Mark Levy Archive

We are still not there yet are we. The idea that IT is an “always on” utility, or better yet, a competitive advantage for the business.

Every year there are ton of examples illustrating that we still have a lot of work to do.  Whether it’s shutting down the Russian stock market for a couple of hours, deploying a bug that changes all the retail prices to a $0.01 or bursting Microsoft’s Azure cloud, the deployment of software defects into production, and the ability to remediate the problem once it occurs, continues to plague IT.

Come join me as we invite Jez Humble, co-author of Continuous Delivery and Lean Enterprise, and VP at @chef, to the DevOps Drive-in to discuss what is a high performing IT organization, how do you become one, and what are the obstacles in your way to unlock the secrets of high performance IT.

toolchainOnce the developer checks in a change, how long does it take your organization to deliver it to the customer?  The path to production can take many turns, have many dips, and fall short in terms of quality and expectations.  IT organizations struggle with major process and toolchain gaps between develop, build, deploy, and release.  Come join us at the December Serena DevOps Drive-in as Julian Fish, Director of Products, demonstrates how to integrate your DevOps toolchain and automate your deployment pipeline using Serena Deployment Automation.

How do you become a high performance IT organization?  Earlier in the year we had Glenn O’Donnell of Forrester on our Serena DevOps Drive-in webcast to answer this question. Glenn outlined the fact that we are in the beginning of an IT industrial revolution: IT is currently too slow, has poor quality and customers don’t trust IT. This current state has given rise to the DevOps movement, and Forrester has highlighted seven habits that are commonly found in the most dominant technology innovators in the world.

Forrester has now formalized this presentation in a research report by Kurt Bittner and Amy DeMartine. You can now read a complimentary copy of this new analyst report by Forrester to get seven actionable steps you can take to “deliver real business value faster and more frequently.”

Today Serena is announcing ChangeMan ZMF v8, a major update to our flagship mainframe SCCM solution. Why the continued large investment by Serena in the mainframe? Read on…

Continuous Delivery for the Enterprise has been the mainframe_V8_blogpost subject of much focus and discussion in the industry and in my recent blog posts. Enterprises need to deliver new features in a fast, efficient and reliable manner. However, many don’t realize that delivering a new feature involves more than just updating a website or front-end app. There’s a lot happening on the backend, frequently involving software updates to the mainframe. Enterprise apps are like icebergs: there is a lot more ice below the surface…and the big part at the bottom of the enterprise app iceberg is often a mainframe.

Just to give some context, COBOL is still the language behind over 70% of the world’s business transactions, and there are 1.5 million CICS transactions being executed every second, which is nearly 40 times higher than the 40,000 Google searches per sec.

And while the mainframe continues to be so critical, there’s a skills shortage as many mainframe programmers, administrators and business analysts are nearing retirement. Agility and accelerated application delivery is required across all platforms, but frequently companies struggle to deliver mainframe changes at the pace that the business demands.

While there are many mainframe software vendors that are content to maintain the status quo,  Serena continues to invest heavily into supporting the mainframe.  We are doubling down this critical component of our customers’ enterprise environments. With today’s announcement of ChangeMan ZMF v8, Serena is helping mainframe teams accelerate mainframe application delivery for both modern and legacy applications at a significantly lower cost.  Over 400 change requests went into ChangeMan ZMF v8, which you can read more about in this prior blog post by Al Slovacek, VP of Mainframe Products.

ChangeMan ZMF v8 provides innovative release and deployment management, unmatched development support and superior scalability and extendibility. We are honored to be able to deliver this release to the best customers in the world!

How does a developer know when they are done?.  soup.testing.001 How does a business know that their new application or feature does what the customer wants it to do? By testing. Testing is a cross functional activity that involves the whole team and should be done continuously from the beginning of the project. It serves as the gauntlet that a committed change has to run and pass in order to be considered worthy for release.  While testing is a major key ingredient of Continuous Delivery and the deployment pipeline, it seems to get less DevOps airplay than culture, continuous integration and deployment automation.  It’s time to change that.

We have invited our newest partner, Soasta, the leader in continuous testing technology, to talk to this subject on our next live DevOps Drive-in webcast on November 20th. Join us to hear how continuous testing helps accelerate application delivery.



The world of configuration management is no longer just about The future of configuration management webcast servers in the data center. It is rapidly expanding and supporting other environments including cloud, mobile devices, embedded devices, BYOD and devices in the car and home. All these environments need to be configured as a broader system tying into a business platform or application. Everything is growing and becoming increasingly pervasive, decentralized, complex and dynamic.

Where are we headed with Configuration Management? Are we at a crossroads?

Mark Burgess the CTO, Founder and original author of CFEngine joins us on the October 30th DevOps Drive-in to answer these questions and discuss the future of configuration management.

Please join me for this compelling live webcast and bring your questions about confirmation management, DevOps, continuous delivery and more!


P.S. Please register in advance to attend. If you can’t make it live, we’ll send you a link to the recording.

Deploying software in today’s enterprise environments is an extremely expensive and inefficient process. The cost in terms of resources, time and revenue lost is actually astounding. I was on the phone with a large insurance company recently that was struggling with high costs and time to market issues with their main retail application. Their DBAs were spending over 50% of their time manually deploying 3 releases a day.

Do you have high cost, highly skilled team members deploying software? It shouldn’t be that hard.

You can automate your database deployments with Serena and Datical as discussed in September’s DevOps Drive-in webcast.

In case you missed it, you can view the recording and download the presentation.

You can also just watch this compelling demo right here:

Continuous Delivery continues to be one of the most effective approaches to improving application delivery and achieving DevOps improvement.

Serena has partnered with CloudBees, the enterprise Jenkins company, to bring you live full-day summits with industry experts on Continuous Delivery. The first four summits have been sold out and well reviewed.

Please join us at one of the upcoming summits in a city near you:

  • Chicago – October 15th
  • San Francisco – October 22nd
  • Washington DC – November 19th

Please register early, as the limited number of seats will fill up quickly. There’s no cost to attend.

More info and registration links are on the CloudBees website.

I will be at each event with some of my expert Serena colleagues, so I look forward to meeting you there!


P.S. If you’re already a Jenkins user, then don’t miss the Jenkins User Conference in San Francisco on October 23rd, the day after the Continuous Delivery Summit. I’ll see you there, as well!

Patrick Debois coined the term “DevOps” as part of the first DevOpsDays nearly 5 years ago. Now DevOps is a major movement in the smallest start-ups and the largest enterprises.

Patrick and I spoke on a recent Serena DevOps Drive-In webcast about the first five years of the DevOps movement and what lies ahead in the next five years. I think you’ll find the edited recording of the event really interesting.

See the recorded webcast with Patrick on our YouTube channel.

His slides are available on SlideShare.

Be sure to check the Serena DevOps Drive-In page for our past features and upcoming events.


UPDATE: Patrick was unable to speak last week, so we rescheduled the webcast to this Thursday at Noon ET / 9 am PT.


Patrick Debois coined the term “DevOps” as part of the first DevOpsDays nearly 5 years ago. Now DevOps is a major movement in the smallest start-ups and the largest enterprises.

I welcome you to join me in discussion with Patrick in a live webcast on August 20th to reflect on the first 5 years of DevOps and what the next 5 years may bring.

This will surely be one of my most interesting DevOps Drive-in webcasts, so please join me to ask your questions.


Webcast: Join Patrick Debois Live on the 5th Anniversary of DevOps

Date/Time: Thursday, August 28th at 9 am PT/Noon ET/5 pm UK/6 pm Belgium (for Patrick!)

Tags: DevOps, Serena