The Future of DevSecOps

The Future of DevSecOps
2015 was the year of predictions; Gartner predicted the rise of DevOps and how it would go mainstream, only to be adopted by a series of companies. By the beginning of 2017, DevOps had indeed become the talk of the town, as more and more companies began to realize the benefits of adopting DevOps within their processes.

The adoption of new technologies is a boon for companies since they get to enhance their productivity using the procedures of DevOps. However, where do the considerations of security stand in between all of this? With a total of 64, 000 incidents and 2,300 breaches in the year 2016 (and still counting), protecting personal data has become a priority and a necessity rather than just an option.

By 2019, close to 70% of companies who are using DevOps will realize the importance of security within their development procedures and will start incorporating the practices within their DevOps foundation itself. For this very reason, even the “normal” DevOps would need to be tuned to security procedures to protect the data from being stolen or misused.

To infuse security at every step, and to remain faithful to the spirit of DevOps, security needs to be inbuilt right from the beginning of the delivery process; this would mean that companies need to embrace the very culture and philosophy of teamwork and coordination while keeping agility and shared responsibility in mind.

The Need of Security Within DevOps Procedures

Simply put, if you want to save time and money at the same time, you should employ security measures within your DevOps procedures. If the appropriate security procedures are tuned in from the beginning itself, teams can provide the necessary feedback at the initial stage, instead of waiting for the lifecycle to end.

In large organizations, last level security checks often take endless stretches of time, which causes not only a delay in rollout time but also a delay in the feedback and the resolution time; this would mean that the company would need to spend an additional amount of time waiting for the final launch of the products and services, which in turn can mean losses for the company.

Building Security Into DevOps Foundations

Understand the consequences of not having security within DevOps: Answering simple questions can go a long way in helping one understand the implications of not having the right security measures within the DevOps cycle. While cost is one major influencer, time and money come just close enough. Add reputational damage to the list, and everything will get impacted on an immediate basis.

Focus the efforts in the pain areas to make them useful: Resources should be channelized into areas which need the most attention. Consider the worst case scenarios, to understand the extent of the damages, so that the appropriate tools of remediation can be devised. This way, if you are prepared for the worst scenario, every simple yet complex security breach can be handled with utmost ease.

Provide a free hand, but don’t stop monitoring: The progress of the inclusion of security should be of utmost importance. During the inclusion process, freedom of operation should be of utmost priority. Teams should be given a free hand to perform as they please. However, this does not mean that everything goes unsupervised. Keep a strict vigil on what is right and what is not; provide feedback for rectification, wherever necessary. This way, everything goes as per plan; the teams will be happy, and security will also not be compromised.

Automating will help estimate vulnerabilities: Automation is an essential tool within the very fabric of DevOps. Not only can businesses rapidly change, but they can work more efficiently and effectively. Security should be infused within the very structure of DevOps, which means it should be effectively included within Development, QA, Operations, and infrastructure. Automate as much as possible; the lesser the human intervention, the more secure your operations would become. Consider every manual process as a security hazard and consider opportunities for automation as a pain area.

Main Obstacles During the DevOps Procedure

A difference in priorities: Security teams often don’t count as one of the DevOps stakeholders; this means that there will always be a difference in opinions, which can cause a slowdown in deployment procedures.

Setting the pace: Going at a breakneck pace during the deployment stage can upset the very essence of DevOps. While automation is an essential factor during the deployment stage, high speed should not bring the whole process down to its knees.

Maintaining a protocol: More often than not, to implement security, specific protocols would need to be changed during the building process; this might mean ruffling up a few feathers to get the required approvals. However, obtaining the needed approvals can be a challenge, especially since higher management is actively involved in the DevOps development and implementation.

Security has slowly but steadily become a keyword within the DevOps world. It has become a significant segment, which is often considered to be a substantial part of the DevOps lifecycle, and should be followed to the tee.

