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A roadmap for DevOps: 4 steps to greater agility

michael-garrett2.jpgThere are some situations where there are advantages to being small and new. When it comes to enterprise IT, DevOps is one. In HP Software Professional Services, we work with a number of customers who are looking to implement DevOps in their organisations. We see many smaller customers already adopting DevOps, especially if they’re in technology. But for our large enterprise customers whose systems have been built in a traditional way and who have traditional operational systems in place, it’s much more of a challenge. The bigger the scale of the IT the more difficult it gets.


Based on our experience helping these customers become more agile, we can help even the largest, most entrenched IT organisation adapt. Here's how.

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The Three Ways: The principles underpinning DevOps

Exec-Kim.pngBy Gene Kim

Researcher, DevOps guru and former CTO Gene Kim recently co-authored The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. The novel, written with Kevin Behr and George Spafford, demonstrates just how bad enterprise IT can get—and how the right approach can save the entire business. The following guest post recently appeared in Kim’s IT Revolution newsletter.

(Discover Performance readers can download an extended 170-page excerpt of the book here.)


In The Phoenix Project, our protagonist, Bill Palmer, the acting VP of IT Operations has ninety days to figure out how to get the most critical projects deployed, increase their uptime, and get the auditors off their back!

Through the course of the book, Bill learns about “The Three Ways,” which are the principles that all DevOps patterns can be derived from.  By putting The Three Ways into practice, Bill figures out how to replicate his own “good to great” transformation.

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Why Gartner thinks DevOps might be the answer to IT complexity

This just came in from the Discover Performance newsletter, and we wanted to share it with blog readers Gartner has some interesting data on DevOps and how it can help solve the problem of IT complexity.

DevOps gurus track the value—and ROI—of DevOps

Paul Muller-Gene Kim.jpgBy Brian McDonough, Discover Performance managing editor


HP Software Chief Evangelist Paul Muller just posted a podcast on his Cross the Streams blog—a conversation he recorded at Discover Las Vegas with DevOps luminaries Gene Kim and Patrick Debois. Kim and Debois are on the team writing The DevOps Cookbook, out later this year, and they shared their thoughts on the movement, what it really offers to business leaders, and how you get your ROI.


Paul’s got the audio, but only we would sit down and type you up a full transcript.  So pop over to Cross the Streams to launch the sound, then come back here to follow along.  After that, check out our Q&A with Gene Kim, and the rest of our new DevOps issue.

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What does a CIO need to know about DevOps?

I recently sat down with two of the DevOps movement's most visible and respected authors of DevOps and Lean principals to share our experiences and thoughts on what CIOs looking to cut through the hype need to know about DevOpsYou can check out my interview with Gene Kim and Patrick Debois at my Crossing The Streams blog.


Tags: Agile| devops| kanban| lean
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Collaborative thinking: 3 steps to DevOps

devops.jpgBy Miron Mizrahi and Herman Willemen


Do you know an IT organization where everyone’s showing “green” yet the results tell a different story? When an individual team within a company focuses only on optimizing its own area, team members are often oblivious to what’s needed for the company as a whole to be successful. Each team member doing a terrific job in his or her own cubicle doesn’t cut it when that work has to be handled - or mishandled - by someone else before it moves on to its ultimate use.


But with a collaborative thinking approach both development and Ops teams organizationally focus on common goals, and the DevOps principle of “optimize the whole” spreads through the organization, making continuous improvement possible. Here are three steps to achieving this.

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Understanding DevOps vs NoOps

You can't hide from the DevOps conversations going around in the IT world today.  DevOps represents a fundamental shift in how applications are being delivered to the new 'web' via cloud, mobile and other channels. For the CIO, this shift means that their development teams not only write the code but deliver and maintain it in production as well - potentially revolutionizing go-to-market speed and agility for the organization. Lately, however, there has been a bit of a ruckus over the NoOps concept. 
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12 IT Trends for 2012: #3 The IT walls come tumbling down (Agile, continuous delivery and Devops)

The fall of the Berlin Wall - November 1989.jpgAs part of the ongoing "top 12 for '12" series on IT management disruptions to watch for in 2012. The third and final of my “social IT” trends, is the need to rethink the IT delivery process by re-imagining the roles of development, QA and operations into something founder Patrick Debois coined DevOps.

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