Multi-Speed IT Environment – Lessons from field

Multi-Speed IT Environment – Lessons from field

In majority of phased enterprise agile transformation programs, Multi-speed IT is unavoidable. When I say Multi-speed IT, I refer to a world where agile and waterfall (legacy) initiatives co-exist and need to work hand in hand to deliver business outcomes. In last two decades, I had the opportunity to work with different enterprises in variety of industries helping their transformation journey. Every organization is different even if they operate in same industry. The business needs, enterprise portfolio and IT landscape vary from one organization to another. The agenda of transformation also differs from one to another resulting in different approaches, initiatives and timelines. No matter what the approach an organization adopts for transformation (change and growth), the journey from current state to future state requires innovative strategies to sustain business operations during the period of transformation. In real world, no system works in isolation i.e. agile initiatives depend on integration with traditional legacy systems and vice versa. The pace at which you can deliver value from your agile initiatives is usually limited by how fast your traditional...
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Win Your DevOps Conversation with Business Leaders

Win Your DevOps Conversation with Business Leaders

In today’s world, every business is driven by software. We are living in an era where technology drives behaviors, decisions and business outcomes. Any time you have an app or website or software element, software development becomes critical part of day-to-day business strategy — even for non-traditional software companies. Because of the mandatory role software development has taken on in everyday business, C-level executives are taking a deeper interest in how software can be delivered in an effective way. Before we begin dwelling into the specifics of DevOps, I would like to sincerely empathize with all these executives for their patience – they are the most bombarded targets with buzzwords by all consulting powerhouses, vendors and advisers. I truly appreciate their spirit to keep up with such adversities. Let’s get started! Irrespective of how you approach it, as a trusted adviser, it is an uphill task to get your message across in crowd of ‘buzzwords’, especially more so because human attention span is...
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Scaling DevOps – take a holistic approach to drive business value

Scaling DevOps – take a holistic approach to drive business value

The DevOps conversation with a senior executive:  Exec: We have best of the tools in world to cater for each stage of software lifecycle. We are very advanced in our DevOps journey. Me: Great to hear. Are you getting value out of these tools? How you are measuring success? Exec: I am not sure. There are teams who are using various tools and then there are some who are not. We are not consistent. I guess we are getting good returns in some areas and some are just getting started. Me: So, do we have a roadmap or guidance for teams around what tools to use and how these tools work together? Exec: We are open and flexible. We allow Developers and architects to recommend and use what works for them. We have a tools library but you can add to it if required. We don’t have a published guideline as such.  Me: That sound more like bring your own tools. Do you think teams know...
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Developer Happiness

Developer Happiness

I’ve had the pleasure of hiring and building high performing software engineering teams over a decade for multiple companies. These teams delivered great products and great value to businesses. I admire these teams not because the results they had produced, but how they worked together throughout the journey. Over these years, I have learnt the key to build great software is developer happiness. When your developers are happy, the engagement levels go high which results into higher outcome. A happy developer is far more productive than one who is not. It requires conscious and continuous efforts to keep a developer happy and ultimately raise the productivity of team. It is essential to understand that building software is a collaborative process – you need enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation of the team to be successful. Developer happiness is usually a by-product of how you manage and lead your developers. In many ways, managing a developer is just like managing any other employee. However, developer...
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Get started with Application Insights for FREE

Get started with Application Insights for FREE

Application Insights Gain actionable insights through application performance management and instant analytics Detect and diagnose exceptions and application performance issues Monitor Azure websites, including those hosted in containers, plus websites on-premises and with other cloud providers Seamlessly integrate with your DevOps pipeline using Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub, and our webhooks Get started from within Visual Studio, or monitor existing apps without re-deploying Start free Pricing Options Application Insights offers two pricing options, Basic and Enterprise. Basic plan: you pay based on the volume of telemetry your application sends, with a 1 GB free allowance per month. This free data allowance gives you a great way to try out Application Insights as you get started, and it also allows you to use Application Insights for free on an ongoing basis for debugging and for low-volume applications. Enterprise plan: you pay for the number of nodes that host your application, and you get a daily allowance of data per node. Additional data beyond the daily allowance is charged...
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Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 – Registration Open

Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 – Registration Open

Join Microsoft technology experts for One full day of deep dive sessions on Azure for Developers and IT Pro's delivered. Learn with like-minded peers and community experts to get started with complex topics like Media Streaming, Mobile Services, ALM, PowerShell and IoT Registration is now open - limited seat, reserve your seat today! Registration link - http://sgazurebootcamp.azurewebsites.net  ...
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Azure Function Challenge – Test your coding skills and Earn Badges!

Azure Function Challenge – Test your coding skills and Earn Badges!

Learn Serverless code architecture Test your coding skills and learn how to build solutions using Azure Functions at the same time. Earn badges for every challenge you complete and brag to your friends! You can code these challenges in the FREE Azure Functions experience or using your existing Azure subscription. Don't worry, Azure Functions has more than enough free executions for you to last the whole challenge experience! Also check out the new Visual Studio Tools for Azure Functions. Use it to build and debug your function locally and then publish or zip deploy to your test function. If you already have an Azure subscription, you can also remotely debug your functions. Click here to join the challenge:  https://functionschallenge.azure.com ...
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Visualize your DevOps Pipeline

Visualize your DevOps Pipeline

XebiaLabs has releases new web tool for generating your DevOps pipeline. It's a very easy to use. All you need to do is to select your tools in the box, and generate a beautiful diagram of your DevOps pipeline   https://xebialabs.com/devops-diagram-generator/ --> The tools look as below, a great companion to map all your DevOps tools and see in one single view.  ...
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