Here comes DevOps! But how and why is DevOps forming; and what is it providing? Of course, DevOps is Application Development (Dev) and IT Operations (Ops) teams working together to deliver the needs of the business.
Why DevOps? With online applications being the business, enterprises cannot afford long delays in application development and application enhancement. Every new feature that can be delivered can generate additional income; and the sooner that feature is delivered, the sooner the income is realized. DevOps addresses the long-standing divide between App Dev and IT Ops and improves the speed that applications are delivered.
How are they working together? Sometimes organizationally they are merging or teams are being created. Recently, at the DevOps Days in Austin, I met development and release engineers who are parts of newly formed DevOps teams. But these DevOps teams are still in the minority when considering how organizations are delivering DevOps. More often than not, DevOps is being realized by improved collaboration by the different Development and Operations teams.
How do these disconnected teams, Dev and Ops, work together, especially after so many years of division? They have different goals and different processes; yet these goals and processes must be combined, connected, or consolidated in order for DevOps to succeed. Regarding goals, Dev is all about creating new apps and features to reduce risks, reduce costs, improve performance, and/or increase revenue. Meanwhile, IT Ops’ role is to move new features and apps into production as expediently, efficiently, and effectively as possible. Traditionally, this meant that App Dev moved quickly and IT Ops moved prudently, often butting heads in the process. Now, they can’t butt heads; they must work together.
Regarding processes, each group has had its own set of processes which haven’t been well connected. The hand off between the groups has thus been negatively affected. And this is one of the most critical challenges that needs to be addressed for DevOps to succeed. Orchestrating Development Management processes with Release Management processes will ensure that critical application release information is not lost and that DevOps can deliver on its goal – to deliver new apps and new features expediently, efficiently, and effectively so that the business can increase revenue and reduce costs.
If you’re looking for a DevOps solution, read the Ovum Rainbow Map for DevOps, a third party analysis of available DevOps vendors. According to the report, Serena Software demonstrates comprehensive coverage for a DevOps solution.
It was with great pleasure I attended a vibrant Federal User Group last week. With so many advances and improvements in the past 12 months, Federal agencies and system integrators showed enthusiastic interest in the evolution of our Orchestrated ALM solutions – Requirements Manager, Development Manager and Release Manager. Within the Federal government, as in many enterprise IT organizations, there is a continued need to drive efficiency and transparency across both Application Development and IT Operations. I noted particular interest in the orchestration of Release Management with Serena Release Manager, and IT Service Management with Serena Service Manager.
Among those responsible for both distributed and mainframe application development and delivery, there was surprise and delight that the upcoming Serena Dashboard will extend out of the box KPI metrics (process and data) across both distributed and mainframe environments; and with the news that ChangeMan ZMF will be encompassed in Serena Development Manager and Serena Release Manager solutions. As today’s increasingly multi-tier applications span platforms and technologies, it is comforting to note that the Serena Dashboard will provide a single pane of glass for insight and visibility across Application Development and IT Operations, enabling timely decisions for faster cycle-times, streamlined collaboration, and elimination of waste.
We’re just a few weeks away from publishing our ALM research survey based on almost 1000 IT professionals. One thing that’s clear: when it comes to understanding what’s going on across IT, IT is often in the dark. Customers tell me the same thing: they have good tools especially in development, but when it comes to gaining insight across all their IT processes, they face massive challenges. Different platforms, expensive “heavyweight” Business Intelligence tools, localized processes. IT doesn’t need more Business Intelligence – IT needs IT Intelligence!
What is “IT Intelligence” exactly? IT Intelligence is insight into all IT processes, tools, infrastructure, mainframe and more. It’s not just reporting on release status or seeing the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for a help desk team. It’s understanding how all IT processes, data and metrics all relate to each other, so IT can be as effective as possible.
IT Intelligence allows everyone from IT executives to team members to external stakeholders to understand what’s going on across all IT. For example:
IT Intelligence isn’t just BI reinvented. IT needs insight without all the custom programming, long deployments and rigid modeling that plague traditional BI tools. In order for IT to gain better knowledge and understanding, IT Intelligence should be:
I encourage you to see IT Intelligence for yourself. You can try out an interactive demo of our new Orchestrated IT Dashboard.
How do you best implement Agile lifecycle practices to ensure end-to-end agility for IT application and service delivery?
Creative Intellect Consulting (CIC), a prominent UK analyst firm, has written a “creative short” – a short paper filled with expert insights – on what leading IT organizations are doing to be truly agile across the entire enterprise. Learn how you can successfully extend agile from a core development focus to a standard that stakeholders across the entire application delivery lifecycle can embrace.
Read the “12 Strategies for Delivering End-to-End Agility” to learn how to:
It’s been one month since Serena launched Dimensions CM 12.2, and for IT organizations struggling to balance faster delivery with greater control, CM 12.2 has been an early holiday gift! As I’ve been meeting with customers these last few weeks, I’ve been hearing some very positive feedback from those trying out the latest release.
