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DevOps Enterprise Summit to share tales of corporate transformation

At the DevOps Enterprise Summit, more than two dozen major corporations that have implemented DevOps discuss their experiences, share what to do -- and what not to do.

With the DevOps movement bringing sweeping changes to IT departments, it's only natural that large corporations get together to share their experiences and dispense advice. The DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES), taking place Nov. 7 to 9 in San Francisco is doing just that. With 102 speakers from enterprise corporations and technology providers set to deliver 85 separate sessions and panel discussions, developers of cloud and mobile applications have the opportunity to absorb content spanning a wide range of topics.

Lingering doubts regarding the benefits of DevOps have all but vanished, washed away in a torrent of corporate implementations. In a January 2016 survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals conducted by RightScale, DevOps adoption, already at 66% coming into 2015, had risen to 74% by 2016. Consequently, it is important for developers, architects and business executives to learn from other enterprises that have already blazed DevOps trails.

Mon., Nov. 7: DevOps transformation

Among the scheduled speakers at DOES is Tyler Underwood, a senior application engineer at Detroit-based Quicken Loans. Underwood's presentation, "DevOps Champions: Leading the Transformation at Quicken Loans," is scheduled for 1:50 pm on Mon., Nov. 7.

Just as executives use dashboards to understand the health of their business, we talk about the use of dashboards within IT to understand the health of development, testing and operations.
Brian Pricevice president of commercial services, Stratus Solutions

One issue with DevOps is that definitions vary. Underwood goes so far in his presentation as to say, "You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means."

A common challenge with DevOps is "worked fine in Dev, it's Ops' problem now," according to Underwood. The problem, which is highlighted in his presentation, is that thinking of DevOps as the sum of Dev and Ops is wholly inadequate. In his view, DevOps must also include quality assurance and systems administration, along with the beneficial addition of business analysis and corporate leadership.

Building a DevOps community rather than a restrictive team brings more people into play, resulting in two essential benefits: the adoption of DevOps methodologies throughout the enterprise and using that broader visibility to break down silos, whether they are technological or cultural.

To ensure both initial and ongoing success with projects, this quartet needs to implement iterative feedback loops along with a culture of continual experimentation and learning. Experimentation acknowledges risk and failure, learning from them repetition, practice and more experimentation.

Tue., Nov 8: A matter of metrics

Though DevOps ultimately seeks to improve insight for a business's decision-makers, it's equally important for IT to have insight in the operational health of its applications and services. On Tues., Nov. 8 at 2 pm, senior systems engineer David Page, and vice president of commercial services Brian Price, both from Stratus Solutions, are slated to present "Dashboards for DevOps: How to Set Up The Right Reports to Help Teams Monitor the Metrics that Matter." Based in Fulton, Md., Stratus provides DevOps consulting services.

"Companies use a wide variety of DevOps tools, but they don't often use them together in a cohesive way," Price said. "Just as executives use dashboards to understand the health of their business, we talk about the use of dashboards within IT to understand the health of development, testing and operations." Companies often believe that they have a problem with their development teams, that they might not be releasing as expected, Page added. "With dashboard tools looking at the appropriate metrics, we can determine that sometimes the fault lies within the infrastructure."

But wait, there's more

The DevOps Enterprise Summit focuses on large corporations that have lived through their own DevOps adventures and which are willing to share what they've learned. Among the other high-profile user presentations are:

  • "DevOps in the Midst of an Airline Merger" -- American Airlines
  • "Commonalities of Agile and DevOps Transformation for Large Conservative Organizations" -- Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin
  • "The Quest for Accelerated Delivery" -- Nationwide Insurance
  • "Focusing on Pipeline and Measurement" -- Capital One Bank
  • "Building an Enterprise Git Repository" -- Akamai Technologies
  • "DevOps at Disney: The Enterprise Awakens" -- The Walt Disney Company

The DevOps Enterprise Summit runs from Mon., Nov. 7 through Wed., Nov. 9 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

Joel Shore is news writer for TechTarget's Business Applications and Architecture Media Group. Write to him at [email protected] or follow @JshoreTT on Twitter.

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