Why is DevOps Adoption a must for any Enterprise to Survive?

Written by Subhendu Pattnaik, Director, Marketing, Cigniti Technologies

Enterprises operating across sectors need to ensure that they maintain an effective balance between speed and quality. They must rush ahead and beat the competition to tap the right consumer segment. However, this has increased stakes and has made the market scenario much more complex and demanding. With faster time-to-market, even the software quality requirements have hit the roof. Practically, there is no room for error, knowing that it can tarnish brands and lower business value. Enterprises are encouraging development and testing teams to implement contemporary tools, frameworks, and methodologies to boost efficient deployment of software and applications.

Correspondingly, DevOps has evolved as a software and testing approach over the years, and has been a preferred practice due its intrinsic benefits and features. The idea of DevOps is to bring Development and IT Operations together and encourage more and more collaboration between various functions. Hence, it’s not merely a practice that confines itself to a project or application development process; it can be an absolute game changer for the entire organizational set-up. It is a key reason for DevOps emerging to be a chosen approach and gaining significance over the years.

What are the core features of DevOps?

As Gartner states in the context of DevOps and its growing popularity, “Interest in DevOps and agile development methods continues to be fuelled by business demands for IT to be delivered faster and with greater agility.”

DevOps has emerged from the idea of Agile development and addresses the intense need for frequent releases and a fast changing market scenario. While more collaboration is critical, the role of DevOps is to enable Continuous Development and Continuous Delivery. Consequently, this results in faster time-to-market, shorter lead time, and consistent delivery of releases, and ensures that the application is ready for a release anytime during the development cycle.

Automation and constant monitoring at every level in software development is a growing need and the DevOps movement strongly advocates the same. Factors such as continuous testing, continuous integration, and continuous deployment are intrinsic to the DevOps methodology. It enables shorter development cycles, accelerates deployment frequencies, and makes the software release process more and more dependable. DevOps ensures that the quality of the software release is consistently maintained and is intact, thereby supporting enterprises to meet their set business objectives regularly.

The overall DevOps process cohesively works towards facilitating teams with Continuous feedback and improvement even in production, enables automated release testing, Continuous Integration testing, and Continuous Planning. In the Build and Test phase during Agile sprints, DevOps effectively supports automated tests for front-end, middle tier and backend validations. In this way, quality check-gates are created and maintained at every stage of the software testing cycle.

Cigniti has helped clients achieve quality benefits by providing services that comprise automated and continuous quality monitoring, automated provisioning of virtualized test environments, standardized processes, templates, and guidelines & checklists for DevOps.

Reasons Enterprises cannot ignore the trends in DevOps

Diego Lo Giudice, Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals at Forrester states, “Testing lies at the heart of the Continuous Delivery pipeline. That’s why I use the term “DevTestOps.” You have to automate unit tests, functional tests, process tests, performance tests—and code gets kicked back if expectations are not met.”

2016 observed some considerable rate of DevOps adoption and QA transformation. Market challenges and the need for digital transformation substantially revolutionized the application development process. Consequently, organizations had to adopt new practices to bring profitability, sustainability, and innovation. DevOps supports businesses to adapt to such rapid changes and at the same time ensure performance. By adopting the same, businesses sustain and stay upbeat in the competitive market scenario.

DevOps methodology has been implemented across diverse industry domains: for building financial applications, ecommerce shopping sites, banking applications, for developing software to support a logistics firm, and much more. Performance is a common demand, and the practices of Continuous Testing and Development are much needed factors.

Moreover, it is important that organizations imbibe more and more agility and flexibility in their development process to ensure speed, quality, and innovation. It is unimaginable that DevOps can operate without the required flexibility.

DevOps roadmap puts forth some compelling aspects that organizations need to be harnessed to stay competitive in the challenging market scenario. It offers an exploratory roadmap where software development and testing can experiment in various patterns and keep on improvising the mechanisms. For instance, software applications are broken down into fragments for development and testing, followed by integration. This speeds up the overall development cycle and ensures faster time-to-market with required quality standards.

