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Is DevOps a Fad? By Neil Meyer Technology has a well-deserved reputation for creating and then promoting digital trends, some of which are aligned to real change, while many are more hype than reality. A few examples of real trends that have shaped technology delivery over the past few years include the rise of Agile and Cloud. Both deliver benefits across a broad set of industries and companies. In a meeting I recently had with a senior director at one of the “Big 4” consultancies, he mused that DevOps seems to be more of a rebranding or fad than a real change. After all, he argued, good companies had been adopting automation, built in regression testing and regular deployments for years. This reminded me of the discussion I had where someone said that SaaS was just a rebranding of “Application Service Provision” (ASP) from the early 2000’s. Sure ASP has some simil... (more)

Release Orchestration | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #ContinuousDelivery

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... (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)

Automation Is not DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #CD #Agile #DevOps

Automation Is not DevOps By Chris Dodds A few years ago, if you would have asked me to define DevOps, my answer would have sounded something like "Mumble mumble automation, mumble, automation, mumble mumble, infrastructure-as-code, mumble mumble, strategery." Thinking that DevOps equated to automation had mostly to do with the fact that most of the DevOps people I talked to and articles I read really only spoke about automation with only indirect references to anything else. Implementing automation is definitely a part of what it means to be practicing DevOps, but it's maybe 5-10... (more)

Choosing a #Serverless Architecture | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #AI #Docker

What to Look for When Choosing a Serverless Architecture By Sunil Mavadia Information Technology has advanced in different areas at different speeds. This has always been true, as people found workable solutions to the problems that faced them today, most often before there was a market for those solutions. While things like virtualization and eventually cloud computing grew slowly, programming languages sat at the same point for around a decade before the current round of new languages and approaches—Python, Ruby, Node, Swift—came about. These things seem unrelated, but there is ... (more)