Bringing DevOps to Analytics and Data Science
There's no shortage of material about DevOps on the Interwebs. But as you
sift through mountains of information, it appears mostly skewed toward better
and faster web and mobile app development. Look for details on how the
thinking can be applied to the wicked world of data science or analytics and
you'll be hard pressed to find much at all.
This seems odd, because a sustainable business isn't just carved out on the
back of web and mobile apps. It's also dependent on intimately understanding
customer data and pivoting towards the opportunities revealed - with yes, web
and mobile apps.
It's not rocket science; it's data science, and web-scale companies
understand it's fundamental for mega efficient business operations. It
explains why Netflix has gone from stuffing DVDs through the mailbox to
streaming their own shows, ... (more)
DevOps and Continuous Delivery Plumbing - Unblocking the Pipes
Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE once said - "If the rate of change on the
outside is happening faster than the rate of change on the inside, the end is
in sight." This rings truer than ever - especially because business success
is inextricably associated with those organizations who've got really good at
delivering high-quality software innovations - innovations that disrupt
existing markets and carve out new ones.
Like the businesses they've helped digitally transform, DevOps teams and
Continuous Delivery processes ... (more)
On a recent road trip I was reminded about the importance of DevOps feedback
loops and application supportability.
I enjoy driving into the Australian outback. This probably explains why I
prefer to take the back roads. On my last trip I did just that; forgoing the
fast highway for a more sedate but picturesque route. Deciding to fill up at
a small country town gas station on my way home I hit a snag. The marvelous
electronic park brake system wouldn't disengage. It was late and I was stuck
up that proverbial creak without a paddle - 200+ miles from home.
Once the profanities had... (more)
DevOps and Technical Debt - Are You Paying the Piper?
Like me, you're probably familiar with the story of the Pied Piper of
Hamelin. A cautionary tale about the consequences of reneging on debt - it
sure scared the crap out of me as a kid.
In enterprise IT, we also accrue debt, but of the technical kind. While the
results of non-payment aren't as severe as those suffered by the good folk of
Hamelin, not ‘paying the piper' will have dire consequences for any
businesses trying to compete on an economic playing field where the rules are
determined by software.
DevOps of course is n... (more)