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If you’re still struggling to adopt DevOps, this week’s updates also provides three ways to get your enterprise on board

Even though we are decades into the Digital Age, it has been no cake walk for CIOs to get other members of the C-suite to adopt more technically savvy strategies to running the business. This week's top news covers the C-suite and its evolving relationship with the digital world - both the challenges faced and what the future holds. If getting the C-suite on board the digital tech train has been challenging, it's been even more so with getting them to embrace newer software delivery methodologies. If you're still struggling to adopt DevOps, this week's updates also provides three ways to get your enterprise on board. Continue reading for more on the C-suite, microservices and ITIL.

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1. CEOs Force CIOs, CMOs Into Digital Transformation Bunker
By @ClintBoulton | Published on @CIOonline
http://www.cio.com/article/3040448/cio-role/ceos-force-cios-cmos-into-digital-transformation-bunker.html

Healthy tensions between CIOs and CMOs are very much alive, with the former building hardy IT systems and the latter rapidly acquiring new marketing technology. But IT and marketing are going to have to work more closely together if they are going to deliver on the digital transformations their CEOs are demanding, says Kevin Cochrane, CMO of marketing software provider Jahia Solutions Group. A big reason is big data, which requires the CIO's technical proficiency to collect and analyze data from a variety of customer touch points, something a CMO is ill-equipped to do, he says.

2. Three Ways to Make DevOps Easier to Embrace in the Enterprise
By @pbuonora | Published on @4enterprisers
https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2016/2/3-ways-make-devops-easier-embrace-enterprise

I think just about every company today is looking for ideas that allow it to develop innovations that align with customer expectations. If you work in a customer-facing area, there is simply an expectation now that there will be continuous improvement and continuous development. This is where I see DevOps really starting to take hold. For a startup, it's very easy to begin in the DevOps mode, because you're launching from scratch. For enterprises, the road is quite a bit steeper. You have to change your ways, change your mindset, and change a process that's tried and true. Not to mention that a lot of the controls already in place to prevent disasters - change controls, change advisory boards, change processes - often run counter to what DevOps is.

3. Continuous Delivery and Release Automation for Microservices
@anders_wallgren| Published on @ITProPortal
http://www.itproportal.com/2016/02/29/continuous-delivery-and-release-automation-for-microservices/

As software organizations continue to invest in achieving Continuous Delivery (CD) of their applications, we see increased interest in microservices architectures, which, on the face of it, seem like a natural fit for enabling CD. In microservices (or its predecessor, SOA), the business functionality is decomposed into a set of independent, self-contained services that communicate with each other via an API. Each of the services has their own application release cycle, and are developed and deployed independently often using different languages, technology stacks, and tools that best fit the job.

4. 2016 State of IT - 20 CIO Budget, Technology and Digital Business Findings
By @ValaAfshar | Published on  @HuffingtonPost
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vala-afshar/2016-state-of-it-20-cio-b_b_9342192.html

Gartner recently advised CIOs to consider 10 New Year's resolutions for 2016 including improving relationships with CMO and board members, exploiting crowdsourcing and shifting IT thinking from "how, and what skills" to "why, and which competencies". There is no doubt that in the connected economy, where customers - both internal and external - are more mobile, social, data-driven and smarter, businesses must heavily rely on CIOs and IT leaders to meet the growing expectations of their products and services.

5. Is DevOps Just a ‘Re-Branding' of Ops?
By @graemeburton | Published on @Computing_News
http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2449569/is-devops-just-a-re-branding-of-ops

"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," goes the old saying - the more things change, the more they stay the same. That is certainly the risk with the way in which many organisations are approaching DevOps, warns Puppet Labs founder and CEO Luke Kanies. Appearing on a live Computing webcast from London, Kanies suggested that many organisations' were approaching DevOps in much the same way that they had approached cloud computing just a couple of years ago.

6. Put Security in DevOps First, Not as an Add-On
By @DavidLinthicum | Published on @TechBeaconCom
http://techbeacon.com/put-security-devops-first-not-add

Most people don't think about security when it comes to DevOps, but the process involves many vulnerabilities. Data at rest and in flight is left unencrypted in many cases. Moreover, role-based security is often tossed out the window to allow for faster production. In this article, I'll explore the critical issues with DevOps security. You'll learn how to understand your potential vulnerabilities, how to eliminate them from your security operations (SecOps) processes and automation solutions, and how to improve the security of the resulting applications.

7. CIO Strategy for Driving IT Innovation
By Peter Bendor-Samuel | @CIOonline
http://www.cio.com/article/3038208/it-industry/cio-strategy-for-driving-it-innovation.html

I spoke recently with Sam Esfahani, and we had an interesting conversation about how he achieved that corporate mandate when he was brought on board as CIO at PSCU Financial Services. Competition in its market is very aggressive. The company provides technology and services (credit, debit, online pay, bill pay, etc.) for hundreds of credit unions. But the Digital Age arrived and, like many companies today, the board recognized the company had underinvested in technology and had an IT group that was misdirected, especially for the digital world. The board wanted to bring innovation and thought leadership into the organization and charged Sam with the turnaround to become an innovation powerhouse within five years. Sam set the bar even higher and aimed at hitting the goal much sooner.

8. What Are Containers and Microservices?
By Bob Tarzey | Published by @ComputerWeekly
http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/What-are-containers-and-microservices

Containers encapsulate discrete components of application logic provisioned only with the minimal resources needed to do their job. Unlike virtual machines (VM), containers have no need for embedded operating systems (OS); calls are made for OS resources via an application programming interface (API). Containerisation is, in effect, OS-level virtualisation (as opposed to VMs, which run on hypervisors, each with a full embedded OS). Containers are easily packaged, lightweight and designed to run anywhere. Multiple containers can be deployed in a single VM. A microservice is an application with a single function, such as routing network traffic, making an online payment or analysing a medical result.

9. The Future of Cloud: Can ‘True Private' Compete with Public and Hybrid? | #CrowdChat
By @furrier | Published on @SiliconANGLE
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2016/03/01/the-future-of-cloud-can-true-private-compete-with-public-and-hybrid-crowdchat/

The future of cloud - true private, public or a hybrid - is yet to be decided, but Wikibon research indicates that "true" private cloud is making inroads into the market. In order for IT departments to deliver business value more quickly in a tech-driven world, it is becoming necessary for enterprises to look to external vendors for cloud infrastructure. But while public clouds generally offer simplicity and low upfront investment costs, concerns about security and long-term storage persist, making on-premises options more attractive to enterprises. But building an in-house private cloud from scratch comes with its own costs in the form of personnel, time and infrastructure, making "true" private cloud solutions an attractive alternative.

10. ITIL and DevOps | #@DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ITIL #APM #Microservices
By @anders_wallgren | Published on @SYSCONmedia
http://devops.sys-con.com/node/3704169

ITIL, formerly an acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a set of practices for IT service management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business. ITIL has been around for a long time, and has helped large teams (particularly those that are heavily regulated) manage the way services are delivered in a predictable and consistent way, as a way to mitigate risk. DevOps, as we know, has a very similar goal.

More Stories By Anders Wallgren

Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.

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