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Is DevOps Really New?

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DevOps is viewed by many as having started at the first DevOps Days Conference which was organized by Patrick Debois. DevOps is also regarded by many to be an outcome of Agile Systems Administration although much of the core DevOps concepts are not new by any means. DevOps highlights the essential partnership of Development and Operations and the synergy that comes from a cross-functional team that empowers both of these key players. Of course cross-functional teams are not new either. So I ask again, “is DevOps really new?” 

The concepts in DevOps have been around a long time. But what is new is the appropriate focus and communication of DevOps princples. DevOps is all about improved communication between Developement and Operations. It is no wonder that the DevOps movement has begun its journey by doing a great job of communicating some concepts that have been around (although relatively unnoticed) for quite some time. The rise of DevOps is, in many ways, a metaphor for what DevOps hopes to achieve in terms of improved communication between development and operations.

DevOps is not alone in its emphasis on improved communication. The Agile and Lean practices have also largely repackaged some very important concepts that have been around a long time. I have written (in the CM Journal and my book on CM Best Practices) about my own experiences implementing these techniques over the course of many years.

Lessons from EMS


Recently, my youngest son - David - joined the family tradition as the third certified Emergency Medical Technician. There are very few things in life that I enjoyed more than my years as an EMT - helping to rescue, treat, and comfort people who had become injured. One thing that I emphasized to my son is that one must document everything that is done; this information is both crucial for those providing care when responsibility for the patient is transferred to the receiving medical facility and also serves as a record that  proper teachment was indeed provided. In EMT speak, unless you wrote it on the Patient Care Report (PCR), then you didn't give the patient oxygen (bad move when it is needed).

Lesson Learned

The DevOps, Agile and Lean camps have done a great job of communicating essential IT wisdom that has been around a long time and the technology community is better served because of their efforts to highlight these principles!



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Micro Focus Completes Acquisition of Serena Software, Inc. Application Lifecycle Management Acquisition Boosts Micro Focus’s DevOps Capability ROCKVILLE, Md., May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Serena Software, a leading provider of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software, under the terms of the definitive agreement disclosed on March 22, 2016. "Our customers continue to look at DevOps as a way to deploy critical applications and services quickly and with greater reliability to meet business demands," said Stephen Murdoch, CEO, Micro Focus. "The Serena acquisition extends our ability to help customers meet these challenges so they can drive greater innovation faster with lower risk." According to industry analyst firm Gartner, "DevOps implementations utilize technology, especially automation tools, that can leverage an increasingly programmable and dynamic infrastructure from a life cycle perspective."1  The experience and expertise which the Serena business brings will enable Micro Focus to help its customers develop and release applications and services faster, with greater speed and accuracy. Serena adds capabilities in software application development; software configuration and change management; and business process management to Micro Focus's portfolio of ALM solutions spanning mainframe environments, distributed systems and cloud. The combination of Micro Focus and Serena allows companies to better: Design and build business applications and services with greater accuracy, reliability and predictability; Continuously deploy existing core business applications on a wider variety of platforms to meet changing business needs; and Improve the speed and efficiency of new business services through automated release and deployment solutions. About Serena Software Serena is among the largest Application Lifecycle Management vendors with more than 2,500 enterprise customers. Serena helps the highly regulated large enterprise move fast without breaking things – increasing velocity of the software development lifecycle while enhancing security, compliance, and performance. More information is available at www.serena.com. About Micro Focus Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L) is a global enterprise software company helping customers innovate faster with lower risk. Our software helps customers build, operate and secure IT systems that bring together existing business logic and applications with emerging technologies to meet increasingly complex business demands. For more information, visit: www.microfocus.com. 1I&O Must Combine ITIL and DevOps to Deliver Business Value for Bimodal IT," by George Spafford and Ian Head, March 18, 2016.
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