Although the conversation about DevOps typically focuses mostly on the tool
sets and platforms – Puppet, Docker, Microservices et al, the more
profoundly challenging aspects for most large organizations will be in the
organizational transformation is proposed as part of the ‘Cloud Native‘
The Inverse Conway Maneuver
As is described in the complimentary ebook from Pivotal – Migrating to
Cloud Native Application Architectures:
DevOps sets out to break down the artificial boundaries that develop
profusely in large, hierarchical organizations, and instead self-organize
around a ‘delivery pipeline’ of the work required to deploy code faster
and with fewer errors.
In short a ‘Lean’ system, one with zero process waste.
They reference the intriguing ‘Inverse Conway Manever‘ to describe this
transformation from a silo-based organization to one optimized for DevOps.
A headline theme underpinning the goal of telcos becoming ‘Digital
Operation Centres of the Future‘ is the adoption of already proven best
practices from the enterprise market.
This makes sense given that community is now well into their Cloud migration
programs, with ‘unicorns’ like Netflix and Uber Taxis at the forefront of
this innovation wave, very far ahead at the very cutting edge where these new
ideas are first proven in practice.
By this I mean that they not only pioneered the concept of a Microservices
Application Architecture implemented on AWS, but they then also open ... (more)
How to Harness the Power of Digital Transformation
by Isaac George
Right now it feels like the whole world is moving to digital at breakneck
speed. Banks, insurance companies, retailers and large manufacturers are all
looking at how they can digitally transform the organisation to keep up with
customer demand, business expectations and compete globally. However, while
digital transformation is becoming all-pervasive agreement on what digital
transformation actually means, how to leverage its potential, and most
importantly how to make a digital transformation project a success sti... (more)
Michael Porter, author of the most highly regarded of all business strategy
theories, Competitive Advantage, describes how there are now three distinct
eras of how technology can be defined to impact upon the ability to achieve
Michael makes two very important points. The first point is that there has
previously been two eras and now there is a third – the first being when
corporations started to use IT for automation purposes, described in this
1985 article, followed then by when all of this IT became interconnected via
the Internet, described in this 2001 artic... (more)
Safe Harbour Ruling: What Does It Mean for Your Business?
By Frank Krieger, Director of Compliance, iland
The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get
their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past
couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT
departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud compliance of
the recent nullification of the EU Safe Harbour Ruling. Safe Harbour, used by
over 4,000 firms to move EU data to the US for the past 15 years, was
declared invalid by the European Cou... (more)