IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review


M&A activity was in the news this week with several significant industry announcements. Splunk announced a definitive agreement to acquire SignalFx, a SaaS provider of real-time monitoring and metrics for cloud infrastructure, microservices, and applications. As the APM market heats up, Splunk is asserting itself as an APM leader for organizations at every stage of their cloud journey.

Flux7 Named to Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing List Two Years Running

Inc. magazine has announced its annual ranking of the fastest-growing companies in America and for the second year, Flux7 has been named to the prestigious list. We are truly honored to be named among some of the most iconic brands in the American economy, such as Microsoft, Dell, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many others, who have been named to the list over time.

Digital Transformation Boosts Manufacturing Agility, Competitiveness

Few industries face the level of global competition that manufacturing does. To compete and realize the promise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers are increasingly embracing digital transformation. Evolving the business -- from the manufacturing floor to the sales office -- requires a holistic effort that requires a smart IT roadmap strategy and effective execution. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at the digital transformation journey of several manufacturers and how it has benefited their productivity, efficiency and ultimately their strategic market position.

The Agile Enterprise: A Flux7 OKR Case Study

The Agile Enterprise is becoming the way successful companies operate and at Flux7 we like to lead by example. As a result, we have embraced many Agile practices across our business -- from OKRs to a flatarchy (for additional background, read our blog, Flatarchies and the Agile Enterprise) -- and plan to share in a short blog series how we are implementing these agile best practices, lessons we’ve learned along the way and the impacts they’ve had on our business. In today’s blog, we start by taking a look at our OKR (Objectives and Key Results) story and the greater role of OKRs in an Agile Enterprise.

How CIOs Can Prepare an IT Platform for the Agile Enterprise

Today’s marketplace is volatile. It is uncertain. It is complex and difficult to navigate. And to stay competitive, enterprises must react to change with unprecedented speed. As many of the external pressures on business today stem from changes happening in the digital world, IT has naturally become one of the first areas to adopt change with an aim of helping the business become an Agile Enterprise.

Flatarchies and The Agile Enterprise: A Flux7 Case Study

As the start of a new series about becoming an Agile Enterprise, today’s blog focuses on organizational structure as agile teams are a key element to a successful Agile Enterprise. Many organizations embrace agile ways of working in an attempt to build faster, more customer-focused and resilient organizations. At Flux7, our goal is not too dissimilar as we seek to elevate our values of innovation, transparency and being humble by empowering employee self-motivation and team accountability -- all of which in turn enables us to be innovation labs for our customers, helping drive customer success.

Tech Innovation Can Lead a Retail Rebirth Driving Business Growth


A quick look at recent news headlines simultaneously reveals that the  ‘Retail apocalypse’ continues , an   NRF study says customers dig retail tech ,   Retail Stocks’ Punishing Year Just Keeps Getting Worse , and   Nike goes the distance with omni-channel retail transformation . These headlines tell a widely varying story of the current retail landscape, and with good reason -- the response to rapidly changing market conditions varies widely across the industry. And it should as each retailer adjusts its response to meet its customers’ unique expectations.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

Top of the news this past week was the announcement that IBM has finalized its acquisition of Red Hat. Key messages IBM would have us take-away from the press release include the fact that Red Hat will maintain its independence and neutrality and together the two will grow their market position with a next-gen hybrid multicloud platform. As for the market, support appears to remain strong, with June-quarter revenue at $934 million, a 15% year-over-year increase, according to Barrons. Red Hat also saw subscription and service revenue grow, 15% and 17%, respectively.

CIOs: Why Are you Justifying Your Work?

This article originally appeared on Forbes.

As the CEO of a DevOps consulting organization, I speak regularly with CIOs and heads of IT about the projects they are working on -- or would like to work on. Looking to learn from others, one of the questions I frequently hear is, "How do other CIOs justify their projects?" While you can Google and find a wide variety of answers to this question -- from internal needs analysis to benefit statements -- I have come to a slightly controversial conclusion.

