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The ‘What’ and ‘Why’ Behind Continuous Delivery By Ron Gidron In the digital age, speed is everything and no-one wants to be left behind. Being slow to react is the first and, most likely, final nail in the coffin for a 21st century company. The rigidity of the traditional ‘waterfall' development approach was overhauled by the ‘agile' philosophy. And with agility things have changed; its brought into reality the idea of continuous delivery. Move with the Times or Get Left Behind But what is continuous delivery? Simply put, it's the ability to push any kind of change, be it new functionality, code updates, bug squashes or the like, into production environments quickly and safely. Not only this, but each release must be stable and sustainable. Continuous delivery eradicates pesky time-consuming processes and freeze periods, as it removes the need for dedicated silos o... (more)

It’s the Customer, Stupid! | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #SmartCities #DigitalTransformation

Digital Transformation: It's the Customer, Stupid! By Charles Araujo, Intellyx Principal Analyst If you cannot explicitly articulate how investing in a new technology, changing the approach or re-engineering the business process will help you achieve your customer-centric vision of the future in direct and measurable ways, you probably shouldn't be doing it. At Intellyx, we spend a lot of time talking to technology vendors. In our conversations, we explore emerging new technologies that are either disrupting the way enterprise organizations work or that help enable those organizations to cope with disruption. The rate at which new companies and new technologies are emerging is staggering, and it can be difficult to keep up - even for those of us whose sole job is to do so. It's no wonder, therefore, that so many people draw a straight line between the concept of digi... (more)

Envisioning the AI-Driven Enterprise | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DL DX #DeepLearning

As today's digital disruptions bounce and smash their way through conventional technologies and conventional wisdom alike, predicting their path is a multifaceted challenge. So many areas of technology advance on Moore's Law-like exponential curves that divining the future is fraught with danger. Such is the problem with artificial intelligence (AI) and its related concepts, including cognitive computing, machine learning, and deep learning. Today we have interesting but hardly revolutionary technologies like Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa. And tomorrow? If you listen to the doomsayers, The Terminator's Skynet or its killer robot kin will take over the world from us puny humans. While we cannot entirely disagree with the dire warnings of certain pundits, the reality is that there is quite a lot of territory to cover between Siri and Skynet. Even well before some kind... (more)

Automation Is not DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #CD #Agile #DevOps

Automation Is not DevOps By Chris Dodds A few years ago, if you would have asked me to define DevOps, my answer would have sounded something like "Mumble mumble automation, mumble, automation, mumble mumble, infrastructure-as-code, mumble mumble, strategery." Thinking that DevOps equated to automation had mostly to do with the fact that most of the DevOps people I talked to and articles I read really only spoke about automation with only indirect references to anything else. Implementing automation is definitely a part of what it means to be practicing DevOps, but it's maybe 5-10%. The reason that so much of what's been written about DevOps is focused on automation is that it's easy to write and talk about tools. Relative to implementing a true DevOps practice, automation is the easy part. What DevOps actually represents I'll use Gartner's definition to provide a comm... (more)

Getting Hybrid IT Right | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #SaaS #ITaaS #CloudNative

Getting Hybrid IT Right By Charles Araujo, Intellyx Principal Analyst We define Hybrid IT as a management approach in which organizations create a workload-centric and value-driven integrated technology stack that may include legacy infrastructure, web-scale architectures, private cloud implementations along with public cloud platforms ranging from Infrastructure-as-a-Service to Software-as-a-Service. At Intellyx, we have a mantra that goes something like this: "We love confusion in the market. It gives us something to write about." Well, if confusion is what we like, Hybrid IT delivers it in spades. The tech industry is a buzzword-creating machine, but the truth is that all of these buzzwords serve a purpose. As an industry, we are in a constant struggle to distill, comprehend and communicate new and complex ideas that are arising at a dizzying pace. So the industry ... (more)

[video] @Nutanix's #DevOps Journey | @CloudExpo #Nutanix #CloudNative #Serverless #DX

"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. Download Show Prospectus ▸ Here DevOps at Cloud Expo taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Must Watch Video: Recap of @DevOpsSummit New York Javits Center The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams ... (more)

Is #DevOps Falling into the Maturity Trap? | @DevOpsSummit #AI #CloudNative

Guest post by Intellyx Principal Analyst Charles Araujo I was at a conference recently when I saw it. I sighed and shook my head. A development manager from a large enterprise organization was explaining how they had created a DevOps maturity model based on CMMI. They went on to describe their current state of maturity and their plans to get to ‘full maturity' in the next three years. He continued by explaining how they had presented this plan to executive management and subsequently received approval for a new ‘DevOps team.' Many organizations are now looking to DevOps maturity models to gauge their DevOps adoption and compare their maturity to their peers. However, as enterprise organizations rush to adopt DevOps, moving past experimentation to embrace it at scale, they are in danger of falling into the trap that they have fallen into time and time again. Unfortun... (more)

[slides] Culture: Change or Die | @DevOpsSummit @AccentureCloud #DevOps #AI #ML #DX

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Culture: Change or Die 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. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, Greg Bledsoe, a managing consultant at Accenture, discussed an algorithmic method that even someone with no positional power who desires to be an agent of change can implement to a... (more)

[session] #DevOps for Enterprise Teams | @DevOpsSummit @CAinc #Agile #ContinuousTesting

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 and demo at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Dana Boudreau, a Senior Director at CA Technologies, will discuss how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies, using modern development environments, and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe. Speaker Bio Dana Boudreau is a Senior Director at CA Technologies. As a leader in Agile development, hedirects CA Technologies Mainframe Application Development solution portfolio, including Endevor, InterTest, File Master Plus, SymDump and Gen solutions. He has vast experience in leading mainframe as well as distributed teams, joining CA after over 20 years at IBM. Dana works closely with CA's main... (more)

From Water-Scrum-Fall to #DevSecOps | @DevOpsSummit #AI #DX #Scrum #Serverless #DevOps

As organizations abandon the waterfall method of software development for Agile, many are stuck in what Hasan Yasar terms Water-Scrum-Fall. That is, the organization has not effectively embraced Agile and DevOps principles and remains in silos with no links to business goals. Enter DevOps, an extension of Agile thinking. While Agile embraces constant change and embeds the customer into the process, DevOps embraces constant testing and delivery and embeds operations into the team to internalize expertise on deployment and maintenance. This is how Hasan started his talk, Multi Security Checkpoints on DevOps Platform, at the All Day DevOps conference. In his talk, Hasan lays out a plan to get organizations to DevSecOps. Really, DevOps is a risk mitigation strategy, built on situational awareness, automation, and repetition. But, security is where a lot of DevOps imp... (more)

A Truly Agile Team | @DevOpsSummit #CD #Agile #DevOps #DX #DigitalTransformation

The Benefits of Building a Truly Agile Team By Josef Puchinger Since the emergence of the Agile Manifesto back in 2001, agile quickly established itself as the prevalent software development methodology. The industry rapidly adopted shorter sprints of work, regular reassessment and so on. So, surely, in 2017 there's no question as to whether we're working in an agile manner? I think you'd be surprised. Big Businesses - Big Mistakes? Let's face the facts: no tech company worth its salt is going to be operating traditional waterfall methodologies in the digital era. These days, everyone's claiming to offer an agile working environment. But there's a problem: the agile definition is broad. Really broad. It can mean any number of things to any number of people and up to a point each interpretation is correct. I put it to you: Your business may not be as agile as you thin... (more)