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June 23, 2014

DevOps Can Create Competitive Advantage

In the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Blog, Steven Norton outlines the findings of the 2014 State of DevOps Report created by Puppet Labs. Within the article, Norton describes many different positive results of using DevOps, including how it creates a higher job satisfaction for employees at a company. He writes,

The longer an organization uses and improves upon DevOps practices, the better it performs, the report said, often leading to higher performance for the entire company.

Check out the full post, DevOps can Create Competitive Advantage, posted on Wall Street Journal.

June 4, 2014

Why DevOps Needs a Friend

On Sys-Con Media, Larry Dragich makes a case for why Application Performance Management (APM) is a necessary tool for the area of Development and Operations (DevOps). Certain principles, like end-user-experience, are found in both APM and DevOps. As Dragich says,

Similar to your most trusted watch dog, [APM] alerts us to anomalies when events occur, providing awareness to the environment that only they can observe. This is where APM can bridge the gap between Development and Operations, supporting the entire application lifecycle.

Check out the full post, Why DevOps Needs a Friend, posted on Sys-Con Media.

May 30, 2014

DevOps Is Great for Startups, but for Enterprises It Won’t Work—Yet

In The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal, Rachel Shannon-Solomon has a different perspective on DevOPs than Gene Kim has. She found that there is no lack of appetite to experiment with DevOps practices at the enterprise scale—the pulse within Fortune 500s and specifically financial services firms surveyed is that large, DevOps-savvy tech companies such as Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. are able to move so much faster, and that internal tech teams within large organizations should be able to do so as well. But ultimately, there are few true change agents within enterprise IT willing to affect DevOps implementations.

Today the odds seem to be heavily stacked against them, but as concern for the bottom line grows more individual change agents within large organizations may emerge.

Check out the full post, DevOps is Great for Startups, but for Enterprises IT Won’t Work – Yet, posted on The Wall Street Journal Blog – CIO Journal.

May 28, 2014

Enterprise DevOps Adoption isn’t Mandatory – But Neither is Survival

In The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal, Gene Kim outlines a compelling case for DevOps. To put into context how DevOps is transforming our work, consider how Lean transformed manufacturing in the 1980s. Researchers observed that Toyota Motor North America Inc. had at least four times the productivity of other manufacturers, able to produce twice the output (e.g., assembled cars ready to be sold) with only one-half the inputs (e.g., floor space, work in process, etc.). Over the next decade, the adoption of Lean philosophies and methods led to an unprecedented surge in worker productivity, better delivery performance, reduced inventory levels and higher customer satisfaction and employee happiness.

Transforming the IT value stream by adopting DevOps methods will likely result in a productivity surge as large, or larger, than the manufacturing revolution 30 years ago, making this one of the most important and urgent business problems of our age.

Check out the full post, Enterprise DevOps Adoption isn’t Mandatory – But Neither is Survival, posted on The Wall Street Journal Blog – CIO Journal.

May 26, 2014

How to Cope after Your CIO Googles Dev Ops

Step one: Medicate yourself with some combination of paracetamol, scotch and Valium. But what do you do next? Start off with projects that are not super complex and have a high degree of uncertainty associated with them — because chances are, you’re going to encounter failures along the way, Gartner analyst Cameron Haight told the Gartner IT Infrastructure Operations and Data Center Summit in Sydney. He said,

It aligns operations and development together, because right now in many organisations you have development metrics and you have operations metrics and those are working at cross purposes.

Check out the full post, How to cope after your CIO Googles dev ops, posted on Computerworld.

May 23, 2014

LA Traffic Control Malfunction Linked to Lack of Memory

A computer crash that caused the collapse of Los Angeles’ $2.4bn air traffic control system may have been caused by a simple lack of memory, insiders close to the problem alleged last week. Hundreds of flights were delayed two weeks ago after the air traffic control system that manages the airspace around Los Angeles’ LAX airport went haywire as a U-2 spy plane sped overhead. A spokesman said,

the system was forced to analyze a large number of routes to ‘de-conflict the aircraft with lower-altitude flights’. This process ‘used a large amount of available memory and interrupted the computer’s other flight-processing functions’

Check out the full post, LA Air Traffic Meltdown – System Simply Ran out of Memory, posted on The Register.

May 12, 2014

Why Healthcare IT Professionals are Relying on Big Changes

When changes are made to the ICD-10 coding systems, which is now slated for 2015, healthcare systems will run faster and more efficiently. Healthcare IT systems are complex, and the interaction between all key parties needs to be seemless. The ICD-10 coding systems will help improve this interaction in 2015, but Enterprise APM can help improve it now. Not only will Enterprise APM help to make your healthcare IT software more effective now, it will enhance the capabilities of the ICD-10 coding systems.

The software systems that various Healthcare Providers run need to balance so that all parties involved – from patients to payers, doctors and their staff – maintain high-quality interaction and service throughout. Proper change to ICD-10 coding is an effective method for information sharing between all providers.

Check out the full post, Why Healthcare IT Professionals are Relying on Big Changes, posted on HITechAnswers.

April 10, 2014

How will CIO’s, CMIO’s respond to the latest ICD-10 delay?

The recent news of ICD-10 delay was devastating for the entire healthcare industry. There are many organizations who have been working tirelessly to prepare for the compliance deadline only to discover that all preparations will have to be put on hold.

The healthcare industry is going through a period of unprecedented change and the only sanctuary is knowing that you are prepared to adapt to those changes. An Enterprise Application Performance Management tool which monitors all your transactions, new and legacy, will help create a seamless transition so that when new requirements go into effect, you can feel prepared.

What will the software vendors do? Assume there will be new upgrades required even though we have already upgraded to the ICD-10 compliant version of most of our primary systems. How will this fit in with their overall strategy for continuing to advance our capabilities?

Check out the full post, How Will CIO’s, CMIO’s Repond to the Latest ICD-10 Delay, posted on EHR Intelligence.

April 7, 2014

iOS apps crash twice as often as Android apps?

Research by Crittercism claims that applications operating on iOS 7.1 crash 1.6% of the time, while applications on Android 4.0 and above fail at a much lower rate of 0.7%. The findings are available on a 20-page report on the company’s website. (Requires a free registration.)

Managing 1 billion monthly active users (who combine to create more than 3 billion app events daily), we have analyzed performance data to compile it into the first-ever mobile benchmark data report.

Check out the full post, Mobile experience benchmark report, posted on Crittercism.

March 20, 2014

Amazon Launches AppStream

Amazon Web Services (AWS) just made AppStream, its promised service that streams HD content on AWS GPU instances down to popular devices, broadly available. This is big news, especially for both online gaming and gambling companies that want to deliver premium content to mobile devices. AppStream renders the application on the AWS infrastructure and streams the output to PCs, tablets and mobile phones.

For the past year or so, Amazon has been quietly and not-so-quietly hiring talent and adding capabilities to appeal to mobile and game developers.

Check out the full post, Amazon launches AppStream, posted on Gigaom.