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DevOps West Conference

DevOPs West Conference
Event Details: Find out how the practice of DevOps brings cross-functional stakeholders together to deliver software with greater speed and agility. Learn from industry experts how your organization can apply DevOps concepts to improve deployment frequency and time to market, reduce lead time, and more successfully deliver stable new features.

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About Idexcel: Idexcel is a Professional Services and Technology Solutions provider specializing in Cloud Services, Application Modernization, and Data Analytics. Idexcel is proud that for more than 20 years it has provided services that implement complex technologies that are innovative, agile and successful and have provided our customers with lasting value.

Anand Allolankandy – (Sr. Director Technical Sales & Delivery at Idexcel) will be attending this event. For further queries, please write to anand@idexcel.com

DevOps and The Cloud are the Much-Needed Pillars of Digital Transformation

DevOps and The Cloud are the Much-Needed Pillars of Digital Transformation
Digital transformation has become the new age mantra in this fast-paced tech equipped world. The Cloud has become synonymous with such modern age developments. One would ideally relate the development of the Cloud with digital transformation. However, the current situation could not be further from the truth.

To drive fast-paced changes in today’s business structures there needs to be agile IT architectures in place. These days, more or less every sector is heavily influenced by four technological components, which are social media, mobile technology, analytics, and the cloud.

On the other hand, DevOps refers to speed, quality, and adding value for money. Combine the Cloud to this mix, and you have a winner on your hands. The provisioning of applications and infrastructure is supported heavily by the Cloud, which helps balance out the duo of DevOps and the Cloud for bringing about Digital Transformation.

Successfully Merging the Cloud and DevOps
The sheer beauty of the Cloud’s relationship with DevOps lies in the inclusive relationship they share with each other. Organizations which rely heavily on operations use the Cloud’s computing services to steer their productivity and efficiency speed. Through the means of Cloud computing, developers can gain more control over their components, which often results in shorter waiting time.

By using Cloud’s tools, the process of building and managing codes, services and can eliminate human errors while driving speed and efficiency in the day to day processes. Another aspect where the Cloud comes to the forefront is in developing the ability to generate self-service methods for enabling IT in-frastructure. Since the provisioning time is eliminated, developers can try new things, create new codes, penetrate new markets easily, and launch new products with ease.

DevOps is nothing but the amalgamation of all such services, wherein the developers and the opera-tions teams work together, by using the Cloud as a common platform. By following this approach, they can learn new definitions, as well as develop various strategies at the same time. Through the regular use of Cloud services, developers and operations become more comfortable with the nuances of the Cloud’s languages, allowing them to work seamlessly with each other.

The Multiple Benefits of a DevOps Strategy
In this give and take the relationship between Operations and developers, both parties can benefit immensely. Developers can teach Operations about the various aspects of the code, while Operations can educate developers about the organization’s infrastructure. This way, both parties involved bene-fit tremendously, which translates into the organization’s growth in the long run.

The Cloud propels IT transformation through a means of advanced tools and automation, enabling companies to drive growth and efficiency throughout the different processes within their organiza-tion; it also allows the usage of DevOps processes, with an aim to aid transformation.

At the end of the day, DevOps and the Cloud can aid digital transformation in the following manners:

    • Introduce new products within the market, since development, and deployment processes are streamlined to make production releases quick with high efficiency.
    • Enhance system maintenance through automation and code induced infrastructure within the Cloud.
    • Increased levels of security, which comes as a result of automation.
    • Eliminate downtime through the use of continuous cloud-based operations in which developers can apply automation, build stateless applications, and increase business reliability. These processes im-prove the organization’s customer satisfaction in the short run and the long run simultaneously.
    • Scalability is the final reason why organizations turn towards using DevOps and the Cloud. Through scalability, organizations can reduce development costs, which are incurred in the development of global IT infrastructure.

To usher in digital transformation there is an inclusive interdependence between the Cloud and DevOps; the two can’t be performed in silos, and need to be applied together to ensure a significant degree of digital transformation.

