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Book Review: The Phoenix Project [#DevOps] @DevOpsSummit

This technical, but easy-reading story will likely become required reading for everyone here at Skytap

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 Dick, except the Pequod is struggling company Parts Unlimited, Ishmael is a unwillingly promoted new VP of IT Operations named Bill Palmer, his Captain Ahab charging headlong into disaster is Steve the CEO, and Moby is a giant retail software development project called Phoenix that is running 2 years late and leaving a trail of corporate destruction in its wake.

As someone with experience in both supply chain optimization, and enterprise software delivery, I found this story not only confirmed my view of DevOps as a lean planning methodology, it left me reenergized about the results companies can get by eliminating constraints in the software supply chain. And software IS a supply chain.

The book is dead-on when it frequently identifies dev and test environments as critical choke points for the productive flow of software.  Like in a factory, the work environment that is slow or in high demand will govern the speed of every other station on the assembly line. Environments need to be coordinated among competing projects on a just-in-time basis, or WIP (work in process) stacks up around them.

There’s also a human element to these constraints. Projects seem to run late because there are not enough hands on deck, when in reality, the hands on deck are idle far too often because they are depending on a human bottleneck named Brent, that one IT guy who knows everything and does too much. Pretty much anybody in enterprise IT has known a Brent-type constraint at some point in their career. Whole place would shut down if a rock dropped on him.

I have often positioned in writing and presentations that software delivery is a lot like manufacturing optimization. Unless the subject was quite familiar with Eli Goldratt’s work, I’d often get a skeptical response. “No way – software development requires too much creativity, and the technology is way too complex to fit into a Theory of Constraints model.”

This book proves it – in fact it made me see that refusal to think of software and IT problems as supply chain problems is exactly what is holding back the industrialization and predictable throughput of software! Call it Constraint #0. Now I can confidently say “I told you so!” to the skeptics.

I love the way the authors Gene Kim & company bring in freaky hippy and potential board member Erik as Bill Palmer’s personal Yoda in constraint theory. His riddles and parables about manufacturing always lead to later moments of enlightenment for Bill and his beleaguered IT Ops team, starting with redefining just what constitutes “work” and when not to accept it.

The writers garnered assistance from a wealth of expert resources to make this parable an authoritative book to cement DevOps in the mind of IT professionals and corporate executives alike. Highly recommended.

DevOps: Disruptive but Essential in a Cloud Computing Universe

The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.

The DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo--to be held November 4-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley--will expand the DevOps community, enable a wide sharing of knowledge, and educate delegates and technology providers alike. Recent research has shown that DevOps dramatically reduces development time, the amount of enterprise IT professionals put out fires, and support time generally. Time spent on infrastructure development is significantly increased, and DevOps practitioners report more software releases and higher quality.

DevOps Summit content doubled from a single track in New York to two simultaneous tracks: "Dev" Developer Focus and "Ops" Operations Focus.

Join DevOps Summit Chair Andi Mann and Host Alan Shimel, November 4-6 for three days of intense DevOps discussion and focus.

We'll see you in Santa Clara! See you in November!

DevOps Summit Conference Schedule Announced! ▸ Here

Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (limited time) ▸ Here

Website: DevOps Summit

Twitter: @DevOpsSummit

Bookmark "DevOps Journal" ▸ here

@DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley (November 4-6, 2014, Santa Clara, CA)
@DevOPsSummit New York (June 9-11, 2015, New York, NY)

DevOps Summit New York 2015 Call for Papers Now Open

Call for Papers will remain open through December 31, 2014. DevOps Summit New York 2015 will take place June 9-11, at the Javits Center, in New York City. Tracks and topics for DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo are listed below. Submit your speaking proposals here DevOps Summit Call for Papers

  • Application delivery
  • ROI and business value
  • Site reliability
  • Continuous delivery
  • Kanban, Scrum, and Agile
  • Continuous integration
  • Release scalability
  • Continuous release
  • Service virtualization
  • Operational monitoring
  • Capacity management
  • Load testing
  • Quality assurance
  • Manager and exec support
  • Release automation
  • Cultural change
  • Breaking down IT silos
  • Cloud development
  • Cloud platforms
  • Test automation
  • Teaming
  • Application security
  • API management
  • Identity and access
  • Audit and control
  • DevOps and ITIL, ISO, Six Sigma, COBIT
  • Mobile DevOps
  • DevOps for legacy systems
  • Software-defined servers
  • Network automation
  • Server automation
  • Configuration automation
  • Continuous support
  • DevOps anti-patterns
  • Enterprise DevOps
  • DevOps system architecture
  • IT orchestration
  • Containerization
  • DevOps skills and training
  • WebOps, CloudOps, ChatOps, NoOps
  • Change management

