostly make my living as a consultant. Consultants in general are probably not the best loved group in the world. It is common to think of consultants wafting-in to your organization, telling you things that you already know and advising you to “change your culture”, whate...
Docker Compose is the solution provided by Docker to help users package and deploy a set of containers that are running together. The containers are identified either by its image name or by the ‘build’ configuration keyword that asks Compose to build it before to deploy it. The typica...
It's been a busy time for tech's ongoing infatuation with containers. Amazon just announced EC2 Container Registry to simply container management. The new Azure container service taps into Microsoft's partnership with Docker and Mesosphere. You know when there's a standard for containe...
SYS-CON Events announced today that iDevices®, the preeminent brand in the connected home industry, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. iDevices, the preeminent brand in the conne...
There are few trends in enterprise IT receiving more attention in 2016 than DevOps. A combo of the words "development" and "operations," DevOps is a term that can mean a lot of different things depending on the context. Sometimes it refers to specific software or hardware tools, e.g., ...
Earlier this week, we hosted our Continuous Discussion video podcast, this time discussing ITIL and DevOps. The episode featured expert panelists Jan-Joost Bouwman (ING), Kaimar Karu (AXELOS), Jeff Sussna (DevOps writer and speaker) and Simon Morris (ServiceNow). During our discussion,...
“Containers and microservices are both part of our own cloud platform architecture, especially containers,” explained Alex Yu, CEO & co-founder of SpeedyCloud, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff. “They are good stuff for rolling our new services, whi...
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 ...
If you address the question of how to scale Agile projects by considering what framework to use, you are only looking at one aspect of the problem. Scaling is all about coordination – managing enterprise considerations and cross program dependencies, and the defacto frameworks (SAFe, L...
Today most enterprises are undergoing massive shifts under the name digital transformation. Let’s say you successfully navigate this transformation. Will you be done? Of course not – change will be ongoing and even accelerating. So, is it good enough to struggle through one transform...
A BriefingsDirect expert panel discussion examines the illustrious 20-year history of the UNIX operating system environment as an industry-wide and global standard success story. It's not often that you reach a multi-decade anniversary in information technology, especially where the t...
Since the launch of The XebiaLabs Periodic Table of DevOps Tools in July of last year we have seen an outpouring of excitement, appreciation, tool submissions and shares. When first creating this tool we thought it was going to be a fun way to look at the DevOps world, in an aesthetica...
Without a doubt, one of the projects in my career that I’ve learned the most from is the State of DevOps Report. This is a project that I’ve worked on with Jez Humble, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, and the team at Puppet Labs, where we’ve surveyed over 20,000 technology professionals to underst...