The concept is rather simple; the more involved developers and operations continue to be with each other, the better would be the results in the future. The higher the interdependence, the stronger would be the outcome of digital transformation within the company’s policies and procedures.

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Agile and DevOps: Motivating Digital Readiness and Transformation

Agile and DevOps Motivating Digital Readiness and Transformation
In modern-day dynamic environments, nothing can afford to remain stagnant. Primordial attachments are strikingly against the rules of survival, and Digital Transformation follows the same principle. Transformation serves as the key to success of any company operating in today’s business landscape, wherein, Agile and DevOps are the essential components for a successful journey. Employing Agile and DevOps practices help companies enhance their deployment speed, overall efficiency, and customer experience.

The business world has become increasingly competitive; therefore, companies are seeking to adapt to the contentious marketplace. Leaders are aiming to be aggressive about driving adoption of Agile and DevOps within their organizations.

The aforementioned is in theory; however, the practical situation is varied. While most organizations commit fully to the adoption of both Agile and DevOps practices, many find struggles with critical challenges and thus miss out on the numerous benefits these practices can provide. CA Technologies’ research found that while “75% of respondents recognize that Agile and DevOps approaches drive significant business success when implemented together, only a relatively small proportion consider the consistency, depth, and breadth of usage of these practices to be high.” This is due to the lack of insight into the lucrative prospect of Agile and DevOps deployment where organizations stick to custom and conventional practices, unmoved by any motivation for a challenging venture.

The study also revealed the characteristics of ‘Agility Masters’ (the top 18 percent), which are organizations that have fully adopted the methodologies and aim to deploy nearly all of the right moves to make Agile and DevOps, an essential part of their business. The 60% higher rate of revenue and profit growth of these organizations is thus no surprise to anyone. “They are 2.4 times more likely to grow their businesses at a rate of over 20% than their mainstream counterparts.”

These organizations make all departments of their organization as flexible as possible when responding to changing customer demands, market expectations, regulatory changes and market opportunities. All the more important, these organizations do not focus on technology and process alone but rather on the most extensive use of whatever is available to them.

While applying Agile and DevOps, organizations face challenges such as culture improvement, skills development, improving management, and relieving the pressure. Agile and DevOps practices do not work in an isolated environment, maintained exclusively for them. Instead, the process demands a significant shift in mindset and behavior itself, while applying these strategies to the same work environment.

Therefore, to implement Agile and DevOps optimally, the organizations must focus on the following:

Improving Culture
The improved organizational culture and implementation of agile and DevOps go hand in hand. A poor company environment cannot expect agility to bloom. The organization needs to appreciate and reward collaboration, foster an environment where teamwork and coordination are natural. This will, in turn, result in an environment that holds agility and DevOps at the core of all operations. Revising current processes, making processes transparent, and accumulating valuable feedback could well serve as environment reforming strategies.

Skill Development
By providing proper and timely training to employees, companies are more likely to witness a better deployment of Agile and DevOps across the organization, which according to the research results, could amount to a 60% higher rate of revenue and profit growth in comparison to those that don’t provide active training.

Management Commitment
Supervising the entire Agile and DevOps deployment, and filling in the gaps and blocking the loopholes in the whole web of processes, is also necessary for optimal results. The implementation may result in an excessive workload and thus create confusion among the employees. Having management, committed solely to Agile and DevOps, would no doubt, improve the results.

Pressure Release
Ensuring that employees focus on their best work influences the frequency of strategic work. When employees no longer have to interplay with allied organizational problems such as competition, salary, issues with other employees, etc., they can focus more accurately on the work assigned to them. The organizations must help employees prioritize their work to adopt these methodologies.

Agility and DevOps now seem to be the fundamentals prerequisites of a Modern IT environment. Although they do not entirely solve software development problems, they are essential in accelerating the development. With the help of Agile and DevOps, organizations, through transformed richer engagement of employer, employee, and work, can compete more readily in the IT world.