Video Highlights From DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo New York

While there are many ways to define DevOps, the goal of the concept is to be able to deliver IT solutions faster, leveraging several technology tools to add value for business. Cloud companies have demonstrated how they can manage massive pools of IT infrastructure, giving the developer a very flexible resource pool that they can leverage and IT is eager to do the same.


Is DevOps Really Changing How IT Is Working?

In this Power Panel at 2nd DevOps Summit moderated by Cloud Expo Tech Chair Larry Carvalho, Bernard Golden, VP, Strategy at ActiveState; Andi Mann, VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies; John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement at Stateless Networks; Randy Bias, Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling; and Vasu Sankhavaram, Chief Strategist of DevOps and Cross Portfolio Architecture Alignment within HP Software, discuss this movement that is delivering frictionless IT to the enterprise.


DevOps and Security

From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises - and delivering real results. In this DevOps Summit Power Panel (http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com/) on June 9 at our New York City studio, moderated by Andi Mann, DevOps Summit conference chair and VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks; JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient, Inc.; Vanessa Alvarez, Cloud Expo Conference Chair and Marketing Team at Amazon; and Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat; discussed how security needs to be embraced and brought into the DevOps movement.


Is DevOps Changing Enterprise IT?

Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. In this DevOps Summit Power Panel on June 9 at our New York City studio, moderated by Andi Mann, DevOps Summit conference chair and VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, JP Morgenthal, Director of Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient, Inc., Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat; Larry Carvalho, Cloud Expo Tech Chair and Research Manager & Lead Analyst, Platform as a Service at IDC; and John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks; discussed how DevOps is changing the way IT works, how businesses interact with customers, and how organizations are buying, building, and delivering software.

Schedule for 15th @CloudExpo, @BigDataExpo and @ThingsExpo

Are you ready to put your data in the cloud?

What is the future of security in the cloud?

Does Docker quickly advance the development of an IoT application?

What are the implications of Moore's Law on Hadoop deployments?

Get all these questions and hundreds more like them answered at the 15th Cloud Expo, November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, CA. The Cloud ExpoBig Data Expo@ThingsExpoDevOps Summitprograms are now available for you to inspect and investigate in advance.

Our upcoming November 4-6 event in Santa Clara, California will present a total of 10 simultaneous tracks by an all-star faculty, over three days, plus a two-day "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" presented by Janakiram MSV, an Analyst with the Gigaom Research analyst network, where he covers the Cloud Services landscape.

Cloud and Big Data topics and tracks include: Enterprise Cloud AdoptionAPM & Cloud Computing | Hot TopicsCloud APIs & BusinessCloud Security | MobilityBig Data | Analytics.

@ThingsExpo content tripled from a single track in New York to three simultaneous tracks: Consumer IoTEnterprise IoTIoT Developer | WebRTC Convergence.

Schedule for Cloud Expo / Big Data Expo / @ThingsExpo ▸ Here

Now that we have published the full conference schedule, please check back for daily updates as we finalize new session abstracts by working with our distinguished faculty members. For your questions please contact us at events (at) sys-con.com. Last but not least we will announce our keynotes on the hottest subjects to be delivered by world-class speakers!

The largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world has announced "sponsorship opportunities" and "call for papers."

The 1st International Internet of @ThingsExpo was launched this June at the Javits Center in New York City with over 6,000 delegates in attendance. The 2nd International Internet of @ThingsExpo will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, with an estimated 7,000 plus delegates attending over three days.

