Round up of marketshare and commentary on the Apple Watch from Horace’s Apple Watch conference. 80% of wearable market, they say.
Q: What’s your favorite tip to improve collaboration when an organization moves to agile and DevOps?
A: I think the core DevOps thing with collaboration is getting people to trust each other. Most corporate cultures are not built on people trusting each other and feeling comfortable: they’re based in competitive, zero sum structures or command and control management at best.
Organizations that are looking to DevOps for help are likely trying to innovate new software and services and so they have to shift to a mode of operating that encourages collaboration and creativity. Realizing that is a critical step: we want to create and run new software, so we need to understand and become a software producing organization.
In contrast, if you operate differently if you’re just driving down costs each quarter and not creating much with IT. We’d counter-argue that if you’re a large organization and you’re not worrying about software then you’ll be creamed by your competition who is becoming a software organization.
If forced to pick one tip to increase collaboration I would say: do it by starting to work. How you do this is to pick a series of small projects and slowly expand the size of the projects. These projects should be low profile, but have direct customer/revenue impact so that they’re real. It’s important for these projects to be actual applications that people use, not just infrastructure and back-end stuff. It will help the team understand the new way of operating and at the same time help build up momentum and success for company wide transformation later down the road.
As a basic tactic, Andrew Shafer has a fun, effective tactic about having each people on the team wrote fantasy press releases about each other to start to build trust.
The talk-track being: 21% of people are doing something beyond kicking the tired, though just ~6% doing anything in production.
With consumer SaaSes and mobile apps coming and going, I’ve been thinking of the idea of “disposable software”: apps that last a year or so, but aren’t guaranteed to last longer. In the consumer space, there’s rarely been a guarantee that free software will last – that’s part of the “price” you pay for free.
This mentality is getting into business software more and more, however, and I don’t think “enterprises” are prepared for it. Part of the premium you pay for enterprise software should include the guarantee that it will have a longer life-cycle, but it’s worth asking if it does.
Also, it’s good for enterprises to be aware of vendors, particularly open source driven ones, are putting out code that might be “disposable.” The prevailing product management think nowadays encourages experimenting and trying things out: abandoning “failed” experiments and continuing successful ones. Clearly, if you’re a “normal” enterprise, you want to avoid those failed experiments and, at best, properly control and govern your use of them.
Of course, there are trade-offs:
- With consumer, experiment-driven software, you’re always getting the newest thinking, which might turn out to be a good idea and provide your business with differentiating, “secret sauce”; or it might be a failed experiment that gets canceled
- With “enterprise,” stable software you can generally count on it existing and being supported next year; but you’ll often be behind the curve on innovation, meaning you’ll have to layer on the “secret sauce” on your own.
It’s good to engage with both types of strategies, you just have manage the approach to hedge the risks of each.
That new role has less to do with managing disparate bits of infrastructure and more to do with selecting the best infrastructure strategy to provide a specific service. The toolbox they can select from includes on-premise or colocation data centers and cloud – private, public, or hybrid, on-prem or outsourced.
For as long as cloud has been around, the idea of a “cloud broker” has existed. For awhile, it meant software (or an “as a Service”) acting as a marketplace, like an App Store, that people would select IT services from.
It also can mean a market where you are continually buying the cheapest price, sort of arbitraging between the ever lowering costs of public clouds, some how magically loving workloads cheaply and quickly enough between these clouds to save money and time. You’ll hear people say “bursting” a lot here.
Of late I’ve noticed a more normal definition: the act of the IT department serving as a curator, service provider, and accountant for cloud services from vendors. I mean, that’s a large part of what IT has done all along, so it makes sense.
“The role of IT is shifting to become an intermediary between the customer and the data center and the service provider,” Bittman, a Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, said. “The service provider might be you, but it might be Google, or it might be Salesforce. It comes down to delegating responsibility.”
Today, digital business capabilities drive 18 percent of enterprise revenue, Raymond Paquet, a managing VP at Gartner, said. The analysts expect that portion to grow to 25 percent in two years and more than double by 2020, reaching 41 percent.
