We live in a digital world, there’s no doubt about it. As society relies more heavily on constant connectivity and machines, the economy around software development, a foundation for all of these digital capabilities is exploding—and the DevOps space is heating up. In this week’s news, we see the results of 2016 State of DevOps Reports, DevOps pros sharing best practices and tips for the community’s benefit, evidence of the growing market space in the number of jobs now available in tech, and expert musings on where this digital world is headed.
1) Why the DevOps Faithful Keep Pulling Away From Their Competitors
The 2016 State of DevOps survey shows the smartest DevOps organizations are faster than ever, while the laggards are falling way behind. The reality of business today is that it’s increasingly built by software developers, and those developers move faster. And faster. And faster. This is evidenced by one succinct chart in the report, and should be a huge motivator for every company that still thinks DevOps is a fad.
2) The Automation of Design
Murphy’s Law decrees: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” For any of us whose livelihood depends on our labor, things going wrong could mean: “Anything that can be automated, will be automated.” Our labor or skill in exchange for pay has undoubtedly caused us to seek security in the notion that we’ll be forever needed. And yet time has shown that our ingenuity for efficiency orchestrates our removal from all forms of repetitive tasks. Energy and mechanization brought us from our fields into cities near factories, and in the past decades into offices behind our monitors. Engineers are even rendering themselves obsolete by automating the very thing they are critical for: thinking and making things.
3) Driving a Digital Transformation
By @MulliganSDTimes | Published on @sdtimes
The need for speed is driving businesses into a digital revolution, with agile as the engine. As expectations for quality user experiences rise higher than ever before (be it with context-aware mobile apps, or websites with no room for performance mishaps), organizations are being forced to rethink the way their entire businesses operate.
4) What is DevOps? Patrick Debois Explains
Patrick Debois is best known as the founder of DevOpsDays and as a creator of the DevOps movement, which explains why some refer to him as the “Godfather of DevOps”. As CTO of Small Town Heroes, an interactive video company, he puts these DevOps practices to the test on a daily basis to deliver mobile applications, and he recently organized a new event, Mobile Delivery Days.
5) Tech Jobs Report: Security, DevOps, and Big Data Stay Hot
If you’re wondering what IT skill sets to acquire, security and DevOps are doing well in the job market. Pay for cloud skills, however, is eroding. Research firm Foote Partners’ latest quarterly IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index determined that the market value for 404 of the 450 IT certifications it tracks had increased for 12 consecutive quarters. Market values rose for noncertified IT skills for the fifth consecutive quarter.
6) How to Avoid the Container ‘Mushroom Cloud Effect’
By George Leopold | Published on @EnterpriseTek
As application containers scale in production, some early results are coming in about what can go wrong. Among the potential downsides of a micro-service architecture is what one observer ominously refers to as the “mushroom cloud effect.”
7) How Do You Solve a Problem Like DevOps? – Part 2
DevOps emerged to help organizations improve their software delivery and better address the challenges put on IT by the Business to accelerate software releases. How are technology leaders conducting and directing their business’ DevOps transformation to make sure they’re on the right track? Start with How Do You Solve a Problem Like DevOps? – Part 1.
8) DevOps Matchmaking: APM + CI = A Perfect Marriage
As anyone who has ever been set up on blind dates by friends can attest, finding the right match in today’s world is a tricky feat. There’s a lot of evidence suggesting that the frantic pace of life makes such matchmaking more difficult than ever. That said, when the right set of complimentary traits exist and there’s a willingness to find common ground, things can work out. Spike Jonzian-notions of artificial intelligence aside, certain technological partnerships are increasingly being perceived as “a perfect marriage” within the context of DevOps automation.
9) Real-World DevOps Failures — And How To Avoid Them
Everything about DevOps sounds great. It’s a practice that emphasizes collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT staffers and management, while automating tasks such as software delivery and infrastructure updates. With DevOps, the development, testing, and release of software can be accelerated and made more reliable, and that’s vital for companies looking to survive in an ultracompetitive market.
10) DevOps Done Right: Five Tips For Implementing Database Infrastructures
By Vinay Joosery| Published on @ITProPortal
DevOps couldn’t be hotter. To cope with modern customer demands, applications need to be developed, tested and put into production swiftly. Industry experts have been preaching about DevOps for faster, more reliable software development. Gartner expects this development approach will go mainstream by the end of 2016. But while DevOps can provide many improvements throughout all stages of the development lifecycle, it is imperative to avoid some of the common pitfalls. A fully-firing database is core to any DevOps strategy, because slow data equates to slow results, something the methodology is trying to eradicate.