Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps

Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps

The more I encounter organizations adopting a DevOps approach, the more I believe that everyone needs DevOps. I increasingly see how it addresses fundamental problems that nearly every IT organization faces. If you ask senior executives if their organizations are doing DevOps, you often get a blank stare. However, ask them if they are doing anything to foster better collaboration and communication between Development and Operations and you will find that there is not a single organization that is not doing something in this effort. I am also coming to understand that DevOps is at a crossroads and you can see the signs of it in the way companies are using DevOps. Like ITIL before it, instead of sticking to a “pure” DevOps methodology, many companies are adapting DevOps and forcing it to flex. DevOps is such a good idea, yet it is so utterly foreign for so many (especially…

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‘Enterprise Grade’ Lessons from #Snapchat Governance Failure

‘Enterprise Grade’ Lessons from #Snapchat Governance Failure

From smartphones to tablets, game consoles to smart TVs, consumers are becoming more informed about information technologies, and are driving businesses to deliver increasingly sophisticated social, mobile, and cloud applications. This ‘consumerization of IT’ also means business users – who are all technology consumers – are choosing their own solutions for work, adopting consumer-oriented services like Gmail, iCloud, Dropbox, or Evernote. And cloud services like DigitalOcean. And social sharing apps like Snapchat.

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Consumer-Driven Development Creates a Governance Black Hole

Consumer-Driven Development Creates a Governance Black Hole

Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is rapidly giving way to Consumer-driven IT (CDIT), as tech-savvy consumers drive businesses to deliver increasingly innovative and satisfying technology experiences. As a result, consumer-driven development is focused heavily on delivering convenience, ease of use, mobility, low cost, rapid updates, and cool interfaces. This disruptive approach is enabling exciting innovations, from mobile apps for securely sharing personal photos with friends, to cloud services that let developers rapidly build and deploy environments. However, it also causes these same businesses to neglect some essential back-end requirements – like governance, security, and compliance.

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Harness APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ | Cloud Computing Journal

Harness APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ | Cloud Computing Journal

I was recently privileged to be invited to speak at the excellent Cloud Expo 2013 Silicon Valley, to reprise my presentation in New York at the 2013 Cloud Expo East, and to speak on a panel session with some amazing cloud experts. You can read more about the many happenings at the event in my recent post, ‘Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!’. I was subsequently invited to submit a paper on my presentation topic, ‘Harnessing APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’ to Cloud Computing Journal: IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues to be a key stakeholder in delivering business service innovation. However, it also means that IT must deliver new…

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The Emergence and Benefits of DevOps

The Emergence and Benefits of DevOps

Is your organization dealing with a “digital disconnect”? In this new video, filmed with Bloomberg Media, I discuss the DevOps business model, its features, and the benefits your organization can expect to experience with the adoption of this unifying model. For more perspectives on IT trends, visit the CA Technologies DevOps Tech Insights page http://www.ca.com/us/insights/techinsights/devops.aspx

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TechViews Unplugged – December 2013

TechViews Unplugged – December 2013

In this episode of TechViews Unplugged, George Watt of CA Technologies and I discuss mobile security, cloud providers, green IT, green cloud, and more! For more information, go to http://www.CA.com/Insights      

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IBM mainframe cloud innovation. Worst oxymoron evar? Or …

IBM mainframe cloud innovation. Worst oxymoron evar? Or …

There was much shared mirth on Twitter recently over a blog post by Quentin Hardy (@qhardy), the Deputy Tech Editor and The New York Times. The short post was titled IBM’s Big Plans for Cloud Computing, and it is worth a read, if nothing else than for a little context of what IBM is thinking about cloud. Featuring Lance Crosby (@lavosby), CEO and Founder of SoftLayer (recently acquired by IBM), it did indeed have some choice hyperbole. For example, this gem:

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The ‘Myth’ of the Mainframe Cloud

The ‘Myth’ of the Mainframe Cloud

Recently I read an interesting piece by Quentin Hardy (@qhardy), the Deputy Tech Editor and The New York Times on IBM’s Big Plans for Cloud Computing. Featuring Lance Crosby (@lavosby), CEO and Founder of SoftLayer (recently acquired by IBM), it raised the always-expected but never-delivered notion of an IBM mainframe cloud.

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TechViews Unplugged – November 2013

TechViews Unplugged – November 2013

In this episode of TechViews Unplugged, George Watt of CA Technologies and I discuss Tiny Computers, Smart Refrigerators, 3D-sensing cameras, and more. For more information, go to http://www.CA.com/Insights

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DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

Today over at the Gartner.com blogs, leading analyst and all-around top bloke Gunnar Berger penned a great post on the announcement last week by Amazon (at re:Invent) of their Amazon Workspaces offering. Put perhaps too simply, this new solution uses the famous Amazon Web Services (AWS) backend to provide a so-called ‘Desktop As a Service’ (DaaS) solution, allowing end users to connect on-demand to their own desktop in the cloud, hosted on Amazon’s servers. The post – ‘The DaaS floodgates are open thanks to Amazon WorkSpaces‘ – is well worth reading, and one of the best balanced views I have seen so far. I am so happy to see an even analysis that attempts to get to the roots of this offering with real world insight. Seeing so many boosters posting uncritical reviews from re:Invent was driving me crazy, so it is great to see a more balanced view of…

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Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!

Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!

This past week I attended the 13th International Cloud Expo West out in Santa Clara. Once again it was a fantastic event. I had meetings with some really interesting start-ups in cloud, attended several excellent sessions, met with some great friends from years past, and made some new friends too. Apart from all that, I was there to present too. My session was on “Harnessing APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud Of Clouds’”. You can read the abstract here, or you can download a PDF of the whole deck here. I guess it was perhaps an overly SEO-heavy title, but in all seriousness, the intersection of rapid innovation, cloud computing, API economy, and devops – the core of this presentation – is a critical space that I am very excited about. In this preso, I explained the modern consumer-driven world of IT, where customers and staff expect everything…

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Video Roundup – Gartner Symposium and ITxpo 2013

Video Roundup – Gartner Symposium and ITxpo 2013

I was recently at Gartner Symposium and ITxpo 2013 in Orlando Florida. Another great Symposium, with some excellent speakers, centering on the topic of “digitalization” – fascinating stuff! While I was there, I presented with the great Ken Piddington (@kenpiddington), CIO of Global Partners LP, on “Taking Charge of the Digital Revolution”. Great turn-out, and Ken was such a brilliant co-presenter. We talked about cloud, devops, mobile, social, and the gos station of the future, as a way to illustrate the incredible innovation that is coming fast, in the form of this digital revolution. You can catch the whole presentation in the on-demand video (as long as it is still there when you read this). I also recorded a quick impromptu roundup of what I thought was cool and interesting. Check it out at the CA Technologies YouTube channel, or embedded below:

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TechViews Unplugged – October 2013

TechViews Unplugged – October 2013

In this episode of TechViews Unplugged, George Watt of CA Technologies and I discuss the latest research on DevOps, Samsung’s OLED displays, and how the Fitbit fitness tracker provides unexpected healthcare insights.

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