Embracing digital disruption by adopting DevOps practices

We live in interesting times. Many organizations are starting to tear down the walls between business and IT, the even thicker walls between technical departments within IT, and have replaced their “Waterfalls” with fountains of nice feedback loops and shorter iterations.

Leaders of these organizations now start to realize that IT is a strategic differentiator instead of a mystical capability best left to techies who speak a foreign language. They read almost daily in newspapers stories that inspire them further. One type of story focuses on organizations that have been dramatically transforming by adopting an engineering culture, and moving towards a new world of IT. This leads to extremely fast concept-to-cash or low time-to-market, and much lower operating and capital expenditures. Another type of story, which offers equally interesting lessons learned, focuses on organizations that have either gone bankrupt or lost huge parts of their market share because they have been replaced by a startup, or an “App”.

We are confident that stories such as the ones described above are only the tip of the iceberg. Disruptive innovations in IT are accelerating at a fast pace, and enormous gains achieved if organizations apply the best practices correctly.

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Digital Innovation through Agile Integration

WHAT IS AGILE INTEGRATION?

Agile integration is an architectural approach that combines agile methods and practices with technologies for the purpose of rapidly intergrating applications and data, using platforms particularly suited for flexible and adaptive integrated solutions.

Red Hat’s use of the term agile integration differs somewhat from the common definitions of agile integration that relate to continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD), which represent the integration or combination of different development processes into a continuous process. We define agile integration as an architectural approach that specifically applies to “integration” technologies and processes — taking advantage of agile methods and flexible micro services architectures — so that applications and data across multiple systems and services can be integrated and adapted faster to meet the rapidly changing demands of digital business. Agile integration relies on modern platforms, processes, and technologies that are suited for fast-paced and adaptive solutions. Agile integration approaches can help customers include their integration services as part of CI/CD processes.

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Digital transformation and how to realize it

Our world is going through a huge digital transformation. The technology push, information push and social push bring with them major, disruptive changes. Organizations have no choice: they must undergo a digital transformation to become a digital organization. The question is, how? New technology and new kinds of information change the lives of individuals and organizations alike. Every organization, whether for-profit or non-profit, needs to ask itself what opportunities all these new possibilities offer, and what threats they bring. And most importantly: what must be done differently from now on?

This paper addresses that question through an action plan consisting of five main steps.

Step 1: Focus on short cycles

Step 2: Create a digital foundation

Step 3: Become more agile

Step 4: Investigate new technologies

Step 5: Surprise your customers

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Scrum Studio: A Model for Innovation

Scrum Studio creates an environment in which empiricism can thrive. It may exist as a physically separate organization, or it may simply be a protected part of an existing organization, especially when it is just getting started.

Empowered by more choice than ever before, customers have become increasingly demanding and impatient. They are constantly presented with new alternatives, and new competitors arise continuously to meet their rapidly changing needs. Success today means delivering solutions: combining both products and services that better meet the needs of your customers, faster than your competitors.

In many ways, this challenge isn’t new; organizations have been using rapid delivery cycles to form hypotheses about what customers really need, deliver working products to meet those needs, measuring
the results, and then learning from the insights gained. This is the essence of empiricism, and is the raison d’être for Scrum, which is now more than 22 years old.

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Based on the principles of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, Scrum.org provides comprehensive training, assessments and certifications to improve the profession of software delivery. Throughout the world, our solutions and community of Professional Scrum Trainers empower people and organizations to achieve agility through Scrum. Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, founded Scrum.org in 2009 as a global organization, dedicating himself to improving the profession of software delivery by reducing the gaps so the work and work products are dependable.

Info Trek is an authorized Scrum.org training provider for Agile Scrum certification and we offer Scrum Master, Scrum Developer and Scrum Product Owner.

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Whitepaper : The Rise of the Renaissance Database Administrator

Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most integrated public cloud. It offers best-in-class services across software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and even lets you put Oracle Cloud in your own data center. Oracle Cloud helps organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity.

What do these market-defining trends have in common?
· Analytics for all
· Analytics as competitive differentiator
· Internet of Things
· Artificial intelligence/Machine learning/Cognitive computing
· Real-time analytics/event management

They all rely on data – timely, accurate data delivered within an insightful context – to deliver value.

The question is: who in the enterprise is most qualified and prepared to help deliver on the vision and values of the data-driven enterprise?

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