DevOps

December 09, 2015

Attempting to weigh the current level of DevOps maturity within your organization is one of those daunting propositions that can leave today's business and technology pros searching for meaningful answers. There are some well-established metrics that can serve as inherent measurements of overall DevOps success, including deployment frequency rates, average lead times, meant time to recovery (MTTR), and of course, any figures resulting from dedicated Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Yet, perhaps even more valuable than some of these numbers, or of greater import to practitioners for purposes of self-assessment, are metrics that help analyze precisely how ongoing DevOps adoption compares to similar efforts among peers ...

December 07, 2015

As a result of virtualization and the shift to software-defined networking (SDN), a DevOps culture has begun to emerge in the telecom industry that requires network operators to look beyond technology and the network, and embrace a holistic view of product development, business development, operations and planning ...

December 01, 2015

I love the Bourne movies. Apart from the action, what I find fascinating is the uncanny abilities of the protagonist – Jason Bourne; his sixth-sense. He can quickly "weigh up" his surroundings and make detailed assessments of all dangers. This acute level of awareness gives him a distinct competitive advantage. We need this ability in IT Operations, especially with performance monitoring – we need Jason Bourne's situational awareness ...

November 23, 2015

DevOps is an organizational and cultural rethink of how software-driven organizations can become organizations at velocity – agile enough to innovate and fast enough to deal with any change that comes their way ...

November 20, 2015

DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry to define what DevOps means to them. The goal is to show just how many varied ideas are connected with the concept of DevOps, and in the process learn a little more what DevOps is all about. The fourth and final installment outlines the many approaches and tools associated with DevOps ...

November 19, 2015

DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry to define what DevOps means to them. The goal is to show just how many varied ideas are connected with the concept of DevOps, and in the process learn a little more what DevOps is all about. The third installment shows the impact of DevOps on both Dev and Ops team members ...

November 18, 2015

DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry to define what DevOps means to them. The goal is to show just how many varied ideas are connected with the concept of DevOps, and in the process learn a little more what DevOps is all about. The first installment covers how Dev and Ops work together ...

November 17, 2015

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 this list is not to come up with a one-sentence definition of DevOps to appeal to all. The goal is to show just how many varied ideas are connected with the concept of DevOps, and in the process learn a little more what DevOps is all about.

The list of 17 Ways to Define DevOps will be posted in four parts over the next four days. The first installment provides the high level view ...

November 12, 2015

Improving end-user customer experience is one of the key objectives of an application performance management solution in a production environment. By leveraging the application performance data earlier in the development cycle, DevOps teams can ensure readiness for exceptional customer experience before deploying any application in production. Finally, harnessing the business data in application transactions and logs and correlating them with operational data can provide actionable business insights. In this blog, I will discuss five steps to DevOps success leveraging an application performance management solution in production ...

November 09, 2015

The perception that adopting DevOps is all about culture, not as much about technology, would appear rather shortsighted. No question, navigating the involved people and process issues is widely recognized as the biggest challenge in adopting DevOps models. That's an established concept that I doubt anyone familiar with this movement would attempt to dismiss. However, it's also very clear that finding the right tools and services to support this evolution is a hugely critical piece of the puzzle ...

November 04, 2015

The move toward DevOps is reshaping how organizations approach software development and deployment, and according to research conducted by Appvance Inc., an effective DevOps strategy and addressing unified testing are major concerns for the majority of CIOs and other decision makers ...

November 02, 2015

Times are changing. With the imperative to deliver applications faster, developers are increasingly stepping outside their traditional skill-zones and leveraging new automated capabilities – allowing them to develop and test in parallel, while releasing software continuously. In essence, they're not only writing great music, but also building the instruments upon which to play it ...

October 28, 2015

EMA’s survey team is in the final stages of launching my latest research, “Automating for Digital Transformation: Tools-Driven DevOps and Continuous Software Delivery” ...

October 26, 2015

Most discussions of DevOps assume that the "dev" is being done exclusively in programming languages of recent vintage and that the "ops" are occurring exclusively on distributed or cloud platforms. There are, however, at least three compelling reasons to have a DevOps discussion that focuses on the mainframe ...

October 22, 2015

Choosing the right DevOps tools for your business can be a complex and confusing process. There are literally dozens of technology providers out there, from large enterprise companies to smaller, new companies vying for your attention ...

October 20, 2015

The move to DevOps also introduces additional constraints to our burgeoning Iron Polygon, as individual projects become less distinct. In an environment focused on continuous automated testing as well as continuous integration and deployment, individual iterations become the project unit as organizations establish regular cadences of repeated iterations instead of the discrete, monolithic project releases that characterize traditional waterfall-oriented development ...

October 19, 2015

What it means to build quality software has taken a beating over the years. We're no longer content to strive for defect-free code. We must also make sure the software meets both its functional and nonfunctional requirements. Only now with the rise of more Agile ways of thinking, we've placed the notion of a software requirement under the microscope, as building flexible, resilient software often trumps checking items off our requirements list. As a result, the tried and true Project Management Iron Triangle has taken its lumps. We've been trying to bend or rework the Iron Triangle for years, with limited success. Today, thanks to DevOps and Agile Architecture, we finally can ...

October 14, 2015

As the pace of business and technology innovation accelerates, IT organizations are under pressure to deliver software faster and at higher levels of quality. Automation is a key enabler for this process. We are conducting a new Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) study to uncover the key process and automation-driven competencies contributing to accelerated software delivery. A secondary goal is to uncover the relationships, if any, between these competencies and revenue growth ...

October 06, 2015

A new global survey reveals the top traits of companies who are disrupting their competitors and transforming into successful software-driven, digital businesses. Here's what you can learn from them ...

September 30, 2015

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is crucial to the long-term evolution of an agile digital business according to Gartner, Inc. It is not, however, the right choice for all IT organizations currently ...

September 23, 2015

To better understand why everyone — including IT Operations — needs to care about DevOps, CA Technologies interviewed four DevOps luminaries and thought leaders. Their deep insights make a compelling case for Agile Operations and provide immediate practical guidance on how to get started. Here are some excerpts from the interviews ...

September 22, 2015

APMdigest, the world's online forum for Application Performance Management and related technologies, has launched a new partner site, DEVOPSdigest. The new website will focus on technologies and processes related to DevOps, agile development, continuous delivery (CD), testing and more ...

September 21, 2015

As enterprises embrace the DevOps philosophy, and the coalescence of the Development and Operations continues, I foresee the conditions ripening to foster innovative methods of making application performance better and code deployments smoother. To me, the argument that system monitoring is just a “nice to have” and not really a core requirement for operational readiness dissipates quickly when a critical application goes down with no warning ...

September 16, 2015

Testing has often been the low priority on the totem pole in the world of software development. That's not because it isn't important and there isn't value placed on it, but rather because it is difficult, the tools and platforms available are time-consuming to implement and it is the area that most often gets the compressed end of the schedule. Talk to large enterprises and see how many of them have outsourced much of their QA to the lowest cost offshore firm they can find ...

August 20, 2015

Circonus conducted a survey at the recent ChefConf show. Some of the results were what we expected, especially of such a DevOps-oriented audience. Other results were surprising, as we tried to gauge, for example, how far along people were on their DevOps journey and, in particular, what the new DevOps requirements were for monitoring tools ...

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