Agile development meets IT operations -- in the cloud

 

Many posts here on Grounded in the Cloud point out the new mindset necessary within an organization when cloud computing becomes part of the overall IT strategy and vision.  As my colleague Christian Verstraete has discussed, the CIO needs to move from an IT service provider to an IT service broker.  But a new way of thinking is also necessary for how applications are developed, deployed monitored and managed within the cloud model. 

 

An important element of this mind shift is collaboration.  Greater teamwork between applications developers and IT operations bring greater benefits when deploying public, private or hybrid IT delivery models. The benefits include:

  • Applications roll out faster
  • IT is more efficient in monitoring these applications
  • IT is faster in resolving application issues

 

Working with customers, we have found the following best practices to employ for collaborative IT and cloud computing:

 

  1. Get a champion at the executive level
  2. Create accountability for cross-team collaboration
  3. Communicate the benefits of collaboration to all team members
  4. Institute a consistent, repeatable methodology
  5. Choose toolsets that contribute to cross-functional teamwork

 

For more in-depth discussion of these concepts, I encourage you to download the new white paper,  (HP Passport registration required) Agile development meets IT operations --in the cloud, written by my colleagues Amy Feldman and Genefa Murphy. 

Comments
Alex Saca | ‎12-11-2011 08:22 PM

The points you have mention here are excellent and giving benefits to the organization on execution of it.

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