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 First to Launch The Phoenix Project Game Worldwide

Posted by Daniel Breston on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 12:05 PM


Ranger4 are over the moon to announce we are the first GamingWorks partner on earth (in the known universe in fact!) to launch The Phoenix Project game. The simulation is based on the seminal and titular novel by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford.

At Ranger4, the greatest challenge we see our customers facing is how to enact cultural change. The Phoenix Project Game is a fun, fast and interactive way to quickly see what a culture looks like - and how it needs to change to eliminate friction and waste.

In the game, you and your fellow participants take on the roles described in Parts Unlimited in the book and run through three rounds of exercises to ensure that you deliver the projects you need to on time.

You will experience how:


  • To apply DevOps principles in a real life situation
  • To find the right balance between delivering your SLA requirements and your IT projects according to plan
  • DevOps can bring serious value to your business
  • To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your IT Department
  • To create better flow in your teams
  • To develop people’s skills to act in a DevOps environment
  • To show business their responsibilities in making IT Projects more successful


To find out more about the game fly here.

Topics: DevOps Game, The Phoenix Project

Daniel Breston Joins Ranger4 as Chief of DevOps Transformation

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 13:11 PM

Ranger4 is excited to welcome Daniel Breston as Chief of DevOps Transformation! Daniel has over 40 years experience in IT Service Management and Operations, and has worked all over the planet. He comes with a desirable skillset, having worked almost every role within an IT organisation - including engineer, developer, senior management.

We had a chat with Daniel about his new role at Ranger 4! 

"I think Ranger4 is the type of organisation that wants to understand the organisation before they submit a proposal, and that proposal is going to be more than just 'use this particular product.’ It’s going to be about encompassing all aspects of DevOps, which is looking at flow, feedback, interactions, cultural and behavioural changes. Our goal is to   make things better, faster and safer." 

When it comes to DevOps, the word in itself can be daunting. Either you get it and love it, or you just don't know where to begin and keep it as a distant thought. But all good things take time, and people like Daniel are here to help you understand DevOps better.

"Organisations need technology to solve problems, remove obstacles in order to achieve a goal, and do so as effectively and efficiently as possible. DevOps looks at the whole lifecycle, from idea to creation to implementation to replacement. DevOps introduces ways to get the flow of that lifecycle to be as fast but governed as possible, explains Daniel.

Not only will Daniel be teaching us lots here at Ranger4, but he is also a valuable resource, and a key person in your network. We asked Daniel what he's most looking forward to in his new role as Chief of DevOps Transformation, and what he hopes to gain. 

“I’m most looking forward to learning. I want to be able to see how the market continues to mature. It’s obviously changed in lots of different directions in the 40 years that I’ve been involved. To be able to help in that journey and learn from others in the world on this is what I’m looking forward to while sharing that with customers and Ranger4.”

Welcome aboard the rocketship Daniel, even more great things to come!





Ranger4's Helen Beal Nominated to DevOps Institute's Board of Regents

Posted by Malcolm Namey on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 20:02 PM

Yesterday the DevOps Institute announced its Board of Regents. The board is charged with guiding the Institute’s path regarding curriculum development, as well as ensuring that all DevOps Institute certified courses meet the highest standards of quality. All DevOps Institute courses and tests are reviewed and passed by the board. Over time the board will add additional members of the community to ensure that it always represents a broad view of the DevOps community and the latest best practices. Ranger4's Head of DevOps, Helen Beal, sits on the board of regents alongside other DevOps luminaries such as Gene Kim, Rohit Antao, Sanjeev Sharma, Gary Gruver, Lou Hunnebeck, Matthew Selheimer, Judy Sanker, Donna Knapp, Lori MacVittie, Chris Riley and JP Morgenthal.

What is the DevOps Institute?

The DevOps Institute is bringing enterprise level DevOps training and certification to the IT market. Working with thought leaders from the DevOps community, the IT Service Management field and the IT training market, the DevOps Institute is setting the standard in quality for enterprise grade DevOps education and training.

Why now?

DevOps as a movement has flourished over the last 4 or 5 years in spite of or perhaps because it has defied precise definition. There is no manifesto or similar treatise that lays out the immutable facts of DevOps. In fact the community has coalesced around a Wikipedia article as a non-definitive, definitive definition. However, DevOps does not exist in a vacuum. The founders of the DevOps Institute believe that for DevOps to reach its true potential best practices will have to be codified. Training based on these best practices will lead to better and consistent results. Enterprises will demand that DevOps training develop in line with traditional IT training including certifications evidencing proficiency.

The DevOps Institute was founded by Lisa Schwartz, Jayne Groll and Alan Shimel. Lisa and Jayne have a long and successful history in the IT training arena, having founded the ITSM Academy over 10 years ago. Prior to that both Lisa and Jayne had long careers in the IT field. Shimel is the founder of, the leading source of DevOps related content on the Internet. Prior to that Alan has a 25+ year career in entrepreneurial  IT ventures in software development, data centers and managed services.

