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25 Sep

As enterprises join the continuous delivery movement, we look at some of the challenges to DevOps adoption

Conferences “DevOps, Agile,Automation”

The human side of DevOps

DevOps practitioners often claim taking care of the technology side of the continuous delivery equation is nothing compared to getting the people part of it right, as agile-inspired processes often require IT teams to adapt to very different ways of working. Download this guide to read best practice and real-world examples of organisations who have successfully addressed the human side of DevOps.
Big organisations are just too weighed down by bureaucracy, legacy technologies and waterfall-style software development techniques for DevOps to thrive, and any attempt to challenge the status quo will come to nothing – or so the rhetoric went.But what the detractors perhaps did not bank on is that many of the characteristics they considered to be at odds with DevOps are actually fuelling an appetite for change within enterprises, as many come to realise that doing things the way they always have done could put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Safeguarding competitiveness

As such, enterprise IT leaders now realise that lengthy and restrictive software development cycles are no longer conducive to safeguarding their competitiveness or their ability to keep pace with the changing demands of their customers.

Accordingly, they have grown frustrated with pushing out software products that their competitors have already bettered or whose functionality is out of step with what their customers want.
They are also looking at how their competitors are drawing on agile concepts to ramp up the pace of software innovation within the walls of their companies, and seeing that – despite what the naysayers think – it is possible for DevOps to take hold within large organisations.

For proof of that, one only needs to look at the roll-call of household enterprise names that are joining the DevOps movement, and see how many of them operate in highly regulated industries that some may traditionally consider ill-suited for agile.
“If those organisations with a reputation for being conservative, even within the IT population, can get on board with this, it just gives us more evidence that it really can be done,” says Gene Kim, co-author of The DevOps Handbook. “If you look at The DevOps Handbook, we have 48 case studies that show how these organisations have applied these principles… and 12 are based on unicorns such as LinkedIn, eBay, Google and Amazon – but the rest of these [success stories] are coming from large, complex organisations that look like the rest of us.”

conferences “Blockchain, IOT”

These are all considered important stages when it comes to scaling and converting small-scale (or departmental) DevOps activities into a company-wide initiative that the whole organisation can get behind and benefit from.

But, as more and more enterprises pin their colours to the DevOps mast, other barriers to company-wide adoption are emerging that are either industry-specific or related to how an organisation operates.

One such area relates to getting senior management to appreciate what continuous delivery and improvement really means in the context of DevOps, and the benefits this approach has on the software products they produce.

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Conferences are really like parties, and an A-list party is one where A-list people are in attendance. You figure out who are the really important people to invite and get them to show up as speakers or as guests. Then everybody wants to be there. If you don’t know who the important people are, you shouldn’t be attending a conference.

 
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World DevOps Summit Bangalore

06 Sep

DevOps Summit

World DevOps Summit Bangalore
The term “DevOps” typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work achieving the value stream that is between the business (where requirements are defined) and the customer (where value is delivered). It is a new way of looking at development altogether.

This conference “World DevOps & Microservices Summit” brings together leading practitioner-organisations who have achieved Continuous Delivery and organisational transformation. Companies going through Mergers and Acquisitions will inherit these systems too and be faced with similar situations and need to find out the many initiatives that increase the efficiency and agility within the enterprise and balance system uptime and stability while bringing alignment between Dev and Ops.

Learn more about DevOps skills, Delivering Processes, Tools for building and deployment, Legacy Challenges, Security Integration, Cross-team engagement and many more.

REGISTER: http://www.unicomlearning.com/2017/World_DevOps_Summit_Bangalore/

For this purpose, “DevOps” doesn’t differentiate between different sysadmin sub-disciplines – “Ops” is a blanket term for systems engineers, system administrators, operations staff, release engineers, DBAs, network engineers, security professionals, and various other subdisciplines and job titles. “Dev” is used as shorthand for developers in particular, but really in practice it is even wider and means “all the people involved in developing the product,” which can include Product, QA, and other kinds of disciplines

DevOps has strong affinities with Agile and Lean approaches. The old view of operations tended towards the “Dev” side being the “makers” and the “Ops” side being the “people that deal with the creation after its birth” – the realization of the harm that has been done in the industry of those two being treated as siloed concerns is the core driver behind DevOps. In this way, DevOps can be interpreted as an outgrowth of Agile – agile software development prescribes close collaboration of customers, product management, developers, and (sometimes) QA to fill in the gaps and rapidly iterate towards a better product – DevOps says “yes, but service delivery and how the app and systems interact are a fundamental part of the value proposition to the client as well, and so the product team needs to include those concerns as a top level item.” From this perspective, DevOps is simply extending Agile principles beyond the boundaries of “the code” to the entire delivered service.

