Helen Beal

Helen is Head of DevOps at Ranger4 and has 20 years of experience working with organisations of all sizes and industries to transform their digital landscape. She's also a novelist and fond of llamas.
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DevSecOps Community Survey 2019: The Largest DevOps Survey Ever

Posted by Helen Beal on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 @ 13:03 PM

With 5,558 people answering 41 questions, the DevSecOps Community Survey 2019 is the largest of its kind, ever. As expected, the results are fascinating and well worth reading by anyone interested in software development and the ever-changing role of application security. The report offers new insights into the attitudes of today’s software professionals, covering topics such as best practices and the importance of security in the industry at large.

Some of the most noteworthy findings from the 2019 report include the fact that Elite DevOps practices now favour automation over manual processes by a huge 700%. Another section of the report tells us that 1 in 4 have experienced a web breach in the past year, and nearly half of developers believe security is important but don’t have any time to spend on it. These are staggering statistics, providing invaluable insights into an industry that, until now, has only produced smaller scale surveys and reports.

To learn how the DevSecOps Elite differ from those without DevOps practices, this report is a must-have. You’ll also uncover what happens when organisations fully integrate automated security testing, and if breach rates are on the rise as many are claiming.

Learn more about the survey and download the report here.



Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report 2019

Posted by Helen Beal on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 @ 13:03 PM

Great news, the DevOps Institute’s Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report 2019 is now available to download for free. The report offers unparalleled insights into the skills required for enterprise growth and transformation, and is bound to give anyone interested in DevOps recruitment a distinct advantage.

As well as going into some detail about the most valued and in-demand skills needed to master DevOps transformation, the report also offers valuable information on how to cultivate the best mindset and working culture for DevOps to thrive. Among some of the key findings of the report, are that 55% of respondents tend to look for internal candidates first when growing their DevOps team, or that soft skills are now considered a ‘must have’ for DevOps Engineers. It really is a fascinating and up-to-date look at upskilling within a contemporary DevOps environment. 

The report takes all of its findings, including recruitment numbers, job roles and essential skills, and breaks them down into easily digestible categories - perfect for sharing with colleagues. 

Download this complimentary report today by clicking here.

DORA Begin a New Journey with Google Cloud

Posted by Helen Beal on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 14:01 PM

For the past year or so, we’ve enjoyed a wonderfully productive relationship with DORA (DevOps Research & Assessment LLC). While our team is very much rooted in face-to-face, on-site assessments and training delivery, DORA changed the game with the introduction of a survey driven virtual assessment, which used enhanced data modelling perfected over several years. Suddenly, we were able to interview hundreds of employees in a matter of days and gain valuable insight into a business unit’s operation, comparing it to high performing competitors in the same industry.

It was, and is, a great opportunity for businesses to learn how best to drive their technology transformation forward.

In the last few weeks, DORA broke the exciting news that they had been acquired by Google’s Cloud division. In many ways it’s a natural fit, with both organisations known for their continued hard work in the DevOps ecosystems. While DORA is known for its data-driven approach toward helping teams automate their processes and achieve a better work balance, Google Cloud is hailed for its contribution to the open source community and its exemplary research into how DevOps teams function. The two organisations really are a perfect match.

We wish the DORA team every success in their new beginning, and look forward to the valuable contribution they continue to make as part of Google Cloud.


Ranger4 Win Award for Most Innovative DevOps Solution Provider

Posted by Helen Beal on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Ranger4 are over the moon to be awarded 'Most Innovative DevOps Solution Provider' by in their annual DevOps Dozen awards. CEO, Alan Shimel, said:

"OK I have to admit it, I was pulling for Ranger4 in this category. Helen Beal and Steve Green are great people who were out there evangelizing and leading in DevOps consulting way before the current Cambrian explosion of DevOps consultants we see today. Their DevOps Liftoff Workshop and latest, DevOps for CEOs are both high water marks in the industry. Congrats to the entire Ranger4 team."

Ranger4 started our DevOps journey in 2011 and offer a wide range of solutions to assist organisations wanting to evolve their practices and capabilities using DevOps principles.

These solutions include:

- The DevOps LiftOff Workshop
- DevOps Discovery and Assessments
- DevOps Transformation with the DevOps Loop
- DevOps Training and Mastery (with the DevOps Institute)
- Value Stream Mapping for DevOps with Lean Principles
- DevOps Toolchain builds for Ideation to Realisation
- DevOps workshops such as Getting and Measuring Metrics that Matter
- The Phoenix Project Game (co-designed with Gamingworks)

Look out for more coming through in 2017 especially focussed on cultural change and experiential and serious play learning.

