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DevOps is a term that comes full of controversy. A lot of people are on the bandwagon, while others are waiting for the term to jump the shark, and eventually go back to business as usual. Regardless of where you are along the specturm of loving or hating the term DevOps, one thing is certain. More and more people are using it to describe a system administrator who uses scripts, or tools like, Chef, Puppet or Ansible, in order to provision infrastructure. There is also usually an expectation of being able to deliver this in 100% cloud, or hybrid cloud environments. How Things Fall Apart The problem with defining a "DevOps Engineer" in such narrow terms, is that someone like that doesn't bring much to the Dev side of the equation. An infrastructure engineer often has the ninja skills to take care of the network. But if the application itself has problems, such as mem... (more)

Keys to Successful #DigitalTransformation | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

A lot of companies believe that they can transform the way they do business, and go so far as to include transformation in some job titles. You might be an architect, an agile coach, or otherwise responsible for setting the new standards or transitioning to a new set of tools. Let me suggest two quick tips to make your life easier. 1. Keep "Education before Enforcement" in mind. All chances for a transformation depend on how well change management is executed in the organization. People absorb change at a different pace; you will have to gauge what is appropriate for the organiz... (more)

Two Keys to Successful Transformation | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

A lot of companies believe that they can transform the way they do business. Some go so far as to include transformation in some job titles. You might be an architect, an agile coach, or otherwise responsible for setting the new standards or transitioning to a new set of tools. Sometimes you may have just one shot at doing it right; it’s worth taking the time to do it right. Let me suggest two quick tips to make your life easier. Education Before Enforcement All chances for a lasting transformation depend on how well change management is executed in the organization. People absorb... (more)

Still Spending the Night on the Phone? | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

"Release night" is something of a norm in many development organizations. Not because it takes so long to deploy the software, but because there are so many unforeseen problems that need to be addressed right away. Sometimes there isn't a way to roll back easily: database issues, third-party services that only have a limited window to apply changes, etc. Everyone ends up scrambling to fix whatever they can before daylight, while under pressure from triage calls, anxious emails and the occasional foot traffic to your desk. Who wants to constantly live in fire-fighting mode? Well, ... (more)

A Trial Balloon Takes Flight into the Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Humorous metaphor about the cloud aside, this is a not-so-lighthearted article. This is the convergence of progress, loss, and humility. In the fall of 2015, Salesforce.com (SFDC) announced upcoming initiatives for the Internet of Things. What we now know is that it was envisioned with AWS as its backbone. By some accounts, the affected infrastructure team at SFDC advocated fiercely for themselves. After all, they had built something in the industry which is still unparalleled, despite many newcomers in the field. Salesforce.com was all about the cloud, even when it was derided, ... (more)