Both digital transformation and DevPps are organizational and cultural
transformations more so than they are technology changes – although in both
cases, technology plays a large part in driving the organizational change
necessary to achieve the business value for either effort. Just how the
organizational changes and technology changes work together, however, is a
Fortunately for us, this question is an old one – 47 years old, in fact. In
a 1968 paper, computer scientist Melvin Conway wrote, “Any organization
that designs a system will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a
copy of the organization’s communication structure.”
Conway produced no evidence of this statement, and his paper was initially
rejected as a result – but to this day, we refer to this statement as
Law, however, is decidedly an overstatement. Observat... (more)
How America's most disruptive mobile company is using DevOps to slay the
By Yaniv Yehuda
So how does an innovative company like T-Mobile look to its IT organization
in to drive the agility they need to remain at the top of their game?
Jason Bloomberg reports for Forbes that T-Mobile came to the realization that
they can’t beat AT&T and Verizon when it comes to spending money, but they
understood that they can make up for that by being more Agile and lean.
So T-Mobile has begun adopting DevOps to build and deliver their software,
only they don’t call it DevOps, the reas... (more)
It’s been only a handful of months since my fellow Forbes pundits Mike
Kavis and Ben Kepes bemoaned cloud provider Rackspace’s troubles competing
in the cutthroat public cloud marketplace. “Companies like Rackspace simply
cannot compete,” opined Kavis in July 2014. Back in May, Kepes snarkily
pointed out that “Rackspace has long been something of a bridesmaid,” as
they unsuccessfully explored selling themselves to the highest bidder.
Yet, just as reports of Mark Twain’s death were exaggerated – or perhaps
Monty Python’s “not dead yet”? – just so with San Antonio-based
Rackspace ... (more)
Digital Revolution or DevOps Revolution? How about Agile Architecture?
I’ve been writing about Agile Architecture for years – and in fact, I
believe it is such a fundamental change in the way businesses deliver value
that I named by 2013 book The Agile Architecture Revolution.
And yet, revolution is one of those words that has long since reached
buzzword status. There seem to be revolutions all around us, after all. The
Digital Revolution. The DevOps Revolution. Perhaps you can think of more: the
Big Data Revolution, perhaps? Or cognitive computing, or software-defined
SOA World Magazine Becomes Microservices Journal
Even though it's now Microservices Journal, long-time fans of SOA World
Magazine can take comfort in the fact that the URL - soa.sys-con.com -
remains unchanged. And that's no mistake, as microservices are really nothing
more than a new and improved take on the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
best practices we struggled to hammer out over the last decade.
Skeptics, however, might say that this change is nothing more than an
exercise in buzzword-hopping. SOA is passé, and now that people are talking
about microservices instead, ... (more)