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Artificial Intelligence to Make DevOps More Effective

Artificial Intelligence to Make DevOps More Effective
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has found its way into numerous industrial processes. Companies implement AI not just to accelerate production, but also to increase precision and efficiency. Nevertheless, AI used to be a buzzword only a few decades ago, when the developments were not as far reaching as they have become now; it needed particular minds to both develop and operate it. However, now, our modern IT infrastructure has become endowed with talented thinkers that can turn impossibility into reality.

With an increasing emphasis on DevOps, organizations are focusing on efficiency and better reliability. The multi-leveled and interwoven IT strategies require equally sharp eyes and a keen mind to notice and trace critical events that trigger a specific function – this is where real-time and centralized log analytics plays a vital role. AI helps to troubleshoot the main issues quickly and efficiently, while also predicting future problems.

AI has gone from being a buzzing luxury to becoming a necessity of industries today; AI is redefining the entire system of proceedings itself. It is being combined with human knowledge to create breakthroughs and opportunities that would have been impossible without its intervention. Even in IT, where the environment has increasingly become agile and dynamic due to DevOps, the complex methodologies are being simplified through AI implementation. Apart from procedural ease, AI enables IT professionals in gaining insights into the problems that are otherwise so hard to trace.

The immensely complicated DevOps process often falls outside the reach of the human mind. The operations involved need precision, pace and, big data streaming, which are possible only with AI intervention. Thus, AI has become a powerful and essential tool for efficiently analyzing and taking over decision-making processes for better results. AI fills the gaps between human capability and big data through applications of operational intelligence. Additionally, AI speeds up troubleshooting and real-time decision-making.

AI’s Cognitive Insights
One of the most groundbreaking pieces of AI technology is applied in IT operations, namely Cognitive Insights (CI), which utilizes machine-learning algorithms to match human domain knowledge with log data, open source repositories, discussion forums, and social threads. Through this informational repertoire, CI forms relevant insights that contain solutions to a wide range of critical issues faced by DevOps teams on a daily basis. DevOps engineers face numerous challenges, which can be effectively attenuated by integrating AI into log analysis and other concerning operations. There are several applications of Cognitive Insights, which include:

Security
Frequent attacks such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) have become all the more prevalent. Threats which used to be limited to high-profile public websites and multinational organizations are now targeting small-scale servers, SMBs, and mid-sized enterprises. Having a centralized logging architecture to identify and pinpoint potential threats from numerous entries is essential for warding off such attacks. For this purpose, the application of anti-DDoS mitigation through Cognitive Insights has been highly effective. Leading organizations such as Dyn and British Airways had sustained potential damage from DDoS attacks in the past and subsequently installed a full-fledged ELK-based anti-DDoS mitigation strategy to restrict hackers and secure their operations against future attacks.

IT operations
Cognitive Insight can compile logs at a centralized point, with each entry carefully monitored and registered. It also provides the luxury of viewing the process flow clearly and executing queries of records from various applications; this thereby increases overall efficiency. With AI Cognitive Insight it is becoming straightforward to pinpoint the small, yet potentially harmful, issues in vast streams of log data. The core of this program is based on ELK stack and makes it easier to have a clear view of DevOps processes through the help of data simplification and assortment.

Besides these cases, AI integration in DevOps can yield several other useful outcomes including:

• AI-driven log analytics systems efficiently solve issues of identifying and resolving critical issues, which subsequently amplifies management and overall operational pace
• Improved customer success due to better results
• Monitoring and customer support becomes even easier
• Risk reduction and resource optimization
• Maximize efficiency by making logging data easily accessible

In other words, Cognitive Insights and other such Artificial Intelligent integrations can be of great help in data log management and troubleshooting. They can quickly pinpoint the issues from thousands of log entries which are often time consuming and erroneous when a human mind handles them.

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True Business Efficiency Combines the Power of Cloud Computing and DevOps Practices

True Business Efficiency Combines the Power of Cloud Computing and DevOps

The use of both DevOps and cloud-computing have become a promising combination for companies these days. The blend of practices and implementations provides increased speed and efficiency, as well as higher agility and better end-user experiences. While the Cloud and DevOps are two independent technologies, they become intertwined, resulting in a workflow more efficient than ever before.