Steve Green said:

"It's testament to our team's ability to listen to what our customers need and develop solutions in line with the challenges they face that we have won this award. We have more great things coming through this year so watch this space for more groundbreaking DevOps solutions. Thanks to Alan for all his support and encouragement and the chance to be recognised for our efforts in this way."

Congratulations to the other winners including: Jenkins, Automic, Barry Christ of Chef, IBM, Jason Hand of VictorOps, Nationwide, DB Maestro, Angel Diaz of IBM, Damon Edwards and John Willis, The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, John Willis, Jez Humble and Patrick Debois and Shelbee Smith-Eigenbrode for her article.

Topics: DevOps Awards

Ranger4 is an Atlassian Expert Partner

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Ranger4 is over the moon to announce our new status as an Atlassian Expert Partner. You can find us in the Atlassian Expert Partner catalogue here. You can review our Atlassian capabilities and request assistance from our Atlassian page here.

This partnership has been carefully chosen following feedback from many of our customers and the results of devops toolchain surveys we have conducted that showed us that Atlassian has the devops toolset of choice and the most advanced capabilities to integrate as a devops toolchain. At Ranger4 we help customers reach devops nirvana - the ability to measure ideation to realisation, and the Atlassian toolset is the foundation for this advanced capability.

Wherever you are on your devops and Atlassian journey we can help. For example you may want:

  • A Jira healthcheck: Many organisations start using Jira, mature rapidly and need a little assistance getting things tidy for optimised usage and compliance
  • To migrate to Bamboo: You may have started with Jenkins or TeamCity or another CI server and feel it's time to use the Atlassian capabilities integrated via Jira and Confluence
  • Training on Jira Service Desk: Now that development teams have gone Agile, it's time for the ServiceDesk and operations teams too
  • Licencing support: As your Atlassian installation evolves, you may need some assistance buying the right licences for your needs
  • Add-ons: There's a vibrant Atlassian community out there so let us know if there's something you need to integrate to and we will help make it happen

We're Atlassian Experts now, so let us know what you need and, as always, we will do our very best to assist.

Topics: Atlassian

Ranger4 Attain IBM Premier Partner Status

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

Ranger4 are delighted to announce that IBM have upgraded our Partner status from Advanced to Premier - a reflection of our outstanding performance in delivering IBM software and hardware solutions to our customers.

Our success reflects our superior skills and our commitment to collaborating with our key partners - all with the ultimate goal of helping our customers succeed.

Our IBM partnership is central to our DevOps capabilities - with IBM's consulting, software and infrastructure solutions we help development and operations teams perform better and with less stress through the whole of the software development lifecycle, with particular focus on:

- Release and deployment automation

- Service virtualisation and test automation

Our DevOps Readiness Assessment is designed for customers who feel they could be delivering innovation to their customers at greater speed and want an independent view on how their culture, organisation and processes can be enhanced to achieve true continuous delivery.

Topics: IBM, automated deployment, deployment automation, IBM Premier Partner, software and hardware reseller, release automation, DevOps Readiness Assessment, Green Hat, test automation, UrbanCode, service virtualisation, continuous delivery

Ranger4 Launch DevOps Readiness Survey

Posted by Helen Beal on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

October 21, 2013

Today, Ranger4 launched their DevOps Readiness Survey, available to complete here. Ranger4 is driven by DevOps and on a daily basis witness the extraordinary improvements our customers bring to their lives and organisations when they embrace the DevOps philosophy.

The survey has been designed in line with Ranger4's People > Process > Technology philosophy and takes a mere five minutes to complete. It has been built with consideration of the best practices DevOps evangelists like Gene Kim and Jez Humble propound and highlights key cultural attributes seen in the most successful DevOps organisations.

Those who complete the survey are entered into a prize draw for a Raspberry Pi and a (retro!) Big Trak - great fun for adults and children alike. Respondents will also receive a tailored survey summary and Ranger4 will make the results of the survey available more widely at the start of 2014.

Ranger4 are DevOpstastic and determined to spread their love throughout the universe. Cosmic.

Topics: automated deployment, deployment automation, DevOps, application release automation