Published/updated: February 2016
By Dale Vile
Iíve been coming across more DevOps naysayers and sceptics recently. Whether online or face-to-face, I keep hearing people saying that DevOps is just the latest example of marketing BS or management consulting puff. Some seem to be putting DevOps into the same category as cloud, big data, and those other ambiguous terms that have no precise meaning, so can be spun however you want to help you sell stuff.
The reality (and irony) is that DevOps started out quite a few years ago as a grass roots movement driven by practitioners working at the sharp-end of IT delivery. Itís about as far from a marketing invention as you could possibly get. Furthermore, while there is a strong cultural aspect to it (which can admittedly create the impression of wooliness), there are also a lot of hard core process and tooling elements involved. If you arenít familiar with that side of things, take a look at our research report entitled Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw. Page 8 in particular lays out some of the specific enablers and how they fit together. Our paper, Orchestrating the DevOps Tool Chain, then goes into a lot more detail if you want to take it further.
In the meantime, donít let the marketing bandwagon that is clearly starting to roll colour your views in this area. We are seeing the usual Ďme tooí claims, many of which donít stand up to even a cursory cross examination, but thereís also a lot of hard core technology and best practice to really sink your teeth into. And if anyone tells you DevOps doesnít scale, just donít believe them. In our research we have spoken with organisations applying DevOps and Continuous Delivery across pipelines of tens, even hundreds of application streams. The bottom is line is that DevOps is very real, and will ultimately become the norm for IT delivery.
Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw
Do you have all the right pieces in place?
Orchestrating the DevOps Tool Chain
Continuous delivery for the Enterprise
Strategic DevOps Adoption
Where are you on your continuous delivery journey?
Build a DevOps culture
Webcast with Dale Vile
By Dale Vile
By Bryan Betts and Dale Vile
Yesterdays software delivery processes are not up to dealing with todayís demands, but modernising you approach is not just about implementing Agile, even creating a DevOps culture. You need to focus on some specific, hard-core principles. ...more
By Dale Vile & Jack Vile
Cloud services are increasingly becoming part of the IT delivery mix, but a recent study of 378 senior IT professionals suggests a parallel commitment to ongoing investment in the datacentre. This in turn shines a light on the key role of modern application platforms. ...more
By Tony Lock & Dale Vile
Despite the advent to cloud computing the datacentre remains central to corporate IT. But with demands continuing to escalate, how do you ensure your infrastructure is powered robustly and efficiently? ...more
By Bryan Betts
Many are exploiting cloud computing to drive business advantage, while others are enjoying the flexibility and efficiency of DevOps. But what happens if you use both together in a coordinated manner? The answer is a significant amplification of the benefits of each. ...more
By Dale Vile
Securing the applications and services that underpin your online and mobile presence is one thing, but keeping them secure secure on an ongoing basis is another. How well do your business execs understand this? ...more