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Who Needs Release Orchestration and Why? By Jason J. Lenny IT organizations are relying more and more on using release orchestration tools instead of tracking their software releases using programs like Excel, Google Docs, and PowerPoint. Much of the popularity of release orchestrators can be attributed to their versatility-they're extremely useful to different people doing a variety of work across the delivery pipeline. Today we're going to explore a few of the different technology roles that can benefit the most from release orchestration. Release Managers As the primary users of release orchestrators, Release Managers get a number of benefits. Taking releases out of Excel and putting them in a unified place lessens some of the burdens of providing visibility and status updates, freeing release managers to focus on tracking risks, dependencies, and the overall pl... (more)

DevOps for Mainframes | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

DevOps for Mainframes: Essential Processes for Evolution By Necco Ceresani How can a dinosaur adapt to the modern world? Well, if your ‘dinosaur’ happens to be a mainframe environment, then we suggest you take a good long at DevOps. The next generation of application delivery and agile methodologies are illuminating the challenges and solutions mainframe engineers face on a daily basis. As Continuous Delivery and DevOps evolve, so too should your mainframe and its processes. DevOps and the Mainframe At its core, DevOps is all about automation. As the adoption of DevOps methodol... (more)

Measuring #DevOps Success | @DevOpsSummit #CD #DX #Agile #Serverless

Measuring DevOps Success in Your Software Delivery Pipeline By Jason Lenny When it comes to measuring the success of your DevOps rollout, it can be challenging to identify the right metrics that will provide intelligence while avoiding the trap of vanity metrics that indicate action—but not necessarily progress—towards the outcome you’re looking for. In my experience, the most valuable metric of all is the lead time between when you make a commit in source control and when that change makes it to your consumers. Some very mature organizations have even been able to link this metr... (more)

Software Design with #Microservices | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #DX

Microservices and the Revival of Software Design By JP Morgenthal Back in February of 2017, Andrew Clay Schafer of Pivotal tweeted the following: “seriously tho, the whole software industry is stuck on deployment when we desperately need architecture and telemetry.” Intrigue in a 140 characters. For me, I hear Andrew saying, “we’re jumping to step 5 before we’ve successfully completed steps 1-4.” I have to agree with Mr. Shafer that it does seem like the IT industry has a fascination with the part of the process that releases new capabilities into production. I personally hear ... (more)

Ten Tips for Integrating Security into DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #InfoSec

Ten Tips for Integrating Security into DevOps By Gene Kim Imagine a world where product owners, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Infosec work together, not only to help each other, but also to ensure that the overall organization succeeds. By working toward a common goal, they enable the fast flow of planned work into production (e.g., performing tens, hundreds, or even thousands of code deploys per day), while achieving world-class stability, reliability, availability, and security. In this world, Infosec is always working on ways to reduce friction for the team, creating th... (more)