How will you shape the future? That was the question posed at the close of the keynote address to this year’s Microsoft Tech Summit in Chicago. While 2017 was a watershed year for the company, 2018 should see Microsoft build on last year’s momentum with some major product rollouts.1 For a company that has evolved considerably over the previous four years, Microsoft is beginning to see its own digital transformation shape the future.
With so many moving parts in product development, an effective agile communication system for team collaboration is vital. Unfortunately, if you are like most teams, your collaboration toolset varies by function. You may use Jira for project management, Slack for quick communications, Office 365 for emails/phone calls, and the list goes on and on. With information coming at you from all mediums, the concept of priority gets lost in the shuffle. In this article, I will walk you through how to set up a Jira/Slack integration utilizing Zapier to ensure you never overlook a high priority issue again.
If you’re in product development, your goal is to build and deploy increasingly reliable software as quickly as possible. With that goal in mind, researching best practices in adopting a DevOps model that tightens the relationship between software development and IT may be high on your wish list. Unfortunately, manual processes, supporting existing applications, and keeping up to date on industry regulations often leaves little room for growth and innovation. In a field that is constantly changing, it’s helpful to know where to find the best information without being sucked into a rabbit hole of research using time you don’t have.
To save you time, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DevOps blogs to explore the current news and ideas hitting the DevOps sphere.
The Client & The Challenge
With more than 50 years of retail marketing experience and 20 years of administering insurance and membership programs, Coverdell services more than six million individuals across the country today.
Coverdell maintains a robust portfolio of 80 websites and counting. With such high volume to support, it was determined that improvement in DevOps practices like branching and automation of testing, builds, and deployments would help maximize the impact the technology team could make for Coverdell while reducing risk. The ultimate goal was to enable the team to focus more on product development and less on deployment.
In today’s landscape, every company is a software company. The only way to stay ahead of the competition is to find ways to accelerate product development. While some might rely on technology or automation tools to achieve this, others know that technology is useless without the right people to make complex decisions and accelerate progress. I recently interviewed Joseph de Castelnau, CTO of RezoArt, to gain insight into how he accelerates product development by building teams and training leaders.