This article originally appeared on the Electric Cloud blog.
Welcome to another round-up of the latest news in DevOps, Agile, and Continuous Delivery. This week’s news focuses on DevOps’ rising adoption rates and how it will impact the future of business in any industry. In fact, some are calling DevOps a necessary skill to learn for a successful career in tech. Pretty soon there will be a time where people can’t recall a day without DevOps — and we are certainly excited to be a part of that future!
Continue reading for more on the latest modern software delivery news and trends, and, as always, stay tuned to all the news coming from @ElectricCloud on DevOps and Continuous Delivery throughout the week.
1. 4 Computing Trends That Will Impact Your Network and Your Business
Three years ago, Gartner predicted that “50 percent of global enterprises will be taking an architectural approach to web-scale IT by 2017.” While we may still be short of that number, it’s fair to say that many enterprises are thinking about or planning their future computing strategies with web-scale IT approaches in mind. As businesses continue to digitize, move IT infrastructure to the cloud, and invest in mobile and IoT devices, the volume of online transactions continues to grow. And so does the pressure on network leaders who are being asked to do more with less.
— Anders Wallgren (@anders_wallgren) March 9, 2017
2. These Are the 10 Skills to Learn if You Want to Advance in a Career in Tech
In the tech industry, as in life, change is the only constant. Whether you’re just starting out, you’re angling for a better gig, or you’re just trying to thrive right where you are, it’s important that you’re up-to-date with the latest technologies — or else you may already be behind the curve, as the hot new tech du jour replaces the old and busted.
3. DevOps, No Longer Just for “Unicorns”
The born-digital “unicorn” companies such as Etsy, Google, and Netflix are pioneers of modern DevOps, but BT leaders at companies of all ages, sizes, and types are now eagerly pursuing the same principles. The pressure for speed and quality is DevOps becoming pivotal for all organizations. For example, KeyBank is leveraging DevOps to quickly deliver business new customer capability using streamlined coordination between application development and operations. DevOps is allowing KeyBank to shorten delivery time by up to 85% and reduce defects by at least 30%.
4. Measuring DevOps: The Key Metrics That Matter
Metrics bring a new level of clarity and insight to enterprise DevOps programs, says Anders Wallgren, chief technology officer of Electric Cloud, a DevOps optimization software company based in San Jose, Calif. DevOps is being adopted by organizations worldwide for several well-understood and proven reasons. Most importantly, the approach accelerates the software development and release cycle, improves the quality of deliverables and leads to problems being solved more rapidly.
5. This One Easy Cloud Trick Is in Danger. Why?
Legacy, or technical debt – call it what you will – has always been a major challenge to techies looking to move forward and never more so than now, as you’re being asked to shift data center software to the cloud. Possibly the biggest challenge in dealing with legacy is identifying who “owned” an application when it was created — when they’ll almost certainly no longer be present. Any documentation left behind — often many years ago — by the implementation team will almost certainly leave a little (a lot) to be desired.
6. Takeaways: How to Forecast The Value of DevOps Transformations
or many organizations, the very idea of DevOps is compelling, with its promise of improved productivity and reduced cost through the automation of manual process steps. The problem comes when the CFO asks, “So what?” or, perhaps more likely, “And what can we expect to get?” What the CFO wants is numbers: dollars saved, velocity increased, reductions in time-to-market. All those things are exactly the promise of the DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) group’s newest report, “Forecasting the Value of DevOps Transformations: IT Done Right.”
7. DevOps Is Dead! Long Live DevOps!
Some are seekers on the quest for the one, true DevOps. They were misled. I’m here to say: Give it up. Whatever you find at the end of that journey isn’t it. That one true DevOps is dead. Dead and buried. The search is pointless or, kind of worse: The search misses the point altogether. DevOps began as a sort of a living philosophy: about inclusion rather than exclusion, raises up rather than chastises, increases resilience rather than assigns blame, makes smarter and more awesome rather than defines the process and builds bunkers. At any rate, it was also deliberately never strictly defined.
8. Lightweight and Portable, Containers Are Trending
More than 60 years ago, a trucking entrepreneur revolutionized the shipping industry by introducing a more efficient method of transporting goods. Instead of workers manually loading and stacking small boxes of goods onto ships, Malcolm McLean debuted the world’s first ship that would carry trailer-sized containers, thereby dramatically simplifying and speeding the process of shipping goods globally. In the same way that shipping containers changed that industry, today’s container technology is changing how businesses deploy and use applications in their data center. (This analogy works so well that the leading container company today, Docker, used it for its name and logo.)
9. Developing Quality Software: Differentiating Factors
The level of software quality attainable is a reflection of an organizational business decision. There are many factors that influence this decision, including development, build and testing environments effectiveness, resources and their associated skill set, integrity, motivations and experience levels, commercial agreements, and adopted processes and productivity tools.
10. DevOps Helps Enterprises Deliver Better, Faster Software for the IoT
Nowadays, just about every business is a software business. Software is considered the main driver for innovation and disruption across markets. To keep up with the competition, large enterprises need to continually deliver better software, faster. Along with the emergence of the software-driven business, we’ve also seen the Internet of Things (IoT) grow and influence our everyday lives through smart homes, automated features in cars, and more.
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