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​No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT Performance It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fixes and releases are becoming a thing of the past, at least among “high performers” of the world. And as the complexity of software grows year after year, being able to accurately predict success may be the only way to actually achieve it. Jez lists the following must-haves for anyone looking to consistently guarantee a high level of IT performance: Peer-reviewed change approval process Version control everything Proactive monitoring High-trust organizational culture Win-win relationship between Dev an... (more)

The Ethics of Cloud Computing By @Skytap | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 3 ​​This is the final chapter in Seth Payne's three-part series. Click here to read Part One or Part Two. Where Do These Ethical Principles Come From? As I mentioned above, I find that understanding the "why" of moral and ethical behavior is just as important as knowing "what" moral behavior is expected.  For this reason, I will briefly outline the origins of the ethical principles I have outlined above. Broadly speaking, ethical and moral philosophy is dominated by two schools of thought.  On the one hand sit deontologists.  Deontology is th... (more)

SaaS Leads the Way in Cloud Computing’s “Hypergrowth”

​We might start seeing a decline in the number of articles that simply state that cloud computing is “on the rise.” Of course it is. Forrester’s James Staten recently pointed out that that with all of the advantages that cloud computing provides, “it will increasingly be difficult to justify not leveraging cloud services.” Staten does describe the “hypergrowth” that cloud computing is currently experiencing, but he takes it a very necessary step further by detailing what specific aspects of the cloud are providing the greatest value, and are thereby experiencing the most success... (more)

Will DevOps Become the Norm? By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Will DevOps Become the Norm? All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct. Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of heads, largely due to the fact that he led off with such a bold one. “DevOps teams become the norm, not the exception.” While you would imagine that the DevOps faithful and its believers would be the biggest fans of this coming true this year, I would argue that it’s software ... (more)

Realizing the Value of Cloud Beyond the Infrastructure for Dev & Test

By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time and recurring IT cost savings to be realized by moving on-premise systems to cloud infrastructure. So we get a better deal on compute cost with cloud. That’s something. Now let’s wring value out of one the most expensive and high-risk IT activities: software development and testing. Software devel... (more)