All three co-founders have a deep desire to see DevOps fulfill the mission of transforming the way IT is practiced. Not only for development, not just for operations, but for QA, security and even sales and marketing; all have a role in DevOps.

They strongly believe that for DevOps to gain full acceptance by enterprise organizations best practices based curriculums have to be developed. Enterprises will require certifications to not only show a return on their investment in training, but more importantly a certification in a DOI course will signify that the applicant has been trained in the highest quality, best practices based training available.

Initially the DOI offers DevOps Foundation and Certified Agile Service Manager courses. In the near future additional role-based classes in DevOps with attendant certifications will also be offered.

Helen Beal heads up the DevOps Transformation practice at Ranger4 and in addition to being delighted to be able to contribute to such an important part of improving the tangibility of DevOps, is excited to be able to start offering formal certifications to the myriad of Ranger4 customers who have been waiting for exactly this.

Topics: DevOps, DevOps Institute

Ranger4 Wins 2015 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding DevOps Solution

Posted by Steve Green on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 22:02 PM

IBM Beacon Awards recognize select Business Partners for delivering advanced cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social solutions

Today, Ranger4 was named a winner of a 2015 IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding DevOps Solution. Each year, this honor is awarded to a select number of IBM Business Partners who have delivered exceptional solutions to drive business value and transform the way their clients and industries do business in the future. The 2015 awards recognize achievements across a wide-range of solution areas, including, cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social business.

"We're delighted to be lauded by one of our key partners for the work we have been doing to help our customers take their innovation to market at high velocity and deliver on the DevOps promise," said Helen Beal, Head of DevOps at Ranger4. "Our DevOps Maturity Assessment has proven itself to be the optimum way of starting an organization on a DevOps journey and delivers a framework to assure and measure success throughout the transformation."

The Beacon Awards are an integral part of IBM’s Business Partner recognition program. Announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the winners are selected by a panel of expert judges consisting of IBM executives, industry analysts and members of the press. IBM's Beacon Awards recognize Business Partners who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions to clients around the world to drive transformation and business growth. This year’s awards recognized Business Partner achievements across 28 award categories. This includes two new awards for 2015: the Big Data and Analytics Solution award and Technical Support Services Solution award.

The IBM Beacon Awards recognize those who embody the ideals of the Business Partner of the future and set the standard for business excellence by continually delivering smart solutions with transformative value,” said Marc Dupaquier, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners. “We’d like to congratulate Ranger4 on winning the Beacon Award for Outstanding DevOps Solution and serving as a trusted business advisor to our mutual clients."

For more information about the IBM Beacon Awards, including information about winners and finalists, please visit

Topics: DevOps Awards

Cloudbees Win More Funding - Staying Focused on DevOps

Posted by Andrew Cullum on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 17:01 PM

Ranger4 partner, Cloudbees, have secured a major new venture capital financing round, a sign that their continued embrace of all things DevOps is working. CloudBees focus on supporting and hosting the open source Jenkins project, a continuous delivery platform.
What is Jenkins?

Basically if you’re managing a team of developers, Jenkins can help keep everything properly in line across the lifecycle of developing new code.

CloudBees got its latest funding round from existing investor Lightspeed Venture Partners, which was joined by Matrix Partners and Verizon Ventures. Combined with three previous rounds of investments - the last two of which each brought in $10M - CloudBees has raised more than $50M in capital.

The investment is important for multiple reasons:

1) It’s a validation of the devops movement and open-source Jenkins project

2) It reflects the desire of VC investors to continue supporting a company in CloudBees and providing it with a new infusion of cash after a major pivot

3) It’s a recognition that the pure-play application development PaaS market can be a tough place for startups.

Well done, Cloudbees! You're DevOpstastic.

Topics: Jenkins, DevOps

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

Ranger4 Announce DevOps At High Speed Event

Posted by Steve Green on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 @ 16:10 PM

October 14, 2013

DevOps at High Speed at ClaridgesToday, Ranger4 are delighted to announce the opening for registrations of their latest event - DevOps at High Speed, to be held on Thursday November 14 2013 at the Claridge's Hotel in Mayfair.

This intimate, informal event at one of the most prestigious locations in London marks a seminal moment of Ranger4 taking their DevOps expertise to market and is aimed at a limited number of leading CIO's and IT Decision Makers in the UK.

On the agenda are speakers from Ranger4's partners, IBM and AppDynamics, delivering compelling, inspirational content on how DevOps changes lives for the better and how embracing the DevOps philosophy leads to long-lasting positive change that can be further embedded and enhanced through the implementation of optimised technologies.

When DevOps is properly understood and implemented it streamlines the delivery of innovation from the lines of business to the customer resulting in:

- Huge productivity gains

- Controlled risk and costs

- Smiley, happy people

You can apply for your seat at the event here.

Ranger4 are driven by DevOps - we're DevOpstastic and determined to spread our love throughout the universe. Cosmic.

Topics: IBM, DevOps, application performance monitoring, Appdynamics