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By now, every company in the world is on the lookout for the digital disruption that will threaten their existence. In study after study, executives believe that technology has either already disrupted their industry, is in the process of disrupting it or will disrupt it in the near fu...
To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s start by defining what we mean by a silo. “They are nothing more than barriers… between departments… causing people… to work against each other.” -Patrick Lencioni in 'Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars' Thanks to the work of Lencioni we ha...
She's smart. He's funny. They're the ambitious ones. That company is an innovator. This technology is a game-changer. As humans, we love labels. Consciously and unconsciously, we slap them on everything - and with good reason. The average human brain must process over 34GB of informat...
Digital transformation is a process, not a destination. It’s a fundamental reshaping of an organization’s culture that reorients it around the customer experience, business value and constant change. It’s not about executing a ‘digital transformation project’ and finding a new normal. ...
There’s a funny thing about digital transformation: we are simultaneously over-hyping it and understating it. On the one hand, every tech company in the world is talking about it. It doesn’t matter how mundane the technology; every company is somehow relating their products to digital ...
A decade ago I worked on solutions for the office of the CIO, including IT Portfolio Management and IT Financial Management. When it came to forecasting and performing cost allocation, the problem child was always IT operations. I had heard, “operations is a black hole” or that somethi...
The South Florida Business Journal honored Chetu Inc. with an inclusion on South Florida's Top 100 Private Companies List. Chetu ranked at number 80 amongst other private businesses who showed tremendous revenues for 2015, are native to South Florida and have verifiable revenue figures...
Since we launched our Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster two weeks ago, several hundred people around the globe have downloaded it – but it’s not clear how many of them have taken the time to work their way through it. Haven’t seen it yet, you say? No worries – you can down...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feas...
In order to deal with disruptive business environments – as well as introducing disruption intentionally to shake up the competition – organizations must become better at dealing with change generally. In other words, change itself must become a core competency. Furthermore, the E...
Digital means customer preferences and behavior are driving enterprise technology decisions to be sure, but let’s not forget our employees. After all, when we say customer, we mean customer writ large, including partners, supply chain participants, and yes, those salaried denizens whos...
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...
Instead of thinking of the IT environment as being divided into apps, middleware, data, servers, or other IT-centric concepts, the entire enterprise must think about customer journeys and how the various customer interactions (‘moments’ in the vernacular) string together to provide the...
goTransverse has been listed among the top-rated cloud-based agile monetization platforms in the latest MGI 360™ Market Ratings Report. The 2016 ranking represents a 36 percent increase in the rating for goTransverse’s flagship Consumption-to-CashTM platform, TRACT®, since MGI Research...
As enterprises today undergo digital transformation, they become software-driven organizations. But software-driven is somewhat of a misnomer, because software alone is only an enabler – just as software-based tools are not the core of DevOps, but merely DevOps enablers. In reality...
Cloud computing is unquestionably one of the driving forces of DevOps, as the automation of operations transforms enterprise software development. DevOps, however, is more than a technology trend, as it represents a move toward silo-busting, self-organizing horizontal teams that drive ...
I’ve been spending nearly half my time in Philadelphia over the past while, and I just happened to have a spare Saturday yesterday, so I hightailed it downtown. I had two objectives – to explore the Museum of Art and to attend a Brahms concert by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. On...
The battle over bimodal IT is heating up. Now that there’s a reasonably broad consensus that Gartner’s advice about bimodal IT is deeply flawed – consensus everywhere except perhaps at Gartner – various ideas are springing up to fill the void. The bimodal problem, of course, is well u...
I recently spotted a five-year-old blog post by Mike Gualtieri of Forrester, where he suggests firing your quality assurance (QA) team to improve your quality. He got the idea from a client who actually tried and succeeded with this counterintuitive move. The thinking goes that witho...
Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. The DevOps approach is a way to increase business agility through collaboration, communication, and integration across different teams in the IT organization. In his session at...
