• Continuous Delivery Vs. Application Release Automation

    Continuous Delivery Vs. Application Release Automation

    I am often asked, “if we are using a continuous integration server and adopting a continuous delivery pipeline, why do I need application release automation (ARA)?”  Good question.  In a nutshell, continuous delivery (CD) is a process, and ARA is part of the CD tool chain.  It is best to think of CD as a
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  • Holiday Tech Freezes – Stay C.A.L.M ( Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement )

    Holiday Tech Freezes – Stay C.A.L.M ( Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement )

    “Spokojnych swiat” – is one of most popular Christmas wishes in Poland. In English it means “We wish you a calm and peaceful holiday season”. However, when we try to imagine the atmosphere in an IT department of a medium or large company during December and early January, it rarely is quiet and peaceful. Specialists
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  • DevOps is Fun But Non-Functional

    DevOps is Fun But Non-Functional

    Please don’t throw things at me! It sounds a bit odd but I’ve come to the conclusion that DevOps is fun but non-functional. Before you start throwing rotten tomatoes at me, as was the case with one of my other DevOps blogs, Kill DevOps, please let me explain. There aren’t many decent definitions of DevOps
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  • Are We Finally In The Cloud?

    Are We Finally In The Cloud?

    A ‘cloud-first’ way of working Twenty years ago Sean O’Sullivan and George Favaloro predicted a world where cloud computing was the norm and the world would look to cloud first, rather than considering in-house service options. ServiceNow commissioned ReRez Research (Dallas) to conduct a survey which targeted 1,850 respondents in seven countries, on four continents. They
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  • Can and Should You Adopt Agile In Your Company

    Can and Should You Adopt Agile In Your Company

    If you have anything to do with IT or even any of the IT-adjacent industries, you have probably heard about agile. In fact, you have probably had your ears burning from the millions (it definitely feels like millions) of various experts turning “Agile” into one of the buzzwords of the 21st century so far. But,
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  • Speaking at the DevOps Enterprise Summit

    Speaking at the DevOps Enterprise Summit

    A Preview I’m honored to be speaking at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco this November. My talk will be on “Influencing Higher Education to Create the Future DevOps Workforce” As I’ve discussed elsewhere, our education system is a bit behind the curve in responding to digital transformation and underpinning practices such as Agile,
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  • DevOps Disambiguation

    DevOps Disambiguation

    DevOps is many things Being at the top of the hype-cycle, there’s lots of stuff being written about DevOps versus various standards, frameworks and religions. Most of it isn’t really helpful because the author isn’t clear about what he or she means by “DevOps”. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, yes –
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  • Devopathy – beware adding dogma to DevOps

    Devopathy – beware adding dogma to DevOps

    Devopathy is a system of alternative DevOps practice created at the top of the DevOps hype cycle by nefarious vendors and consultants, based on their doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that an approach that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy information systems would cure similar symptoms in sick
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