There is a simple formula that DevOps adopts: Fail-First, Fail-Fast, and Fail-often. This has been helping teams to experiment more to derive the required outcome. A gaming application cannot be built without failing frequently and testing consistently. In a way, Continuous Testing and Deployment powers the application development process and brings more agility.

In a Test-driven Development (TDD) scenario where there are shorter test cycles and failure is the solution for robust code development, DevOps is an essential approach to consider. Businesses are pushing for agile and software-based methods for infrastructure operations. DevOps and Open-source software are expected to support organizations to programme their infrastructure and even develop products concurrently. Eventually, this will give way to the concept of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) in the DevOps scenario, which can be an absolute enabler for quicker deployment of software.

The adoption rate of DevOps will increase, as it will reduce the turnaround time and the role of operations will subside in the near future. This will help enterprises to expand their digital experience and bring down the costs. On similar lines, there are discussions happening around testing, security, and quality metrics that will intensify in the DevOps scenario.

Perspective on DevOps that enterprises must consider

IDC believes that DevOps will be adopted (in either practice or discipline) by 80% of global 1,000 organizations by 2019.

Applications are getting more and more complex, which means there are added risks and security concerns to be considered and tackled. The vulnerability of the code in the virtual world will only increase. Enterprises will continue to adopt DevOps to bring more flexibility in the code development process and ensure quality. DevOps will support organizations to test the applications in a modular pattern and minimize the risks against any malicious cyber activity.

Automation and early testing will become a norm that cannot be ignored by enterprises. Enterprises will also have to adopt hybrid structure for development and testing, which also involves Cloud infrastructure, testing frameworks, tools, and IP-led platforms. DevOps will help enterprises to adopt these diverse trends and practices to deliver as per market expectations.

Cigniti’s CI testing experts boast of a rich experience in Continuous Integration testing and can configure and execute popular CI tools such as Agile GO, Cruise Control, Chef, Puppet, Microsoft TFS, Jenkins, Bamboo, Hudson and so on, helping the DevOps teams of its clients.

DevOps as a process is growing in complexity, and it has forced many organizations to employ tools that enable more control and transparency of the various metrics. However, there are definite chances that this will change with more consolidation and evolution of DevOps implementation tools.

All things considered, DevOps will only grow and mature as a methodology in the coming years. There will be an intended focus on monitoring its metrics and exploring factors that are intrinsic to the ideology. While the industry continues to redefine DevOps, it will be adopted and preferred for the business value it brings to the table.

Member Spotlight: Precision Systems, Inc.

Company: Precision Systems, Inc.

Address: 1355 Business Center Drive, Suite C

Horsham, PA 19044

Phone: 215-672-1860

Email: info@psi-software.com

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Walter Johnson, President

Primary Contact: Casandra Mann | cmann@psi-software.com | 215-672-1860 ext. 118

Company Info:

A software engineering firm with 38 years of experience, specializing in the development of custom microprocessor, embedded, and PC-based solutions, as well as mission- and safety-critical projects. From privately owned small businesses to large Fortune 500 organizations and the U.S. Government, the PSI team is responsible for both consulting and engineering solutions for projects that can’t risk failure. These solutions are focused on the medical device, pharmaceutical, industrial and military industries.

DSA Wins Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition and Production/Procurement IDIQ Contract

Trevose, PA – Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA), a leader in delivering secure information management solutions to the Federal Government, is pleased to announce the Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division (ACC-APG, NCD) has awarded it the JPEO-CBD (Joint Program Executive Office – Chemical and Biological Defense)-sponsored JE RDAP (Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement) Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Contract for a ten year period. The total program ceiling is $8,276,161,000 across all IDIQ contract task/delivery orders issued during the contract ordering period.

Under this contract, DSA will support research and development of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE) defense systems and equipment, along with materiel subject to the acquisition policies, procedures, and guidance of the “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System”. This will include activities associated with production/procurement of future-developed CBRNE defense capabilities. JE RDAP task orders will encompass activities spanning all acquisition phases as described in DODI 5000.02: Materiel Development Decision, Materiel Solution Analysis, Technical Maturation/Risk Reduction, and Production and Deployment.

