A Recap from the Micro Focus Enterprise Technology Forum (Part 1)

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On September 10th and 11th, Micro Focus hosted the Enterprise Technology Forum in Denver, Colorado where we brought together outside experts as well as our own to answer:

  • How enterprises can better navigate the complex world of Hybrid IT
  • How to connect to the latest trends in areas such as DevOps and SecOps
  • How to make progress on the transformative journey to the Digital Enterprise by using proven frameworks and best practices

This blog is the first in a series where I will focus on recounting the Enterprise DevOps session from the forum.

Part 2 will focus on Hybrid IT Management

Part 3 will focus on SecOps

Part 4 … will recount our Hybrid IT, DevOps, and SecOps Transformation Workshop

Enterprise DevOps

Today, Digital Transformation has driven the need for faster development and delivery of applications and business services.  To be successful on this journey, you must develop a DevOps process & culture that establishes open collaboration channels between development, operations, and security teams during all phases of planning, building & testing, release & deployment, and operations.

Micro Focus DevOps Process.pngMicro Focus DevOps ProcessWhile the need of DevOps is of no surprise.  Implementing the right DevOps process and culture for your organization can be challenging without having insights into what has proven to work across many organizations already.

Gene Kim

We had the pleasure of having Gene Kim, author of “The Phoenix Project” in Denver as our guest keynote.  To start off Gene shared how high performing DevOps organizations see tremendous results including:

Gene Kim Findings.png

Source: Google/DORA: 2018 State of DevOps Report: https://cloudplatformonline.com/2018-state-of-devops.html

Gene also talked about the importance organizational and architectural alignment play in DevOps implementations.  His point here was that organizations with a complex people structure mostly find their architectural blueprint is just as complex.  He points out that architecture should enable teams to:

  • Make large-scale changes to the design of its system without the permission of someone outside the team, or depending on other teams
  • Complete its work without fine-grained communication and coordination with people outside the team
  • Deploy and release its product or service on demand, independently of other services the product or service depends upon
  • Do most of its testing on demand, without requiring an integrated test environment
  • Perform deployments during normal business hours with negligible downtime

To wrap up Gene shared how DevOps enables dynamic, learning organizations by opening up the flow of knowledge across organizations, and how transformational leadership is pivotal in determining DevOps success.

Click here to view Gene’s full keynote presentation.

Dr. Steven P. Pratt

As part of the Enterprise DevOps session, we also had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Steven P. Pratt who is CTO at CenterPoint Energy and René J. Aerdts, Ph.D. who serves as CPG Industry Chief Technologist at DXC Technology.

Dr. Pratt started off his presentation by reviewing the definition of DevOps from an industry perspective with the audience. He then discussed how culture, practices, tools, and continuity affect each phase of the DevOps lifecycle.  To finalize, Dr. Pratt shared an eight-step process on how and where to start in implementing a DevSecOps initiative within the organization. Centerpoint DevSecOps.pngStarting a DevSecOps Initiative - Source: Dr. Pratt - CenterPoint Energy

 Click here to view Dr. Pratt’s full presentation.


René Aerdts

René Aerdts’ presentation focused on the main challenge of implementing DevOps in any enterprise today, which is transforming complex IT operations models to an agile and automated digital services ecosystem. He then shared how to demystify DevOps implementation by showing the relationships between Agile and DevOps methodologies and how they integrate.

Next, René discussed how to leverage Agile, ITIL, and continuous delivery standards from an architectural perspective followed by introducing a new “swarming” collaboration model which helps to empower teams to fix business service issues quicker.  His point was that by reducing several layers of hierarchy across the IT organization, issues get assigned faster to people that can actually resolve the issue and see it through to completion.  To close, René reviewed 8 of the top DevOps trends with the audience and how they affect skills and culture within the organization.

DXC Top 8 DevOps Trends.pngTop 8 DevOps Trends - Source: René Aerdts - DXC Technology

Click here to view René Aerdts’ full presentation.


Stay tuned for Part 2 of the blog series which will focus on Hybrid IT Management

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