If you already have Jenkins as your build server and want to take advantage of services in Azure DevOps without fully switching over, you may find yourself with an existing Jenkins infrastructure, a source control repository, an Azure DevOps subscription, and a lot of questions. Fortunately, there are many extensibility points you can use to tie these solutions together in a way that works best for your business and team’s skillsets.
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) in Las Vegas. While conferences tend to make me fearful of getting sucked into a big sales show, DOES restored my faith (in the value of conferences, not Vegas!). Notably, it was extremely well-attended, impeccably run, and there was an elite cast of speakers throughout the event. From large talks to small group sessions to book signings, the event offered seemingly endless opportunities for interactive education.
Though a consistent definition of DevOps can be hard to come by, one thing we can all agree on is that the goal is to improve software delivery performance. While the desired outcome is clear, the path to achieving it is a bit hazy. As a practitioner of EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System developed by Gino Wickman, Author of Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business, we’ve realized the value that a scorecard adds towards identifying and measuring the key actions that will make our vision reality.
In this article, we provide an overview of the scorecard tool and outline some ways it helps us deliver 99.99 software.
Resiliency is the through line in DORA’s 5th annual State of DevOps report. In 2018, trending data demonstrates that elite performers are better prepared for things to fail - they expect things to fail - and they have put systems in place to get back up and running within tight windows to deploy faster with greater reliability.
As popular as automated processes are now, many IT organizations have yet to embrace application deployment automation. In this article, I cover some of the top reasons why automating your application deployment process will make you look forward to the days when manual deployments are a distant memory.