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]
Throughout the last few weeks I have been involved in a major customer project where we had to implement the DevOps notion of a continuous delivery pipeline based on IBM SoftLayer. SoftLayer is IBM’s premier infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud solution with 13 data centers located around the world. Throughout my next few blog posts I want to share the extremely positive experiences we made when integrating IBM UrbanCode Deploy and SoftLayer .
Based on ambitious business targets within a highly competitive and dynamic... [More]
In my interactions with many organizations, I have observed an unclear understanding of continuous software delivery . Most of the organizations think that continuous software delivery and project and program management are the same. This is not the case! Traditional project and program management concepts are not able to scale with current market demands and business expectations.
Even though there are many similarities between continuous software delivery and project or program management, continuous delivery is on a much broader scale.... [More]
In my previous post I gave my definition of the term development operations , or DevOps , and how this related to the transformation underway in my organization. We knew that to create a closer partnership with our stakeholders we would need to work more like them and also understand all the work that we had committed to provide them. In essence we were saying that we needed to be more agile and understand our backlog .
The need for a department-wide view
In my organization teams have a good... [More]
In my last blog post , I shared the 5 best practices my teams have learned during our own DevOps Journey:
1. Expand agile practices beyond development and test to include client, business stakeholders, and operations to breakdown silos and improve outcomes.
2. Shift Left with continuous testing using automation and virtualization to eliminate long back-end test cycles and increase quality.
3. Build a delivery pipeline leveraging tools-as-a-service that enables developers to commit... [More]
IBM Rational's Enterprise DevOps Transformational Journey
Over the last 10 years as an IBM executive, I have been leading large development organizations in the adoption of lean, agile and DevOps practices. These development organizations have spanned multiple geographies, technologies, cultural backgrounds and skill sets. Through these experiences, I have learned a lot. Mostly that these transformations are hard, take much longer than you want in a large organization, and that it is important to learn from others on similar journeys. In... [More]
There’s a lot of debate in the IT industry about whether a cloud is required when conquering the land of DevOps. Before I dive into this topic, let me start with an analogy to motivate our discussion.
I’m a triathlon junkie in my private life and love the challenge of all kinds of distances, from short tracks up to the Ironman. I started my journey years ago as purely a runner; I only rode a bike on family trips and swimming was a mystery to me. But then a major knee injury stopped me from pure running and was the... [More]
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have been seeing many communications of late regarding DevOps. And the messages you hear from us at IBM emphasize that DevOps covers a lot of ground. It starts with planning, then development and test, then on through release management and deployment, and all the way to production monitoring and optimization. And then all the way back to the beginning again, with a feedback loop that informs the next iterations of planning and development, about what your customers (be they internal or external)... [More]
Darrell Reimer, IBM Research Distinguished Engineer, and Adrian Cho, IBM SaaS and Service Engage Development Director, recently presented on how development has evolved from waterfall practices to DevOps and beyond, to practices that deliver greater agility and less downtime.
The old way of doing things was siloed, serial and slow. It created tricky development problems, long test cycles and difficult deployments.
Eventually, organizations figured out a more efficient way of... [More]
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the developer Pit Stop area of the EXPO hall at IBM Innovate. You may not have had a chance to stop by—but with open speed labs, a race track, drone helicopters, and occulus rift, it’s definitely an area that shouldn’t be missed!
If you want to get your hands dirty and try out some of the new developer tools you’ve been hearing so much about, the Bluemix@SPEED Labs in the Pitstop area is a must-see. You can find us giving demo’s and developing and... [More]
We need developers who think like ops and ops who think like developers .—Gene Kim, Founder and former CTO of Tripwire
This morning at Innovate we heard from Steve Mills, Senior VP and Group Executive, IBM Software and Systems, on how IBM transformed itself into an agile software development company through big cultural shifts and certain key principles, such as reuse. "The best code is the code not written," Mills said. "The best code is used over and over and over again." (And over again.)
Who better to... [More]
GE Capital has a vision: to responsibly move at market speed. The challenge is remaining secure, compliant and managing quality standards while moving quickly enough to stay ahead of the competition. Snehal Antani, CIO of CDF & EA at GE Capital, took to the stage during the DevOps keynote to tell how GE had leveraged DevOps to attain their goals.
He echoed what is already becoming a common DevOps theme at Innovate: It’s about people, the shift required to become lean and agile requires a commitment from... [More]
"Every great innovation runs through a developer's hands." —Kristof Kloeckner, GM of IBM Rational
Have you hugged your developer today? Because if you haven't, you probably should. This morning at Innovate 2014 we learned that there is a new renaissance going on in the developer community, one in which there is no boundary between the programmer and the customer. According to Steve Robinson, GM of Cloud Platform Services at IBM, developers are the new kingmakers. And it's all about speed.
In the... [More]
Most teams and organizations waste 40% or more of their resources. In larger enterprises and in organizations with compliance requirements, the ratio of productive activities to waste is even more pronounced. Waste comes in several forms: unnecessary overhead, unnecessary rework, unnecessary features, and building the wrong thing.
IBM’s DevOps capabilities can provide better business outcomes through two key advances:
1. More effective steering through earlier and continuous... [More]
In the white paper, “ Adopting IBM’s approach to continuous software delivery ,” I discussed an adoption framework for iteratively introducing new capabilities and change by assessing your practices and planning improvements. I concluded by introducing the first steps for planning your DevOps adoption and improvement roadmap. I followed this paper with a four-part blog series that outlined a good four-step process for getting started on your improvements journey ( step 1 , step 2 ,... [More]