Ranger4 DevOps Blog

DevOps in Banking

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

We had a webcast about DevOps in Banking - here's a summary of what we covered. (We did record the webcast - you can access the recording here and download the slides here).

Like many industries, banking is under pressure from digital disruption and from digital disruptors (often referred to as 'fintechs').

From the 2017 state of Strategic Digital Banking report:

  • According to Gartner and IDC, by 2018, banks and financial institutions’ clients will access and contact their banks mainly through mobile devices
  • Banks and financial institutions CIOs’ main concern to 2017 and beyond is what will be done with their companies’ branches
  • According to the 2016 MX Consumer Survey, clients find it more important to have an easy digital banking experience (67 percent) rather than a friendly teller or staff (33 percent) when choosing where to open an account
  • According to the 2016 MX Consumer Survey, banks and financial Institutions clients are now more likely to access their banks in a more impersonal way, and only 19 percent use a personal method (branch or call center)
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Topics: DevOps, banking, webcast

The Phoenix Project Game at UCAS

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Wed, May 3, 2017 @ 13:05 PM

I recently had an opportunity to observe the Phoenix Project Game in action at UCAS headquarters in Cheltenham. Here's what I saw!

During the Introduction I learned:

  • A few players had heard of this thing we call DevOps and read The Phoenix Project book - neither is a pre-requisite to playing the game although it's useful to have a few in the room with awareness of the DevOps principles - that is what we are here to learn though!
  • Many of the players played their own roles in the game - some customers like to do this, some like to mix it up I have noticed. I guess playing a role that isn't your own is an opportunity to build more understanding and empathy for the challenges our colleagues face, but the advantage of playing your own is to be able to directly apply learnings to your everyday life. I don't think it's possible to switch roles during the game though - I think that would inhibit the flow of learning.

In the First Round  

At the start of the first round, the CEO (the Game Leader, in this case, Helen) sets the high level business goals for the game - there are two:

  1. Revenue target - $110,000
  2. Share price - $23.00

Teamwork was visible from the start with Application Development's and Change Management's curiosity in what other players had at their disposal. A clear hierarchy was demonstrated with Retail Operations, the CFO and Human Resources taking turns in leading group discussions. It was also good to see players discuss the round's business objectives and current live issues around VP of IT Operations & CISO tables.

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Topics: Business Process Management, DevOps, culture, continuous improvement, Simulation Game, collaboration, The Phoenix Project Game, Lean, Agile, gamification

Top 10 Challenges to DevOps Implementation

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 @ 19:04 PM

I recently came across an intriguing article on 'Top 10 Challenges to DevOps Implementation'. Written by Alison DeNisco from TechRepublic, it focuses on a new survey from cloud sandbox software provider Quali. The article emphasises that the survey points to company culture, test automation and legacy insfrastructure as the largest barriers to DevOps implementation.

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Topics: DevOps, Lean, Agile, DevOps 2017

The Phoenix Project Game at The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 13:03 PM

I recently had the opportunity to act as an observer during a Phoenix Project Game at the Headquarters of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Sandy. I've wanted to observe a Phoenix Project Game (TPP) for a while now and this was a the perfect opportunity to do so. On top of that, I got to see Sandy's beautiful surroundings.                                                                                                                       

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Topics: DevOps, culture, continuous improvement, The Phoenix Project, Simulation Game, collaboration, The Phoenix Project Game, Agile

Danny Cowley, Nicky Cowley, Lincoln City, DevOps, Agile and Scrum

Posted by George Price on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 @ 14:03 PM

Most of you with a passing interest in football will have heard of Lincoln City FC in recent weeks, we are the media darlings right now, well more specifically two former school teacher’s Danny Cowley and his Brother Nicky our Managers are. I’ll come back to Danny and Nicky in a moment.

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Topics: DevOps, Lean, Agile, DevOps 2017

I Got DevOps Certified

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 @ 15:03 PM

Last week, there was a pleasant change in my day as I had an opportunity to participate in a Ranger4 Public Schedule DevOps Foundation Course along with a bunch of customers and one of our new trainers from Portugal.

I don't have an IT background but just over three months ago I joined Ranger4 and have responsibility for marketing, so it's my job to communicate everything that's good, bad and sometimes a bit ugly about DevOps to the world - so I'm on a steep learning curve and loving it! My understanding of DevOps so far has developed from reading, following DevOps related news and watching DevOps related videos. What I really wanted to do is to sit in a room with IT developers and operations professionals, and get an understand of what their view on DevOps is, the kind of daily problems they face and how DevOps could provide them the solutions they are looking for. So I relished this opportunity to attend some real-life training!

In short, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and operations departments. Its core values are Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement and Sharing (CALMS).

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Topics: DevOps, culture, DevOps Foundation Course, DFC, Lean, Agile, DevOps Mastery

Atlassian Acquires Trello for $425M

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

Big news for one of our key partners this week, as Atlassian announced their aquisition of project management service Trello. The deal is expected to close before March 31, 2017 subject to all that legal stuff. Of the $425 million price tag, $360 million is cash with the remainder in Atlassian restricted shares.

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Topics: DevOps, Atlassian

What Does DevOps Look Like in 2017?

Posted by Helen Beal on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Welcome back! We hope everyone's had a wonderful festive break and is fired up to make the most of 2017 whatever excitement and craziness the year ahead is going to throw at us. We're looking forward to helping our customers new and old continue to tread the DevOps path to make our lives (and software!) better, faster and safer. Here are 7 things we're expecting to be working on to that end in the coming year:

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Topics: DevOps, DevSecOps, DevOps superpattern, DevOps 2017

DevOpsFriday5 with Chris Prowse

Posted by Gedi Kalinauskas on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

It's the Ranger4's #DevOpsFriday5 series and this week's answers are courtesy of Chris Prowse. He's DevOpstastic!

1) How would you describe the relationship between DevOps, Agile and ITIL?

DevOps and Agile, despite common misunderstandings, are not inextricably linked; I’ve worked on more traditional projects that have still seen significant benefits from adopting DevOps thinking. However, they’re incredibly complimentary in the way that they work.

Traditionally, we saw the Business, Development and Operations all working in silos. This meant that requirements were sent from the Business into the Development teams, where they were interpreted (often incorrectly), but didn’t reappear again until the end of the project when they were given back to the Business as a product that may or may not satisfy the Business’ needs. It was often at this point that the Operations team got sight for the first time of the product too; meaning they had a battle to deploy and support something new.

Agile thinking brings the Development and Business teams closer together, using regular feedback and engagement to keep the product in-line with the Business’ expectations, and ultimately delivers something that is useful to the Business. Throughput is therefore faster; but the Operations team are often still the last to see the product, and face similar challenges.

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Topics: #DevOpsFriday5, DevOps

Dynatrace Retain Leadership Position in NEW Gartner APM Magic Quadrant

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

Last month Gartner released their 2016 Magic Quadrant for Application Performance Management and for the 7th consecutive year running, Dynatrace were listed as a leader with the highest ability to execute.

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Topics: Application Performance Management, APM, DPM, Digital Performance Management, Dynatrace, Gartner Magic Quadrant APM 2016