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Strategies for Successful Digital Transformation

Victoria Williams

Digital transformation (DX) will help keep your business from stagnating, but it isn’t implemented the same across the board. Rather, implementing DX varies from company to company. That said, there are common factors among companies who successfully realize their DX goals: Acting quickly The ability to utilize data to drive decision-making and prioritization Openness to change The ability to provide customers with what they want early and often This article will cover strategies on how you can incorporate these seemingly di...

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Reducing Friction Between Developers and Operations

Victoria Williams

There is an age-old division between development and operations that still exists today. Because the two teams have different end goals, they can disagree when it comes time to implement changes.  This need not be the case, and such conflicts, if not managed and resolved, can strain the company. Development vs. Operations: An Oversimplification Competing Goals To operations, developers are head-in-the-cloud types who release code oblivious to real-world constraints. To developers, ops are cog-turners resistant to change. Change leads to b...

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Integration: The Key to Successful Work Flows

Victoria Williams

Your monitoring solution can be pretty useless if you can’t integrate it into your workflow in a meaningful way. To keep end users happy and to prevent performance slowdowns from reaching production, you’ll need to evolve the way you think about performance regressions. Just like functional regressions, they’re bugs that you need to identify early – before they affect end users and become costlier to fix. Continuous Integration and Deployment Systems Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) is the glue that holds e...

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How to Monitor your Microservices

Victoria Williams

In the cutthroat world of digital business, we know that end users drive both innovation and the pace of development. And as end users demand faster response times with deeper functionality from their applications, developers have had to shift their conceptual model of architecture to begin implementing a more modular approach. This is where microservices comes in – and their popularity is on the rise: In a survey of about 1,800 IT professionals, about one-third currently implement some form of microservices. This number is expected to grow...

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The Transformation of IT/Operations

Racquel Downing

There have been huge changes in the Information Technology and Operations (IT/Ops) sector recently. Most have to do with the element of control exerted by various parties over the infrastructure required to deploy a website or app. This article covers changes in how IT/Ops teams operate, what these teams are responsible for, and the implications of companies merging their IT/Ops and engineering teams. A Very Brief History of IT/Ops As recently as ten years ago, IT/Ops controlled everything. IT/Ops teams’ responsibilities included (but w...

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From IT/Ops to DevOps With the move away from having dedicated, in-house Information Technology and Operations (IT/Ops) processes in favor of cloud computing comes the rise of DevOps. You can think of DevOps as a mashup between engineering and IT/Ops. Despite its relatively new status in the tech world, there have been many changes in its landscape. This article will cover some of those changes and what they mean for those who produce apps and sites today. From IT/Ops… As recently as ten years ago, IT/Ops owned and controlled nearly 100% o...

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Let’s Talk ChatOps

Victoria Williams

Source: Stephen Danelutti (LinkedIn Blogs) ChatOps, a term credited to GitHub, is an increasingly popular way of automating parts of the software development pipeline. By leveraging the power of modern chat applications like Slack and HipChat, the goal of ChatOps is to: Bring attention to tasks that happen without much visibility Reduce communication friction between team members Contribute to speedy software release cycles In this article, we will talk more specifically about what ChatOps is (and its required tools), how it ca...

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