DevOps means a lot of different things to different people because the discussion around it covers a lot of ground. People talk about DevOps being “developer and operations collaboration,” or it’s “treating your code as infrastructure,” or it’s “using automation,” or “using kanban,” or “a toolchain approach,” or “culture,” or a variety of seemingly loosely related items. The best way to define it in depth is to use a parallel method to the definition of a similarly complex term, agile development. Agile development, according to Wikipedia and the agile manifesto, consists of four different “levels” of concern. I’ve added a fifth, the tooling level – talk about agile and Devops can get way too obsessed with tools, but pretending they don’t exist is also unhelpful.

DevOps Summit

SPONSORS
Benefits of sponsorship

This is a great opportunity to strategically brand your organization. As a sponsor, you will receive a tremendous amount of visibility and numerous other benefits at the conference.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor (Limited to 2)

Gold Sponsor (Limited to 3)

Knowledge Partner (Limited to 1)

Silver Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Bronze Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Conference Bag Sponsor (Limited to 1)

Track Sponsor (Limited to 2)

A-La-Carte (Open)

BRAND YOUR ORGANISATION (COMBO OFFER)
Price for one day : Rs 30,000

Price for two days : Rs 55,000

You can also choose to strategically brand your organisation as per the below combo offer.

Package includes:

Full day attendance to the event

Website branding

Logo on brochure

Speaking Slot – 30 minute presentation slot or panel discussion (optional)

Name tag branding

Brochure inserts
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World DevOps Summit Bangalore

04 Sep

Devops Summit

World DevOps Summit Bangalore

ABOUT THE EVENT
The term “DevOps” typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work achieving the value stream that is between the business (where requirements are defined) and the customer (where value is delivered). It is a new way of looking at development altogether.

This conference “World DevOps & Microservices Summit” brings together leading practitioner-organisations who have achieved Continuous Delivery and organisational transformation. Companies going through Mergers and Acquisitions will inherit these systems too and be faced with similar situations and need to find out the many initiatives that increase the efficiency and agility within the enterprise and balance system uptime and stability while bringing alignment between Dev and Ops.

Learn more about DevOps skills, Delivering Processes, Tools for building and deployment, Legacy Challenges, Security Integration, Cross-team engagement and many more.

SPONSORS
Benefits of sponsorship

This is a great opportunity to strategically brand your organization. As a sponsor, you will receive a tremendous amount of visibility and numerous other benefits at the conference.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor (Limited to 2)

Gold Sponsor (Limited to 3)

Knowledge Partner (Limited to 1)

Silver Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Bronze Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Conference Bag Sponsor (Limited to 1)

Track Sponsor (Limited to 2)

A-La-Carte (Open)

BRAND YOUR ORGANISATION (COMBO OFFER)
Price for one day : Rs 30,000

Price for two days : Rs 55,000

You can also choose to strategically brand your organisation as per the below combo offer.

Package includes:

Full day attendance to the event

Website branding

Logo on brochure

Speaking Slot – 30 minute presentation slot or panel discussion (optional)

Name tag branding

Brochure inserts

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CyberArk and Jenkins Power Secure, High Velocity DevOps Environments

31 Aug

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CyberArk, the company that protects organizations from cyber attacks that have made their way inside the network perimeter, today announced the integration of the CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution with Jenkins, the leading open source automation server. With this integration, organizations gain an automated orchestration process with built-in secrets management and protection for their DevOps pipeline without unnecessary trade-offs between security and velocity.

Automatically Embed Secrets Management Best Practices Into DevOps Pipelines

Secrets represent one of the largest DevOps-related security vulnerabilities an organization faces today. In many environments, secrets are poorly secured – often in text files – and are manually managed by team members.

This makes secrets a prime target for an external attacker or malicious insider. If exploited, secrets allow attackers to take full control of an organization’s IT infrastructure, disable security controls, steal confidential information, commit financial fraud and disrupt operations.

The CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution integration with Jenkins enables CIOs, CISOs, operations personnel and developers to deploy solutions that provide security and support compliance goals without impeding the agility and speed of the DevOps pipeline. Organizations can now:

● Secure and Manage Secrets Used by Jenkins Jobs: The joint solution automates nearly all security and management tasks related to secrets use by the Jenkins solution across every environment and platform. Each time a job is run, the Jenkins agent retrieves a secret from CyberArk-Conjur – keeping secrets safe. CyberArk-Conjur rotates secrets automatically based on an organization’s security policy, making them available to developers on-demand in any environment, while protecting them from potential compromise.

