I recently attended DevOpsDays Austin 2014 and was very impressed by the event as a whole. The conference format provides a great medium for the attendees. The combination of thought leadership and technical presentation tracks along with Open Space discussions and Ignite talks, makes the two day event both informative and very interactive. Here are my three key takeaways from the event:
1. DevOps culture is still a big topic of discussion. Tools are a great enabler, but as the opening keynote speaker Andrew Clay Shafer (@littleidea),Read More
For our May DevOps Drive-In webcast, we’re delighted to feature Mandi Walls, author of the eBook “Building a DevOps Culture,” published by O’Reilly. Mandi is a Technical Practice Manager at Chef and travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management and modernizing IT practices.
She will join me in a discussion on theRead More
I’m not a golfer but every golfer has their favorite, most dependable iron. In Enterprise IT, its the mainframe. The mainframe has lasted over 50 years because of its resilience, dependability and because it just runs! The problem is that if you mention the word “Mainframe” to most IT professionals today their eyes glaze over and they get totally confused when terms like CICS, IMS or ISPF are mentioned. Deploying composite apps that have mainframe artifacts is currently an art reserved for the highly skilled. Serena Software recently held its quarterlyRead More
Right on schedule, we closed the sale of Serena Software to the partnership of private equity firm HGGC and Serena founder Doug Troxel.
Since the announcement of the acquisition on March 10th, I’ve spoken with many customers and prospective customers about our new financial partners, and everyone is excited and positive about the transition. HGGC seized the opportunity to invest with Doug Troxel because they believe in Serena’s strategy and our opportunities ahead. Our customers see this investment of smart new money as a strong validationRead More
As most of you know, a security flaw has been discovered in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library that is used by up to two thirds of the internet. There is no evidence that Serena or your data has been compromised in any way. More information is available on the OpenSSL website at https://www.openssl.org/, where you can read their security advisory.
Our engineering team has analyzed Serena Business Manager, Dimensions CM, Dimensions RM, PVCS Version Manager, ChangeMan DS and our Mainframe products and have determined they are not at risk.
In order to further protect our On-Demand customers, we re-applied all SSL certificates and updatedRead More
The annual DefenceIT conference concluded this week at the Defence Academy in the UK. More than 250 uniformed and civilian technology leaders gathered to talk about the intersection of business solutions and battlespace technology needs.
Defence spending reductions and the prospect of no active engagements beyond December 2014 are reshaping priorities in the UK Ministry of Defence. This is leading to rebrigading (reallocating brigades resources into fewer organizational units) which has the most immediate impact on the armed forces. However this has theRead More
Whenever the words “Continuous Delivery” and “Enterprise IT” are used in the same sentence it rapidly turns into a page or at least a paragraph. That is because “Enterprise IT” generally means a big, diverse set of heterogeneous infrastructures glued together across many teams and locations that use many different tools and processes to develop and deploy software. Each enterprise has its own unique DNA that has organically evolved through generations of applications and technologies with its own historic set of artifacts andRead More
Modernizing the application development and delivery lifecycle is top of mind for many organizations as they seek ways to meet the increasing demands for new applications and services. With speed and business alignment remaining the top app dev priorities in 2014 (see my blog post on this topic), we see a re-emergence in the importance of application change and configuration management, the adoption of modern development practices, and theRead More
Glenn O’Donnell, Principal Analyst at Forrester paid a visit to Serena Software headquarters in San Mateo, CA this week and joined us for our monthly DevOps Drive-In webcast. IT is in its own industrial revolution according to Glenn, in part because IT is currently too slow, has poor quality and customers don’t trust IT. This revolution requires an IT fitness program and not a weight loss programRead More