DevOps Reporting from the Trenches Winning by Creating a Continuous Delivery Software Factory

DevOps Reporting From The Trenches – From Devastating Failure to Market Domination, The pitfalls, the formula and beyond

There’s a lot told about DevOps as well as cool automation tools and products, but there is not a lot of real world stories that are fun to just relax and read, and be done with it within less than an hour.

Here is one that does have all that jazz – DevOps: Reporting from the Trenches: Winning by Creating a Continuous Delivery Software Factory

It is the story of a huge financial institute that has gone From devastating failure to market domination by adopting DevOps best practices.

I have to reveal a small secret here…Originally I built the story using characters from Star Trek, but then had to take this out, to avoid any rights issues with the Star Trek creators. But if you look closely into the words the story’s heroes use, you might find that adventurous spirit.

You can read the story or simply download the whole DevOps CA Technology Exchange magazine in a single PDF file.

I will soon create an audio version of this story and add it to the podcast archive.

What’s in the story:

  • DevOps Revealed
  • DevOps as Power Multiplier for SaaS
  • DevOps Failure Horror Stories
  • The DevOps Success Formula in Five Simple Steps
  • Odyssey – Intergalactic tour into the future of software DevOps and Continuous Delivery

Here is how it all starts:

James lay back in his chair and looked at the shades dancing on the board. It was the third time he tried to find what’s wrong with the graphs but he could not.

James looked at Stephanie.

Stephanie was shocked, but a small splinter of a smile started to make trails near her mouth.

James said: “I know this was about to happen, yet I can’t believe it!”

Stephanie murmured: “Unbelievable.”

In less than ten months “UAS Enterprise1,” perceived as the most innovative service provider in their business witnessed an enormous market share collapse and the loss of its number one position.

Looking back at the market collapse, it took months until James, the CEO of UAS Enterprise could discover the root cause.

You can read the story or simply download the whole DevOps CA Technology Exchange magazine in a single PDF file.

I had the pleasure of writing it together with Alon Eizenman the founder of Nolio, one of the best DevOps tools on the market and part of CA Technologies DevOps portfolio and Miron Gross, one of the coolest automation pros I know, who I had the privilege to mentor in the CTE (Council for Technical Excellence) program. It is an entirely new experience, writing for a professional magazine and I recommend to go through this, if you’re an IT Professional or a blogger.

The upside of ignorance (How Innovation can thrive on the lack of knowledge)

In her “The Power of not knowing“, part of the the Stanford Technology Ventures (STVP) Entrepreneurship Corner program, Liz Wiseman, author and leadership educator, shares how insisting on “rookie mindset“, that is creating a habit that forces you to look at new goals as if you know nothing about achieving them,  in order to get new insights and accelerate your speed of delivery to an unexpected velocity.

Liz’s research shows that people who have experience in a subject matter, can have very small advantage over newbies who are determined and committed to succeed in a task. The rookies learn at very early stage they won’t make it without help. They know almost nothing on that topic, so they quickly and openly seek for advise, insight and information from the best people they can find.

Having gathered the information, rookies can see new opportunities, where experienced people won’t, because the paths to reach the target are already set. An experienced professional’s mind will short-cut to the quickest effortless route for a given goal. But the mind of the newbie will be able to see new possibilities. Those insights, screened and reviewed by the experienced guide, can lead the rookies to their goals much faster.

The research Liz has gone through shows what many “continuous successful leaders” know – they have to be humble and “play with the kids”, to be able and see something new.

That’s also an important message for human resource professionals, regarding new venues for considering candidates.

I believe you have to be an optimistic and a bit of a risk-taker, but one who also looks for ways to mitigate the possible downfalls. People who are too rational and cautious, will focus on the many ways they could fail, and choose to avoid failure by walking away from the achieving the goal. If you are an optimistic newbie, you are more likely to jump into the cold deep waters, because you would probably not realize how much effort you would have to put in, to succeed. Then it is about your enthusiasm, humbleness, determination, desire to learn and sense of curiosity to “rescue” you into innovation and success.

What’s your experience? How did you make it with a new territory, where you were the rookie?

Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS) vs. the World (VMware EVORails and Amazon)

Microsoft’s Cloud Platform System (CPS) vs. the World (VMware EVO:Rails and Amazon)

More bigs news from Microsoft – Microsoft’s Cloud Platform System (CPS) –  (I call it Azure Cloud “Private Edition”) –  a joint announcement from Microsoft and Dell, which offers a bundle including Dell Racks with expandble computing, storage and networking, running a private Azure cloud (on premise) that should look and work the same as Microsoft’s public Azure offering.

You can create multiple tenants to represent different groups, organizations or sub-companies and lauch Windows and Linux instances. You can expand the hardware to support hundreds or thousands of VMs.

In continuation for its future Docker based Windows containers support for Windows Server and Azure, it looks like Microsoft is on a roll. This time, looks like its Cloud Platform System offering goes head to head with VMware’s EVO:Rail offering, announced just few weeks ago in the VMware World 2014 conference. This is also an in-direct competition with Amazon’s offerings, which could have a hit-run with customers massively using Microsoft’s technologies.

This might also be a nice fresh innovative-direction for Dell, and certainly shows it is working hard to create new interesting offertings, which makes you wonder, what else is coming next.

Now its time to look deeper into the new system, maybe try and download the Windows Azure Pack and see how it can be used on your current hardware

What do you think?

Docker based Windows containers

Docker based Windows containers support for Windows Server and Azure

That’s it. Docker won over Windows containerization as well!

Microsoft just announced it will add to its support for Linux VMs running Docker Linux Containers, support of Docker engine inside Windows Server and Windows Azure, to support native Windows containers,

More info here: Docker based Windows containers

This means you will be able to develop and support your Windows Apps within a slim agile-to-maintain container. What happens to licensing is one question, and what happens to security is definitely another worthy question.