The Significant Benefits of Application Release Automation

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In today’s application economy consumers want to be able to interact with their favorite brands when and where they want, on their device of choice. What this means for business is that there is increased demand for more change, more often, in order to keep up with swiftly shifting market trends and to stay ahead […]

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7 Metrics to Track When Implementing Continuous Delivery

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Michael Bowler wrote an article recently on the Agile Advice blog discussing his thoughts about what measurements should be taken as an organization begins the move towards Continuous Delivery (see article here). These aren’t metrics to track once the organization is practicing Continuous Delivery, but rather measurements that should be taken to gauge whether or […]

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5 DevOps Books You Should Read

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“DevOps” the buzzword has been zipping around enterprise IT over the last few years. But for those who have only heard about it or the benefits it promises, it can be difficult to find any concentrated resources where one can do a deep-dive to gain a deeper understanding about the concepts. To this end, George […]

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The Cost of Delay in Prioritizing the Product Backlog

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I ran across a really interesting article this morning from Derek Huether on the Leading Agile blog that introduces a concept called Cost of Delay for making decisions about how to prioritize the product backlog. By way of quick explanation, Huether writes, “I tell customers that if they want to save or make the most […]

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5 Enterprise Business Drivers for DevOps

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George Hulme wrote an article on DevOps.com yesterday detailing five reasons that are emerging as the most important business drivers behind enterprise adoption of DevOps (see article here). These are important to understand, as even though DevOps promises many benefits for the IT organization, the decision to adopt is ultimately a business decision. And in […]

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9 Empirical Metrics for Agile Success

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Whether your organization is trying to go Agile or has been practicing Agile for some time, defining the metrics used to gauge the success of your efforts can be a tricky endeavor. But it’s an important exercise to undertake, not only so that Agile teams can measure their progress and improvement over time, but also, […]

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8 Common Causes of Failure in Agile Projects

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Change is difficult. Agile represents change. It then follows that Agile is difficult. What makes Agile difficult as change is that it requires that we think about how we approach our work differently than we are doing today, than we have been doing for years. In order for Agile to succeed, we must redefine the […]

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3 Focus Areas for Leaders in DevOps Transformations

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In today’s application economy, business is moving faster than it ever has before. To capitalize on ever shortening windows of opportunity to address current market trends, the business is increasingly looking to IT to be the strategic asset that can deliver value to its customers faster than the competition. IT, in turn, is responding by […]

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6 Problems DevOps Helps to Solve

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In a recent article on DevOps.com, Helen Beal discusses six common sources of conflict within IT that DevOps can help to solve (see article here). These sources of conflict have arisen as IT tries to form new behaviors and processes in an effort to meet the needs of the business in delivering faster. These growing […]

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Trying to Do DBaaS or Cloud DB Without Automation? Forget It.

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These days, it seems everything is offered “as-a-service.” Applications are moving to the cloud, and every one of those apps is delivered faster due to Agile and DevOps. Everything except the database. Our customers, specifically DBAs, know the database will move to the public cloud soon and they also know that the migration will be […]

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