The Core Challenges in Getting to DevOps

We posted a blog a while back that highlighted a webinar we did with Jay Lyman of 451 Research titled Crush Your Application Release Cycles: How to Get 5 Quarters in a Year. Jay highlighted a 451 Research project and shared some specific insights about enterprise DevOps and cloud adoption.

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The Top Priorities and Setbacks Enterprises Face In Application Development

There are few things more valuable to any business than direct customer feedback. It’s how we test ideas – old and new. It’s how we decide to change. So we asked TechValidate to help us understand what customers and potential customers are thinking. They’re a trusted neutral party and have helped us validate our own thinking – and sometimes prove us wrong. Recently, TechValidate compiled two sets of survey responses from targeted recipients across a range of industries. One survey targeted existing Actifio customers, and the other focused specifically on application developers who are not current clients. The returns provide some fascinating results that will help to verify and quantify Actifio’s part in helping customers to gain financial benefits. Results also make clear the opportunity developers have to gain time and performance advantages as they come into the fold.

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How to Leverage Data Virtualization in Test Data Management

We’ve seen the benefits that digital businesses can get by adopting DevOps methods for application development. At the same time, the substantial importance of business applications cries out for the fastest, most efficient development resources. If DevOps is about collaboration and process, application execution and output are all about the power and capabilities of technology.

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The Definitive Question: Should Your Organization Adopt DevOps?

Digital businesses depend on information intelligence. Most of that intelligence comes from applications. So, why are so many businesses missing the application streamlining opportunity that comes from DevOps? That collaborative blend of application developers and IT operations is a culture shift that breaks down silos and promotes accelerated development. Becoming a digital business means way more than having the right technology. It’s the right mix of fast, smooth operations resting on an intelligent information base. That’s the idea of DevOps. That and bigger profits.

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Orange is the new Black in Application Development

For a moment, put yourself solely in the shoes of an application ‘end-user.’

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How to Develop Higher Quality Applications Faster with DevOps and Copy Data Virtualization

If you’ve ever worked anywhere near an enterprise IT department, you’re familiar with the internal scuffle that exists  between the development and operations teams. At no fault of their own, they’re doing what they’ve been charged to do. Dev, tasked with building new applications to advance the business, needs to get things done faster. At the same time, Ops is pushing for things to go slower, tasked with safeguarding data and infrastructure to protect the business. With totally opposing missions, it’s no wonder why things get done at a less efficient pace than ideal.

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Elements of DevOps: Cost

Cost is always an essential element. And it’s not unusual for customers to see expected costs for projected storage additions evaporate after an Actifio deployment. It typically starts first in the realm of excess copy data being eliminated from backup or disaster recovery.

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Elements of DevOps: Control

The third of our four essential application development elements is Control. It means quite simply that data is available to authorized users for sanctioned purposes and fully restricted from any unauthorized use or for any unauthorized purpose.

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Elements of DevOps: Quality

The transition of application development to a comprehensive DevOps environment is a natural but not necessarily smooth progression and Quality is no less important than Speed. The intent is simple; accelerate quality software development. Catch and fix bugs early. Minimize last minute surprises. Release products on time.

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Application Recipes and Refinements

Think of applications as the essential services that feed a business - food. Of course food isn’t one thing, one ingredient, but a very long list of fruits and vegetables and meat and spices, and, for some of us, beer. With few exceptions, the ingredients are more satisfying when combined, cooked. In fact cooking has often been used as an appropriate analogy for application development. It follows a cycle of need, preparation, creation, testing, troubleshooting and adjustment. Some recipes are favored and refined. Some retired for good. End-user feedback is always the critical test.

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