The Driving Force of the Cloud and DevOps

Implementation of Cloud computing techniques has rapidly ushered in the use of the DevOps philosophy. Through this trend, enterprises are increasingly making use of agile software to develop and implement administrative IT operations for their customers to enhance their services in the long run.

Through the concept of DevOps, businesses can break down their functional silos and drive discipline between their IT-related processes. Since the process of development is rather elaborate, more companies have to spend a lot of time, effort, and resources to plan and transform their IT infrastructure thoroughly – all to obtain the maximum benefit out of available resources.

The progression of the Cloud and DevOps has been rather sudden, as compared to other technological advancements in the enterprise market. The development of DevOps is aimed at making the approach more Cloud-centric; this means that most public and private Cloud providers are beginning to support the implementation of DevOps within their platforms. These practices will enhance and aid the continuous creation of development tools. Strong integration leaves little or no space for cost inefficiencies, as there is an efficient mode of centralized governance within the processes.

Through effective governance, there is tighter control on developers, since they have a more streamlined process to follow, which is controlled centrally via Cloud services. This way, in a subtle yet efficient manner, companies can bring their differentiated departments under control. Cloud-based DevOps also lessen the need for leveraging resources, thereby providing a usage-based accounting solution. Through such elaborate measures, companies can track their applications and developers related data.

Would it be right to say that the Cloud is running DevOps? The answer is quite merely ‘no.’ Given the interdependence between the two technologies, there is an imminent need for both the technologies to be present to derive maximum functionality. As per RightScale’s 2015 State of the Cloud Report, over 71% of companies have adopted 66% of DevOps within their Cloud Services.

DevOps Leads the way into the Cloud

The Cloud is ruled by DevOps – this fact has been proven time and again. With the powerful combination of the Cloud and DevOps working together, there is a lot of aggregate value for CTOs, who are working to remove technical challenges from the paths of implementation. To gain maximum efficiency out of the partnership between the Cloud and DevOps enterprises need to strive towards the rapid deployment of DevOps practices continually.

Due to the inherent lack of knowledge and deployment techniques, many large enterprises and developers alike fear the implementation, since the concept of utilization comes across as confusing and sometimes, even impossible. If Cloud computing is paving the path towards the future, chances are enterprises and developers will need to take this bull by the horns and make the most out of it. In other words, if the Cloud has to work, one must adequately know how to deploy and implement DevOps for best results. Companies such as Idexcel focus on providing DevOps consulting services which provide reduced development times and operational costs for businesses of all sizes.

Use the Cloud and DevOps to Your Advantage

Budgets need to be focused and modified to utilize the Cloud’s full potential and meet enterprise goals. DevOps is about using the right techniques to mold the Cloud’s functionality to one’s advantage. The better the implementation, the more efficient a process will be created. With the right approach and the proper knowledge, developers and enterprises can go a long way in advancing towards the right direction, especially when it comes to meeting all chalked out goals in the long run.

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Agile & DevOps Conference 2018

Agile & DevOps Conference
Date : 29 Jan, 2018
Location : Dallas-TX, United States
Venue: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Event Details
The conference targets to feature presentation and discussion sessions by recognized thought-leaders addressing the actual developments and trends in Agile & DevOps highlighting implementation challenges and their solutions. The conference presentations by expert speakers will make it easier to understand how Agile & DevOps can successfully bring cross-functional business units together for delivering business results speedily in the Agile environment.

Why Attend
A full day event for professionals to meet their industry peers, exchange knowledge and take away ideas for making best use of Agile & DevOps practice. Based on the conference theme ‘Let’s switch it on’, this conference provides an opportunity to learn from industry experts the concept of Agile & DevOps and how to implement it in your organizations. Get to know critical challenges faced during implementation, and their solutions. This is a great platform to meet top solution providers and industry players in this domain.

