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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 start somewhere. The following is a short list of simple things you can do to ensure your environment is truly high performing: ... (more)

Deploy a Private Cloud in Minutes | @CloudExpo @Accelerite #Cloud

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 private clouds? 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? Speaker Bio Nara Rajagopalan is CEO of Accelerite. He is a techno... (more)

[session] @Citrix to Present #IIoT November 1-3 at @ThingsExpo | #IoT #M2M

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 business intelligence. Speaker Bio 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)

Best Practices for DevOps Success By @JackieKahle | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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 different. 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 fail together. Achieving DevOps success requires coordination across different IT department workflows, and poses a challenge for many organizat... (more)

Benefits of Knowledge Management By @TaylorsJim | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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 processes). Explicit knowledge a type of knowledge which is easily transferred to someone else by teaching it or put... (more)

Six Tips on How to Implement a Successful Channel Strategy

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 cus... (more)

Enterprise Social Adoption Challenges

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 Solutions. 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 va... (more)

Revisiting Enterprise Mobility and 4D Strategies

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 business processes. 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)

Embracing the New Enterprise IT: Cloud Databases

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)

Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT

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 future. 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 research: Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT from CA Technologies The last of the... (more)

Hey Cisco, Give Me the Flip Cam Business, OK?

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 foreigners. 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)