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Use DevOps to Turn IT into a Strategic Weapon

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Damon Edwards / 

As I’ve worked on the DevOps Cookbook with my co-authors, I’ve become increasingly conscious of the emphasis of focus of the DevOps community. Lots of attention has been paid to the effects of DevOps within the walls of an IT organization. Far less attention has been paid to the effects of DevOps across the broader company. Almost no attention has been paid the effects of DevOps outside the walls of the company, specifically in relation to other companies and the markets in which you are competing.
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Andie Nordgren recaps the CCP Games internal DevOps conference

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The following is a guest post by Andie Nordgren, Technical Producer at CCP Games in Reykjavik, Iceland. Andie recently wrote this post as a recap of their internal DevOps conference (for which she was the primary organizer). I thought it was a great overview of what an internal DevOps conference is all about and asked her to share it with our community.
-Damon

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Integrating DevOps tools into a Service Delivery Platform (VIDEO)

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The ecosystem of open source DevOps-friendly tools has experienced explosive growth in the past few years. There are so many great tools out there that finding the right one for a particular use case has become quite easy.

As the old problem of a lack of tooling fades into the distance, the new problem of tool integration is becoming more apprent. Deployment tools, configuration management tools, build tools, repository tools, monitoring tools — By design, most of the popular modern tools in our space are point solutions.

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Using Rundeck and Chef to Build DevOps Toolchains at #ChefConf 2012

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I presented at #ChefConf 2012 in Burlingame last Thursday on using Rundeck and Chef to Build DevOps toolchains.

The heart of the presentation was a demonstration of continuous build and deployment showing Adam Jacob’s chef-rundeck plugin working as a Rundeck resource model source (node provider) and jobs using knife and the Chef server API to manage databag-based application configuration.

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High Velocity Release Management with Alex Honor and Betsy Hearnsberger

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This one is for the managers out there who straddle the Dev and Ops divide.

Alex Honor and Betsy Hearnsberger have seen the importance of release management dramatically change over the past decade. Through their collective experiences working inside organizations like E*TRADE, Ask.com, NASA Ames, and Zynga (as well as Alex’s subsequent consulting work at DTO Solutions) they’ve each amassed a wealth of experience and insight into dealing with high velocity release engineering in large scale and complex organizations.

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Kanban and DevOps Roundtable (Video)

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Damon Edwards / 

Ok so it’s more of a semi-circle than a roundtable… I was at the first ever Kanban for DevOps class this past week in Sunnyvale, CA and after looking around the room I couldn’t let these folks go without getting them on video:

  • Luke Kanies (Puppet Labs)
  • John Willis (Enstratus)
  • Gene Kim (Author)
  • Dominica DeGrandis (David J. Anderson & Associates)

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