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)
It's Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management
By Simon King
To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s start by defining what we mean
by a silo.
“They are nothing more than barriers… between departments… causing
people… to work against each other.”
Patrick Lencioni in Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars
Thanks to the work of Lencioni we have a good framework for understanding the
differences in performance of small and large teams within complex
The traditional structure of IT was based on functional areas grouped by
specialization, typically for infrastructure towers, help desks, and app
Fast forward to today’s modern IT organization and the groups have been
organized to act as mini service providers – shared services offering
technical services such as database and storage to business service teams
such as sales automation and mark... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that Addteq will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps
Summit at Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits
Center in New York City, NY.
Addteq specializes in creating innovative solutions to solve business
processes through the use of DevOps automation. Addteq was founded on the
firm belief that automation is essential for successful software releases.
Addteq's products and services are centered around the fundamental approach
of understanding the proper balance between knowing when to integrate
software and when to automate software. For software teams looking for build
and release management services, Addteq is a one-stop shop for all of their
For more information, visit https://www.addteq.com/.
The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event
@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York
(June 6-... (more)
What Are Containers and What Do They Have to Do with End-User Experience?
By Joe Michalowski
End-user experience is everything when it comes to facilitating workplace
productivity. You could deploy or develop the most powerful applications
anyone has ever seen-but they won't do any good if they offer a poor
This is a major reason why applications are moving to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS
cloud computing models. The cloud simplifies applications on the back end,
which translates to smoother end-user experiences.
But as cloud apps integrate more services and user bases diversify, IT has to
do more to streamline application platforms. Enter container technology.
What Are Containers?
Few technologies ever explode in popularity the way containers did after
Docker's 2013 release. Now, just about every player in cloud computing is
releasing a container product.
The Top Causes of Downtime
By Zachary Flower
According to a roundup by Gartner, the average cost of downtime for an
enterprise is $5,600 per minute. While the data collected was from incredibly
large companies, the cost of downtime for even small startups is no laughing
Let's assume, for the sake of simplicity, that your core product is a web app
that relies solely on organic sales, totaling $1 million in revenue a year.
This amounts to about $2 in lost revenue per minute. This doesn't sound like
too much in the grand scheme of things, but revenue is only a small part of
your downtime costs. We also must consider wasted operating costs.
Employees' time and productivity, too, are wasted during downtime. If, for
example, you pay $500,000 a year in employee costs, that's an additional $1
in lost revenue per minute. If you're keeping track, we're now at $3 in cos... (more)
Three Steps to Painless Compliance
By Patrick Bishop
Ask any IT person from the financial sector about SOX requirements and
they’ll probably use some colorful language about how much time and money
it sucks away. According to the 2016 Sarbanes-Oxley compliance survey by
global consultant Protiviti, the average annual internal cost of SOX
Compliance Costs is over $1.2 million dollars, with 27% of these firms
spending 2 million or more.
Having worked with lots of financial institutions in my time, I’ve seen my
fair share of IT people feeling overburdened by the demands of keeping up
with regulations. Documenting processes and changes, ensuring segregation of
duties, and so on is tedious and time-consuming. To be effective and lighten
the compliance load you need automation, yes, but you also need intelligence
about what’s happening across your pipeline. Release orche... (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)
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
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)
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)
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)