The use of containers can be seen within a general context of implementing an ‘Enterprise PaaS’. Container technologies are now a component part of many PaaS suites. Enterprise PaaS refers to the internal application of the Platform as a Service model, with the goal of boosting softwa...
Ah, yes, the holiday season. A surprising dearth of snow, crass commercialism, yet another skirmish in the perennial ‘war on Christmas.’ And sure enough, the pinnacle of punditry: tech predictions for the New Year. At Intellyx, however, we’re adding a twist: in keeping with our long-s...
It’s hard to believe we are already in the final month of 2015! While the year may be winding down, we are getting excited about what 2016 holds for DevOps, Agile, and Continuous Delivery. As we sift through all the predictions buzz, one thing remains constant: DevOps isn’t going anywh...
If you’re a vendor of a cybersecurity product and you’re hammering out your value proposition, you might assume that prevention is a stronger value proposition than deterrence, and mitigation is the weakest of the three. After all, mitigation presumes a successful attack, right? In ...
Software Measurement is a tricky business. When we all agree on what the thing we are trying to count is, like pieces of candy in a jar, it is simple. Sadly, software isn't candy in a jar. We try to count things like bugs, or lines of code, of number of stories completed in a sprint b...
What is DevOps? It is one of the hottest buzzwords in IT, but many have difficulty finding a specific definition. The truth is that DevOps means different things to different people. DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry to define what DevOps means to them. The purpose of...
Anonymous’s self-organization gives it power, resilience, and above all, agility – in fact, far more than traditional organizations with vastly superior resources. On the other hand, its efforts are often capricious, and once a particular target loses its appeal, Anonymous’s attention ...
The iteration of constraints and initial conditions that drive and influence self-organization within the enterprise is the actual role of an architect who is architecting emergent behavior – in particular, business agility. You may call such activities something else – management prac...
I can’t say I was entirely surprised when I saw a direct correlation between people who played Magic: The Gathering growing up and people in the DevOps space now. I loved Magic: The Gathering growing up and so did most of my co-workers. Building out decks, trading cards, and finding th...
Soha Systems Co-Founder and CEO Haseeb Budhani will be a featured speaker in the “Dev” Developer Focus track during DevOps Summit 2015, November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Budhani’s presentation, “Security Practices that Can Hinder Your Business...
Maybe EA is essentially governance. If someone from a line of business wants something from IT, they have to pass the request by the EA gatekeepers first. After all, nobody wants duplication or spaghetti integration, right? Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. So nothing gets done u...
When DevOps first appeared on the scene, no one really knew what it meant. Books were defining the term in completely different way; conference speakers were sending out conflicting messages about tools that you absolutely must use (or not) to do "real" DevOps. I distinctly remember se...
If your primary role within your organization is Operations, you likely realize the importance and significance of monitoring. The DevOps philosophy teaches us that measuring and collecting as much as possible is critical to not only the health of infrastructure, but it also plays a cr...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Creator of Jenkins and CloudBees. We discuss highlights and takeaways from the CloudBees Jenkins User Conference, which emphasizes the strong community around Jenkins. Jenkins makes continuous delivery a strategic enabler because...
There once was a time when testers operated on their own, in isolation. They’d huddle as a group around the harsh glow of dozens of CRT monitors, clicking through GUIs and recording results. Anxiously, they’d wait for the developers in the other room to fix the bugs they found, yet the...
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by analysts, and resulting applications built by developers, there exists a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral, and applications disappoint. Methodologies like Agile attempt to address this with intensified communication, with parti...
The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cy...
All we need to do is have our teams self-organize, and behold! Emergent design and/or architecture springs up out of the nothingness! If only it were that easy, right? I follow in the footsteps of so many people who have long wondered at the meanings of such simple words, as though ...
The web app is agile. The REST API is agile. The testing and planning are agile. But alas, data infrastructures certainly are not. Once an application matures, changing the shape or indexing scheme of data often forces at best a top down planning exercise and at worst includes schema c...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Logz.io has been named a "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Logz.io provides open-source software ELK turned into a log analy...