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At an IBM analyst event earlier this week, Steve Mills, IBM Senior VP & Group Executive, Software and Systems, made some interesting observations about how the microprocessor industry makes no distinction between design and fabrication anymore. He noted that it is simply impossible to produce new high density, high performance microprocessors without tightly integrating fabrication know-how into the creative design process. While discussions about microprocessors are somewhat nostalgic for me (reminds me of my college goals of working at Intel as a materials scientist), I think Mills’ description is an excellent analogy of where enterprise software development and management is heading. High density software provisioning is available courtesy of virtualization, cloud computing, etc. High performance software is available courtesy of code optimization automation, lo... (more)

DevOps, ITIL and Enterprise Adoption

I read two interesting articles last week. No operations team left behind where John Vincent wants folks to realize that enterprise IT organizations can only take baby steps on their way to adopting DevOps.  He is right, getting any large enterprise to change any of their processes is not for the faint-of-heart.  Most enterprises are using some version of ITIL processes for managing and auditing their infrastructure and applications. This means that enterprises would have to change those processes to adopt a DevOps approach -- which is the reason I thought it was interesting that... (more)

Using Application Ratings to Foster DevOps

Last week I had the opportunity to have a hallway conversation with a CTO of a large software company about how the interactions between development and operations teams are changing.  I asked his opinion on measuring the benefit of that collaboration.  He noted while they did not have direct metrics for their teams, they found that having a rating system for applications under development did effect how developers approached their projects. Their rating system incorporated the expected operational characteristics of an application. For example, applications that must be as resili... (more)

Business Agility Depends on DevOps

True business agility is not about doing more application updates faster.  True business agility is about doing more application changes faster without sacrificing the application's performance or service quality. From my perspective, achieving that second part of business agility means preventing application performance and service quality problems.  For the longest time IT operations have focused solely on remediating problems, which is not the same thing.  When someone's focus is on remediation, they quickly realize that it is easier to remediate problems when the environment ... (more)

Fortify Is More Than a Quick Fill for HP Testing

HP's acquisition of Fortify looks like a quick filler for a hole in HP's testing portfolio.  However, it seems to me that the move is indicative of the changes in how enterprises are looking to manage their applications. Just as achieving  business agility is more than rapidly developing software, managing business risks is more than complying to SOX or PCI regulations. Managing business risks is about embedding security policies in how IT activities are completed.  Some enterprises have started operationalizing their security practices, by improving the way their security and ope... (more)