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Culture management is frequently part of any industry discussion about digital transformation. Yet recent research by NTT DATA Services (Full disclosure: NTT DATA Services is Flux7’s parent company) has found that organizations are more likely to focus on technology-related changes rather than culture change.
In last week’s DevOps news, we shared several events that moved to a virtual format, offering free attendance. This week vendors follow suit. For example, Appian has made its application to track Coronavirus-related healthcare incidents free to companies with 1,000+ employees. And, Cisco commits $210 million in products along with $8 million in cash to help with Covid19.
We are happy to introduce in coordination with AWS, a new AWS CloudFormation resource that allows users to automatically create GitHub repositories from an AWS CloudFormation template. The new tool allows users to grow efficiency and speed their time to innovation by automating key portions of the infrastructure creation process. The new open-source tool will be managed and updated by Flux7 and is available now via the AWS CloudFormation registry.
No matter the format, conferences can present a firehose of information — with a lot of data coming at you all at once. While it may seem that a virtual conference, digital summit, or eConference, requires less preparation (after all how long does it take to launch a URL), it’s no less important to approach it with a succinct strategy for before, during and after the event. Employ these handy tips to make sure you get the most of your online conference offerings.
Gartner likes to say that organizations ‘win in the turns’. By this they mean that enterprises that take advantage of ‘turns’ in the market can create greater success than those who do not. Luckily for all of us, this analogy can apply to the skills gap just as readily as it does to business strategy. Workers at every level can use ‘turns’ in the market advantageously, accelerating out of them by upskilling their capabilities and knowledge.
With one in three Americans under a directive to stay at home due to the Coronavirus, enterprises are feeling the impact. To help organizations minimize related risks, the Uptime Institute has issued a set of pandemic risk management recommendations in a new report. Also helping companies remain agile and responsive, are companies like Atlassian who this week increased the number of tools it offers for free. Organizations can now freely access cloud-based versions of Jira Software, Confluence, Jira Service Desk, and Jira Core to help communication across an increased number of remote work employees. In related IT Modernization news, Google Cloud has decided to postpone the Google Cloud Next ‘20: Digital Connect conference. Originally moved to a virtual format, event organizers are now seeking a more opportune time to hold the event. A host of other events have moved online including, Atlassian Summit, Red Hat Summit, the Facebook F8 Developer Conference and more.
High Performance Computing (HPC) is a balancing act for technologists who support it. They must balance research units demanding more resources on one hand. And, on the other hand, they face the finance organization who demands financial accountability. High Performance Computing on cloud makes this balancing act even more precarious as researchers who see the promise of ‘unlimited compute’ beg for the elasticity of the cloud while finance focuses on the new costs they must carry. Our new white paper helps technologists navigate this balance, sharing strategies, tactics and proven discussion points for a productive conversation with your CFO about the business advantages of cloud HPC.
“Lack of skill is constraining them more than lack of technology” notes a new report from the DevOps Institute. The survey finds that the leading challenge for organizations remains to find and attract skilled DevOps people. Indeed, 58% reported that finding skilled team members is a huge challenge, with 48% saying that retention of skilled DevOps people is a challenge. Industries like financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and tech are top seekers of DevOps talent.
Inc. magazine has created an extension of its renowned Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies list. In 2020, it has created the Inc. 5000 Series of regional fast growing companies. We are thrilled to be among the inaugural honorees of the Inc. 5000 Series Texas award. (For the full list, visit here)
A Forbes report called remote work “standard operating procedure” for 50% of the U.S. population. Yet, if you aren’t among those who typically work from home — or are managing a remote team for the first time — you may be surprised to hear that there are definite skills and strategies to ensure your success. Whether your team is temporarily in a remote work situation or is looking to move to a more remote setup, our team who work remotely every day came together to offer their learned insights to help you create your own healthy remote work environment.
Results of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s annual survey are here. In it, they reveal that cloud-native technology use has reached a tipping point. Eighty-four percent of respondents, for example, report now using containers in production, a 61 percent change from just three years ago. Kubernetes saw similar growth in inspiring IT modernization efforts, with 78% reporting its use in production. CNCF reports up and coming technologies to include serverless with 41% reporting its use in production and service mesh with 47% of respondents currently evaluating a service mesh for their organization. Last, respondents report increasing their release cycles, with daily releases having grown 15% from last year alone.
DevOps practices have changed the development landscape drastically over the past several years. For example, in 2014, a survey by NewRelic found that only 4% of organizations released code to production multiple times a day. With 72% saying they released code less frequently — monthly, quarterly, or for some, not at all. Fast forward and today it’s common to see organizations moving code hourly from dev to production. This change in pace has several implications, leading to a key question around the best way to move the software repository to AWS, Azure, Google or another public cloud.