Unicorns, Horses, ITIL, and Enterprise DevOps
“DevOps” is one of those buzzwords that means everything and nothing at
the same time.
It is like the words “cloud,” “architecture,” and “Internet of
Things”—terms so vague they lead to endless debates between IT people.
DevOps seems to take this verbal sparring to a new level. On top of arguing
over what it means, people also debate the proper method for delivering
DevOps. Notice that “method” is singular, as if there were only one way
to do it.
The following three topics are heavily debated amongst DevOps practitioners,
evangelists, pundits, and wannabees:
All Unicorns Were Once Horses
Most examples of successful DevOps in practice come from web companies like
Etsy, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and the like.
Many people in large enterprises call these web companies “unicorns,”
because the things they are able to accomp... (more)
Some companies are still hanging on to the belief that they can manage their
own data centers better than the various cloud providers out there.
This state of denial should all but go away when the influx of petabyte scale
data becomes a reality for enterprises. Enterprises are going to have to ask
themselves, “Do we want to be in the infrastructure business?” because
that is what it will take to provide the appropriate amount of bandwidth,
disk storage, and compute power to keep up with the demand for data
ingestion, storage, and real-time analytics that will serve the business ... (more)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a new hot buzzword and like most buzzwords,
its purpose and definition are grossly misunderstood. When some people hear
the term IoT they immediately associate it with a refrigerator reminding us
to order milk or our Fitbit wearable device tweeting how we just "crushed a
4.1 mile run".
Neither of those use cases are very compelling to most of us which makes it
hard to fathom how experts can predict that by 2020 there will be greater
than a one trillion dollar market that vendors will be trying to claim a
Check out my latest post of Forb... (more)
When I visit clients to talk about DevOps, I usually ask them what their
monitoring strategy is. Too often, the answer I hear is "We use Nagios". I
think Nagios is a great tool, but it sure is not a strategy. Nagios does a
good job of monitoring infrastructure. It will alert you when you are running
out of disk, CPU, or memory. I call this reactive monitoring. In other words,
Nagios is telling you that your resources are getting maxed out and you are
about to have issues. Proactive monitoring focuses more on the behavior of
the applications and attempts to detect when metrics are... (more)
Three Arguments Against Enterprise SaaS That Fall Flat
For capabilities that are not a core competency of an enterprise, today’s
IT teams are hard pressed to justify why the needs of the business could not
be met with a leading SaaS solution.
Here’s the truth.
Check out my latest whitepaper that I coauthored for Bulger Partners.
Software Is Eating the World
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Companies that were not previously in the technology space now find
themselves competing with Google and Amazon on the speed of innovation. As
the innovation cycle accelerates, companies must embrace r... (more)