Welcome to the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series - today we will hear from Tom Levey. Take it away Tom!
1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps?
Developers working together with Operations to get things done in a faster, more repeatable way.
2) When people ‘do’ DevOps, what’s the most common mistake you see them make?
Failing to establish common goals and agreeing suitable metrics to measure their success towards these goals. Without this, DevOps adoption can be much slower or even fail, simply because of misaligned expectations. Renaming an existing department to "DevOps" and hoping for success is not the right recipe for success!
3) How do you recommend an organisation new to DevOps start?
By baselining where they currently are - picking the key measurements that are important to the individual organisation such as # of monthly releases, user experience, # defects, revenue goals etc. It's only once you have a a good understanding of where you are today, that you can plan how to get to where you want to be, and measure success along the way.
4) What’s your prediction for what DevOps will look like in 2020?
DevOps will be ubiquitous within many organisations becoming the 'norm' and not just the next sexy idea. In order to accelerate time to market, and maintain market competitiveness; organisations need to find ways to innovate faster and DevOps has been shown to be extremely effective in achieving this.
5) Where do you like to go to get a DevOps hit?
It would be wrong for me not to point out the excellent content available on the AppDynamics blog.Our team spends a huge amount of time working with organisations as they form their DevOps strategies - providing experience, ideas and tooling to help better enable success.
Tom Levey is a Technology Evangelist at AppDynamics. Tom is responsible for promoting best practices of application performance management (APM) for distributed applications running in cloud, virtual and physical environments.
Tom has spent six years helping organisations to build robust APM technology strategies and has the scars to show for it. He received his BSC in Computer Science and after working as a Java application developer he decided someone really needed to help the world optimise the performance of their applications!
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