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Pace-Layered Application Strategy

Historically, many companies have had a single strategy for selecting, deploying and managing applications. They have had a defined structure for classifying applications by value or functionality, but failed to recognize that applications are fundamentally different based on how and when they are engaged by individuals and the organization as a whole and the pace at which these tools need to be changed and updated. Many organizations are finding themselves with an enterprise application strategy that fails to satisfy the needs of the business community, which has often led to underutilized applications throughout their portfolio.
Gartner’s Pace Layered Application Strategy is a methodology for categorizing applications based on how they are used and how fast they change.   This strategy helps IT organizations rationalize the use of DevOps practices that ensure a faster response and a better ROI, without sacrificing integration, integrity or governance requirements.The strategy has def…

Big Bang - DevOps

I learned about ‘The Diffusion of Innovation Theory’ in a DevOps Foundation training course.  I wanted to get my DevOps certification but more than that to learn about what makes a DevOps initiative successful.   When I mentioned the Diffusion of Innovation Theory to a coworker he said “It sounds like Sheldon talking to Raj on “The Big Bang Theory” TV series.  Although the name sounds Big Bangish the usage of this theory could be the real difference for success in any transformational change including DevOps.
To start let’s begin with the definition of DevOps. DevOps is a professional and cultural movement that that stresses communication, collaboration, integration and automation in order to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals. Improved workflows will result in an improved ability to design, develop, deploy and operate software and services faster. That’s where this “Big Bang” or Diffusion of Innovation Theory comes in.   DevOps is a cu…

Security in a DevOps Environment

Integrating Development and Operation teams as well as other functions that have previously been silo’d is key to any development project for all service providers today.   We hear a lot about this in DevOps training and certification classes.   What about security?  You may have heard the term DevSecOps.  This idea and term was coined to ensure that architects and developers include into our requirements and code those things necessary for security. Design architects will also want to ensure that security is integrated throughout the value stream of development, deployment and operations and it is done in such a way so that the complexity is as transparent as possible to the functional teams involved.   How can we do this without impeding our flow of work?    How can we still be able to meet compliance for legislative, legal or regulatory requirements relating to security?
This is where Automation comes in.  Collaboration and measurement are key values but automation is also needed t…

BRM Convergence

I remember reading a quote “Every business today is a technology company” or something close to that. As we move from business-IT alignment to business-IT integration and now convergence, it is becoming more and more critical to understand and manage both the business and IT capabilities so that integration of the business strategy, IT strategy and the IT portfolio are seamless.  In today’s business climate it is imperative that the IT organization not only understand what the business strategy is, but be able to initiate and deliver services that not only support it, but help to shape it.  The Business Relationship role, process and capability is integral in making that happen.
One of the tools that can be engaged to help facilitate this convergence is the “Business Capability Roadmap.   It is made up of three key components: Roadmap Business Capabilities: Identifies how business capabilities need to change to achieve defined strategies.Roadmap Enabling Capabilities: Identifies how pro…

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