I’m very proud of all the extensive enhancements that the Serena R&D team has done with CM 12.2. Here are just some of the key highlights:
In addition, significant work has been done on CM 12.2 to continue improving product performance, product quality and customer satisfaction. Here are just a few key metrics highlighting Serena’s attention to product quality:
For more information on Dimensions CM 12.2, I encourage you to see the full release notes for all the details.
A couple of weeks ago at the ALM Expo I presented on “Orchestrating Agility: 4 Steps to a Truly Agile Enterprise” and caught up on the latest trends and perspectives on Application Lifecycle Management. It’s evident that IT application development and delivery is evolving rapidly and we want to take a pulse on the current state by conducting an ALM benchmark survey.
Please take just a few minutes to answer 20 questions on application delivery. If you’re the 100th valid response, you’ll win an iPad!* After the survey results are compiled, you’ll get a complimentary copy of the research report and be able to see how your IT organization’s practices compare to others.
*The 100th valid response to the survey will win an iPad2. Serena Software will contact the respondent via the email address provided in the survey. A valid survey response must contain a full name, work email address and phone number. Multiple survey responses are not considered valid. Serena employees and partners are not eligible for the survey and iPad.
Join your peers this Thursday, November 17 as Forrester Research Senior Analyst Glenn O’Donnell discusses how getting DevOps right will address many of the issues enterprises consistently have with IT, such as applications failing to meet both functional and nonfunctional requirements, delivery delays, increased costs, and an inflexibility to change.
Register Now! All attendees will receive our white paper, 8 Ways to Business Value with Release Management.
Glenn and Serena experts will demonstrate and discuss how you can leverage revolutionary improvements in release management solutions to:
Reserve your spot today. Even if you can’t make the live event, registering now will ensure you are notified when the recording is available.
Serena customer QBE FIRST is part of one of the 25 largest insurance companies in the world. Their IT organization has been focusing on process and metrics to get the insight and visibility they need to efficiently run a distributed development organization.
Join in on a special customer webcast on Thursday, November 3 as QBE FIRST discusses the 5 key development metrics they use to effectively manage a complex distributed team of developers, QA professionals, business analysts and operations personnel. QBE FIRST will go through:
As a bonus, Greg Harder of Serena R&D will show how the new Serena Lifecycle Dashboard provides IT organizations rapid insight into their end-to-end application delivery metrics and tools. See how you can use new dashboards to capture the key metrics you need – no matter what tools you use – and streamline development processes across all your distributed teams and tools.
Register for the webcast: Top 5 Development Metrics You Can’t Ignore on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Eastern/ 4:00 pm UK / 5:00 pm CET.
Many IT executives that I’ve spoken to have found great success with their agile development teams. Greater efficiency. Happier users. Faster cycle times. However, when they look beyond their agile teams, key roadblocks keep popping up. Bottlenecks with getting so many more sprints into production. Hybrid water-scrum-fall projects. Staying compliant with ever increasing regulations and standards. Disparate tools and distributed teams. Multiple environments and platforms. The list goes on and on, especially for enterprise IT organizations.
When it comes to agile in enterprise IT, the tension of speed versus control can seem impossible to resolve. However, some IT organizations have taken a process-based view to make the entire application delivery process more agile. They evaluate the process touch points between stakeholders across the entire lifecycle – from initial request to final release into production – to become truly agile. Orchestrating agility has helped IT organizations realize dramatic results, including 40% faster development, 50% lower costs, and 15X more releases.
How do they do it? Here are 4 steps to deliver agility across the entire IT organization, and not just within development.
To get more detail about these 4 steps and learn more about orchestrating agility across the entire application delivery lifecycle in your organization, attend my presentation at the ALM Expo, a virtual conference from November 9-10. Register – it’s free!
Today Serena announced that Ultimate Software, a leading provider of human capital cloud management solutions for global business, selected Serena Release Automation, powered by Nolio, as its application deployment solution for Development.
Ultimate Software has thousands of servers and multiple deployments running daily from pre-production to production. At such a fast pace and high volume of application changes, it’s absolutely critical that they employ a streamlined process-approach to release automation.
Previously, Ultimate Software was using Symantec Altiris but decided to evaluate other deployment solutions in search of one that could manage their complex applications, improve operational efficiencies and streamline the deployment process. Serena’s Release Automation solution addressed these criteria and is expected to reduce their application release deployment times and significantly decrease operational costs.
The tech company’s Director of Infrastructure and Deployment Strategy, Brian Goldberg, told us: “Following months of meticulous research, we identified Serena as the best application deployment solution on the market. We realized that existing infrastructure automation solutions, such as Altiris, can do a good job when you need to provision new servers, but when it comes to application releases and deployments, it’s a different story. We look forward to leveraging Serena’s Release Automation solution as our unified deployment solution and ensuring the highest level of security and reliability.”