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State Of DevOps: Big Gains Elusive

Can the trendy tech strategy of DevOps really bring together developers and IT operations to deliver better apps faster? Our survey shows a mixed bag of results.
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Charlie Babcock
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1/6/2014 | 6:34:07 PM
The DevOps conundrum
Excellent discussion of the DevOps conundrum by Michael Davis. I agree with almost everything he said but would add the cultural change won't occur without first ruthlessly simplifying and rationalizing the enteprise infrastructure. Legacy applications are a mix of Unix, Windows, Linux and some proprietary operatings systems. Get that mix down to Linux and Windows, limit the tools and technologies that can be introduced and then you may have a shot of getting to effective DevOps. In a word, simplify the present and future architecture. Another way of saving this, move your infrastructure in the direction of sophisticated virtualization and then private cloud. This brings the enterprise closer to the environment that Facebook and Twitter employ. Even after the architects tell you how to do it, it's still hard to get there.
scriptrock
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1/6/2014 | 3:36:43 PM
Hit The Nail on the Head
Michael has taken the view up one level again and focused in on the first part of the chain ....architecture - These guys are often the missing part of the conversation and given they can determine an enterprise technology standard/strategy it's great to see it being called out so clearly.  Really enjoyed this write up and will be recommending it to others.  Thanks Michael!

Check out our blog write up on this article here:  https://www.scriptrock.com/blog/state-devops-informationweek-nails/ 
TerryB
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1/6/2014 | 2:10:04 PM
Re: Culture change required
This is an area where web and mobile store applications have changed IT. These topics used to only be the problem of major software firms who wrote o/s and ERP applications. Today you can basically consider Facebook an o/s but with the added pressure of maintaining sex appeal to consumers so they don't jump ship to the next cool thing. (Snapchat anyone?) That means frequent updates with some substance. In the old o/s and ERP days, it took a major event to jump those ships and you didn't have your customers demanding these frequent changes.

DevOps better work or people like Facebook will quickly run themselves out of business, not something SAP ever had to worry about. And still don't.

That said, it is no magic bullet that solves the politics and CYA of these big companies and their job specialization. Just makes me appreciate my career of developing inhouse applications for a known audience size and being responsible for the entire software life cycle. Makes communication so much easier. :-)
Laurianne
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1/6/2014 | 1:53:22 PM
Need for speed
The speed issue is so important. No one should be surprised DevOps is key to a company like Netflix, which is also pushing so many cloud strategy innovations. The chart here on speed of deployment tells an interesting story. Does it match with what you have found, readers?
ChrisMurphy
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1/6/2014 | 12:42:19 PM
Culture change required
DevOps is a trendy idea, because it promises to address the dueling demands for greater speed AND reliability of IT systems. Are IT shops ready for the cultural change it takes, though? I wonder if some shops will go the route of trying to make DevOps a job, saying these people are in charge of making DevOps reality in the environment we have.
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