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Last Updated Dec 06, 2015 — DevOps Expert

The DevOps Initiative Starter Guide

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Many companies are starting off their new year with a 2016 DevOps initiative. Why shouldn't they? All of the research, analysts and articles point towards making the transition from a legacy waterfall-esc process to a more agile, continuous delivery type release process.

It is all good and well on paper, but when it comes down to the implementation, someone gets stuck with the over-whelming task of figuring this whole thing out. The landscape is huge, the tools are complex, and trying to figure out where your complex enterprise fits is no small task. Let's take a step back and learn how to swim before we jump into the ocean. Today I have compiled a list of resources that will help you test the waters and get you started in this wild and crazy world that is "DevOps".

The Facts

The 2015 State of Software Delivery infographic gives you an understanding of what all the cool kids are worrying about right now. From biggest challenges to key metrics, this visually aesthetic fact compilation is a great first step when thinking about a DevOps initiative.
 

The Landscape

The Periodic Table of DevOps Tools is by far the best representation of the tooling landscape on the internet right now. Please try to suppress the grade school flashbacks and dive into this interactive tool to start learning who's who in the DevOps world.periodic-table-of-devops
 

The High-Level Overview

I love introducing this book to people. It is a short read for the plane trip home that will give anyone from the CIO to the Enterprise Architect a basic understanding of Continuous Delivery. Knowing enough to ask the right questions is a big part of the battle.ITman
 

The Business Case

Everyone has a boss. Thankfully Kurt Bittner of Forrester understands that and walks you through some very convincing numbers and processes that will allow you to walk out of that upcoming 2016 DevOps Initiative meeting with your head held high. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4nU0eruIjo
 

The Future

What is a software marketer's favorite word after DevOps? - Microservices Anyone getting involved in a 2016 DevOps initiative will become a Microservices expert very quickly. It's cool, it's hip and it's breaking down monoliths into smaller more manageable pieces. This all-star cast represents some of the greatest minds in the DevOps world and their panel advices is invaluable. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRa21icSIQk
 

The Questions

Our most popular blog of 2015 written by Andrew Phillips will give you a list of items worth investigating before you get too involved in Microservices.Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.57.24 AM
  In 2016, 25% of global 2000 companies will have a DevOps initiative in place. Today is the beginning over a much larger movement in the IT world, and using these resources to learn how to swim will put your organization leagues ahead of the competition.
Ready to start a DevOps implementation at your enterprise? We have just the thing: Preparing for Continuous Delivery in the Enterprise.

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