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Cognizant & VersionOne Help Make Enterprise Agility Real
There has been a lot of talk lately about the unification of agile and DevOps and the need to continue knocking down silos within organizations to speed the delivery of value to both customers and the organizations delivering software. One thing is certain. It’s not easy to scale enterprise agility. Regardless of the obstacles, you need to identify them, strategize how to overcome them, and most of all, have a clear vision of what you want the future state of your digital enterprise to look like.
Introducing Cognizant OneAgilityTM
OneAgilityTM is Cognizant’s integrated, smart and transformational framework powered by modern IT lab experience. OneAgilityTM focuses on the key dimensions of people, processes and platforms to deliver enterprise agility through organizational change management, Agile/DevOps transformation and technology transformation. Cognizant has created a virtual IT lab to help you design and test the infrastructure that will best support your agility. OneAgilityTM Lab is portable, scalable, and cloud based, making it possible to quickly create multiple agility experiences. The lab enables you to see how you can take a concept to market using modern engineering practices. VersionOne has worked closely with Cognizant to integrate VersionOne’s unified agile and DevOps solution into the OneAgilityTM Lab to ensure that the implementation is fully validated to support SAFe® 4.5, DaikiboTM and other agile scaling frameworks and continuous delivery models.
4 Building Blocks of Enterprise Agility
Agility starts with efficient and effective planning. Enterprise agility requires that you have an end/to/end view from strategy to delivery. This includes:
- Portfolio planning
- Product planning
- Release planning
- Iteration planning
- Daily planning
- Operations planning
Modern Engineering Practices
Modern engineering practices can fall through the cracks of Agile and DevOps. It's imperative for an organization to have a sound perspective of modern engineering practices to be Agile and nimble. These practices include:
- Emergent design
- Hexagonal architecture
- 12 Factor Cloud
- Hypothesis driven development
Modern teams are growing beyond simply having cross/functional team members to training team members to be cross/functional or T/shaped. These teams would own micro/services from end/to/end.
DevOps is more than integration and deployment. You have to view DevOps more holistically. This includes:
- Continuous planning
- Continuous integration
- Continuous quality
- Continuous deployment
- Continuous monitoring
- Modern IT platforms
How VersionOne Supports These Building Blocks
VersionOne is an enterprise software planning and delivery platform that unifies Agile and DevOps lifecycle management to accelerate delivery, increase agility, and ensure alignment between business and IT. VersionOne enables Agile planning, engineering practices, modern teams, and holistic DevOps.
The VersionOne platform helps you align strategy with execution, provides decision support for Agile planning, and visualize your strategic initiatives. VersionOne provides full traceability from portfolio/level epics to development/level tasks, giving all stakeholders the contextual information they need – upstream or down – to connect the dots and remain focused on the top organizational priorities.
Modern Engineering Practices
Build, maintain, and promote engineering best practices across teams and throughout your entire organization. Communities provide an arena to capture, share, and maintain good Agile and DevOps practices that promote the evolution of engineering. Everything from hypothesis driven development, microservices, to coding standards are front and center for all users within the VersionOne platform.
The VersionOne TeamRoomTM is a dedicated team/based environment that helps Agile and DevOps team members focus on getting their job done. Designed to support the daily activities of today’s Agile and DevOps teams, TeamRoom’s customizable views helps teams plan, track, and collaborate with ease.
VersionOne tracks the status of your features and stories as they progress through each stage of software delivery. This complete visibility enables you to automate, orchestrate, and visualize the flow of change throughout the software delivery cycle. VersionOne gives you unified delivery orchestration, DevOps automation, continuous delivery, and complete pipeline visibility.
Are you ready to make enterprise agility a reality? Check out our webinar, Integrate Agile & DevOps with VersionOne, to see how VersionOne:
- Integrates the entire software delivery value stream from Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Roadmapping, Release and Iteration Planning all the way to Release Automation and Deployment
- Connects historically fragmented tooling and processes into an integrated solution to provide real/time, data/driven insights
- Enables organizations to plan, prioritize, and measure the flow of software development initiatives as a single, integrated development lifecycle process
- Automates real/time visibility and release governance and reporting