Weekly Top 10: Continuous Delivery and the Future of DevOps

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This week’s top news returns by highlighting Continuous Delivery (CD) as a best practice in software delivery. It is important to first assess whether or not you are ready to embark on the CD journey, and establish what your goals are for implementing it. There’s also a deep-dive into the delivery pipeline that assesses how CI and CD can help accelerate build and deploy times. Plus, DevOps is not immune from changing with the times. Read what DevOps is going to look like 15 years from now and what infrastructure changes may be in sight due to increasing challenges, especially in cloud development.
Continue reading for more on the latest DevOps news and trends, and, as always, stay tuned to all the news coming from @ElectricCloud on DevOps and Continuous Delivery throughout the week.

1Report: IT Leaders Need To Address Data Center Constraints, DevOps Evolution

By @moorewithmadi | Published on @sdtimes http://sdtimes.com/report-leaders-need-address-data-center-constraints-devops-evolution/
The role of DevOps and its effect on culture and collaboration is evident. Now there is more evidence that the rise of data and DevOps is making enterprise cloud services more attractive to IT leaders, and a new survey from Intel Data Center Manager (DCM) highlighted some of these infrastructure changes and what challenges data center operators and businesses need to cope with. A major finding from the survey is that enterprise cloud services are more in demand than they were before.

#IT leaders need to address #data center constraints, #DevOps evolution https://t.co/hqbCmwFHuc @moorewithmadi @sdtimes pic.twitter.com/DRzkqQjI2r

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 29, 2016

225 DevOps Vendors Worth Watching

By Curtis Franklin Jr. | Published on @InformationWeek http://www.informationweek.com/devops/25-devops-vendors-worth-watching/a/d-id/1326974
With benefits that include greater developer productivity, higher operational efficiency, and improved user experience due to continuous feedback, DevOps can be a big win for an organization. So, it's no surprise that the DevOps movement has picked up momentum in recent years. But the journey is not always easy. When it comes to transitioning your company into a DevOps organization, you'll need a solid plan, complete executive buy-in, and the right tools and products to get all the jobs done.

25 DevOps Vendors You Need To Know - DevOps depends on automated deployment tools and products that support pra... https://t.co/MzXuyvyA2L

— InformationWeek (@InformationWeek) September 27, 2016

3Empower Developers To Build Security Into DevOps

By @Veracode | Published on @devopsdotcom https://devops.com/2016/09/26/empower-developers-build-security-devops/
Over the past 10 years, as more organizations have made the transition to DevOps, there has been a cultural shift in which security and development teams agree quality is a priority. Yet, even with a shared quality focus, Development, Security and Operation teams still find themselves at odds on the road to continuous delivery of secure software. Some people claim developers don’t care about security. The reality is they want to write great code that’s secure code, but often they don’t have access to tools that fit with the way they work.

Empower Developers to Build Security into #DevOps https://t.co/iyFPlM10rl @devopsdotcom @Veracode pic.twitter.com/OnXMnAWD71

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 27, 2016

4It's Time To End The Tech Blame Game

By Naked CIO | Published on @TechRepublic http://www.techrepublic.com/article/its-time-to-end-the-tech-blame-game/
The reality of our IT world is that often we are seen as roadblocks and adversaries within our corporate environment. We're often seen as the traffic cops who deflate the excitement of our business colleagues by espousing processes and protocols, and turn dreamy visions into complex mechanical messes. What we need is an inclusive conversation and collaborative strategy focused on delivery and driving business value and doing away with traditional baton-passing antics of old ways.

It's time to end the #tech blame game https://t.co/dvwD7ROnUE @TechRepublic pic.twitter.com/1VjPXzsDH8

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 26, 2016

5Are You Continuous Delivery Ready?

By Nigel Harniman | Published on @JAXenterCOM https://jaxenter.com/are-you-continuous-delivery-ready-129278.html
As a cynic, I could say CD is all the rage, and a lot of execs and management have heard of it … But seriously … Are you being asked to do it by upper management so it’s a tick in the box to show you are meeting your objectives or something you passionately believe in? Ultimately the aim is to achieve a business goal such as improving quality, release frequency, time to market for new features, or saving cost. If the latter is your aim, note that a greenfield pipeline is likely to reduce costs on the first major release.

