It’s hard to believe that DevOps Enterprise Summit San Francisco 2016 (DOES16) ended just a few short weeks ago.
The event was a monumental success with more than 1,300 attendees, 86 speakers, 72 sessions and six DevOps Workshops that were new additions to this year’s schedule.
DevOps luminaries representing a variety of industries – from airline to retail to financial services – shared their experience reports and real world DevOps implementation examples over three packed days. This resulted in a multitude of knowledge sharing and collaborative learning that attendees brought home with them to help foster DevOps adoption in the enterprise.
While there was plenty of buzz happening at the conference, there was just as much of a buzz happening online, as well. Leading up to, during, and after the show, numerous media outlets covered the top stories, highlights, and trends coming from DOES16. In case you missed it (or want to reminisce), below is a list of the top 10 posts about the conference:
1. DevOps At Scale: How to Keep Customers Coming Back
If your software development and delivery organizations are to sustain their competitive edge, rapid, Agile software releases are essential, and Continuous Delivery should be the goal. That’s why DevOps is so popular among today’s most effective software delivery teams — those that focus on the continuous roll-out of changes to subscribed customers. Despite its popularity, DevOps exists more as a mindset than as a codified set of processes that teams must follow. Your main focus must be on customer need, and on satisfying that need with each update. Teams that focus on things like process, instead, do so at their own peril.
2. Microservices and Docker: The PB and J of Modern App Delivery
How can IT enable Dev and Ops to use Docker for both microservices and traditional application releases? That’s one of the questions Anders Wallgren, CTO of Electric Cloud, answered during his session at the DevOps Enterprise Summit. Wallgren calls microservices on Docker the PB and J of modern app delivery.
3. Why Build vs. Buy Is A Winning Talent Strategy
“Buy vs. build” is a mantra that IT leaders are adopting as a means to better manage their budgets and resources. But while this may work for technology and tools, it may not be the best strategy for dealing with people issues in IT, according to Damon Edwards, co-founder of SimplifyOps, Inc. At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco, Edwards discussed why acquiring talent from the outside to fill every skills gap is an expensive strategy that won’t pay off in the end. Instead, he argues, IT leaders must fix the systemic issues within their organization and focus on building talent from within. We caught up with him to learn more.
4. Just What Everyone Needs Right Now: An HPE Chat Bot Wrapped in a Docker Container, Right?
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has a bot for you. The company has taken GitHub’s Hubot code and wrapped it in a Docker container to promote the concept of ChatOps, a model for combining communication tools with DevOps automation. At the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco, Daniel Perez, Software Engineer at HPE, provided a demonstration of HPE’s Hubot, Hammer. Hammer can handle data lookups, create graphs, run automations, provide application metrics, carry out commands, and even tell jokes (though none were offered during the demonstration).
5. DevOps Deployment Pipelines Stay Limber With Microservices Mentality
DevOps deployment pipelines are a challenge to build, even if technology could be frozen in time, but that’s never the case in the IT industry. From VMs to containers to immutable infrastructures and complex clustered orchestration tools, technology changes ever faster as enterprises create DevOps deployment pipelines. New technologies such as containers and microservices architecture will pave the way for flexibility in the future, according to large enterprises at this week’s DevOps Enterprise Summit.
6. Top Culture Changes to Make DevOps a Reality: Part I
Earlier this year, DEVOPSdigest compiled an epic list of expert opinions about 30 Must-Have Tools to Support DevOps. While all of the 30 tools included on the list can augment an organization’s DevOps initiative, none of them — not even all of them together — can guarantee DevOps success alone. First and foremost, DevOps requires a culture change. In DEVOPSdigest’s list of 17 Ways to Define DevOps, the very first definition is a cultural revolution.
7. What DevOps Can Teach IT About Change Management
If you’re an IT professional struggling with change management (and really, who isn’t these days?) there’s much to be learned from DevOps experts. Even if your shop hasn’t embraced DevOps and has no plans to do so, the practice offers leadership and communication guidance applicable to nearly every facet of IT. That’s our key takeaway from the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco, where we heard speakers from Allstate, Starbucks, and Hearst Business Media, among many others, share their experiences managing change.
8. What Is DevOps? Gene Kim Explains
Linux.com: Why are so many organizations embracing DevOps?
Gene Kim: I think the simplest answer is that the business value of adopting DevOps is even
higher than we thought! From 2013 through 2016, as part of the Puppet “State Of DevOps Report” initiative, along with Jez Humble, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Alanna Brown and Nigel Kersten, we’ve surveyed over 25,000 technology professionals with the goal of better understanding the health and habits of organizations at all stages of DevOps adoption.
9. DevOps Is a Battlefield at the IT Shop
If implementing DevOps practices is difficult, then maintaining them may be even tougher. Michael Nygard knows this — which is why he’s turned to the language of warfare to describe the ongoing campaign that is the Agile workflow. In his upcoming talk at this year’s DevOps Enterprise Summit (“Tempo, Maneuverability, and Initiative”), Nygard, VP of Customer Solutions at Cognitect, Inc., will draw several useful parallels between the theater of modern war and the scene inside the contemporary IT shop. He graciously agreed to tell us about them in advance of the conference, which begins next week.
10. DOES San Francisco 2016: Adrian Cockroft On Retaining Talent
Another one of the over 50 video interviews we did at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 is our discussion with Adrian Cockroft. Adrian is was one of the last presenters at DOES this year, but that was a good enough reason to stick around until the end. Adrian’s presentation was on the challenges in retaining talent at high-tech organizations.