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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 game begins. 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 watching. 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 | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

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 organizations. The traditional structure of IT was based on functional areas grouped by specialization, typically for infrastructure towers, help desks, and app support. 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)

Addteq to Exhibit at @DevOpsSummit | @Addteq #Serverless #AI #DevOps

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 development needs. 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? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes

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 experience. 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. Containe... (more)

The Top Causes of Downtime | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

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 matter. 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 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BusinessIntelligence

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 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #APM #Monitoring

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)

Leadership for #DevOps Success | @DevOpsSummit @G2G3 #IoT #AI #SDN

Reboot Your Leadership for DevOps Success: Why Culture Trumps Tech in the DevOps Stakes 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. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here 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 these... (more)

What Is #DevOps Intelligence? | @DevOpsSummit #AI #ContinuousDelivery

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)

DevOps at Massive Scale | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery

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)

CAMS Critical to #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #Docker #AI #Microservices

A Tale of Two Protocols: Why the "C" in CAMS Is Critical to DevOps Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here 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. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio 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)