@ThingsExpo is co-located with 15th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading IoT industry players in the world. In 2014, more than 200 companies will be present on the @ThingsExpo show floor, including global players and the hottest new technology pioneers.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities for @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley and New York Are Now Available
Sponsors and exhibitors of Internet of @DevOpsSummit will benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities through:

  • Featured on-site presentation and ongoing on-demand webcast exposure to a captive audience of industry decision-makers.
  • Showcase exhibition during our new extended dedicated expo hours
  • Breakout Session Priority scheduling for sponsors that have been guaranteed a 35-minute technical session
  • Online advertising in SYS-CON's i-Technology publications
  • Capitalize on our comprehensive marketing efforts leading up to the show with print mailings, e-newsletters and extensive online media coverage.
  • Unprecedented PR Coverage: Editorial coverage on IoT.sys-con.com, Tweets to our 75,000 plus followers, press releases sent on major wire services to over 500 combined analysts and press members who attended Internet of @ThingsExpo - making it the best-covered "Internet of Things" conference in the world

For more information on sponsorship, exhibit, and keynote opportunities contact Carmen Gonzalez by email at events (at) sys-con.com, or by phone 201 802-3021. Book both events for additional savings!

@DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley (November 4-6, 2014, Santa Clara, CA)
@DevOPsSummit New York (June 9-11, 2015, New York, NY)

Secure Your VIP Pass to Attend @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley
DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo announced today a limited time free "Expo Plus" registration option. The onsite registration price of $600 will be set to 'free' for delegates who register during special offer period.

To take advantage of this opportunity, attendees can use the coupon code and secure their registration to attend all keynotes and general sessions, as well as a limited number of technical sessions each day of the show, in addition to full access to the expo floor.

The registration page is located here.


@ThingsExpo New York 2015 'Call for Papers' Now Open
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York announces that its 'Call for Papers' is now open. The event will feature a world class, all-star faculty with the hottest IoT topics covered in three distinct tracks.

Track 1 - Consumer IoT and Wearables: Smart Appliances, Wearables, Smart Cars, Smartphones 2.0, Smart Travel, Personal Fitness, Health Care, Personalized Marketing, Customized Shopping, Personal Finance, The Digital Divide, Mobile Cash & Markets, Games & the IoT, The Future of Education, Virtual Reality

Track 2 - Enterprise IoT: The Business Case for IoT, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, The Smart Home, M2M, Authentication/Security, Wiring the IoT, The Internet of Everything, Digital Transformation of Enterprise IT, Agriculture, Transportation, Manufacturing, Local & State Government, Federal Government

Track 3 -  Developer IoT: WebRTC, Eclipse Foundation, Cloud Foundry, Docker & Linux Containers, Node-Red, Open Source Hardware, Leveraging SOA, Multi-Cloud IoT, Evolving Standards, WebSockets, Security & Privacy Protocols, GPS & Proximity Services, Bluetooth/RFID/etc., XMPP, Nest Labs


@ThingsExpo billboard is viewed by more than 1.3 million motorists per week on Highway 101, in the heart of Silicon Valley

Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is the Internet of Things: Submit your speaking proposal today here!

Download @ThingsExpo Newsletter Today ▸ Here

Chris Matthieu Named @ThingsExpo Tech Chair

Internet of @ThingsExpo named Chris Matthieu tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2014 Silicon Valley.

Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010, which was acquired by Voxeo. Next he built an open source Node.JS PaaS called Nodester, which was acquired by AppFog. His latest startups include Twelephone. Leveraging HTML5 and WebRTC, Twelephone's BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to become the next generation telecom company running in the Web browser. Chris is currently co-founder and CTO of Octoblu.

Website: http://www.ThingsExpo.com

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ThingsExpo

About SYS-CON Media & Events
SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) has since 1994 been connecting technology companies and customers through a comprehensive content stream - featuring over forty focused subject areas, from Cloud Computing to Web Security - interwoven with market-leading full-scale conferences produced by SYS-CON Events. The company's internationally recognized brands include among othersCloud Expo® (CloudComputingExpo.com@CloudExpo), Big Data Expo (BigDataExpo.net@BigDataExpo), DevOps Summit (DevOpsSummit.sys-con.com@DevOpsSummit),  Internet of @ThingsExpo (ThingsExpo.com@ThingsExpo) and Cloud Computing Bootcamp (CloudComputingBootcamp.com).

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Author: Noel Wurst is the managing content editor at Skytap. Skytap provides SaaS-based dev/test environments to the enterprise. Skytap solution removes the inefficiencies and constraints that companies have within their software development lifecycle. As a result, customers release better software faster. In this blog, we publish engaging, thought provoking stories that revolve around agile enterprise applications and cloud-based development and testing.