Are you #ContinuousDelivery ready? https://t.co/f1F8zk4ogI #CD @JAXenterCOM pic.twitter.com/M9Bn0rvHyO

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 22, 2016

6Here's How To Speed Up Your CI/CD Pipeline And Get A Fast Build

By Valerie Silverthorne |Published on @TechTarget http://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/news/450304659/Heres-how-to-speed-up-your-CI-CD-pipeline-and-get-a-fast-build
If your builds aren't happening fast enough, the culprit is probably your pipeline. Expert Abraham Marin Perez explains how to diagnose and treat the problem. In your experience, is it common for companies to lose control of their CI/CD pipeline? Is there a way to set up the pipeline from the beginning to avoid this? In a way, yes. They wouldn't call it 'losing control,' but I think that, although there are some really innovative companies that have some very sophisticated CI/CD pipelines, most companies are still at the point of simply trying to get a fully functional automated build.

How to speed up your #CI #CD pipeline and get a fast build https://t.co/ZyeM0fEnfA @TechTarget pic.twitter.com/wyPgCD7xc6

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 21, 2016

7Sleeping With One Eye Open: How To Future-Proof IT For 2030

By @ZeitJen | Published on @CIOonline http://www.cio.com.au/article/607230/sleeping-one-eye-open-how-future-proof-it-2030/
Digital natives like Alibaba, Tencent, Amazon and Google have attained market dominance through imagination, speed and courage. Agility is in their DNA. Their cultural provenance makes them acutely aware that newness and prescience is their differentiator. This also makes them slightly ‘paranoid.’ They know that they must always continue to challenge the status quo; keep surprising their customers and competitors; and fiercely guard their leading edge. They must sleep with one eye open.

Sleeping with one eye open: How to future-proof #IT for 2030 https://t.co/k6rbiIrHk0 #DevOps @CIOonline @ZeitJen pic.twitter.com/5R7bjjuF19

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 21, 2016

8Containers and Modularity in Software Design: An Historical Perspective

By Christopher Tozzi | Published on @ContainerBlog http://containerjournal.com/2016/09/28/containers-modularity-software-design-historical-perspective/
People tend to talk about containers as a radically innovative type of technology. Yet, it might be better to think of containers as merely the next incremental step in a long trend toward modularity, which stretches back decades. Keep reading for an explanation of what I mean. For many people, container platforms such as Docker are a revolutionary type of technology. True, containers are not actually a very new idea; container technology stretches back decades. But most people only started paying attention to containers when Docker launched in 2013 and began eying the enterprise market.

#Containers and Modularity in #Software Design: An Historical Perspective https://t.co/qGwClFfXd5 @ContainerBlog pic.twitter.com/lHD5NMzKV5

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 28, 2016

9Donning The Agile Camouflage: 5 Ways To Tell If You're Agile In Name Only

By @stephenfrein | Published on @TechBeaconCom http://techbeacon.com/agile-camouflage-stop-hiding-grow-your-agile-abilities
Agile methods have come a long way, shaking off their one-time upstart status to move into the software development mainstream. As a result, these methods are now not only accepted but expected by many organizations. Teams that have not yet implemented them risk being seen as dinosaurs struggling to adapt to modern times. To avoid feelings of inadequacy and uncomfortable scrutiny, such teams may cover themselves in agile camouflage, borrowing the ceremonies and lexicon of agile methods without fundamentally changing their underlying work habits.

Donning the #Agile camouflage: 5 ways to tell if you're agile in name only https://t.co/dzub0SmOsQ @TechBeaconCom @stephenfrein pic.twitter.com/agLhdoy64c

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 29, 2016

10New Study Examines Current State and Adoption of DevOps

By @dbtrends | Published on @dbtrends http://www.dbta.com/Editorial/News-Flashes/New-Study-Examines-Current-State-and-Adoption-of-DevOps-113615.aspx
The DevOps approach to software development and IT operations is examined in a new study produced by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Dell Software. At its core, the study points out, DevOp is more than a development process or a set of tools, and reflects innovative thinking and collaboration, and holds the potential for better deployment outcomes.

New Study Examines Current State and Adoption of #DevOps https://t.co/v377lyINxv @dbtrends

— CloudBees (@electriccloud) September 20, 2016

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