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Top 10 DevOps in the Enterprise | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices
Best practices and tips for a smooth transition to DevOps in the enterprise and how to sell the practice to any team
By: Anders Wallgren
Mar. 18, 2016 03:45 AM
While DevOps has moved into the mainstream and is no longer a novel idea, taking the plunge towards DevOps still make some enterprise organizations and IT leaders weary. This week's Top 10 news should quell some fears, as there was no shortage of best practices and tips for a smooth transition to DevOps in the enterprise and how to sell the practice to any team. Continue reading for more on cultural transformations, tips for microservices and the emerging trend - DevSecOps.
1. The Difference Between DevOps and Anarchy
DevOps is about being more efficient. It's about breaking down silos and removing traditional business obstacles that get in the way of just getting things done. It's about enabling teams and individuals to collaborate more seamlessly. None of that, however, means that DevOps is about turning your IT into some sort of "Wild West" anarchy, where anyone and everyone can just push code to production. That would be insanity. One of the primary catalysts that started the DevOps movement was the frustration of developers trying to deal with an operational bottleneck. As developers evolved from the old-school Waterfall development method to the much faster-paced Agile, developers were able create better software more quickly. That simply resulted in a "hurry up and wait" scenario, though, because the Operations and IT infrastructure side of the house couldn't keep up.
2. How Should Organizations Approach the DevOps Movement?
There's been a lot of talk over the past few years about the future of IT, the rise of cloud computing and what many are calling the DevOps movement. One of the troubles is that there are about as many definitions for DevOps as there are confused organizations trying to understand what it means for them. On a very basic level, the idea is to simplify or smooth the way developers and different branches of IT operations work together. But, the DevOps movement is more than just holding hands and singing songs, it's about improving app delivery and breaking down barriers that prevent IT from quickly responding to business needs. So this month, we're asking our Advisory Board to take a critical look at the topic, and discuss whether the DevOps movement is an unrealistic ideal, just a passing buzzword or the real future of IT.
3. Digital Transformation, Cultural Transformation
Larry Bonfante | Published on @CIOInsight
My organization, like so many companies, is embarking on a total digital transformation. We realize that today more than at any time in the past, we need to find a way to better engage our customers and prospects in a very personalized way that adds value for them. The days of mass marketing and hoping that some of what you throw against the wall will stick are gone. Today's consumers expect and demand the right content at the right place and anywhere and anytime they want to consume it.
4. The Right Way to Combine Cloud and DevOps
Cloud and DevOps are joined at the hip. Indeed, enterprise development shops that use the cloud and DevOps are knocking it out of the park, delivering huge value. However, other enterprises are struggling when they don't need to. To take advantage of the cloud-DevOps combination, enterprises must address a few core objectives - and the technology ones aren't the most critical.
5. DevSecOps: How DevOps and Automation Bolster Security and Compliance
DevOps bridges the gap between Development and Operations to accelerate software delivery and increase business agility and time-to-market. With its roots in the Agile movement, DevOps fosters collaboration between teams and streamlines processes, with the goal of breaking silos in order to "go fast". Information Security (InfoSec) and compliance are critical to businesses across the globe, especially given past examples of data breaches and looming cybersecurity threats. InfoSec has long been thought of as the group that "slows things down" - the wet towel to your DevOps efforts - often requiring a more conservative approach as a means of mitigating risk. Traditionally, DevOps was viewed as a risk to InfoSec, with the increased velocity of software releases seen as a threat to governance and security/regulatory controls (these, by the way, often require the separation of duties, rather than the breaking of silos.)
6. Eight DevOps Lessons IT Can Teach the Enterprise
By @kg4gwa | Published on Information Week
We live in an Agile world. Business cycles are faster and market demands more critical. Into this world, DevOps appeared to shorten the time between idea and product and introduce speed and flexibility into the entire IT organizations. The question is whether the IT department is the only business unit that can benefit from a DevOps approach. For years we've been told that CIOs and IT executives should be business leaders, not just technology gurus. One way to prove business leader bona fides is to share best practices with colleagues in other business units - to "infect" those units with the philosophies and practices that are successful in IT.
7. Dissect DevOps Problems With This Expert Podcast
By Austin Allen | Published by @DataCenterTT
IT organizations adopt DevOps to bring applications and software updates online more quickly. When it's implemented properly, DevOps helps a business gain market share and realize revenue sooner via better software. But DevOps involves increased communication between developers, quality assurance and IT infrastructure teams with automation at each step. Many problems arise when DevOps is not implemented correctly, because of disagreements or lack of common tools. In order to tackle these DevOps problems, SearchDataCenter invited two experts to discuss the root of DevOps failures. Stephen Hendrick, principal analyst of application development and deployment research at Enterprise Strategy Group, brings a history in application development research and consulting work for Fortune 100 companies and leading software vendors. Chris Riley, a DevOps analyst at Fixate IO and author on DevOps topics, has worked with companies such as CloudShare, Pingar, LivingAnalytics and Artsyl Technologies.
8. Considering Microservices? Here Are Some Tips from the Community to Keep in Mind
This week's Top 10 is a little bit different...The latest episode of our Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) podcast focused on Microservices and Continuous Delivery. Panelists Usman Ismail, Daniel Rolnick, Darko Fabijan and our own Anders Wallgren discussed some of the best practices and tips to approaching a transition to microservices. Ever since the episode aired, we've gotten great feedback from people-who are either curious and just starting out with evaluating Microservices, or sharing their struggles with decomposing their applications and managing microservices in Production.
9. How to Sell DevOps to Management and Release Teams
By Andrew Phillips | Published on @TechBeaconCom
Selling the concept of DevOps to senior management and release teams is a lot easier than you might think. The trick is to convince both groups that the benefits of DevOps-tighter cohesion between Dev and Ops people, continuous delivery of high-quality software to production, and faster, more cost-effective provisioning of services to end users-greatly outweigh the cost and impact of change and in fact mitigate the risk of release failures and production downtime.
10. Four Ways Good Project Leaders Create Cultures of Success
By Moira Alexander | Published on @CIOonline
People are not machines. They can't be programmed to simply do as they're expected. People are complex, dynamic and intuitive, and they bring education, experience and emotions to work every day - all of which plays a role in their interactions and contributions. These factors have the potential to make people - employees, consultants and management alike - either the best assets or the biggest liabilities to any project. Who has the greatest impact on projects as a whole?
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