It was a packed room today for UrbanCode's DevOps Initiative session where Eric Minick and team provided some brilliant insights especially around streamlined delivery by way of automating deployments.
With so many sessions just under the DevOps and associated tracks, it was an impossibility to attend them all... or even half of them! What I'm really looking forward to is being able to grab the slides from the InnovateSmartSite (found under the "Find Sessions" or "My Agenda" if you added it to your schedule and then clicking on the session details for the icons allowing you to get the slides or even email them to yourself!)
Bruce Douglass' session on Agile Systems Engineering today went far to support the DevOps ideas as well, along with all the other fabulous sessions delivered by clients, business partners, and IBMers alike.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bruce, another of our Blue Galaxy stars, yesterday during a conversation with a group of Lake Brantley high school students participating in a software development program. Unknowingly, Bruce gave me that solid connection and reason for why DevOps is so important. I made the connection at some point while he was talking about the connection between nuclear power plants, MRI devices, and other highly critical systems which can't fail: in this world of high stakes systems engineering DevOps helps to make sure everyone is talking and thinking about the whole of the project to ensure systems like these aren't run with code that is just "good enough". "It works for me" doesn't fly in these environments where disaster or tragic failures would result from a small issue. And this is where I realized that DevOps can take this same kind of systems engineering principles for highly regulated and safety critical industries, and impart the same kind of view to all businesses, businesses who will see success from connecting the pieces, start to finish, and from that holistic view be able to identify and correct risk quickly and in a more agile fashion.
And, because I can't write a blog post without providing more resources... here's a great set of references to complement the cloud knowledge you gained from the IBM Innovate 2013 conference: Innovate 2013: Supplement insights into DevOps and cloud