“We at DSA are very excited the Army has awarded us this IDIQ contract. It provides our company an additional means of providing our government customers and, most importantly, our Nation’s war fighters, exceptional services and innovative solutions,” explained Fran Pierce, DSA’s CEO and President.

About DSA

DSA is an employee owned professional services provider that enables its customers to achieve sensitive, mission critical goals. We are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 registered and appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Service Projects and for Development. Founded in 1963, DSA’s service offerings include Systems Engineering and Integration, Software Development, Data Analytics, Cyber Operations and Security, Systems Modernization, Cloud Solutions, Enterprise Collaboration and Knowledge Management, and Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Systems. DSA is headquartered in Trevose, PA and has major operations in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO; Honolulu, HI; O’Fallon, IL; Aberdeen and Frederick, MD; Tinton Falls, NJ; San Antonio, TX; Charlottesville, Fairfax and McLean, VA; and in other locations in the National Capital Region.

Contact:
RJ Kolton, Sr VP, Business Development, 703.261.6083; RJ.Kolton@dsainc.com

 

PPC Awarded DOJ Victims Notification System (VNS) Modernization

Industry Leading Information Technology & Management Consulting Firm to Modernize VNS with the Pega 7 Platform and Offer Enhanced Case Management Solutions in the AWS Cloud

McLean, Virginia – October 20, 2017 – Project Performance Company, LLC (PPC) was awarded an application modernization task with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for transformation of the legacy Victim Notification System (VNS) for which the company has been providing operations and maintenance support since 2009. VNS provides standardized and automated notifications to victims of Federal crimes at various stages of the criminal justice process. This new effort will modernize the VNS application architecture through use of the low-code Pega 7 platform from Pegasystems Inc., a world-class application development platform that provides business process and case management automation. This modernization will also establish VNS in the cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS). The value of these modernization tasks exceeds $6 million.

Paul Strasser, PPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: ” PPC is pleased to continue our important work with the Department of Justice on the Victims Notification System. This award further validates our services and solutions in modernizing Federal, mission-critical, legacy systems through low-code platforms and cloud-based strategies. It also adds to our impressive list of legacy system modernizations and helping our clients realize the benefits of lower Total Cost of Ownership while increasing cyber security posture.”

The PPC team includes Appriss, Inc. and Pegasystems Inc. Appriss, Inc, a company whose focus is to provide innovative software-based services that help hundreds of local, state, and Federal criminal justice agencies serve and protect their citizens. Appriss, Inc. is the developer of VINE®, which is a notification service that helps to protect victims in thousands of communities in 48 states, including most of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. Pegasystems Inc. is a leader in software that streamlines business and enhances customer engagement. With more than 30 years of proven innovation, Pega seamlessly connects organizations with their customers across multiple channels in real time using market-leading CRM, advanced artificial intelligence, and powerful automation. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected applications – built on its unified Pega® Platform – empower people with comprehensive visual tools to easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs.

About Project Performance Company

 

PPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA) of Trevose, Pennsylvania is a leading Information Technology and Management Consulting firm, delivering mission critical solutions to Federal, State, and Local governments and commercial industry. We are best known for Energy Management & Environmental Sustainability Consulting, Records and Knowledge Management solutions, Information Systems Development & Integration, and Cyber Security and Information Assurance services. With offices in the DC Metropolitan Area and across the nation, we serve Fortune 500 decision makers and Federal, State, and local government agencies to meet mission-critical challenges. Please visit www.ppc.com for more information.

 

Contact:

Matt McDonald, Vice President

703-748-7040

Matt.McDonald@PPC.com

Now is the time to Inspire, Equip and Empower the next generation of entrepreneurs

By: Dave Spencer, Chief Operating Officer, North America, SAP

We’ve all heard the cliché that small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy. To be precise, entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy, responsible for most net new job creation and nearly 20 percent of gross job creation.

That’s not all. Entrepreneurs are also a major force of disruption, introducing new ideas and solutions that are changing the way people interact with one another, consume information, and purchase goods and services. They are challenging incumbent leaders and forcing large companies to adapt and innovate more quickly than ever before. An argument could credibly be made that entrepreneurs are a significant reason why this nation remains an economic and technology powerhouse.