Flux7 Named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor in Business and IT Services

Each year Gartner announces Cool Vendors in a variety of technology markets. We are honored to be recognized as one of five Cool Vendors named in the Gartner report, Cool Vendors in Business and IT Services, published May 14, 2019. (Gartner subscribers can access the report here.)

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

The annual Jetbrains State of the Developer Ecosystem survey found that 45% of developers are now using a DevOps continuous integration / continuous delivery tool of some sort. And, interestingly, 63% of respondents felt that AI would replace developers -- at least partially -- in the future. The survey also found that 43% of responding developers are not using a configuration management tool, while the majority of those who do (27%) use a custom solution.

Major Wholesaler Grows Uptime by Refactoring eComm Apps for AWS DevOps

A recent IDC survey of the Fortune 1000 found that the average cost of an infrastructure failure is $100,000 per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime per year is between $1.25 billion and $2.5 billion. Our most recent customer relies heavily on its eCommerce site for business and knowing the extreme costs of infrastructure failure to its business, turned to the benefits of cloud-based DevOps. The firm sought to increase uptime, scalability, and security for its eCommerce applications by refactoring them for AWS DevOps.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

The Uptime Institute announced findings of its ninth annual Data Center Survey, unveiling several interesting -- and important -- data points. Underscoring what many in the industry are feeling about the skill gap, the survey found that 61% of respondents said they had difficulty retaining or recruiting staff — up from 55% a year earlier. And, according to the synopsis, “while the lack of women working in data centers is well-known, the extent of the imbalance is notable” with one-quarter of respondents saying they had no women at all on their design, build or operations teams.

Digital Transformation & The Agile Enterprise in Oil and Gas

According to the World Economic Forum, digital transformation could unlock approximately $1.6 trillion of value for the Oil and Gas industry, its customers and society. This value is derived from greater productivity, better system efficiency, savings from reduced resource usage, and fewer spills and emissions. Yet, the journey to these digital transformation benefits begins with a proverbial first step which can be elusive for large oil and gas enterprises who have vast legacy technologies and complicated organizational structures to navigate.

"War and Peace and IT" Offers Napoleanic View to Digital Transformation

Fresh off the presses this week is Mark Schwartz’s newest title, War and Peace and IT. Published by IT Revolution Press, the book is available in paperback, as an e-book and audio book. The author of The Art of Business Value and A Seat at the Table, Schwartz has crafted in War and Peace and IT a must-read for C-level executives and all IT leaders looking to effectively execute digital transformation that crosses barriers into the fray of competition and disruption. Despite digital transformation and innovation efforts, enterprises feel that their troops are not advancing. As a result, Schwartz’s latest book focuses on how non-IT leaders can work with IT to succeed in advancing their business goals amidst rapid change and innovation.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe this past week, data from a new Codefresh survey finds that four of five developers cite a lack of DevOps automation as an obstacle to delivering code in a timely manner. Indeed, 32% said that they were not using any CI/CD tools at all, and about 60% reported that their organization is “not using the right amount of automation to enable individual developers to increase velocity.”

DevOps Automation Brings Industrial Revolution Style Efficiencies of Scale

Earlier we wrote about accelerating cloud success with factories that support DevOps. Today we’re going to zoom out a little and explore how DevOps automation has become a lynchpin to IT modernization and a competitive position in today’s marketplace. Just as the assembly line gave automakers an incredible advantage in the market, DevOps automation creates efficiencies of scale that bring serious competitive advantage to today’s early adopters.

IT Modernization and DevOps News Week in Review

The big buzz this week (pun intended) was from #CloudBeesDays where CloudBees announced the acquisition of Electric Cloud. The goal, according to a release by the company is to establish CloudBees as the first provider of DevOps continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment and ARA. Sacha Labourey, CEO and co-founder, was quoted as saying, “By combining the strength of CloudBees, Electric Cloud, Jenkins and Jenkins X, CloudBees offers the best CI/CD solution for any application, from classic to Kubernetes, on-premise to cloud, self-managed to self-service.”