● Secure and Monitor Privileged User Access to the Jenkins Console: As the Jenkins console provides access to almost every asset throughout the DevOps pipeline from development to deployment, user activity should be carefully monitored and controlled. Using CyberArk Privileged Session Manager, organizations can isolate, control and monitor user access and activity on the Jenkins console to prevent against insider threats or external attacks. All privileged user sessions are recorded in the background for audit and compliance purposes.

“Focusing on secrets protection, and ensuring that privileged access to Jenkins is secured and managed, will enable security practitioners/experts to enforce security polices and support compliance goals while giving DevOps teams the tools they need to remain productive,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, CTO, CloudBees and founder of the Jenkins project. “CyberArk is setting a standard for how organizations can secure privileged accounts and manage secrets without impacting the DevOps workflow.”

The enterprise-grade CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution enables DevOps and security practitioners to automatically secure and manage secrets – used by both users and machines such as CI/CD and configuration management tools, applications, hosts and microservices. This enables organizations to accelerate the rate of software deployment without compromising on security, while maintaining a comprehensive audit trail for compliance initiatives.

“The DevOps process has had a dramatic impact on organizations and the speed with which software can be delivered. Despite these gains, DevOps was fundamentally not designed with security in mind, representing a growing attack surface that malicious attackers target and exploit,” said Adam Bosnian, executive vice president, global business development, CyberArk. “The integration of the CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution with Jenkins provides organizations with an enterprise-class solution for privileged account security and automated secrets management. This empowers organizations to create secure DevOps environments without slowing down productivity.”

As part of this integration, Jenkins is also joining CyberArk’s global technology partner program that brings together enterprise software, IT security and service providers to build on the power of privileged account security to better protect customers from cyber threats across multi-platform environments.

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Interview of Swapnil Saurav Winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015

18 Mar

“When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world”- Says Swapnil Saurav, Manager- Value Engineering Team at JDA Software in Hyderabad and the Winner of Manager’s Olympiad Contest-2015

Swapnil Saurav was the winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of Managers in India. After his success as a winner on 8th October,2015 among 980 participants,  we caught up with Swapnil and interviewed him to find out more about his process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the managers in India to be a part of Manager’s Olympiad Contest.

Winner Swapnil Saurav

Winner Swapnil Saurav

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?

A: Yes, I knew I will have to compete with best minds in India hence I prepared hard for the Olympiad. I looked at all the project management related topics on the internet. I had downloaded study material on my laptop and phone and I prepared hard for 2 weeks. I was preparing for my PMP hence the PMP training also helped me.

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?

Not really. I was happy to be in the semis and that in itself was satisfying and felt rewarded. When I met the other participants at the event and found them experienced and very knowledgeable, I knew I was in a great company. I didn’t even expect to clear the semifinals round and I was happy to make good friends at the event. And as they say, it just happened.

3. Please share the first thought when you realised that you have won Manager’s Olympiad.

It was totally an unbelievable feeling. Although optimistic, because I had prepared myself, it took me time to realize that I have won the Managers’ Olympiad. When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world.

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?

I was very happy informing each one of them as they had supported and encouraged me all along. They congratulated me and were happy for me. One of my colleague joked that “now that you are the winner of Managers Olympiad, I will not argue with you in any discussion”. Though that never happened but it did help me to gain more respect in my team and gain more visibility in the company.

5. Quite a few managers wish to participate again in Manager’s Olympiad. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂

Yes.. they have to beat me to win the title from me  😉

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?

It looked normal day till the results came in  J  When the results of round 1 was announced and I had to make a call whether to travel to Bangalore or not, I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile to travel to another city on a weekday. Keeping aside the winning part of the contest, the learning I got there was amazing. It was a busy day but a day well spent. They UNICOM team was simply amazing and they made sure that everything went smooth without any glitch.

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?

I really don’t think there was big of a difference between me and the others. I think luck was on my side on that particular day. What to eat in the breakfast? No I am not letting out the secret  😉

8. Do you think companies should encourage their managers to participate at the prestigious Manager’s Olympiad 2016 due in April in Bangalore?

