In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays the roll of Phil Connors, a
regular Joe who wakes up each day to find out that he is reliving February
2nd all over again—and he’s the only one aware of the time loop. To take
advantage of this phenomenon, knowing that there will be no long-term
consequences to his actions, Connors seduces women, steals money, drives
recklessly and even ends up in jail. The next morning, all is back to normal,
and he starts his antics again.
Connors also repeatedly attempts, and subsequently fails, to get closer to
Rita, a love interest of his. The combination of the same day’s repetition
and Connors’ futile attempts set up the classic definition of
insanity—doing the exact same things over and over but expecting different
In today’s hyper-competitive markets, enterprise software development teams
who suffer a lack of innovat... (more)
Book Review: The Phoenix Project - Chasing the DevOps Whale
This technical, but easy-reading story will likely become required reading
for everyone here at Skytap. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps
and Helping Your Business Win (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford, IT
Revolution Press, 2013) ties one man’s journey toward DevOps to the
significant innovations made in factory optimization and lean planning
achieved some 30 years ago.
While instructional, the book uses a fictional exposition of a harrowing,
never-ending quest for DevOps resembling Melville’s Moby Dic... (more)
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)
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
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)
As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I've never seen more
debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word
than we're seeing over the word "DevOps." And while it can be frustrating to
find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next essay or
cute video that gives a new interpretation-for nerds like me, the
ever-changing, wildly different beliefs of DevOps' meaning, and even its
origin are an absolute blast to pour over.
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A simple Google search of "What is DevOps?" gi... (more)