Speed Your AWS Cloud Migration and Grow Quality with DevOps

Organizations looking to modernize their applications are almost evenly divided between those that cloud-enable their legacy apps and those that go cloud native, according to IDC. Either way, they are increasingly using DevOps to get the work done faster and with higher quality. Recently Aater Suleman, CEO and co-founder of DevOps consulting firm Flux7, and Mike McGoldrick of IDC helped lead an evening of conversation featuring the latest DevOps research from IDC and Flux7 DevOps case studies of complex cloud migrations to AWS. In today’s blog, we’ll feature highlights from the discussion, focusing on the tale of two companies’ DevOps transformation.

Letter from the CEO: Flux7 Raises Funding to Help Enterprises Build and Scale DevOps

Today Flux7 announced it has closed a round of funding from NewWave Partners, LLC. This is truly exciting news for us, and a significant milestone as we continue to expand our DevOps consulting services to speed our customer’s time to results. The news just gets better as we are also announcing today that Sagar Lagisetti, a NewWave partner and executive director for Magnum Opus IT, an SAP Service Partner, will join the Flux7 Board of Directors. We are truly honored to have Mr. Lagisetti join our Board, bringing a breadth and depth of experience in shaping how companies do business.

Flux7 CEO Aater Suleman to Present at CIO Perspectives New York

Join us at the IDC CIO Perspectives conference in New York as Flux7 CEO, Dr. Aater Suleman, presents on “Managing your IT Platform Transition to the Agile Enterprise.” In his presentation, Dr. Suleman will share a practical framework for enterprise digital transformation, illustrated with customer stories and digital transformation examples that highlight common patterns of success and failure.

Living In A Microservice World: Why Kubernetes Security Matters

This article originally appeared on Forbes 

It’s frequently said that Kubernetes is one of the fastest-growing projects in open-source history (paywall). Along with containers and microservices, Kubernetes is gaining traction within more and more enterprises as it helps expedite time to market, more quickly meeting evolving customer demands while providing greater return on investment with less total cost of ownership. Yet, amid all the enthusiasm for increased productivity, it’s important not to forget about security controls in the process.

DevOps Consulting Services Provide Greater Long-Term Benefits

The technology field is experiencing a real pinch when it comes to finding skilled talent. In fact, over five million IT jobs will be added to the global economy in the next 8 years, according to BusinessInsider. With companies already struggling to fill these positions, many teams find themselves in need of extra man hours to achieve their team goals and business objectives.

Why Flux7 Favors Remote AWS DevOps Consulting Services

We are often asked by prospective customers about our remote approach to providing AWS DevOps consulting services as many enterprises are accustomed to working with service providers onsite. At Flux7, we believe that remote consulting provides distinct advantages that are important to pass along to the customer.

Accelerate Cloud Success with Factories that Support DevOps at Scale

What do factories have to do with DevOps? Consider that the introduction of factories vastly improved society’s ability to manufacture goods, replacing a system where each component of a product needed to be individually created by a craftsman. In contrast, factories introduced parts that were machine-created to such precise specifications that they became interchangeable and as a result ushered in an era of mass production. In much the same way, factories replace the individual craftsmanship of our Operations and Development employees, replacing their time-consuming construction of individual cloud components with a factory that can quickly create precise and secure IT artifacts.

Global FinTech Gains Business Unit Alignment To Increase Time to Market

The customer in today’s DevOps Case Study is a global supplier of financial service technology who was challenged by this organizational tension and other internal factors that constrained growth. It turned to the DevOps consulting team at Flux7 to help it bridge the gap with DevOps automation that would help it streamline its delivery processes, ensuring faster times to market with security built in for operational stability.

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