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DevOps Success Beyond Agile: Cloud Expo Power Panel

The venerable Cloud Expo conference may be a mere shadow of its former self, but it still has its moments. One high point: a powerful panel of technology experts debating the ins and outs of DevOps.

(L to R) Aruna Ravichandran, CA Technologies; Tracy Bannon, Deloitte Consulting; Silvia Prickel, United Airlines; and Nicole Forsgren, DevOps Research and Assessment.

(L to R) Aruna Ravichandran, CA Technologies; Tracy Bannon, Deloitte Consulting; Silvia Prickel, United Airlines; and Nicole Forsgren, DevOps Research and Assessment.

The most refreshing insight: while DevOps is an important trend, there is no magic here. It’s difficult work, and we’ve built it on hard-earned lessons of the past. “DevOps is something we’ve done under different monikers for many, many years,” explained Tracy Bannon, Specialist Leader at Deloitte Consulting. “It’s about being intentional and specific about what you want to achieve.”

There were also some sober comments on the level of maturity of DevOps today. “Many companies are in different phases in the DevOps journey,” according to Silvia Prickel, Managing Director of Enterprise Quality and Release Management at United Airlines. “I’m not sure it’s fully mainstream yet.”

In fact, some of the comments were downright snarky. “Words are used interchangeably depending on who the CIO is,” said Nicole Forsgren, Founder and CEO of DevOps Research and Assessment LLC. “You do a search and replace, take ‘DevOps’ out, use ‘Digital Transformation’ instead.”

In spite of the snark, each of the panelists had seen examples of success with DevOps. “We started at United with one program at a time. Success breeds success,” Prickel explained. “It really starts with the people. Once you get there, that’s when everything accelerates and just blossoms.”

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/11/04/devops-success-beyond-agile-cloud-expo-power-panel/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, CA Technologies is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Jason Bloomberg.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.