Ambassador Labs released Telepresence for Docker, designed to make it easy for developer teams to build, test and deliver apps at scale across Kubernetes.
Earlier this year, DEVOPSdigest featured a list of expert opinions on the essential steps to become agile, featuring insight from DevOps experts across the industry. According to our experts, Agile takes a commitment across the entire Software Development Lifecycle, plus the right tools and the right culture.
Now that we have an idea on how to achieve agility, however, we have to consider why. What's the payoff? With this question in mind, DEVOPSdigest asked the experts — including analysts, consultants and vendors — for their opinions on what are the most important advantages of being Agile.
Many of the advantages on the list overlap. Some of the advantages deliver other advantages. As with any list like this, the value is in gaining a wide variety of perspectives so that we can intensively explore the real questions: Why bother to become agile? Why go through all the effort?
"Agile" is not just a buzz word. One of the most talked about concepts in the DevOps world, Agile can easily be mistaken for a talking point. But this list sets out to prove that Agile is very real and delivers tangible, valuable benefits. As you will see in this expansive list — which will be posted in 5 parts over the next 2 weeks — Agile clearly pays off in many ways. How these advantages would impact your organization is something you will have to carefully consider. But the experts provide a deep look into the various levels of benefits agility can bring to the development team, IT Ops, DevOps, and ultimately the entire business and its customers. In today's digital economy, Agile can have a wide-ranging impact on how an organization does business, and how well that organization succeeds.
Part 1 looks at how Agile supports DevOps and breaking down silos in the organization.
Simply put, the greatest benefit of getting Agile as it relates to DevOps is that you can truly embrace the process; you can be Agile without engaging DevOps, but not vice versa. That said, it really doesn't make sense to pursue either methodology alone as the combined benefits are so dramatic, and real-world practitioners recognize this. A recent survey conducted by Coleman Parkes found that advanced adopters of both models grew new business by 63%, improved operational efficiency by 41% and boosted NPS by 29%. Those numbers speak for themselves.
VP of DevOps Solution Marketing and Management, CA Technologies
BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
Fundamental to DevOps is the on-going collaboration of Development and Operations Teams throughout a project lifecycle from concept to production and beyond. A primary advantage of adopting an agile approach is enabling a more effective and productive connection between DevOps and the business, breaking down organizational boundaries to help facilitate the culture shift needed for DevOps to deliver tangible, long-term value.
Founding Partner, Automation Logic
Kris Saxton was a speaker at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017 (DOES17) London. Don't miss the next summit: DOES17 San Francisco, November 13-15, 2017.
ALIGN PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AND R&D
In product development organizations, the top advantage of being agile is the better alignment between product management and R&D. The agile process enforces synchronization of the activities between product managers, product owners and engineering — not just on the top-level feature requirement, but also on number of levels/details down. On the other hand, it should be emphasized that being agile is not a silver bullet, as organizations, especially larger and distributed ones, have significant challenges in their implementation.
VP of Engineering, Comtrade Software
ALIGN DEVELOPERS AND BUSINESS
Agility in IT and dev teams allows enterprises to respond quickly to market demands and meet their customer needs better. It also empowers developers to align themselves with the business and deliver code that is a better fit for customer needs.
CEO and Founder, StorageOS
Agile at its core humanizes the IT department in new ways. Although measurable gains in efficiency, cycle time, and quality are clear and important benefits, the real revolution of Agile (and the wellspring of its success) is that it has established a framework for conversation and innovation wherein people are discovering the incredible results that can come from learning to understand, respect, and trust each other more openly.
Jason J. Lenny
Technical Product Director, XebiaLabs
Go to The Top Advantages of Being Agile - Part 2, showing how Agile delivers speed.
Fermyon Technologies introduced Spin 1.0, a major new release of the serverless functions framework based on WebAssembly.
Torc announced the acquisition of coding performance measurement application Codealike to empower software developers with even more data that increases skills, job opportunities and enterprise value.
Progress announced a free online training and certification program for Progress® OpenEdge®, the flagship Progress application development platform.
Opsera announced five patents have been issued to enable enterprise engineering leaders and teams to gain unprecedented end-to-end visibility into their software delivery and accelerate the speed and security of delivery, all while maximizing their investment.
DuploCloud announced the general availability of its on-prem solution built on top of Kubernetes, focusing on containerized workloads with near term plans to integrate with on-prem compute, storage and networking vendors.
Postman announced the general availability of Postman Flows, a visual tool for creating API applications. Postman Flows simplifies building software by using APIs as the building blocks, allowing anyone to produce workflows, integrations, and automations in a collaborative environment without needing to write a single line of code.
SecureAuth announced an alliance partnership with HashiCorp®, enabling organizations to leverage SecureAuth’s advanced passwordless authentication and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) device recognition.
Backslash Security, a new cloud-native application security solution for enterprise AppSec teams, emerged from stealth.
OpenText launched the latest version of ValueEdge -- an innovative modular, cloud-based DevOps and value stream management (VSM) platform.
Oracle announced the availability of Java 20, the latest version of the programming language and development platform.
Rafay Systems introduced Environment Manager, a solution that empowers enterprise platform teams to improve the developer experience by delivering self-service capabilities for provisioning full-stack environments.
To meet the growing demand for Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) with global organizations, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is introducing new capabilities that can boost the reliability and efficiency of large-scale Kubernetes environments while simplifying operations and reducing costs.
Perforce Software joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Accelerate Program and listed its free Enhanced Studio Pack (ESP) in AWS Marketplace.
Aembit, an identity platform that lets DevOps and Security teams discover, manage, enforce, and audit access between federated workloads, announced its official launch alongside $16.6M in seed financing from cybersecurity specialist investors Ballistic Ventures and Ten Eleven Ventures.