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The DevOps and continuous delivery in the cloud with JazzHub session at IBM Pulse focused on lessons learned while implementing solutions in the cloud and the importance of taking a DevOps approach. Ben Chodroff, CloudOne CTO, and Hari Vetsa, Rational Architect, spoke to the team’s migration from IBM SmartCloud Enterprise to SoftLayer. A major reason the team chose to move to SoftLayer is that the more malleable nature of SoftLayer proved a better fit for what they were after. Ben Chodroff advised that when moving to cloud, “make... [More]
Not long ago, I was explaining DevOps to a customer, and after patiently listening to me for 15 minutes he looked at me and said, “The changes entailed by DevOps are far too disruptive for an organization as large as ours. The disruption to our current processes would put our business at risk.” In this blog post I will explore whether implementing DevOps is necessarily disruptive to businesses or if it can be introduced without putting a business at risk.
A commonly encountered situation
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So you’re going to IBM Pulse 2014 in Las Vegas. Three days of learning and education on some of the best products Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure (C&SI, previously Tivoli) has to offer. Hey, it's Vegas and I'm sure you have plans to see other things besides the inside of MGM's conference center. So let me encourage you to "come on down" to the Hands-On Labs room on the third floor of the Conference Center. Here you will find almost every product C&SI has to offer available as Virtual Machine... [More]
Due to a reorganization, in 2012 my team merged with our location's IT department and a central build and test team for one of the product areas to form a single organization called DevOps Infrastructure (DOI). At that time I had little understanding of the term DevOps, although I nfrastructure did make sense since that is what IT is about. Today it is clear that what I do is more than just IT, and what our stakeholders want is also more than just IT.
In this series of posts I'll discuss various elements... [More]
With all the hype and promotion DevOps is getting in the marketplace, one may ask the question: Is it necessary to implement the entire DevOps solution stack to see the benefits? As a manager within IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) who is responsible for the implementation of continuous delivery for thousands of developers, I would answer the question with a resounding no .
If an organization attempts to implement the entire DevOps solution stack, not only could there be a lack of overall vision and... [More]
In my previous blog post I introduced a customer project where we gained some real life experience in implementing a DevOps continuous delivery pipeline primarily based on IBM UrbanCode Deploy and IBM SoftLayer cloud technology. I described the fundamental requirements and the overall architecture that we were following throughout this engagement.
I will continue by giving you some insight into the specific use cases that we implemented during this project. Just as a refresher, the application architecture... [More]
I was recently asked the question, “Does DevOps require an agile model of software development?” My first reaction was, yes, absolutely. Why would you put racing tires on a pinto? But on further reflection, I don’t think that is the case. In fact, I think the vision of DevOps spans well beyond the uber agile models of development popularized by startups .
DevOps is simply the vision that business value is maximized when software developers and systems operations cooperate to achieve reliable, repeatable and incremental... [More]
A lot of our clients have recognized that IBM’s approach to DevOps makes them faster, more agile, and lean. This approach is enabling them to respond rapidly to customer feedback and bring software-driven innovation to their marketplace faster. They are now recognizing that they can leverage the continuous delivery capabilities of our DevOps solution not only in distributed platform environments, but in mainframe and midrange environments as well.
Steve Farley, vice president of the application development center for Nationwide has... [More]
Great mobile applications drive strong customer engagement with your enterprise. It is apparent that extending enterprise reach to customers and to employees on the move impacts every developer, not just a small team of experts delivering a mobile UI. Systems of engagement transform the enterprise from a series of transactions to an intimate conversation. This intimacy requires more than just a good looking application, it requires a deep integration with existing systems within the enterprise, which demands the skills of expert enterprise... [More]
Companies who develop products traditionally composed of both mechanical and electrical elements are now finding that to provide the innovative features our population's appetite for technology is demanding, they increasingly need to deliver software-based products. But as embedded software becomes increasingly complex, the challenges in successful product design and development rise.
