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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 customers who have received a product from DevOps-practicing teams that are waving the biggest flag. Batra labels DevOps as once being only an “agile offshoot” which is hard to hard to believe that it once existed only as such, even in its still-young age, and this is credited to its meteoric... (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)

Using Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

This article was authored by Melissa Jacobson and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog. In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies. The results were pretty amazing―even we were surprised! Among the many benefits the 503 participant companies (50% of which were U.S. based) cited, 53% saw reduced CAPEX (capital expenditures) from the use of virtual and ... (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)

Beyond Big Data and @Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware By @MattMcIlwain | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

This article was authored by Matt McIlwain and was originally published on Medium. For more of Matt's writing, you can follow him here! Guest Post: Beyond Big Data and Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Data to the Dataware stack. Over the past twelve months we have seen a lot of companies... (more)