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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 the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).