This last bit is what feels like s more dramatic change: IT being called on to help run the business, not just keep the lights on.
We discuss Gartner conferences and the two parts of Gartner, the innovator’s dilemma in monitoring and identity, Docker monetizing, and Vegas food.
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- If you like video, see this episodes’ video recording.
- Coté goes to Las Vegas, he can’t escape it. “You want to go by the highway?”
- Two types of analysts: (1.) theory/model holders, and, (2.) “what the fuck is going on?”
- Real people actually go to these Gartner things, and a lot, e.g., 120 in-room active voters.
- Agile survey shows stodginess.
- We can all agree on eggs Benedict on a croissant with lobster.
- Slides for Coté’s talk, recording coming soon…?
Docker Docker Docker
- Docker announcements
Does Matt have a good intro to Unikernals?
- 8 Surprising Facts about Docker Adoption – 6% of DataDog traffic- Surprisingly detailed writeup on how they measured with 7000 customers: containers have an average lifespan of 3 days; while across all companies, traditional and cloud-based VMs have an average lifespan of 12 days.
- Global Continuous Delivery with Spinnaker – Netflix CD tool and AWS, Google, Microsoft and Pivotal on that.
- “Does that come with ‘free’?” – early on, any successful open source community starts wanting the hard stuff for free.
- Citrix spins off GoTo Meeting, cuts 1000 jobs – Gonna focus on the Enterprise.
BONUS LINKS! Not covered in show
- Pandora buys remains of Rdio – The purchase price is $75 million in cash, subject to certain purchase price adjustments.
- Cringely (I thought he retired or something) on Yahoo, IBM and Google (with HPE in the comments)
- CenturyLink exodus
- Time for a new credit card.. goodbye Amex at Costco
- gotta be a MasterCard right?
- Coté at 83,657 miles on AAdvantage – who wants me to go to Australia or NZ?
- It turns out there are some reviews and stars in iTunes. Thanks!
- Brandon: The Inmates are Running the Asylum.
- Matt: YouTube gems Punchcard Smooth Criminal, 6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon, and: McSweeney’s strikes again: It’s Rotting Decorative Gourd Season Motherfuckers
- Cote: Westin on the strip – free coffee in room, mostly normal hotel, nice walk to Ceaser’s what-have-you, etc.
Ernest Mueller has helped introduce DevOps in several organizations and has been talking about those stories at two companies he’s worked for, National Instruments and BazaarVoice. Matt and Coté hear these stories (mostly at National Instruments) and we discuss how Ernest and others helped transform these companies to the new way.
Show-notes and Links
- If we automate, we’ll loose our close touch of the systems.
- Being on call, globally, back when there were actual pagers.
- Persuading people to change with tyranny, demo’s, trust, and any other tactics you can get your introverted mind around.
- Recording Ernest’s talk on all this, from DOES 2015: DevOps Transformations At National Instruments and Bazaarvoice (And Infosec!)
- From DevOpsDays Austin 2012, here’s a panel discussion of DevOps at NI.
- Slides for DevOps Transformations at National Instruments and BazaarVoice, his presentation on DevOps at NI and BazaarVoice.
- One of the most comprehensive presentation on DevOps from Ernest and the other DevOps Austin crew.
- Ernest Mueller: @ernestmueller, The Agile Admin blog.
- Matt Curry: @mattjcurry
- Coté: @cote, cote.io
You don’t hear too many stories about microservices in “normal” companies. In this episode, I talk with Nate Foreman about microservices-driven work he’s been doing with a large enterprise recently. We discuss the goods and the bads of this approach and, overall, how it’s working out. It’s a good discussion of how all the usual “cloud native” concept actually play out in the real world.
(As you can guess, it’s not actually an “action figure” company, we just used that example to mask the actual company.)
Show-notes and Links
“Fitbit with 22.2%, Apple with 18.6%, and Xiaomi with 17.4%. Of course, in such a new product category, market share can be volatile, but they are far ahead of the No. 4 player, Garmin (4.1%), which largely caters to hard-core runners.”
Source: Wearables marketshare from IDC