In every part of the world, the discussions around DevOps and Continuous Delivery are heard. Industries from retail to healthcare, from financial to telcos, understand that there is an adapt-or-die storm coming. To survive, they have to become a software company. If they can’t deliver applications as fast as a speeding bullet, that also have bulletproof quality, it’s game over.
Organizations know their customers are empowered by connectivity, abundant choice and immediate access to what they want, when and where they want it. The bottom line is that customers are done waiting … for a website to load, an app to fail, and transactions halting mid-stream. It is the NOW world.
How are you delivering inspiring application experiences to them?
The Thirst for Continuous Delivery Knowledge is Real.
While DevOps looks at improving communication and collaboration, Continuous Delivery (CD) is an outgrowth of DevOps that focuses on speed and quality of code development, delivery, and feedback. As mentioned in a recent SD Times piece, Continuous Delivery is the pipeline for achieving that speed, and DevOps describes the team, culture and processes to support that pipeline.
Last week, over 100 people representing companies from all across Europe convened at a Continuous Delivery summit hosted by CA Technologies at Ditton Park in the U.K. to learn and brainstorm about CD. Dave Farley, who some consider one of the founding father’s of the CD movement, presented his viewpoint on how essential its implementation is.
Organizations such as ING, A.S.R, and Amadeus addressed the group to discuss critical aspects of the Continuous Delivery process, such as environment simulation for unconstrained access to any system via service virtualization, unrestricted access to test data through synthetic test data generation, creating the minimal number of test cases right from the requirement phase for 100% test coverage and being able to automatically react to changes to the requirements, and being able to orchestrate the integration and release of all the code across all the tool chains.
A panel discussion with Mr. Farley and leads from multiple companies ended the day to discuss the successes and warn of the pitfalls in moving to a continuous delivery strategy. And the networking and conversation continued late into the evening.
The next day was full of breakout sessions and user presentations.
The event was truly amazing. To see more pictures and tweets from the event, see the Storify about the event here.
Of course, attending events such as this one can be difficult depending on your location. But the conversation and the interest continue on. If you’re interested in learning more, and hoping to hear the successes of other organizations in their transformational software delivery process in this digital age, may I suggest you register for the event that won’t require you to travel.
Time to Act
The DevOps Virtual Summit hosted by Information Week is right around the corner. On February 25th join hundreds of others in a virtual event streamed live from NYC to discuss Continuous Delivery, as well as other hot topics such as Agile development practices, API and mobile development, and enterprise systems management, and testing in an agile world. You’ll hear from DevOps author Gene Kim, Docker Evangelist John Willis, Southwest Airlines, Citrix, MFUG Union Bank, and others an online virtual conference. You’ll also get to meet peers, see product demos, and learn best practices without ever having to leave your seat.
All across the globe, the Continuous Delivery drumbeat can be heard. It’s real, and it’s delivering real results. Now is the time to act, before it is too late for your business.