Although the conversation about DevOps typically focuses mostly on the tool
sets and platforms – Puppet, Docker, Microservices et al, the more
profoundly challenging aspects for most large organizations will be in the
organizational transformation is proposed as part of the ‘Cloud Native‘
The Inverse Conway Maneuver
As is described in the complimentary ebook from Pivotal – Migrating to
Cloud Native Application Architectures:
DevOps sets out to break down the artificial boundaries that develop
profusely in large, hierarchical organizations, and instead self-organize
around a ‘delivery pipeline’ of the work required to deploy code faster
and with fewer errors.
In short a ‘Lean’ system, one with zero process waste.
They reference the intriguing ‘Inverse Conway Manever‘ to describe this
transformation from a silo-based organization to one optimized for DevOps.
Nike's Journey to Microservices - Getting to Production Fast
By Neil McEvoy
Nike is an organization that understands the shift driven by trends like the
Internet of Things, where technology becomes an integral part of product
Fitness is a key area where IoT wearable technologies combined with new apps
will become differentiating factors that influence which new sports shoes and
clothes we buy.
Keynote Case Study
It’s therefore essential that the corporate IT team recognizes and keeps up
with this shift, and how Nike is doing so is described in this video of their ... (more)
Microservice Containers and Multi-Platform Development
By Neil McEvoy
At the heart of the Cloud Native recipe is the shift to a ‘containerized
microservices’ application architecture.
This is a pretty fundamental shift in IT habits, embracing both the
Docker-inspired container technology wave as well as a
holistic transformation of how software is built too. So how do the two
relate, what is the connection between employing containers for deployment
and microservices for architecture?
Nate Slater, a Solution Architect with AWS Startups explores this questio... (more)
Gartner describes iPaaS as:
“a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance
of integration flows connecting any combination of on premises and
cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or
across multiple organizations.”
Their Magic Quadrant, which can be downloaded courtesy of Mulesoft, defines
Service Description: What qualifies as a true Cloud service, iPaaS
Functionality. Use Cases and Buying Centers: iPaaS primarily addresses a need
for Cloud Service Integration integrating on-premises applications and data,
with SaaS ... (more)
How Does DevOps Fit with ITIL?
By Neil McEvoy
DevOps simply represents the better fusion of the usually quite distinct
departments of software engineering and IT operations. The goal is faster and
safer rates of software innovation.
A simple objective but a troublesome one in reality – as many experts
explain the core issue is they are directly opposed: One is tasked with
creating as much software change as is possible, and the other tasked with
minimizing change as much as possible. Even the smallest full stop in a URL
in a line of code can break an entire system and deploying c... (more)