Making The Business More Agile

We’re pretty lucky these days to work and play with lots of cool stuff. In a consumer world of HD TVs, Mac books, iPhones, Droids, Angry Birds, Face books and tweets, life is rarely boring. Working in IT is the same. We’ve got clouds, NoSQL, agile, SOA, ria, pythons, scalas, rubies, and lots of ideas and technologies to play with every week. If only our friends and relatives outside of IT could figure out what the hell we’re all excited about, and the simple fact that most of us aren’t millionaires.

Web Ops to Dev Ops in Mountain View

After Velocity came DevOpsDays in Mountain View. I was hoping to give my feet and liver a rest after two consecutive days at Velocity. When I woke up at 7:30 a.m. the next day my body was throwing lots of OutOfEnergyExceptions, and it did cross my mind whether another 2 day event on Dev and Ops might be overkill. I got out of bed, hopped on a Caltrain, and made it to the DevOpsDay just in time for John’s “State of Union” speech.

John gave a great intro into how the DevOps movement started and its progress since inception back in 2009. Within just two years, Gartner is now recognizing the movement and its relevance within IT. John then talked about agile companies like FlickR who were doing a wacky 10 deployments a day back in 2009—and more recently WealthFront, who are now up to 50-100 deployments a day. It’s becoming clear Agile Development is driving the need for Agile Infrastructure and Operations. However, whilst the Cloud concept helps organizations become more agile, the idea that Ops will simply go away or be taken over by Dev is just nonsense (John put it a bit more bluntly than that, which was well received). The Business and Dev still need Ops, no matter what.