5 Foundational Steps for Transitioning to a DevOps Model

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Progress, not perfection. Large-scale culture shifts are made from a series of small-scale adjustments that accumulate over time. It’s unrealistic to expect people to instantly break old habits and adopt a DevOps model overnight. Here are a few quick wins that can be implemented at the team level for more efficiency now and to bring others on board with driving change.

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3 Ways to Enhance Software Reliability and Increase Speed to Market

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

According to the Harvard Business Review, “Every business is, willingly or unwillingly, a competitor on a software playing field, no matter which sector it’s in.” Consequently, the overarching goal for businesses today is to leverage software in a way that increases speed to market, improves customer satisfaction, and allows you to become more responsive to customers’ needs. To achieve all this, there must be a framework that supports a culture of innovation and shortens the time from identifying an opportunity or challenge to acting. This is where Agile, DevOps, and Cloud come into the picture. This article shows how each supports the other to create the perfect synergy for 99.99 software.

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DevOpsDays Chicago Embraces the Human Element behind the DevOps Model

[fa icon="user"] Alexander Sobin [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

With over 400 attendees, this years’ DevOpsDays served as a reminder that there is a considerable movement going on right now to rewire the way businesses build, test, and deploy software here in Chicago. More than last year, the talks this year focused on the human element of the DevOps model.

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Applying Agile/Scrum & DevOps to Build Apps That Drive More Value

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The Client & The Challenge:

Our Client is a leading provider of risk rating data for small businesses. Their suite of software products helps their customers determine the risk of default for individual and large portfolios of borrowers.

The Client was looking for ways to improve and modernize their software and worked with us to create a new Credit Review Express application. The overall goal of the project was to develop a customizable portfolio reporting platform that allows users to analyze and group risks for borrowers quickly. Other important business objectives included:

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How Enterprise Architects Can Drive More Business Value

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

At least 87 percent of companies fail to execute their corporate strategy each year, according to Dan Prosser, author of “Thirteeners.” Traditionally, the responsibility of the Enterprise Architect was to define an IT systems architecture to support business strategy. In today’s landscape, however, the role of Enterprise Architect must evolve to that of Business Architect and focus on establishing successful business and departmental partnerships that drive organizational growth.

This article outlines a way to transform your Enterprise Architecture Framework from reactionary to visionary and offers the tools for clearing the path to innovation and greater business value.

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