And entrepreneurs don’t just exist in start-ups either. Those with an entrepreneurial mindset are incredibly important to established companies too, particularly in the tech sector where we’re faced with a dearth of skilled talent. In order to overcome the innovator’s dilemma it’s critical that companies maintain a full pipeline of entrepreneurial-minded employees who are constantly pushing boundaries, challenging thinking, and ensuring that complacency doesn’t take hold.

Is entrepreneurship ebbing?

If you watch the TV show “Silicon Valley,” read about the exploits of young founders, or pay attention to IPOs, you might think we are living in the age of the entrepreneur, with companies hatching in garages by day and becoming billion-dollar exits that night. But in reality, the percentage of start-ups in the business community has actually been declining. In fact, while new businesses represented 165 of every 1000 companies in the late 1970s, that share had declined to just 85 of every 1000 businesses by 2016.

We can speculate as to reasons for the drop in entrepreneurship, whether it’s the lingering effects from the recession nearly a decade ago, political uncertainty, or any number of other factors that may be curbing the appetite of would-be entrepreneurs. One thing we know for certain is that the steepest dip in entrepreneurship in the last 20 years has been among those aged 20 to 34. Whereas 20 years ago this age group comprised more than a third of new entrepreneurs, in 2014 they accounted for less than a quarter.

We can turn the tide

Whatever the cause, it’s incumbent upon all business leaders to do our part to stimulate an interest in entrepreneurship among Americans at an early age. We can’t wait until people are in the workforce, or have already charted a path for themselves that may or may not include acquiring the necessary education or skillset. Instead, we need to engage with students in their formative middle school years, through high school and into college.

At SAP, we’ve made that a focus, with programs such as the Social Innovation Series with GenYouth, our decade-long partnership with NFTE and their Startup Tech program, and our Early College High School programs around the country. This in addition to funding entrepreneurs through SAP.iO and Sapphire Ventures. What’s become clear through this work with countless young people is that there are three invaluable contributions that all of us, no matter your title or industry, can make to fuel the next generation of entrepreneurs:

  • Inspire – We need to motivate young people to become self-starters. To have the confidence to pursue a path that may be challenging, but can also be incredibly rewarding. We can do this by being present in their classrooms, by mentoring students, by introducing them to the many success stories of entrepreneurs in the region. We also can’t underestimate the power of sharing our own stories, demonstrating the passion that drove us, and imparting the wisdom we’ve gained along the way.

 

  • Equip – It is a fact of life that some students may have a head start compared to others due to support at home or access to resources. But all young people, regardless of their environment, have the potential to become great. We need to do our part to level the playing field, by helping these students gain access to technology and to the skills they need – whether through school staff, volunteers, or supplemental instructors. Get involved, donate your time and resources and you’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished.

 

  • Empower – As business leaders, we need to give young people a chance. Encourage them to take risks, put them in positions where they may succeed or – better yet – where they may experience failure. And help them see how incredibly beneficial it is to have those experiences, to pick themselves up and to grow from them. Invite them to hackathons, give them internships, take chances on unconventional hiring. Above all, support them and give them a chance to experience the thrill of entrepreneurship.

 

If each of us commits to seeking out an opportunity to do just one of these three things in our local community, we can be assured that entrepreneurship will continue to thrive in Philadelphia and beyond.

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Philly’s Anexinet Cloud Leader Ned Bellavance Receives Microsoft MVP Award

Tech Leader Joins Elite Group of 67 Microsoft-Recognized Cloud and Datacenter Leaders in the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anexinet Corporation, a leading provider of analytics, digital and cloud solutions, today announced that Ned Bellavance, Director of Cloud Solutions, has been honored by Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Cloud and Datacenter Management. Ned is one of only 67 technologists in the U.S. and 6 in the mid-Atlantic region to receive this award. The honor recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real-world expertise with Microsoft and its users.

“Anexinet’s agile cloud solutions are a foundational component that enables our clients to make a transformation into a digital business,” said John Kolimago, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Solutions Anexinet. “Through Ned’s leadership and our Microsoft partnership, we believe Anexinet has the cloud blueprints to modernize our customers datacenters and lay the needed foundation for their digital applications to run on.”

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