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DevOps: Who Does it Best? In theory, DevOps is good for every business. But if there's one thing I've learned from talking to people in the DevOps community, it's that theory doesn't always translate perfectly to reality. Theory is an advertisement; reality is a data set. That's why ScriptRock partnered with Microsoft to sponsor a DevOps study from Saugatuck Technology. It's not surprising, then, that when Saugatuck polled IT Leaders, Implementers, and Developers they found that "DevOps" had different meanings for each. Not only did each group hope to achieve different goals, they also rated the success of existing DevOps initiatives at their companies differently. DevOps as a goal is good for everyone, but the particular practices and technologies are more or less beneficial depending on the environment where they are introduced. Another variable in the DevOps ad... (more)

Chopping Up the Can By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Chopping Up the Can: How to Get More Done By Greg Pollock Today, DevOps is the latest and greatest in making work efficient. Before that, Agile called on us to rework our development process. If we keep going back we eventually reach Frederick Winslow Taylor and the birth of scientific work management. Taylor famously (or infamously) measured the time needed for every action in a production process. While degrading for workers, it was also effective. Taylor was able to pay higher wages because he made workers more efficient. IT workers can't be "Taylorized"-they need to make deci... (more)

Where DevOps Starts: Developers, Implementers, and Leaders

Where DevOps Starts: Developers, Implementers, and Leaders By Greg Pollock There's no right place to start with DevOps, but there are reasons that different people choose to start. There are also ways of communicating that make it more likely to take succeed in your organization. Being aware of the people you are talking to and the processes they work within can make your DevOps experiments more likely to grow into a business-wide culture. A forthcoming study sponsored by Microsoft and conducted by independent research firm Saugatuck Technology digs into the expectations different ... (more)

Declarative vs. Imperative Models By @ScriptRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Declarative vs. Imperative Models for Configuration Management: Which Is Really Better? As a group of concepts, DevOps has converged on several prominent themes including continuous software delivery, automation, and configuration management (CM). These integral pieces often form the pillars of an organization’s DevOps efforts, even as other bigger pieces like overarching best practices and guidelines are still being tried and tested. Being that DevOps is a relatively new paradigm - movement - methodology - [insert your own label here], standards around it have yet to be codifie... (more)

Chef Recipes By @ScripRock | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps #Containers #GuardRail]

Generating Chef Recipes from Existing Configs We've covered the benefits and pitfalls of configuration management tools like Chef in many articles. But let's assume you've done your homework and decided Chef is the tool for you. How do you get started? Funnily enough, one of the inspirations for ScriptRock was a not-so-successful Chef deployment. Only a poor craftsman blames his tools, so rather than pointing the finger at Chef we reflected on what we had done wrong. The problems we encountered trying to move a large, brown-field infrastructure to Chef, and to get culture, people... (more)