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Weekly Top 10: DevOps Tools and Agile Teams

DevOps Tools and Agile Teams #DevOps @DevOpsSummit

Nothing is immune to change, including software delivery practices. As DevOps continues to mature, for example, and become more deeply ingrained in the enterprise, new revelations are discovered and expanded upon throughout the industry. However, three basic tenets will always remain at the core of DevOps: people, processes and tools. While each of the three is equally important to a DevOps transformation, we found this week’s top news dives specifically into the DevOps toolchain.  Continue reading to learn whichconfiguration management tools to choose and how to use the toolchain to scalesuccessfully. Even with all the hype around DevOps, we still haven’t forgotten about another popular method – Agile (or, is it a mindset?).

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

1What is DevOps? Gene Kim Explains

By Dawn Foster | Published on @LinuxDotCom
https://www.linux.com/blog/what-devops-gene-kim-explains-0

Gene Kim is an author of the popular DevOps Novel, The Phoenix Project, and the upcoming DevOps Handbook, currently scheduled for release in October. He was formerly the founder and CTO of Tripwire, but these days you can find him writing books, organizing the DevOps Enterprise Summit, and working on research and other projects as a co-founder of IT Revolution.

2The Secret to Successful Scaling: Use the DevOps Toolchain to Become a Well-Oiled Machine

By @TechSpective | Published on @TechSpective
https://techspective.net/2016/09/01/secret-successful-scaling-use-devops-toolchain-become-well-oiled-machine/

One of the most exciting challenges young companies face is the prospect of scaling up. Successful growth is not just about gaining traction, but about implementing a smart business model that allows you to expand your customer base without increasing overhead at the same rate. Ideally, a scalable strategy will enable exponential revenue growth alongside more incremental cost increases.

The Secret to Successful : Use the  Toolchain to Become a Well-Oiled Machinehttps://techspective.net/2016/09/01/secret-successful-scaling-use-devops-toolchain-become-well-oiled-machine/ @TechSpective

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The Secret to Successful Scaling: Use the DevOps Toolchain to Become a Well-Oiled Machine

One of the most exciting challenges young companies face is the prospect of scaling up. Successful growth is not just about gaining traction, but about imp

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3An Agile Dilemma: Mindset or Method?

By @collinsrod | Published on @HuffingtonPost
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/great-work-cultures/an-agile-dilemma-mindset_b_11817554.html

There’s an intriguing dialogue happening in the world of Agile software development that may be relevant for anyone interested in how business works in a rapidly changing world. For those readers who are not familiar with Agile, this innovative approach to creating software emerged out of a February 2001 gathering of seventeen software developers in Snowbird, Utah. Among them were Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, the coauthors of what has come to be known as Scrum, and Ward Cunningham, the originator of the wiki, which became popularized with the explosive growth of Wikipedia.

4DevOps Experts Unite on Video Podcast Series

By @anders_wallgren |Published on @devopsdotcom
http://devops.com/2016/08/31/devops-experts-unite-video-podcast-series/

To remain competitive in today’s software-driven economy, organizations of all sizes are investing in DevOps to become better at releasing software. Although the ROI is evident in the IT and business performance of organizations that have successfully implemented DevOps practices, the journey still can be challenging.

5Select The Best Configuration Management Tools For Your Company

By @clivel_98 | Published on @TechTarget
http://searchitoperations.techtarget.com/feature/Select-the-best-configuration-management-tools-for-your-company

Choosing the best configuration management tools is not easy. There is a raft of options on the market, ranging from simple command-line interface scripting tools to full-blown packaging and provisioning systems, as well as application release automation and orchestration tools. The key to selecting the best configuration management tools is to focus on what the organization needs are and analyze which of the many offerings will suit your enterprise.

Select the best configuration management tools for your company via @clivel_98 on @DataCenterTThttp://searchitoperations.techtarget.com/feature/Select-the-best-configuration-management-tools-for-your-company @TechTarget

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Select the best configuration management tools for your company

Configuration management tools are essential for monitoring a modern IT infrastructure. Learn what CM offerings will suit your company best.

