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In my previous blog post, “ What DevOps and triathlons have in common: Connecting the dots ,” I explained why it makes sense to consider cloud technology when implementing the DevOps concept of a continuous delivery pipeline .
The question now remains: What kind of cloud do I need for this?
In IBM we have several flavors of cloud solutions that we offer to our customers. IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ , IBM SoftLayer , IBM BlueMix ,... [More]
Here's a thought exercise for anybody who writes computer code. Imagine that you're working on a two-month task, just like the work that you do all the time. But there's a catch: your boss needs to know how many lines of code you are going to add, change or delete. Your goal is to be correct within 10 percent of the final number of changed lines.
Sounds tough, right? Well, I have to do that before each release of the documentation for a software product. Months before my documentation team's work is... [More]
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
A lot of software delivery projects fail . Just-in-time strategies to development, testing, integration and operations can lead to schedule overruns and architectural... [More]
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]
IBM Pulse 2014 has been full of exciting announcements - including several announcements around Rational offerings and DevOps solutions supporting the IBM Cloud initiative, plus exciting new capabilities for Mobile development.
IBM DevOps Services ( JazzHub ) optimized for Codename: BlueMix (open beta) . New capabilities in JazzHub capitalizing on the learning from more than 5,500 projects to provide an end-to-end DevOps solution in the cloud with an open, integrated rapid development experience that scales.... [More]
The Cloud Enabling Technologies and DevOps kickoff at IBM Pulse focused on DevOps and PaaS in the enterprise, and how DevOps drives agility and innovation. Moe Abdula, VP SmartCloud Foundation, began the session with a look into how Cloud is changing the way work gets done . He touched on how moving towards agile, optimized composable business requires a transformation, and how that transformation allows developers to break free of traditional constraints and develop more quickly and innovatively . Shigeyoshi Shimotsuji, told how Toshiba is... [More]
JazzHub , IBM's web application that enables users to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud, is constantly evolving. In addition to JazzHub recently receiving a snazzy makeover, JazzHub has been enhanced to support automatically deploying code to the cloud as well as creating Git repositories hosted at JazzHub. Lauren Schaefer, a web developer for JazzHub, will be leading a session on March 11 to walk you through JazzHub's latest and greatest features.
Two years ago, I started to work on DevOps solutions. First I had to learn many relevant new concepts and technologies, like infrastructure as code , continuous delivery pipeline , infrastructure as a service , platform as a service , software-defined environment and so on. As I started to practice these new things in my daily work, and share and discuss new thoughts with my teams and customers, unexpectedly the most interesting thing happened: those DevOps principles started to provide some practical and effective guidance to my real life. In... [More]
Over the last few months I've noticed a lot of people talking about Linux Containers (LXC) and how amazing they are. I have read that if I don't start using LXC for my deployments then I'm missing out on the new revolution or somehow I'm just not as cool as those other guys. I've seen some flashy marketing during my years in the software engineering field, but I believe this new technology might be worth investigating. I'm going to do my best to sum up the LXC revolution in this post. I'm still learning and exploring... [More]
The service virtualization space has come of age in Forrester’s new report, “The Forrester Wave™: Service Virtualization And Testing Solutions, Q1, 2014.” Forrester’s first report on this emerging technology highlights many of the key messages that IBM has been evangelizing since our acquisition of Green Hat two years ago. It also underscores that IBM is a leader in this market with a huge amount of momentum on our side.
IBM has made... [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
In many... [More]
In today’s challenging economy, businesses are under increased pressure to reduce overall costs while mitigating and controlling risks. The reality is that many businesses struggle to successfully deliver quality software on time and on budget that meets their market needs. Why is it so difficult to deliver a product that aligns to the business goals?
Organizations face a combination of technology challenges due to their complex IT environments. These environments serve multiple business functions, consist of large... [More]
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]
Market shifts are fundamentally changing the way businesses are approaching software delivery. In a recent study from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), more than 400 business executives identified the top software trends that will impact the competitiveness of their enterprises in the next five years, including cloud, mobile, big data and social/collaboration. Of the companies surveyed who are able to leverage software development and delivery for competitive advantage, almost 70 percent outperform their peers on profitability.... [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]
If you’re heading to IBM Pulse or looking for an excuse to be in the neighbourhood you should sign up for dev@Pulse ! This is a free 2 day event being held at the Hakkasan Nightclub in MGM Grand. Registering gets you access to a free party on Monday evening and Pulse Palooza on Tuesday night.
There are no peds at dev@Pulse, just open tables and short labs to learn about our technology. I’m running a lab that will show how you can code and host a Node.js app completely in a Cloud based... [More]
In my last blog post I defined what we want to achieve in our DevOps improvement initiative. Once that is done, we need to know where we are today. Sometimes it is difficult for my clients to assess on their own where everything is going well or otherwise. Most tend to know the biggest pains but not necessarily the why. This blog post outlines some guidelines for you to use when assessing your maturity to know where you should begin.
Where am I today?
In my recent paper on “... [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]
Have you heard about the new IBM Pulse event – dev@Pulse ? It's a 2-day exclusive event for developers, taking place in Las Vegas from February 24-25. It features the latest content in app design and delivery - spanning the topics of gaming, mobility, artificial intelligence, open technologies and more.
I won’t wait any longer to tell you the best part. It’s free! Really, all the dev@Pulse happenings will cost you nothing. Not only is it free of charge, but also free of PowerPoint pitches, and product pitches -- the... [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]