Reboot Your Leadership for DevOps Success: Why Culture Trumps Tech in the
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most
organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps
culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to
achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership.
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As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The
hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on
their technical skills, not their leadership ability. Many are unable to
effectively engage and inspire, creating forward momentum in the direction of
desired change. Renowned for its approach to leadership and emphasis on their
people, organizations increasingly look to our military for insight into
Mad About March Madness? Performance Issues off the Court
By Mary Katherine Sullivan, PJ Stevens and Nick Welter
One hour before March Madness is about to begin, the CBS Sports app crashes.
Per Twitter, college basketball fans across the country are freaking out,
trying to get their last minute bracket changes completed before the first
Millions of fans around the world are expected to tune in to America's
most-watched amateur sports tournament, and for many, competing with friends
and coworkers to create a winning bracket is one of the primary appeals of
Not only is the mobile app causing issues, but the CBS Sports website is also
down, giving aspiring bracketologists no way to make any last-second updates.
In this particular circumstance, the performance issues experienced by the
mobile application and the website may have the same root caus... (more)
Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without
both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated
technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections
between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix
Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true
In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing
Manager at Nutanix, will explore the ways that Nutanix technologies empower
teams to react faster than ever before and connect teams in ways that were
either too complex or simply impossible with traditional infrastructures.
Chris Brown is a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix. He has 6 years of IT
experience, with the majority of that time being spent in tec... (more)
Docker Monitoring Doesn't Need to Be So Hard
Everyone wants to use containers, but monitoring containers is hard. New
ephemeral architecture introduces new challenges in how monitoring tools need
to monitor and visualize containers, so your team can make sense of
In his session at @DevOpsSummit, David Gildeh, co-founder and CEO of Outlyer,
will go through the challenges and show there is light at the end of the
tunnel if you use the right tools and understand what you need to be
monitoring to successfully use containers in your environments.
David Gildeh is a serial entrepreneur. He founded and sold his last startup,
SambaStream, to Alfresco in 2011, thus launching their cloud business.
He co-founded and is the CEO of Outlyer, a SaaS infrastructure monitoring
tool, and is the founder of the world's largest DevOps Meetup, DevOps
Exchange Lond... (more)
ChatOps: The New Interface of DevOps
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The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and
tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By
adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship
code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cycles and
quicker feedback from customers and users. Still, with all of these tools and
methods, how can teams stay on top of what is taking place across their
infrastructure and codebase? Hopping between services and command line
interfaces creates context-switching that slows productivity, efficiency, and
may lead to early burnout.
The teams and organizations that are leading the DevOps movement have turned
to their chat client to provide a new interface. We are already in chat all
day, sharing, collaborating, and con... (more)
A Tale of Two Protocols: Why the "C" in CAMS Is Critical to DevOps
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DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation,
Measuring, Sharing. While we've seen a lot of focus on the "A" and even on
the "M", there are very few examples of why the "C" is equally important in
the DevOps equation.
In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, explored
HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative
culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application
services available across F5's entire product suite. Her role includes
authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of
community-based forums and industry standards organizations... (more)
When you have a billion users, people notice. That's where our story about
DevOps and Yahoo! starts. For Kishore Jalleda and Gopal Mor, both engineers
at Yahoo!, when something goes wrong on a Yahoo! page, people will notice.
Correction: a lot of people will notice.
Of course, Yahoo!, like all services on the Internet, constantly improves its
products. In fact, they have 100+ iterations and experiments happening at
any given time. Some changes bring new innovation to the forefront and
others alter the user experience.
When iterations and experiments are served in front of loyal users who have
become comfortable with a specific user experience, they sometimes react with
a natural resistance to the change. When change causes, or appears to
cause, breaks in service, the backlash can be crippling. Frequent spurts of
backlash resulting from these changes became know... (more)
Continuous Intelligence Aids in Keeping Apps up to Date
The next BriefingsDirect applications health monitoring interview explores
how a new breed of continuous intelligence emerges by gaining data from
systems infrastructure logs -- either on-premises or in the cloud -- and then
cross-referencing that with intrinsic business metrics information.
We’ll now explore how these new levels of insight and intelligence into
what really goes on underneath the covers of modern applications help ensure
that apps are built, deployed, and operated properly.
Today, more than ever, how a company's applications perform equates with how
the company itself performs and is perceived. From airlines to retail, from
finding cabs to gaming, how the applications work deeply impacts how the
business processes and business outcomes work, too.
We’re joined by an executive from Sumo Logic to l... (more)
DevOps Intelligence Changes the Game
By Lisa Wells
One of my favorite parts of the novel The Phoenix Project is when Bill
Palmer, DevOps hero and VP of IT Operations for the fictional company
“Parts Unlimited” has a light bulb moment about the central importance of
IT to the business.
The moment comes as the company’s CFO lays out for Bill how he strives to
align the goals of his department with the goals of the business. It’s here
Bill starts to realize he must take a similar approach with IT. He ultimately
turns to data about his delivery process to improve IT’s effectiveness and
save his team from outsourcing—and a DevOps team is born.
Okay, so real-world situations might not be as dire as the fictional drama
at Parts Unlimited. Still, many IT teams that are transforming to DevOps
have yet to take the next step—using “DevOps Intelligence” to make
data-driven dec... (more)
Top DevOps Tools
By Angela Stringfellow
Even though DevOps has been around for a few years, it still is a fuzzy area
for some organizations. A mashup of development and operations teams, DevOps
centers on collaboration and a culture that seamlessly integrates developers
and IT operations teams working to put out the best new apps. Because DevOps
encompasses two teams working from ideation through product release, DevOps
tools fall into several categories including those for logging, monitoring,
automation, security, and configuration management.
Due to the intensive work DevOps engineers and their teams complete on a
daily basis, they don't have time to search for tools to help them complete
their work more efficiently and productively. That's why we have searched for
the top DevOps tools and created this list of the most reliable, secure,
relevant, and useful tools... (more)
"We're bringing out a new application monitoring system to the DevOps space.
It manages large enterprise applications that are distributed throughout a
node in many enterprises and we manage them as one collective," explained
Kevin Barnes, President of eCube Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at
DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New
York City, NY.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center,
New York City, and is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and
will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the
leading industry players in the world.
DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York
(June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan)
DevOps at Cloud Expo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley
(October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA)