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Whether you think of digital business transformation as enabling worker productivity, managing business performance through data, or exceeding evolving customer expectations, it can be tempting to embrace it by building digital things. Yet, this approach misses a big piece of the puzzle. While digital services might be the mechanism by which you address business and market needs, ultimately, they are not enough in and of themselves. To truly address customer and business needs, a digital business platform — a technology foundation from which to work — is required.
Each week AWS features innovative cloud architectures from its partners and customers in a video feature it calls, This is My Architecture. We’re excited to share that this week’s installment features our very own DevOps Engineer, Arthur Mandel, and David Fluck from Toyota Research Institute. In the episode, they highlight how two technologies — AWS P3 GPU instances and AWS Service Catalog — enable TRI data scientists to more quickly progress their research.
In last week’s DevOps news round-up, we shared data around in-demand developer skills. For companies looking to modernize applications, COBOL shouldn’t be ignored, according to a new Micro Focus report. The new survey finds that COBOL app modernization is a preferred approach, over replacing or retiring. Indeed, 53% said they plan to modernize apps and integrate their COBOL systems.
When services are the life-blood of your organization, ensuring quality delivery is a business imperative. In search of improvements to take its service offerings to the next level is our Fortune 500 customer. It sought a cloud tool like Amazon DynamoDB to help it centralize the data collection of client projects in the cloud. The goal of this multinational firm was to ensure project success through greater visibility into global delivery. It wanted to maintain uniformity across projects while expanding its cloud portfolio.
Data takes center stage in this week’s IT modernization and DevOps news. We start with the 2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report. This year’s report finds that across companies, full-stack developers are the most in-demand talent. Thirty-eight percent of hiring managers state it’s the leading role to fill this year. Hiring managers list back-end developers and data scientists as the next most sought-after roles.
Business often views innovation at the speed of the market and system security as opposing forces. Yet, it’s not necessary to sacrifice one for the other. Agility and security can be simultaneously achieved in the cloud with development, operations, and cloud security best practices. Exactly what are these cloud security and DevOps best practices and how do you build them in to securely propel the business forward? Our DevOps consultants explore how to achieve cloud security with this balanced perspective in a new white paper: Effectively Balance Your Organization Between Security and Agility.
Our parent company, NTT DATA Services, just released a new research study “Every Cloud Has a Culture Lining.” In it, six in 10 executives admit that “the technical challenges of moving applications to the cloud are much easier to deal with than the associated people-related challenges.” Further, they find that although executives actively recognize these challenges, few have taken conclusive steps to address culture change. Rather than culture change associated with digital transformation, DevOps and other modernization initiatives, executives opt instead to focus on technology. Yet, the survey finds that effectively addressing culture change results in more agile organizations with greater efficiency and security. All while making significant technical gains.
Puppet released this week its annual State of DevOps report. This year’s study focused on integrating security into the software delivery lifecycle, finding that “Organizations with a high level of security integration are not only more confident in their security posture and view security as a shared responsibility across teams, but are also able to deploy on-demand more frequently, remediate vulnerabilities faster, prioritize security improvements over feature delivery, and halt a push to production to address a security issue.”
In today’s DevOps blog, Flux7 HPC Solution Architect, Derek Magill, shares his insights on Cunningham’s Law and its relation to the Agile Delivery Model. One of my favorite “funny” laws on the web is Cunnigham’s Law. It states that the fastest way on the internet to get the right answer is not to ask a question but to post the wrong answer. It’s funny because it’s true. People love being right, especially on the internet. More importantly, your wrong answer gave them an anchor. It is a challenge, a puzzle to solve. It shines like a beacon to onlookers, begging for them to test their mettle against it.
“Accelerated cloud performance” was, according to IBM CEO, Ginny Rometty, responsible for driving a majority of the firm’s Q4 growth which ended with $21.8 billion in revenue. Its Red Hat investment is paying off with a reported 24% increase in quarterly Red Hat revenue and a 21% increase in cloud revenue overall.
As Python 2.0 reaches end-of-life, it’s imperative that organizations migrate to Python 3.0 in order to ensure continued security and other updates. Yet, as the sunset period for Python 2.0 has begun (2.7.18, the last major version, will be released in April 2020), a new report by ActiveState finds that 31% of respondents to their survey are without a plan for migrating. While awareness is high, planning for the forthcoming sunsetting is more varied with only 32% reporting that they are very prepared for the event.
When Ali Hussain and I founded Flux7 seven years ago, little did we know how far this name and the promise behind it would carry us over the next seven years. Seven is the number for good fortune and on our seventh anniversary, I am privileged to share with you several fortuitous milestones, the most noteworthy of which is Flux7’s acquisition by NTT DATA Services. I’m proud to say that this acquisition marks the beginning of the next evolution of Flux7’s ability to meet the needs of our customers and employees through deeper modernization, innovation, and operational excellence.