Ranger4 DevOps Blog

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

People Centric Process Drives Culture

Posted by Daniel Breston on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 15:12 PM

Processes and People

This is the last blog of a 3 part series on Agile Service Management (ASM).

Processes are ways of working that allow someone or thing to let someone or thing get what they want. A supplier gets a request, some steps are performed and an outcome is achieved. It could be to fulfil a request or to pass data from one application to another, it all involves a process (es). Simple! Then why is it that many of our processes are so hard to complete, or are changed without consideration of the effects or are just simply ignored for the way someone thinks it should be done?

Maybe it is because our processes are not people centric. By people I am talking about the people that do them, create them and receive the outcome. Processes are not created by automation. Automation enables a process. So let’s get the people that want something and the people that need to provide that outcome together!

 

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Topics: DevOps, ITSM, CAPO, Lean, CASM, Agile, Service Management

#DevOpsFriday5 with Ant Weiss

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

It's the Ranger4's #DevOpsFriday5 series and this week's answers are courtesy of Ant Weiss. He's Devopstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

The concept is problematic in that it proposes that some IT systems are not a good fit for CI/CD, Cloud, automation or collaborative development. This is a false assumption. The implementation isn't always the same, but every kind of system can benefit from applying these principles and technologies. Bi-modal can be accepted as a transition phase on the road to DevOps. It's certainly easier to apply new methodologies to greenfield projects, but it's in fact the legacy systems that can profit from them most.

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Topics: #DevOpsFriday5, DevOps

#DevOpsFriday5 with Niharika Dergasi

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Niharika Dergasi. She's Devopstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Bimodal IT contradicts the principles of DevOps. Agility and quality can coexists, however Bimodal IT will continue to exist in every organzation which is under the transformation journey. Every organisation will invest in devOps only after a proof of concept is established within the organisation's context and business needs. Any organization which is moving towards digitization Devops will be one of the key practices to focus on, however this transition will coexist as Bimodal IT due to factors like alignment to cultural shift,automation across all areas, organisational matrix structure. People, process and technology - all three areas need change which is not easy to accomplish in an organization that has been running long on traditional methods.

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Topics: #DevOpsFriday5, DevOps

#DevOpsFriday5 with Peter-John Lightfoot

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 23:09 PM

It's the Ranger4's #DevOpsFriday5 series and this week's answers are courtesy of Peter-John Lightfoot. He's Devopstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Taking a bi-modal approach at the outset is a valid starting point for most large organisations with deep legacy. It supports the realisation of returns on historical investments, whilst providing a platform for the advancement of devops practices. As long as leadership focus transitions to the Mode 2 environment with respect to current and future investments, this platform at maturity will also provide the bedrock for modernisation of the Mode 1 core.

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Topics: #DevOpsFriday5, DevOps

#DevOpsFriday5 with Karen Ferris

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 @ 16:08 PM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Karen Ferris. She's DevOpstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

I think bi-model IT will have exist for some time. Not every organisation can immediately adopt a DevOps way of working, especially if using Agile approaches and supporting legacy systems. Some organisations will be more risk adverse than others and will want DevOps to prove itself before moving more and more development and support into a DevOps model. For those organisations born digital it is an easier transition if not a transition at all, but for those that were not born digital it is a cultural change (or a change in an established way of working) that may take some time to establish.

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Topics: #DevOpsFriday5, DevOps

"How Continuous is Your DevOps?" Survey Results!

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

Our "How Continuous is your DevOps?" survey has come to a close and we've rounded up the answers for you in a fun, easy-to-read infographic! 

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Topics: DevOps, survey, results, continuous

#DevOpsFriday5 with Philippe Guenet

Posted by Priyanka Jain on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 16:07 PM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series and we have a brand new set of questions for your reading pleasure! Here to kick off the new batch is Lukasz Panusz. He's DevOpstastic!

1) How do you think bi-modal IT complements or contradicts DevOps principles and practices?

Bi-modal IT is designed to handle the status quo. However, it is dangerous to think of it as a solution. Bi-modal does not stimulate transformation. The prize is reduction of costs, digitalisation of the business using new methods and new technologies. This is not only happening in the front end, if this has to really matter in terms of customer experience, it needs to touch the system of records. Thinking that both worlds can live independently from each others and organisations can function as 2 tier is regressive and won't lead the needed transformation.

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Topics: #DevOpsFriday5, DevOps

8 Correlations Between DevOps and Holacracy

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 @ 13:07 PM

We were at DOES (the DevOps Enterprise Summit) last week in London and it was no surprise to hear many of the speakers cite culture as a cornerstone of change in their devops journeys. Jonathan Smart of Barclays had a stand out slide in his keynote presentation that simply said: "Culture is HUGE". In the years that we have been using devops principles to drive transformation in the organisations we work with, it's something we've heard over and over again and we have developed tools and practices to help tackle what is commonly seen as the trickiest devops angle to address. That's why we chose to speak about the correlations between devops and Holacracy at the event, and were delighted to be joined by our customer LEGO who also shared their thoughts and experiences on their devops journey through this lens. In this blog post I'm going to pinpoint 8 areas of principle Holacracy and devops share as outlined in our talk.

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Topics: DevOps Cultures, DevOps, holacracy