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DevOps Summit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud ...
Full disclosure: I’m relatively new to the DevOps movement. I’ve been in a customer service, sales, or project management role for most of career so far. So some of you might stop reading at this point because I don’t have 10 years of experience running a DevOps team (another thing I l...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Matt Stratton, Senior Solutions Architect at Chef and Co-Host of the Arrested DevOps Podcast. We discuss building DevOps communities in new cities with DevOps days, as well as best practices from Orbitz and Target in DevOps adoption. Matt highlight...
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, an...
I've been asked several times recently about the difference between Verification and Validation in automated testing and for some advice on applying and documenting each kind of testing. Let me first take a minute to define these terms. Verification is testing that your product meets ...
Like me, you’re probably familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. A cautionary tale about the consequences of reneging on debt – it sure scared the crap out of me as a kid. In enterprise IT, we also accrue debt, but of the technical kind. While the results of non-payment ...
Everyone loves to talk about DevOps, but when it comes to real life enterprise implementation, things start to get a little shaky. Having gone through the process with hundreds of organizations, the XebiaLabs Sale Engineering Team relayed to me the 6 most common mistakes they see when ...
Brands are more than the sum of their brand elements – logos, colors, shapes, and the like. Brands are promises. Promises from a company to its customers that its products will deliver the value and experience customers expect. Today, digital is transforming enterprises across numero...
Developers are – despite their attention to what is considered a very logic-based field of study – a very creative group. Give them a hurdle to overcome and they will. The problem, of course, is not that they’ve solved a problem, it’s that in doing so they’ve likely created a source of...
Despite working in the digital space for years, now I was quite stumped a few weeks ago when I was asked to define it. Sometimes you can get away by circumlocution or to use the technically correct term, waffling. But given all the hype around digital transformation, I felt that it was...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software, global leader and provider of the most advanced technology for building rich internet applications, has been named “e-Bulletin Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 Silicon Valley, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at ...
Once enterprises decide on proceeding with developing applications on Hadoop, they have to standardize on a specific application development framework. With this, enterprises can promote the reuse of code, set development best practices, comply with regulations, enable consistent quali...
Scrum Alliance has announced the release of its 2015 State of Scrum Report. Almost 5,000 individuals and companies worldwide participated in this year's survey. Most organizations in the market today are still leading and managing under an Industrial Age model. Not only is the speed ...
"To us DevOps is actually a movement that at the very center is about developers and IT operations teams collaborating in a framework that drives agility, drives the ideation to production readiness in a seamless manner," explained Monish Sharma, Director in PwC's consulting business, ...
While DevOps is roughly a journey towards the ideals of agility through continuous delivery, there are no set rules for its implementation. How the initiative starts out is subjective to each business, and is a continuous path of improvement and collaboration. Automic CMO, Dr. Chris...
Puppet Labs has published their annual State of DevOps report and it is loaded with interesting information as always. Last year’s report brought home the point that DevOps was becoming widely accepted in the enterprise. This year’s report further validates that point and provides us w...
What we really mean to ask is whether microservices architecture is SOA done right. But then, of course, we’d have to figure out what microservices architecture was. And if you think defining SOA is difficult, pinning down microservices architecture is unquestionably frying pan into fi...
Who would have thought that providing a better experience for people viewing internet content would be so controversial? You may know by now that Apple announced a new Safari release bringing content blocking extensions to iOS and Mac OSX, emphasizing user experience and the impact of...
Node.js is an open source runtime environment for server-side and network based applications. Node.js contains all the components needed to build a functioning website. But, you need to think of Node.js as a big tool box. As with any other art form, going to the tool box over and ov...
This three-part series explores the definition and benefits of using log data streams and real-time analytics for some common IT Ops uses cases. Analytics tools are often focused on analyzing historical data. Taking a sample of data from historical events, you can perform calculations...