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6A Transformation Journey to Modernized IT | @BigDataExpo #Cloud #BigData #DigitalTransformation

By @Dana_Gardner | Published on @SYSCONmedia
http://bigdata.sys-con.com/node/3903044

Improving end-user experiences and leveraging big data analytics helps Aimia head off digital disruption and improve core operations and processes. The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital business transformation case study examines how loyalty management innovator Aimia is modernizing, consolidating, and standardizing its global IT infrastructure.

A Transformation Journey to Modernized IT | @BigDataExpo http://bigdata.sys-con.com/node/3903044 @Dana_Gardner

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A Transformation Journey to Modernized IT | @BigDataExpo #Cloud #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Aimia is modernizing, consolidating, and standardizing its global IT infrastructure.

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7New IT Salary Research Shows Most DevOps Practitioners Earn $100K or More

By Stuart Parkerson | Published on @AppDeveloperMag
https://appdevelopermagazine.com/4368/2016/9/6/New-IT-Salary-Research-Shows-Most-DevOps-Practitioners-Earn-$100K-or-More

Puppet recently released its 2016 DevOps Salary Report which indicates that most DevOps practitioners in the United States earn $100,000 or more in annual salary. The annual report also found that 43 percent of IT managers earn $150,000 or more, up from 26 percent last year. The salary report is based on data gathered from more than 4,600 respondents to the survey.

Whoa...New  Salary Research Shows Most Practitioners Earn $100K or Morehttps://appdevelopermagazine.com/4368/2016/9/6/New-IT-Salary-Research-Shows-Most-DevOps-Practitioners-Earn-$100K-or-More @AppDeveloperMag

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New IT Salary Research Shows Most DevOps Practitioners Earn $100K or More

Puppet recently released its 2016 DevOps Salary Report which indicates that most DevOps practitioners in the United States earn $100,000 or more in annual salary. The annual report also found that 43

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8Small Things Matter: What Developers Should Really Care About

By @grzegorztj | Published on @DZone
https://dzone.com/articles/small-things-matter-what-developers-should-really

Hey boy, are you doing microservices? Sure you are. Everybody does. Have you moved to 4-tier architecture already? Are your applications cloud-native? Have you container-dockerized yourself? All of it? Then, I bet you also have strong DevOps culture. Of course, none of these could be achieved without Management 3000.0 and Modern Agile. Oh boy, you’re so awesome! But wait, wait. We’re not done yet. You’re using Marathon or Kubernetes, right? And Big Data, you have to do Big Data! What about your APIs? Are they RESTful enough?

Small Things Matter: What  Should Really Care About https://dzone.com/articles/small-things-matter-what-developers-should-really @grzegorztj @DZone

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Small Things Matter: What Developers Should Really Care About - DZone Agile

Microservices and Agile and Bigdata and Docker and Kubernetes and blah blah blah. We have so much 'new tech' we need to learn and keep up with, but in reality, these are not what will create a...

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9Testing In Production Comes Out Of The Shadows

By @j_jeremiah | Published on @sdtimes
http://sdtimes.com/testing-production-comes-shadows/

For enterprise testing organizations, the world of software development is somewhat similar to the world of legalized marijuana. There’s a saying in the legal pot world: “Out of the shadows and into the light.” This is used to describe the way users of illegal weed are now able to come out of hiding and talk about their usage in public without fear of reprisal.

10Agile in Dispersed or Distributed Teams

By @BenLinders | Published on @InfoQ
https://www.infoq.com/news/2016/09/agile-dispersed-distributed-team

Cross-cultural team building enables collaboration and teamwork in dispersed or distributed agile teams. You need to invest to get the best out of a dispersed team argues Nienke Alma, a people oriented Agile enthusiast working as a Scrum master and agile coach. Several more people wrote about what is needed to make agile work with dispersed or distributed teams.

 

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Electric Cloud Expands Executive Team on DevOps Digest!

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In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
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