Products we rely on everyday, such as automobiles, electronics, and medical devices, can have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of... [More]
I'm happy to tell you that Blue Mercury Consulting was named our "best of show" winner at Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit here in Buena Vista, Florida. Blue Mercury (bluemercuryconsulting.com) is one of IBM Rational's partners with their finger on the pulse of application lifecycle management (ALM) technology, specializing in the Rational Jazz platform.
I caught up with them at their booth on the last night of the Innovate Expo, and asked them about their goals, their clients, and their experience at this... [More]
DevOps as a term has been evolving over the last few years. If you want some interesting perspective, see what your favorite search engine returns for the term. At it's most basic, DevOps is the process of bringing Development and Operations together to share processes and procedures. The goal is to reduce the risk of change and improve the speed of deployment. This requires true collaboration across the groups responsible from the business analyst, through Development, Test, Quality Assurance, and Operations. ... [More]
Over the last decade, software developers have made a number of significant transitions in software development. Many developers have shifted platforms, from client/server to windows to mobile and then on to cloud platforms and they have shifted methodologies from waterfall to agile. At the same time, we have shifted from "build it yourself" to "assemble from parts" as open source technologies have proliferated.
We don't know how fast software development productivity has been rising, in part because we can't really... [More]
Webinar: An Integrated Testing Strategy for Your 5-Star Mobile Apps
The complexity of mobile application testing can be overwhelming, and the cost associated with conventional test environments can be high. How do you manage these factors without compromising quality or contributing to your overhead?
What if you could use real devices while leveraging your existing test environment and testing methods—including manual testing, automated testing, and continuous monitoring? A new webinar by two leading industry experts from IBM and... [More]
The world of mobile development is moving faster than most of us can keep track. IBM recently announced our mobile enterprise solution, MobileFirst. We sat down with a few of our mobile leaders to ask some common development questions. Have more questions to ask? Post them in the comments and our leaders will answer!
Meet the leaders
Charles Rankin is a Senior Software Engineer who has worked for IBM in Austin, Texas for the past 19 years. He has worked in a variety of roles including test, development, architecture, and... [More]
I recently overheard a couple of conversations at a conference where people were asserting that application lifecycle management tooling is unnecessary overhead for small teams. Now, it’s absolutely true that every agile team is different and agile teams are responsible for working together to determine how they can continuously improve. However, I can say the following based on 18 years of working with large-scale distributed teams and teams as small as just two members: Collaboration and application lifecycle management tools are typically... [More]
With the announcement of RELM in September, the growing importance of systems engineering has been a topic of discussion. We sat down with four of our Rational systems experts to answer some common questions about design, agile, modeling and architecture.
Meet the leaders
Dr. Keith Collyer is an expert in Requirements and Systems Engineering. He trained as an electronic engineer, later moving into software development. His interest in the “people” aspects led him into project management, quality assurance and processes, never losing... [More]
Improving anything from 4 hours to 10 minutes sounds impossible, but that is exactly what Avea, a mobile communications company in Turkey has done. To succeed in the telecommunications market you have to be fast, and the quality has to be, well perfect. Customer churn and increased competition has been such a heavy burden in the telecommunications market and companies are looking at new innovative services to deploy through analyzing customer data and building new ecosystems through exciting new partnerships. However without increasing ones own... [More]
We sat down with Alan Brown, IBM Rational CTO for Europe, and asked him about the experiences with customers that drove him to write his new book, “Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain”, on the CIO summer reading list .
Agile practices are really a key part of the way most organizations are trying to change these days. Agility means more flexibility and provides freedom, but that that kind of flexibility must come with discipline and rigor to give an organization the chance to... [More]
In what ways is medical device development similar to other product development?
If you are in a product development role, you will be very aware of the sorts of challenges you face, including:
Need to sell into global markets
Need to shorten development time and time to market
The Rational Solution for Systems and Software Engineering has been produced to help companies to meet these challenges. In this post, I am going to briefly discuss the solution for medical device development that is being... [More]