The Deconstruction of Digital Transformation
Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo
The complex idea behind the term digital transformation is that technology
has created a fundamental shift in how organizations operate. The
consumerization of technology - and the customer empowerment it created - has
upended the traditional operating paradigm of organizations moving it away
from a capital and process-centric model to a customer-centric one.
The need to digitally transform your organization is now - or at least should
be - a strategic imperative. The fact, however, that the term digital
transformation is now a bona fide buzzword has obfuscated its importance.
The problem is that we create buzzwords because we need a simple, shorthand
way of communicating what is otherwise a complex idea. In the process,
however, the deeper, underlying complexity of the... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise
software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a
Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place
from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping
modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company's latest
innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value Stream Mapping
for the development and operations tool chain by offering DevOps Tool Chain
Integration and Traceability; DevOps Tool Chain Orchestration; and DevOps
Insight and Intelligence. CollabNet also offers traditional application
lifecycle management, ALM, for the enterprise through its TeamForge product.
To learn about CollabNet solutions, visit: https://www.collab.net/... (more)
Three Steps to DevOps for Core Enterprise Teams
Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing
and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe?
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Vaughn Marshall, Sr.
Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will discuss and demo how
increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies using modern
development environments and automating testing and deployments, mobile to
With over 15 years' experience in Information Technology, Vaughn Marshall has
worked in a variety of areas including Development, Quality Assurance and
Software Change & Configuration Management. He has consulted on designing,
implementing and automating software development lifecycle processes for
numerous Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he has been working on
"DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today,
competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the
customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't
responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing
Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit
(http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com), held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara
Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Serena Software supports DevOps and Continuous Delivery by providing
application deployment automation and software release management solutions
to replace slow and error-prone manual processes. 2,500 enterprises around
the world trust Serena to help them develop and deploy better software.
Serena Software Blog
Science in the Appliance – Applications, Components and Environments
By By Kevin Parker
I recently had a conversation with Jennifer Lent from TechTarget. She's a
respected thinker in our field and covers major trends. We spoke about the
emergence of BizDevOps and its implications for businesses.
We tackled a number of topics. She wrote about our conversation in a recent
article, "BizDevOps: Here's how to make it happen in your organization."
Since our conversation, I've been thinking more about BizDevOps, its
challenges, and what makes the BizDevOps pipeline flow.
Peter Drucker made the prescient statement that "Culture eats strategy for
breakfast." This applies to BizDevOps - changing tech is not hard, but
changing culture is. You can buy the tools and put the processes into place,
but getting team buy-in and creating the cultural shift to make BizDevOps run
are not easy tasks.
This type of change requires leadership commitment, communication, and
DevOps Evolution: Architecting the Modern Software Factory
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the
modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work
remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise.
As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale
organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to
incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior
Director of DevOps Solutions at CA Technologies, will discuss how existing
adopters are employing unified agile and DevOps techniques to engage
functional processes and toolchains that deliver increased software quality,
faster time-to-market and measurably improved customer experience. Specific
topics to be highlig... (more)
The visual model to declarative metadata representation to immutable
deployment vision is in essence what SD is all about.
The secret to making this approach practical, and thus the key to
understanding why SD approaches have become so prevalent, is the word
Once we get an SD approach right, we no longer have to touch the deployed
technology whatsoever. Instead, to make a change, update the model and
In a recent Cortex, I bemoaned the fact that as buzzwords go, Digital
Transformation is excessively vague. There is yet another buzzword of our
times that is suffering the same fate: Software-Defined.
Rare though buzz-adjectives may be among the pantheon of buzz-nouns and the
occasional buzz-verb, Software-Defined (SD) has become remarkably pervasive.
In fact, it ties together many different, quite disparate concepts into what
has become a vague mi... (more)
DevSecOps: Catching Fire
In DevOps, those who can’t keep pace are often left behind. For many people
leading DevOps initiatives over the past few years, this led to a painful
choice of leaving security by the wayside. Many Waterfall-native approaches
to security could not keep pace with their new DevOps-native requirements and
they were shunned.
Gene Kim and Josh Corman first sounded the death knell for security as we
knew it during their 2012 RSA presentation, Security Is Dead. Long Live
DevOps: IT at Ludicrous Speed. However, as with so many things in our world,
necessity is the mother of invention. Leaving security out of the DevOps
toolchain was not an option for some and unimaginable for others.
Fast forward four years and things have changed dramatically. We are on the
cusp of a new era of security that lives at ludicrous speed. Software-defined
security is c... (more)
Top Continuous Integration Tools
By Angela Stringfellow
Poorly managed development projects are bound to crash eventually. It's
likely happened to you a dozen of times already. While writing code can be a
lot of fun, managing code and dependencies can quickly become a maze of its
own when you're dealing with the continuous growth of your codebase and
feature branches. At Stackify, we aim to make the lives of developers easier
(and less frazzling). One way to de-stress your work is with the aid of
continuous integration tools.
Continuous Integration came as an adoption of a more refined programming
practice, which aims to help developers with preventing serious integration
pitfalls. As you continue to build your project, there are more things to
integrate, and back-tracking can quickly become a time-consuming chore. CI
Tools automate many tedious tasks and make it ea... (more)
How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management for Predictable
By Simon King
"The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value."
Lean Enterprise Institute
What is Lean?
Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry
disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support
business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers
with fewer resources.
Lean thinking views the whole, not its parts. Then it identifies and
eliminates waste across value streams. Here's how you can implement Lean
thinking to improve your enterprise release management:
View the system as a whole, not as isolated parts. Introduce a culture shift
by trusting people, tearing silos, and fixing communication. Strive for
Continuous Learning and Continuous Delivery. Build quality in. Create
‘pull' - deliver only what c... (more)
The DevOps Release Timeline
By Necco Ceresani
Getting started is often the largest hurdle with any major project. Research,
theory, and discussions are like the 30ft boat taking you and your team from
the shore to a seemingly random point in the ocean where you will strap on
your diving suit and plunge backward into the depths we’ve come to know as
DevOps. The experts make it sound easy, even look easy, but you’re not as
convinced the theory will hold up and you won’t be left gasping for air 20
meters below the surface.
The DevOps Release Timeline takes the mystery out of getting started with
DevOps by outlining your team’s first sprint. We’ve broken this timeline
down into 5 steps to be taken over a two-week period:
Team Alignment Define the Pipeline Deploy to Development Deploy to
Environments Deploy to PROD
Within each of the five steps is a description detailing ... (more)