Off course yes. This event is one of its kind in India. The event provides an opportunity for managers to come a platform, discuss their challenges, share their  learning and best practices and learn about new technologies and methodologies.

9. Should cost of participation ne borne by individuals or by their companies?

It is a prestigious event and participation also includes access to the conference where experts discusses the problem faced in the industry. There is lot of opportunities for participants to learn. I think company should support their associates. My company supported me financially including my travel from Hyderabad and that was decided before I won the contest.

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?

Just go for it. Its not about winning but about learning new things. We are so busy with our everyday work that we don’t get time to learn. Manager’s Olympiad provide a great opportunity to learn from experts, get to know the new stuffs and it provides a great opportunity for networking.

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

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Will you be the Agile Champion of 2015?

17 Apr

Agile Olympiad is an initiative of India Agile Week (IAW 2015) June 12-17 and UNICOM Agile Thoughtleaders to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile Methodology. This contest also gets participation from several other countries, making it a global contest.

Every year hundreds of Agile Enthusiasts participate and enjoy this experience and bring laurels to themselves as well as to their companies, whose contribution in building an Agile champion cannot be denied.

Visit our website to learn about Agile Olympiad‘s past winners

What makes this corporate contest unique is that almost every company, that is running an Agile project, encourage their employees to participate. Participants then form a team within the organization to do group preparation on the topics provided by the Olympiad committee. Several HR’s of reputed organization have confirmed to me that they have found this active learning more effective than any training they have given on Agile. This sounds as music to our ears as UNICOM’s core belief is to Develop professionals into a global though leader and minimize the learning cost via maximizing the skills gained.

Additional bonus to the contestants is to attend India Agile Week conference @ their city. India Agile Week runs across 6 cities every year in 2nd week of June. In this conference, we share the best practices followed by Indian companies where they are innovating to run Agile suiting their culture and employees temperaments. While other Agile conferences suggest their delegates to change themselves, India Agile Week encourages them to focus on innovation. Our patrons understand this difference and join us all over India to share their stories and learn from their peers.

To view Conference website visit our home page: Click Here

Our Sincere thanks to Tathagat Varma, Founder ThoughtLeadership for agreeing to host the Finals of Agile Olympiad 2015. His work for Agile Olympaid 2014 finale can be seen here:

These are my thoughts. Please do write to me if you think you shall like to participate or join the Olympiad committee.

 

UNICOM Tech Alert: 6 Tech Skills That Will Be Outdated in The Near Future

17 Dec

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While we have seen an upsurge in demand for skills around emerging technologies and processes, some of the traditional tech skills, once in demand, are slowly moving towards oblivion. Nitesh Naveen, CEO, UNICOM Learning, which works closely with over 300 IT companies globally, discusses some such tech skills and why the industry doesn’t need them anymore.

IT vendor management: Till recently roles such as IT vendor management were high in demand and most probably still are. However, with larger and increasing use of open source and cloud based products, the role of the product vendor has diminished. Even traditional IT services like staff augmentation or system integration activities are being done over cloud.

Data centre admin: Most of the large enterprises, owning their own data centres, are considering moving to cloud. However, regulatory and security concerns exist which is deterring them to switchover. In a couple of years, cloud security will cease to be a deterrent, and the only roadblock shall be regulations. But the ecosystem will soon develop to find a solution to comply with the regulations. Data centre admin, as a function, will then become redundant.

Windows XP admin/help desk: Many IT professionals, from engineers to help desk support workers to system administrators, have significant XP experience. Unfortunately, this may no longer be a useful attribute. Windows XP still holds the #2 spot for desktop operating market share (just after Windows 7), but its fate is sealed. Microsoft ended the XP license sales more than two years ago and plans to cease supporting it in less than a year.

Software support: The transformation of computing from desktop to mobile, especially the transition of software and services into cloud, is limiting opportunities for traditional/packaged software support. Today, you need to know how to manage software services and software configurations in cloud computing.

Manual testing: Currently, India has over 100,000 manual testers. With advancement in automation techniques and reduction in the cost of release and build management, most of the manual testing is getting automated. UNICOM is seeing a trend where companies are asking to up-skill their manual testers into business assurance roles.

Programmer: If you are a true blue programmer, who loved coding and only coding, then you are in for trouble. With most of the companies going to adopt Agile and DevOps practices, the role of a programmer is silently moving towards core software engineering. This means that the role that needed only to code will transform into a role where you will work with the user to develop software that they want.

Source: http://content.timesjobs.com/6-tech-skills-will-outdated-near-future/