On April 7, 2014, IBM will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mainframe, marking an incredible achievement. In what some consider the biggest business gamble of all time, International Business Machines invested $5 billion ($35 billion in today’s dollars) in a family of six mutually compatible computers and 40 peripherals that could work together and be expanded in multiple combinations. Big Blue ended up adding 60,000 employees and 5 new major plants to support this new system. It has been the most important product announcement in the history ofRead More
I am pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership agreement with QualityPark (QP), a Serena requirements management partner for over 10 years. Under this agreement, QualityPark will assume software development for Dimensions RM, Serena’s Requirements Management product, and its companion product, Read More
I had the pleasure of joining Bola Rotibi, Research Director at Creative Intellect Consulting, during Serena’s DevOps Drive-In Webcast, hosted earlier today. (I forgot to order my popcorn when registering!) My key takeaways from the session come from Bola’s slide titled, “Ten points for gearing towards Continuous Delivery:”
First, a confession: I am an Olympics junkie. While running on my treadmill early this morning, I found myself watching the Sweden-Switzerland hockey game. During the break between periods 1 and 2, the broadcast team turned their attention to the growing story of how the US speed skaters have not won a medal, when they were expected to do so many times. The reason, currently in circulation, is the new suits they are wearing. These suits — designed by a well-known sports apparel company, in partnership with a well-known aerospace giant – wereRead More
It’s been years since agile methodologies went mainstream. Recently, with DevOps and Continuous Delivery/Deployment, we are now able to work in an agile way from Dev right through to Ops, instead of just Dev and Test working in an agile manner. I am constantly surprised when I hear of organizations not using their new found agility to reduce batch sizes and deliver smaller amounts of quality functionality more frequently. Also, I often hear about companies who keep their release cycles long and try to put more into a release. I’m sure we have allRead More
Last week Microsoft introduced their new CEO, Satya Nadell. I always like to read the “memo to the employees” from a new CEO. It’s interesting to hear what inspires and motivates new CEOs and how they frame the mission and vision. Mr. Nadell states: “This is a software powered world” and “that software enables businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways.” In order to achieveRead More
If 2013 was the year to get down to business, 2014 is the year to wake up and deliver. However, it’s not so much that app dev priorities or resolutions have changed; it’s their importance and focus on execution and delivery that is more critical than ever. No surprise that this fact continues to hold true: delivering applications faster to the business is still the #1 application development priority for 2014.
At the Gartner AADI Summit inRead More
There are times when I hear things about DevOps which just don’t seem to make much sense. Sometimes the statements are quite destructive and, in my opinion, make Dev and Ops collaboration so much harder.
Recently, I heard yet again that DevOps will result in Dev taking over Ops responsibilities, essentially reducing the need for people in Ops. I don’t agree. The role of staff in both development and operations is changing. Operations staff are more likely to have development skills and spend more time automating tasks. IfRead More
Serena Software released Serena Release Manager v5 back in December and I blogged a brief overview of the features and functions of the release and how it can help organizations start to transform their culture and begin to support the main principles of DevOps. The results ultimately need to transform into improving operational efficiencies and being more responsive to the business. We have seen customers improveRead More