DevOps at Impact 2012
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I and many of my fellow cloud and DevOps colleagues attended and presented DevOps specific sessions at the recent IBM Impact 2012 conference in sunny Las Vegas. The conference had over 8,500 participants flooding the Venetian. The key technology trends discussed at the conference were:
One of the biggest announcements at the conference was the announcement of the new IBM PureSystems which include IBM PureFlex and PureApplication. These are IBM's new workload optimized cloud environments providing dramatic effeciencies for customers who are looking to adopt a private cloud platform.
As we saw last year, Mobile continued to be a hot topic as many more customers seemed to be exploring ways to build native and hybrid cloud applications. IBM'
What we learned while at the Impact conference is that as more customers move to adopt Cloud (and Agile development practices) there is a greater desire for enterprises to learn more about DevOps and how aspects such as Continuous Delivery can improve their ability to delivery faster business results with higher quality. We also heard many customers that are interested in adopting Mobile have found that Mobile development requires faster delivery times. Plus Mobile deployments are generally more complex than a traditional web application. For these reasons alone customers have begun to understand that they must adopt DevOps practices and continuous delivery to have any hope of being able to rapidly deliver changes for mobile applications. For example I conducted a lightning talk at the Developers Mini Main Tent: "The New Development Reality" where I spoke about the DevOps practice of capturing Infrastructure as Code and managing and building the code using Agile practices and tools. You can read more about the Developers Mini Main Tent at the IBM Impact blog.
As more customers begin to realize that they have to adopt DevOps methodologies and tools we see them quickly hone in on the fact that the cultural changes will be necessary and will be difficult. Thus we are being asked "How should our organization change to adopt DevOps?" As everyone knows the greatest challenge when adopting DevOps is dealing with the cultural changes that must be made. Another challenge is how to communicate the value of DevOps to executives which is very important because you need executive buy-in to be able to make the cultural changes. We'll be exploring different cultural change scenarios and best practices in future blog posts.
IBM Innovate 2012 is right around the corner. I hope to see you there because we will be performing some very interesting integrated continuous delivery demonstrations.