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About Idexcel: Idexcel is a global business that supports Commercial & Public Sector organizations as they Modernize their Information Technology using DevOps methodology and Cloud infrastructure. Idexcel provides Professional Services for the AWS Cloud that includes Program Management, Cloud Strategy, Training, Applications Development, Managed Service, Integration, Migration, DevOps, AWS Optimization and Analytics. As we help our customers modernize their IT, our clients should expect a positive return on their investment in Idexcel, increased IT agility, reduced risk on development projects and improved organizational efficiency.

Allolankandy Anand Sr. Director Technical Sales & Delivery will be attending this event. For further queries, please write to anand@idexcel.com

7 Key Business Benefits of DevOps

In order to be best at what an organization can achieve, there are a ton of things which need to come to the fore. The higher the networking capability between the employees, the higher the efficiency would be of the apps and tools being used within the organization. For this reason, DevOps is the keyword being used regularly these days.

When one talks about DevOps, efficiency plays a pivotal role in the story of success making. Through DevOps, developers can invest in the opportunity to work more closely with operations, stakeholders and other teams who might be responsible for the day to day functioning of the various processes.

Here is a list of the benefits which a business can avail in the long run through the deployment of DevOps.

1. Faster, quicker deployment of new systems and apps: If your business has successfully launched DevOps, it’s getting ready for the next level of deployment. Through the right approaches, an organization can benefit by deploying their new systems in a more enhanced, efficient manner, while keeping the efficiency intact. This way, innovation and continual deployment becomes synonymous with each other, thereby making the deployment easier and quicker.

2. Agility is the key: Agility is needed to bring about transformation within a business. Through DevOps, even the big organizations can achieve scalability required in transforming their business more Agile. In other words, everyone wins.

3. DevOps translates into money: DevOps can help automate repetitive tasks without having to worry too much about errors. For example, regression and performance testing can bring about a small change in a rapid manner. Frequent backups and rollovers help in the development of a more robust and stable process. With such automations in place, an organization benefits by saving manual costs, which mean higher monetary savings.

4. Silos can no longer exist with DevOps: Innovation and silos are a thing of the past. These days, there is a lot more to innovation than what meets the eye. Since there was no link between developers and operations, innovation was carried out in seclusion, making things all the more elusive and secretive. However, as times have changed, so have the methods of performing innovation. With increased interaction levels between teams, which include developers and operations, there is a lot of exposure and transparency between teams, making it a useful collaboration. Exclusivity carried out by agile methodologies has given a new meaning to innovation, making things all the more advantageous for the members of the organizations. In a typical IT world, there can be different barriers, which need to be brought down with the right approach. By the introduction of DevOps, old linear processes can be demolished, while the newer more organized processes can be brought into force.

5. Faster development cycles for the organizations: DevOps rests on two main keywords, namely collaboration and communication. As soon as both these features are enhanced, there is an automatic improvement in the development cycles, making it into a success story it deserves to be.

6. Continuous service delivery: With a quicker turnaround of development cycles, codes are also released into the production cycles quickly. The gaps between requirement gathering and production are reduced significantly, causing a massive shift in the production cycles. Through such methodologies, production cycles are often synchronized with IT mechanisms to make them more streamlined and effective. For this purpose, an effective DevOps mechanism is often needed to create a robust method of efficiency.

7. Adieu defects: In an application production environment, defects are an app’s worst enemy. However, with the intervention of DevOps, defects become next to negligible, making it an instant solution for most problems. Through collaboration, modular programming and iterative development, defects are often minimized, making it a fool proof technique to handle defects. With digital transformation paving the path for minimizing defects, there are endless opportunities being pursued to reduce defects and enable efficiency within each and every organizational vertical.

With so many benefits being achieved through DevOps, there is no denying the fact that DevOps is the future of the production cycles. Given the right implementation, a lot can be achieved in a short span of time, making the production of apps more effective and foolproof.

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