13 days ago

Predictions 2018: CIOs Will Lead Organizations To Say Farewell To The Chief Digital Officer

When I look back at my time as a CIO, I often say it was only half-Dickensian. I bet you can guess which half! Legacy was rampant. Ops models and operating frameworks where based on dated theories. Just as folks felt like they were getting a handle on …

1 month, 24 days ago

We Are Defining KPIs For DevOps And Need Your Help!

As the importance of DevOps grows in modern enterprises, Forrester seeks to define clear metrics and benchmarks for successful DevOps. I&O is responsible for the continuous deployment of software and services.  This means they own the final step before end-users or customers “use” what was developed.  We believe that there are three pillars of KPI’s […]

2 months, 7 days ago

Continuous Delivery and Release Automation – Critical To DevOps Success

I am seeing more and more inquiries focused on driving business transformation where the transformation depends on software and business technology.  ING is a model for digital transformation, and Ralph Hamers, CEO, has publicly reinforced the bank’s transformation. Hamers stated “We have to recognize that technology is what Banks do”[i]. Every business today must focus […]

2 months, 18 days ago

Configuration Management and the CMDB: An Updated Take

I get a lot of inquiries from I&O pros on configuration management. It’s a broad topic. Tools such as Chef and Puppet solve configuration management problems: what is the intended state of a given resource? There’s general agreement that this form of configuration management is essential. However, my inquiries also cover the Configuration Management Database […]

2 months, 27 days ago

Release Velocity Is Abysmal And Needs Continuous Deployment

DevOps is no longer the new kid on the block, adoption of DevOps encompasses all industries. Despite this adherence to principles of speed, velocity and agility, release frequency appears to be lagging. Continuous deployment can help: organizations leveraging an integrated continuous deployment toolset are able to make the dream of continuous releases to production a […]

3 months, 16 days ago

Writing Code In Fly-over Country

As our clients know, I’ve been writing a lot about strategies for recruiting and retaining developers, and building shop cultures where they can thrive. In the U.S. we’re currently in a sellers market when it comes to development talent. According to the BLS, firms will need to find almost half a million developers between 2014 […]

3 months, 21 days ago

What Are Other I&O Folks Asking Us

Do you wonder what other organizations are working on?  Do you feel challenged around topics such as DevOps, hybrid cloud, infrastructure transformations and how to enable your workforce?   I took a look at 1,270 user inquiries/questions that the Forrester’s I&O research team received between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017.  The results are: Financial […]

4 months, 10 days ago

DevOps: From Unicorns To Mainstream

Every day I hear more about the pressure I&O organizations are under to accelerate the delivery of applications and services and the pressure it is placing on the existing resources.  As organizations transition, DevOps, formally the purview of unicorns, is now transitioning to mainstream.  DevOps, which started as a grassroots approach by development organizations who […]