Everybody loves DevOps. In fact, DevOps is hottest date in IT. That's because
DevOps promises to satisfy the deepest longings of digital business-including
fast execution on innovative ideas, competitively differentiated customer
experiences, and significantly improved operational efficiencies.
But who does DevOps love?
This is more than a cute Valentine's-themed question. It's a fundamental
challenge for anyone leading a DevOps initiative. What passions and
motivations are driving your DevOps teams? How do you know? And if those
motivations aren't the right ones, how do you re-direct them?
Metrics, it turns out, may hold the answers.
The danger of DevOps narcissism
Many of us know what it's like to be in a relationship with a narcissist.
Narcissists can actually be very attractive. They maintain the best possible
outward appearance and exude confidence. They can also... (more)
Brand owners are caught in a digital crossfire.
From one direction comes intense competitive pressure to innovate or to at
least follow very, very quickly. From the precisely opposite direction comes
the potentially existential threat of an app very publicly flopping or - even
worse - being very publicly revealed to jeopardize the customer's well-being.
Either way, you lose brand value in a social marketplace where brand is your
What's a brand owner to do?
The car industry offers an excellent case in point. One day, carmakers are
climbing all over e... (more)
A lot of time, resources and energy has been invested over the past few years
on de-siloing development and operations. And with good reason. DevOps is
enabling organizations to more aggressively increase their digital agility,
while at the same time reducing digital costs and risks.
But as 2017 approaches, the hottest trends in DevOps aren't specifically
about dev or ops. They're about testing, security, and metrics.
2017 Prediction #1: Continuous testing becomes a top topic of interest in
The rapid promotion of new code into production is a noble goal, but it can
also be a... (more)
As the race for the presidency heats up, IT leaders would do well to recall
the famous catchphrase from Bill Clinton's successful 1992 campaign against
George H. W. Bush: "It's the economy, stupid."
That catchphrase is important, because IT economics are important. Especially
when it comes to cloud.
Application performance management (APM) for the cloud may turn out to be as
much about those economics as it is about customer experience.
Consistently great experiences - but at what price?
Consistently great digital customer experiences are central to success in
today's swipe-to-sho... (more)
Microservices are hot. And for good reason. To compete in today's fast-moving
application economy, it makes sense to break large, monolithic applications
down into discrete functional units. Such an approach makes it easier to
update and add functionalities (text-messaging a customer, calculating sales
tax for a specific geography, etc.) and get those updates / adds into
production fast. In fact, some would argue that microservices are a
prerequisite for true continuous delivery.
But is it too soon to talk about keeping microservices lifecycle costs under
Thinking ahea... (more)