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Weekly Top 10: The Continuous Improvement of DevOps

The Continuous Improvement of DevOps

DevOps is a journey of Continuous Improvement. Even enterprises that are revered as more mature in their implementation of DevOps still search for areas of improvement and innovative techniques. For this reason, organizations of all sizes turn to the community to find the latest tips and trends that help put them on a track to success. This week’s top news dives into steps enterprises can take to ensure a successful DevOps implementation, including building in transparency and feedback loops. We also take a look at one of the major benefits of implementing DevOps – security – and why DevSecOps is on the rise.

Continue reading for more on the latest DevOps news and trends, and, as always, stay tuned to all the news coming from @ElectricCloud on DevOps and Continuous Delivery throughout the week.

110 Steps To DevOps Success In The Enterprise

By AlisonDeNisco | Published on @TechRepublic
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-steps-to-devops-success-in-the-enterprise/

The DevOps movement continues to gain traction among large US enterprises, including Adobe, Amazon, Target, and Walmart. As TechRepublic’s James Sanders explains, DevOps—a combination of Development and Operations—is essentially a workflow “centered around integration and communication between software developers and IT professionals who manage production operations.” The idea grew out of the Agile methodology, and first gained attention at a conference in 2009.

 

2DevOps Engineer Skills Needed For Continuous Deployment

By @Stephen_Bigelow | Published on @TechTarget
http://searchitoperations.techtarget.com/tip/DevOps-engineer-skills-needed-for-continuous-deployment

A DevOps engineer career might appeal to you if you have technical hard skills in various platforms, as well as soft skills such as effective and timely communication. Businesses need high-level guidance for the successful convergence of development, testing and operations as part of a continuous delivery, or DevOps, initiative. In a DevOps environment, someone with specific skills — including a holistic knowledge of collaboration and business practices — is needed to keep the wheels churning and achieve the best business outcomes. This has led to the emergence of DevOps engineers.

 

327 Open Source DevOps Tools In 7 Easy Bites

By @kg4gwa | Published on @InformationWeek
http://www.informationweek.com/devops/27-open-source-devops-tools-in-7-easy-bites/d/d-id/1327139

I recently wrote an article featuring 25 DevOps vendors worth watching.However, in the world of DevOps, there are an awful lot of good tools that don’t really have a vendor attached, and I thought it was time to give the open source tools their due. While I wrote that there are tools that don’t have vendors, there are vendors that are attached to some of these open source tools. Those vendors provide development support, along with, in some cases, customer support and even proprietary versions of some of the tools that exist alongside their open source cousins. As long as there was an open source version that wasn’t “crippleware,” it was eligible for the cut.

 

4Deployment Automation: The Linchpin of DevOps Success

By @anders_wallgren | Published on @DZone
https://dzone.com/articles/deployment-automation-the-linchpin-of-devops-succe

Deployment automation is the linchpin of DevOps transformation. I cannot put it more simply:
To accelerate your DevOps adoption and get the biggest bang for your buck, you should focus on deployments. The previous State of the DevOps reports have shown a pretty straightforward equation: Deployment frequency is THE indicator for success and deployment pain is a predictor of failure.

 

5How The Tech Industry Is Making Containers Enterprise Ready

By @JamesNunns| Published on @cbronline
http://www.cbronline.com/news/enterprise-it/software/how-to-make-containers-enterprise-ready/

The tech industry isn’t a stranger to building astronomical hype about a technology and one of its latest golden gooses is containers. The hype around containers is somewhat similar to that in the field of big data, in the sense that in essence the concept for the technology has been around for decades but has now become extremely popular.

 

6Fear Makes The Wolf Look Bigger

By Chris Scharff | Published on @Medium
https://medium.com/@chrisscharff/devops-fear-makes-the-wolf-look-bigger

The biggest impediment to the DevOps “Revolution” may be the language used to describe it. Many proponents focus on the automation aspect of DevOps. At its core automation implies giving up control and that’s a scary prospect. This tech-centric focus does a disservice to what DevOps is really about. Automation is just one aspect of DevOps, and at the risk of committing heresy, it is the least interesting. Please, before you make a run on pitchforks hear me out.
DevOps is based on 3 key pillars: People, Process and Automation. I believe their importance to a business should be considered in that order.

 

 

7The Story Of A ‘System Frickin’ Administrator, Not Developer, You Hear Me?’

By @adbertram | Published on @infoworld
http://www.infoworld.com/article/3110005/devops/the-story-of-a-system-frickin-administrator-not-developer-you-hear-me.html

This is the start of a new series entitled: System Administrator to Developer. It will be told as a fictional story of Joe Schmoe and will cover Joe’s realization that DevOps is where his career needs to go. This is the first post in this series that introduces our friend Joe and how he first gets introduced to DevOps the hard way.

 

8A Primer On Secure DevOps: Why DevSecOps Matters

By @edgeroute | Published on @TechBeaconCom
http://techbeacon.com/devsecops-foundations

I’ve been in the world of security for 20-plus years, I have seen trends come and go, but I’ve never seen anything as disruptive to the entire technology ecosystem as DevOps, often described as a methodology to build software fast and connect together development and operations. Gone are the days of tossing a build over the wall and hoping that it works in production. Now development and operations are joined together as one in DevOps matrimony. DevOps accelerates the velocity with which products are deployed to customers. However, the catch with DevOps is that it moves fast, and security must move faster to keep up and make an impact.

 

9The Two Tribes Of DevOps

By @theitskeptic | Published on @theitskeptic
http://www.itskeptic.org/content/two-tribes-devops

DevOps works to unite Dev and Ops communities to remove the vertical fracture in our IT organisations. Ironically in the process of doing this we appear to be fracturing on a horizontal line between those oriented towards technology, software and coding, and those oriented towards business, people and practice. Maybe this is a reflection of the principle of Dunbar’s Number: that once a group of humans reaches a certain size it will always split into two tribes.

 

10Tech In Banks: Innovating Within A Sometimes Lethargic Industry

By @benkepes| Published on @NetworkWorld
http://www.networkworld.com/article/3118206/techology-business/tech-in-banks-innovating-within-a-sometimes-lethargic-industry.html

I’ve spent some time consulting within financial services organizations in general, and banks in particular, and I have always been surprised at just how much legacy technology solutions prove to be a barrier to innovation. Add to that a highly risk-averse complex where regulation is often held up as a reason for NOT moving faster, and you have a setting that is, perhaps, the very antithesis of Silicon Valley pace. So, with this background, I sat down to chat with Olivier about his experiences.

 

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Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.