Tips to Scaling the Enterprise for DevOps
By Divesh Rupani
During a recent webinar XebiaLabs’ own Sunil Mavadia, Director of Customer
Success, and Tim Buntel, Vice President of Products, discussed how to scale
the enterprise for DevOps and Continuous Delivery. We compiled a list of
steps from the presentation. Take a look:
1. Create a highly performing DevOps environment
The first step to scaling your enterprise should be doing whatever you can to
ensure you have a high performing DevOps environment. Evaluate the strengths
of your enterprise and what you hope to accomplish, then decide whether
you’d like to start with Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, or,
the final phase, Continuous Delivery. You can start slowly, but you have to
The following is a short list of simple things you can do to ensure
your environment is truly high performing:
Zero to Cloud in 60 Minutes
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a
lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren't yet
translating into a true "cloud" experience within the enterprise. What is
stopping the growth of the "private cloud" market?
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of
Accelerite, will explore the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting
adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key
differences between what is available in the public cloud and the early
He will also introduce their approach to solving the problem - how do we get
an enterprise to deploy a private cloud in minutes that can compete with any
public cloud in terms of functionality, cost and ease-of-use?
Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite. He is a techno... (more)
How Disruptive IoT Will Be for the Enterprise
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions
between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the
apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful
if they can do something with it.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist
at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large
businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their
legacy applications and systems more useful by leveraging an increasingly
disparate ecosystem of technologies, users and devices to create actionable
Chris Witeck is a Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, where he works
as a member of the Citrix Labs team to research and cultivate new
technologies t... (more)
Four Best Practices for DevOps Success
Much of what is written about DevOps focuses on the development team and on
making things faster. And the ops team is thinking, "Whoa, slow down! We need
to ensure there's quality, so going fast with poor quality doesn't help." So
dev and ops are immediately at odds with each other, because their goals are
You want to center all teams around the common objective of having a
predictable and reliable customer experience. That's just not a coding issue.
There is a difference between quality of code and quality of experience, and
what really matters to an organization is quality of experience. Dev, ops,
and testing all succeed together in creating a quality experience, or they
Achieving DevOps success requires coordination across different IT department
workflows, and poses a challenge for many organizat... (more)
Importance and Benefits of Knowledge Management
Scientia potentia est (Latin proverb meaning "knowledge is power") attributed
to 16th century philosopher Sir Francis Bacon is nowadays more valid than
ever. Knowledge is power and knowledge management is the key to success.
Knowledge management, in business terms, refers to saving, developing,
sharing, and effectively using knowledge for the benefit of organization. It
refers to a multi-disciplined approach of achieving organizational objectives
by making the best use of knowledge.
In order to manage knowledge, one should be aware of different types of it:
explicit (codified knowledge, found in documents), tacit (non codified,
personal/experience-based knowledge and embedded knowledge (within people and
Explicit knowledge a type of knowledge which is easily transferred to someone
else by teaching it or put... (more)
The goal for any company is to create value for their customers. Selling
through the channel can be an important sales strategy for any vendor if
harnessed and prioritized correctly. While this approach can drive additional
revenue and open up new sales opportunities, working in the channel can pose
unique challenges as well.
Creating a symbiotic relationship between the vendor and reseller is crucial.
In order to put a solid channel strategy in place, there needs to be tight
integration between each of the channel partners, VARs, systems integrators,
distributors, and vendors. To move that forward, here are six tips that
vendors should adhere to in order to develop a fruitful union:
1. Build the right foundation
Vendor and channel partners alike must bring something new and different to
the table. For instance, the vendor may have the rapport and technology the
I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a
different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were
missing as the conference was renamed "IBM Connect." The move away from Lotus
branding was expected after IBM's recent repositioning of Lotus products,
along with some new acquisitions under the umbrella of IBM Collaboration
The change also reflects IBM's overall direction away from selling products
to customers to focusing on business outcomes. The three main themes of the
Connect 2013 conference were Social Business, Smarter Commerce and Smarter
Workforce. These new focus areas are designed to enable IBM to expand into
new markets while enrolling new clients.
Social interactions and mobile access bring along a large amount of data
snippets, so analytics is an essential piece required to harvest maximum
In this article I want to revisit the subject of the 4th dimension as it
relates to enterprise mobility and and its importance to many industries and
First, let's review our definition of 3D and 4D. Three dimensional is made up
of length, width and height in one context, or latitude, longitude and
altitude in a geographic context. With GPS coordinates you can find and
identify a location on the earth or map. The challenge, however, is that in
the real-world, people and resources aren't stationary. They move all over
the place. Knowing their location is only useful if you know the "time"
they were at that location. Time is the fourth dimension. Latitude,
longitude, altitude and time are the 4 dimensions we will be reviewing.
Knowing locations and times are critical to managing real-time operations.
The power of real-time business analytics is be... (more)
As infrastructure has grown and mainstream database vendors have tweaked the
cloud service model to apply to their own niche, cloud database technology
has become an increasingly possible alternative to on-premises
databases. Cloud database services offer many of the same benefits of other
cloud services: Reduced in-house maintenance and patching, increased free
time for IT staff and database administrators, and outsourced 24/7 data
management and recovery.
Background of Cloud Database Technology
Cloud databases operate similarly to other cloud offerings. The host owns the
servers and databases, and rents databases to enterprises, which can purchase
as much or as little space as they need. The underlying maintenance,
upgrading and security monitoring are performed by the host, freeing up
in-house personnel from time-intensive maintenance.
At present, cloud data mod... (more)
Today's IT leaders must feel like they are living in a mash-up of two songs
-"The Times They Are a-Changin" and "We've Only Just Begun."
The question isn't whether the role of IT is changing, it is what you as an
IT leader need to do to get ahead of the change.
A recent global survey commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by
Vanson Bourne illustrates how radically the role of IT is changing in today's
business -- and not always to the benefit of IT leaders and staffers. The
survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders from large organizations in 21 countries
explored the IT department as it is today and what it might become in the
The research highlights seven big changes that are driving the future of IT,
as seen in this SlideShare deck that summarizes the key findings of the
Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT from CA Technologies
The last of the... (more)
I was on the Number 2 (Green) line, going from People Square back to Guanglan
Rd. on Shanghai's magnificent Metro subway system when I noticed an older,
smaller man looking me over. It was December 2008. The train was packed with
people, as always, but certainly not a fearful place.
The guy was probably just giving me the "Asian stare," something you
encounter in many places from people who are somehow still not used to seeing
I got caught in a no-man's land between two exits when my stop came, but
managed to get off the train just as the doors closed behind me. Within
seconds of getting off the train, I realized that my Flip cam was gone,
pilfered from my left jacket pocket, no doubt by the fellow who had had such
an interest in me.
Stupid is as Stupid Does
This is a comment more on my stupidity than on crime in Shanghai. The place
feels very, very saf... (more)