IT Culture

May 04, 2022

There's one key finding we'd like to explore further for the sake of this post, and that is that companies at a high level of DevOps evolution continue to compensate their employees at the highest level, with practitioner salaries doubling and manager salaries nearly tripling from 2020 to 2021. Let's dig in ...

April 28, 2022

Burnout during the pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts across the workforce. Nearly three-fourths (72%) of U.S. tech workers planned to quit their jobs between August 2021 and August of 2022, according to a study by TalentLS and Workable. And the work world is now entering the third wave of post-pandemic mass employee attrition ...

April 07, 2022

How can teams identify when it's time to upgrade their DevOps solution, and what should they look for if they decide it's time to switch? Here are a few questions to consider in evaluating your current solution ...

March 30, 2022

The pandemic highlighted one of the most crucial challenges facing the software industry — the lack of professional software developers. This was validated in the recent Top Software Development Challenges for 2022 survey report by Infragistics, which found that 53% of respondents believed that recruiting developers with the right skills was their greatest challenge ...

March 10, 2022

As the Great Resignation continues and turnover rates climb, organizations across industries are struggling to keep top talent — especially in the developer, delivery, platform and security realms. Ongoing digital transformation efforts have put additional pressure on organizations to keep up with the accelerating pace of innovation; multi-cloud environments are becoming the new norm — bringing with them novel IT complexity concerns; and cybersecurity threats continue to proliferate across the enterprise ...

February 07, 2022

Creating an agile enterprise goes far beyond just purchasing and deploying new technologies. Effectively managing your organization's software value chain plays an integral role. But achieving agility also requires a cultural transformation — led by leadership — to drive enhanced business performance, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction. Only when company leaders show commitment to this type of systemic change can they achieve an organization-wide shift in mindset ...

January 31, 2022

Enterprises are embarking on a fastened route to digital transformation, and as this happens, DevOps has become more crucial than ever. The developer community has scaled quickly, and its presence and growth have been drivers of change within multiple industries. To continue on that growing path and succeed in our increasingly digital-driven world, organizations must embrace the tendencies that will power the future of the digital revolution. As a developer myself, there are a few key trends that I think will shape our reality in 2022 and upcoming years ...

January 06, 2022

DevOps is a set of practices that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of IT operations. Utilizing many aspects of agile methodology, DevOps aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous improvement. As you consider incorporating DevOps into your operations, understand the effect DevOps has on processes and culture. Successful implementation is about finding the right balance of attention on people, processes, and technology to achieve improvement ...

November 16, 2021

It's no surprise that generation Z — a demographic consisting of anyone born after 1997 — is one of the most technologically savvy generations since their millennial predecessors. But do their tech smarts translate into a desire for a career in technology? ...

November 10, 2021

At first, DevOps may seem counterintuitive when compared to traditional software engineering and development. It intentionally breaks down silos that function within each specialty to deliver improved, holistic business results. When implemented successfully, DevOps transforms the systems that provide software solutions and, in the process, empowers organizations to leverage disruptive technology to their advantage ...

November 09, 2021

Tool fragmentation and sprawl stands also out as one of the primary obstacles to accelerating developer-led digital operations. Too many tools, especially ones that are not designed with developer workflows and integrations in mind, hinders productivity. Without a unified collaboration experience, and the customization, integration and security controls necessary, developers, and the broader R&D teams they serve, are left without the alignment, visibility, and control needed to truly accelerate digital operations. Here's a look at three collaboration tool must-haves to master digital developer collaboration ...

October 12, 2021

Chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) roles have converged at the same time as both positions have taken on significantly increased responsibility for business strategy, according to a new survey of CIOs and CTOs. More than 66% of CIOs and 78% of CTOs report their position is now directly involved in or leading business strategy ...

October 05, 2021

After almost 20 years in engineering, I've realized the most high-performing, seasoned software engineers are like monks. They are deliberate about work, exceptional listeners, highly capable of processing complex information and adept at thinking creatively. They also build psychological safe spaces for constructive debate, are empathetic and value different perspectives. It's a radically different mindset than viewing peers as competition — and it's one that enhances trust and encourages greater individual and group performance. Unfortunately, these types of engineers are now the exception, not the norm ...

September 20, 2021

Technology executives are often hard-pressed to explain how investing in developer headcount and tooling results in returns for their bottom line. As a business leader, it can be difficult to measure the true value of hiring more developers or investing in software delivery tools. To accurately make this type of ROI assessment, it's essential to track meaningful engineering output metrics ...

July 21, 2021

The cloud allows for more automation of a lot of historically manual tasks, which means that teams can increase the speed of application development, reducing the time to production. Here are a few pro tips that I would suggest to teams looking to balance quality, speed, and security through the adoption of automation in a cloud architecture ...

July 19, 2021

The roles and responsibilities of developers continue to expand, according to a survey of software developers, DevOps professionals, IT decision makers, and line of business executives from around the world, conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) ...

June 08, 2021

The gamification of work enables individuals to showcase skills and demonstrate value in ways previously unavailable to employees and employers ...

June 07, 2021

Gamification is serious business. While the term artfully captures the fun of scoring points and competing against others (and ourselves), gamification is driving profound economic and cultural changes in how human beings perceive and pursue work ...

May 12, 2021

Business meetings have become more digitally collaborative in response to the sudden increase in remote workforces. For the most part, this rapid transition to digital was quite successful in moving the typically in-person business meeting to the cloud. This transition to remote collaboration, however, has yet to extend to other key business processes. The software development workflow is still, in large part, sequential ...

May 10, 2021

Education has a reputation for being slow to adopt technology, especially when it comes to DevOps, but that trend is beginning to reverse as early adopters see great success in both academic use and institutional administration ...

May 06, 2021

When adopting DevOps, it's essential to take a mindful and strategic approach to change management. Investing this care and attention at the outset of DevOps initiatives can help ensure they proceed quickly and seamlessly, accelerating the business's progress and speeding time to value. Do you need to accelerate DevOps adoption in your organization? These five tips will help you get started today ...

May 04, 2021

Working with microservices and Kubernetes often means solving the same solved problems over and over, without having the time to focus on what really brings value to the business. Garden recently commissioned research to gather insights from software professionals to find out where time is being spent, what tasks often cause frustration, and how this time could be better spent. Some of what we learned reinforced my own experiences but there were some other surprising insights. And when we set out to quantify the impact of time spent on "solved problems" that respondents shared with us, the data was truly eye popping ...

May 03, 2021

The demand for DevOps talent has grown, with recruiting now or in the future a top priority. It was heartening to see that 49 percent of respondents — in the Upskilling 2021: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report — first look internally for hiring with 25 percent preferring to hire and train internal staff. Upskilling is a great opportunity for IT professionals to advance their careers inside their organization now and in the future ...

April 20, 2021

When I was asked to step up and take lead of the engineering team, I saw my role as an organizational problem solver. The goal was to empower individuals and set teams up to work in ways that fit them best, while also streamlining processes to reduce stress and confusion. As we grew the team and evolved our processes, I questioned the status quo and evaluated processes from first principles. Here are some of the things I learned along the way ...

April 15, 2021

Teams have made great strides to support the shift toward digital-focused solutions and capabilities, but the clock is ticking for those companies that are lagging in their digital innovation efforts. In Kong Inc.'s second annual Digital Innovation Benchmark, 51% of the 400 IT leaders surveyed in the US and Europe believe that their organization can only survive up to three years before going out of business or being absorbed by a competitor if they are unable to keep up with digital innovation ...

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