eWEEKchat Aug. 9: Trends in DevOps and Agile Development

Join us and the #eWEEKchat community Aug. 9 for a timely tweetchat about new-generation application and platform development.

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On Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its 58th monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be, "Trends in DevOps and Agile Development." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: “Trends in DevOps and Agile Development”

Date/time: Aug. 9, 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. GMT

Tweetchat handle: Use #eWEEKChat to follow/participate, but it's easier and more efficient to use real-time chat room links.

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'Trends in DevOps and Agile Development'

DevOps and agile development, hot new-generation processes and techniques that work hand in hand in developing, testing and distributing software of all types, have been in the IT business news continually for about the last half-dozen years. 

We at eWEEK are constantly being pitched by thought leaders with new ideas about this relative sea change in the business, in addition to companies with new or improved tools that facilitate the automation that’s inherent in this segment.

On Aug. 7, a couple of well-respected companies, CollabNet and VersionOne, which provide DevOps and agile development tools and services merged to become a potential superpower in this sector. Read our news story here.  Last week, another pair of DevOps-related tool suppliers, Tricentis and Flood IO, hooked up in an acquisition to take advantage of this new wave of development.

For the record, DevOps emphasizes cooperation between developers and IT operations. The goal of DevOps is to change and improve the relationship between software developers and operations by advocating better communication and collaboration between the two business units.

Breaking Down Old Development Walls

Where once there were difficult professional walls to scale within an enterprise, DevOps is breaking them down and enabling teamwork-type environments.

The goal of agile environments is to use DevOps principles to get developers to move their applications from source code to production as quickly and painlessly as possible. This means breaking down silos and integrating core components for more simplified development using a contiguous pipeline approach.

High-performance IT organizations using the DevOps approach deploy their services much more frequently and many times faster than average shops. They also have fewer failures and recover data much faster in disaster scenarios; all of this directly impacts an enterprise's profit margin. See this eWEEK slide show for more background.

The reviews and returns on DevOps have been so impactful that more and more companies are turning to this methodology to get development work done. Vendors offering collaboration tools and agile-development platforms are reporting high levels of interest.

In this month's eWEEKchat, we'll want to know how your IT team is using DevOps and what benefits it is deriving from the approach. We'll also be asking the following:

  • How often are you iterating software?
  • What platform or toolset is your team using for collaboration and rapid development?
  • What issues are you seeing—and solving—in moving to a DevOps/agile development?
  • How would you describe the total ROI of your DevOps operation?

Join us Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. GMT for an hour. Chances are good that you'll learn something valuable.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he has...