If you believe Gartner, IT is now bimodal. Slow, traditional IT continues its slog, following policies and procedures from the last century, while fast, digital, devops-driven technology efforts run circles around the old guard. Furthermore, Gartner says, this bimodal approach to IT is...
Since the ITIL guidelines to robust software engineering were perfected in the 1990s, the agile manifesto has been fulfilled. Speed is often now king, as many modern day enterprises stay ahead of the competition with continuous delivery. DevOps, the spearhead of the agile movement, dir...
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances...
This week we're attending SYS-CON Event's DevOps Summit in New York City. It's a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are focused on automation, the challenges of DevOps, and how to bring greater agility to so...
"We help to transform an organization and their operations and make them more efficient, more agile, and more nimble to move into the cloud or to move between cloud providers and create an agnostic tool set," noted Jeremy Steinert, DevOps Services Practice Lead at WSM International, in...
XebiaLabs launches of three new DevOps Tools that will change the way you look at the DevOps landscape. The Periodic Table of DevOps Tools is a dynamic, embed-able and aesthetically pleasing device that allows users to visualize the most popular DevOps tools, define them, and categori...
Agile, which started in the development organization, has gradually expanded into other areas downstream - namely IT and Operations. Teams – then teams of teams – have streamlined processes, improved feedback loops and driven a much faster pace into IT departments which have had profou...
The causality question behind Conway’s Law is less about how changing software organizations can lead to better software, but rather how companies can best leverage changing technology in order to transform their organizations. Hints at how to answer this question surprisingly come ...
In my last Cortex newsletter, I discussed the history of Conway’s Law, and took a close look at how this erstwhile law can help us understand the reorganizations and deeper cultural shifts behind devops and digital transformation. The law – “any organization that designs a system will...
In vino veritas, right? During a recent team gathering in Kraków, Poland, and after several yummy bottles of țuică, vișinată, żubrówka, diluted with some beer, the truth came out – even though we run Logsene, a log management service that you can think of as hosted ELK Stack, some of ...
Collaboration is vital to a DevOps ethos that promotes agile deployment. The variety of people, tools and workloads often combine for a chaotic application release cycle with no running thread. Automation can be the common denominator that binds the process together. Automation docume...
Being able to append documentation to an alert is very powerful and provides the on-call person with information to help solve the problem baked right into the alert. Imagine wikis, links to runbooks or graphs right when and where you need them. But that’s only addressing half of the ...
By now it is widely acknowledged that cloud enables a fast (agile) start. But more important than a fast start is getting results quickly. We are talking then about high productivity platforms, a category of PaaS. Funnily enough, several cloud providers – such as Microsoft and Google –...
Many people recognize DevOps as an enormous benefit – faster application deployment, automated toolchains, support of more granular updates, better cooperation across groups. However, less appreciated is the journey enterprise IT groups need to make to achieve this outcome. The plain f...
The rapid adoption of digital business transformation processes and the ongoing deployment of open hybrid cloud platforms are enabling the achievement of software development bold goals. But when management consultants and industry analysts talk about how IT innovation is changing many...
If topics like performance monitoring and processing metrics, log management, and distributed transaction tracing — at scale, no less! — interest you, then you’ll want to check out what Sematext founder Otis Gospodnetić had to say at this week’s DevOps Summit in New York City. Applica...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, and the “Third Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place June 7-9, 2016, at Javits Center in Ne...
If you’ve been on-call, then you know that the real fun begins after you get that first alert. But what exactly happens as you’re trying to solve the problem? We’ve broken down the Incident Lifecycle into different phases and documented how long (on average) people spend in each pha...
There’s no point in Googling the term ‘digital blurring’ because it doesn’t really exist. Except that it does… and we all have a pretty good idea of what it means. The bad news is that there are several kinds of digital blurring going on. The good news is that they are all digital and...
On March 18, 2015, system administrators and developers received ominous news: two high severity vulnerabilities in OpenSSL would be announced the next day. Since Heartbleed, OpenSSL had been on a bad streak, and it looked like things were only going to get worse. Operations, developme...