DEVOPS

Automation over Processes

Unleash the Dragon!

September 12, 2017

This week I encountered a situation which reminded me of a clip from the hit-series Game of Thrones. In this clip Tyrion Lannister walks down a stairway into a dungeon, to unleash a couple of dragons. We get a glimpse of his face and see how terrified he is when he finally sees the dragons....

Building a SMART Architecture with Serverless

September 6, 2017

One of the most important parts of a digital transformation is setting up a digital platform, and a challenge is to make it as simple as possible. Ideally, it should only take a sprint (about a month, and what we usually call sprint zero) for an agile team to set it up in the cloud....

Bring Testing to the Front with ATDD

August 22, 2017

Every time I read about quality and testing initiatives in companies, I am reminded of an old story I read about how traders in America would set sail from the harbor and then stop after just an hour of the voyage. The purpose was to take stock of the inventory in case they missed something....

August 7, 2017 by

Many organizations struggle with how to get started with their digital transformation. They have read the articles, listened to the presentation, and have seen the videos, so they know that they need to work in a new way with new tools, but they still need practical advice on how to get going, and fast. We have...

January 25, 2017 by

As the DevOps trend goes on and transformations are in full-swing I stumbled upon the zero touch trend. New, well not really, although not to me at least. For those less familiar with it, in a really tiny nutshell to me this is zero touch testing; “A zero-touch lab is where any engineer, at any...

December 30, 2016 by

A flexible, cheap and innovative business is the main goal companies have. Moving to the cloud, change the way of working and make the systems more flexible are three drivers to reach this goal. Three forces are pushing the continues DevOps evolution: The Cloud Platform force, The System Architecture force and the Collaboration Force. 3...

December 19, 2016 by

DevOps transformative journeys are not cheap for any organization to embark upon.  There are the tangible costs of around the infrastructure necessary to support your journey.  And there are the intangible costs associated with things such as:  lost development velocity, and the intrinsic cost of the necessary organizational change.  I do want to be clear...

December 8, 2016 by

Everything changes, including change. Allow me to explain- what I mean by this is that not only are technologies and businesses changing continuously (as always) but that there has also been a paradigm shift in the way these changes are impacting businesses. This new reality calls for a different approach towards change management on the part...

December 4, 2016 by

Like many with me, I have considered microservices architectures just for a select few forerunners, like Netflix, PayPal, Uber, Twitter, Airbnb, Lyft, and Spotify, but recently I’ve realized that this is a path that most organizations will have to take sooner or later on their digital transformation journey. In the animated image you can see...

October 26, 2016 by

I received a serious wake-up call just a couple of weeks ago It started with me being given the responsibility for a team of maintenance engineers dealing with old-fashioned maintenance contracts. The team was located across India and the Netherlands and a majority of the applications they were dealing with were developed years ago and...

October 18, 2016 by

DevOps is a transformational challenge for many organizations. But not all roads lead to DevOps: We cannot move forward to DevOps without a continuous Quality Assurance (QA) strategy, which in turn, pushes transformation of traditional testing and QA activities. We propose to make progress on such transformation by triggering structured changes, which we propose to...

October 14, 2016 by

How many times have we heard this phrase?  “If I had a Dollar (or Euro, or Yen, or your currency of choice) for every time so and so did this, then I would be rich.”  Well I would like to propose that we change this to “If I had $10 (or Euros, or Yen, or...

October 10, 2016 by

Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of interest in DevOps. To an extent,  this is being driven by the new social, local and mobile solutions all of which have gotten consumers used to higher and higher standards of innovation, speed, service and convenience. These heightened customer expectations together with the current...

August 12, 2016 by

Often I hear colleagues or co-workers talk about Agile transitions and the impediments that certain scrum teams encounter. For instance, the team struggles with how to plan and execute the non-functional testing for the next sprint in the retrospective session (as part of the sprint review). Later in that same session, the team has a...

June 30, 2016 by

The world around the DevOps team is changing. It is accelerating constantly to a new world where the practices are complete different as it is today. DevOps teams need to evolve accordingly to stay relevant. Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative. (H.G. Wells) To know in which direction to evolve, it...

June 27, 2016 by

As we will have realized by now, DevOps is not a goal. It is merely a means (even better, a mindset) to achieve high-performance teams and organizations. DevOps enables cross-functional (x-silo) collaboration in and between your teams to support a continuously improving digital value chain. As a matter of fact, I rather speak of Value...

May 30, 2016 by

Working in a DevOps team is extremely different from any other environments. In almost every aspect it’s different: culture, organization, roles, decisions and coordination. In this blog, I will zoom in one of  these aspects. I will discuss the dimension of coordination. Before talking about coordination in DevOps teams specifically, let’s have a deeper look...

May 20, 2016 by

For me, DevOps is more than just automation or implementing certain tools.  Conceptually, DevOps is not just implementing Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Selenium, or writing unit tests in your language of choice.  DevOps is also not: agile specific, a prescriptive series of tasks and or tools to implement, a prescriptive methodology to be implemented.  DevOps is...

April 13, 2016 by

The evolution of DevTest Labs with DTAP environments, cloud, containers, toggles and serverless platforms. New platform capabilities and architectural patterns will change the need of a DevTest Lab. Environments Dev/Test Labs are used in software development for decades. Different types of environments are helping teams with continued integration, deployment and testing while delivering business value....

April 5, 2016 by

  This infographic contains the highlights of SogetiLabs report: ‘Mastering Digital Disruption with DevOps‘, 2016.

April 1, 2016 by

All sectors are concerned by the digital transformation! That’s the reality of all companies. In our recent report about DevOps, we write about this extensively and show how this digital transformation takes place in a context where companies need to always deliver more value – i.e. more services  – to the business or customers, faster and faster...

*Opinions expressed on this blog reflect the writer’s views and not the position of the Sogeti Group