Bob Aiello is a consultant, a technical editor for CM Crossroads, and the author of Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World. Bob has served as the vice chair of the IEEE 828 Standards working group and is a member of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC) management board.
Container-based deployments have become the preferred approach for managing the build and release of complex applications. Many of the tasks handled by IT operations today may not be necessary in the world of containers. Will Ops continue in its current role, or will it need to evolve with the new challenges?
Many companies have very strong cultures and expect employees to embrace their values and view of the world. That can be difficult enough in familiar cultures, but in today's connected world, you may interact with colleagues all over the globe. Understanding their norms and communication styles is essential.
Delivering complex systems depends on software processes that guide the work on a daily basis. Much has been written about the evils of verbose waterfall processes, but the truth is that not having enough process also makes it impossible to deliver enterprise software without making many mistakes.
Want to adopt DevOps practices but your manager is more reluctant? DevOps is all about improving the way you communicate and collaborate, but sometimes management would prefer not to change the way things are done—especially when there’s cost involved. Here's how you could justify your own DevOps revolution.
In large organizations with distributed teams, departments can have their own procedures, acting as if they are in completely isolated silos. One approach to solving this issue is establishing corporate standards. Tap the models of widely used standards to create practical guidance for your own organization.
Everyone wants to accelerate the application development process. Agile has done a lot to help, but going faster without understanding whether we are going in the right direction has a significant risk of us getting lost. To really achieve development velocity, you need to understand agile in a pragmatic way.
One of the most anxiety inducing and often frustrating experiences for IT managers can be surviving the IT audit. If you invest a little time in preparation, you can not only survive your next audit, but also perhaps even benefit from the support to improve your existing best practices.