Cloud is the new shadow IT for enterprises. While stable, well-known SaaS offerings such as Salesforce or Netsuite are excellent paths forward, unregulated, shadow IT cloud deployments often expand business risk and magnify IT inefficiencies. According to a recent TechRepublic report, shadow IT departments can create major fiscal problems for businesses using the cloud. A PressReleasepoint.com release points to the source of increasing shadow IT cloud deployments:
Leasing cloud servers and subscribing to applications is incredibly easy. There is no reason why a business manager, customer service representative or other non-technical employee cannot quickly establish a cloud deal and start using an application because he or she thinks it will get the job done effectively. This is precisely why IT oversight is necessary.
Shadow IT teams gain faster time to market and decrease delivery hurdles by running home-brewed business critical systems on AWS, Heroku, Cloudbees, Azure and other cloud platforms. Often enterprise IT only discovers Cloud systems existence when the Shadow IT project requires access to enterprise system data or services.
To co-exist with Shadow IT and maximize Cloud efficiency and productivity, align corporate IT policy, architecture, operations, and support with innovative, shadow IT projects . Are you an expert at working with Shadow IT?
A system integrator serving the U.S. Federal government market is reviewing next-generation architecture components and middleware platform technology, leading best practices, and vendor support. The goal is to provide the system integrator with a competitive edge in re-competes and new project wins. The desired middleware infrastructure platform will reduce development and run-time operation cost by at least 25% when compared with incumbent platform offerings.
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO),
For decades, DOD has been attempting to modernize about 2,200 business systems, which are supported by billions of dollars in annual expenditures that are intended to support business functions and operations.
Can government IT programs and projects increase their efficiency and reduce expenditures? A new software delivery paradigm is required.
WSO2 is an open source middleware vendor with innovative components that help teams obtain repeatable agile delivery and adopt SOA & DevOps best practices leading to faster program spirals. Additionally, WSO2’s middleware infrastructure platform delivers high performance at high transaction rates while securely capturing, streaming, transforming, analyzing, and presenting mission information.
The system integrator is exploring three specific focus areas:
- Information Hub Attribute Based Access Control
- Enhance mission situational awareness and improve information transfer efficiency
- Deliver High Quality Solutions on Faster Spirals
High performance IT teams move at the speed of business. They rapidly deliver high quality software solutions that enable business penetration into new markets, create innovative products, and improve customer experience and retention. Unfortunately, most IT teams do not have an environment fostering the rapid iteration, streamlined workflow, and effective collaboration required to operate at the speed of now and capture business opportunity. Disconnected tooling, static environment deployment, and heavyweight governance across development and operations often impede rapid software cycles, minimize delivery visibility, and prohibit innovative experimentation.
A new, more responsive IT model is required.
When teams converge agile and devops practices with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) infrastructure, they create a collaborative environment that accelerates business enablement and increases customer engagement. Adopting agile devops requires a structural mind shift, and successful IT teams follow manifesto guidance to change delivery dynamics, take small steps to build one team, focus on real deliverables, accelerate reactive adaptation, and guide continuous loop activity.
ALM PaaS bridges the development gap between corporate IT and distributed outsourced development activities. The traditional gap impedes system integration, user acceptance testing, visibility into project progress, and corporate governance. Stephen Withers describes an often true, and ineffective current ALM state:
” the CIO does not have visibility of the overall project: this is a major problem.”
A top CIO desire is to obtain portfolio-wide visibility into development velocity, operational efficiency, and application usage.
What solution or best practices do you see solving balkanized, silo development tooling, governance, workflow, and status reporting across distributed outsourced teams? Does your desired solution integrate with tools a CIO’s outsourced organizations are using?
The crew in the Home Port Lighthouse spotted a few interesting posts were spotted. Here are the links and my sighting report:
Location: CloudBees Cloud App Development Platform Available on Verizon Cloud
WSO2 App Factory is an Open Source PaaS offering functionality similar to CloudBees. The DevOps PaaS delivers Jenkins, continuous delivery, enterprise governance, and DevOps best practices.
Location: Harnessing the Power of APIs
Are you publishing Naked APIs, or Managed APIs? A managed API is:
- Actively advertised and subscribe-able
- Available with an associated, published service-level agreement (SLA)
- Secured, authenticated, authorized and protected
- Monitored and monetized with analytics
When creating an API Management program, consider including these five steps:
- Step 1 Embrace the Managed API
- Step 2 Establish a Monetization Model
- Step 3 Make APIs Easy for Developers to Access
- Step 4 Employ Governance
- Step 5 Monitor API Use
Location:Cloud Spending Spikes, Here’s Where to Invest
- Excellent distinction by Dave when parsing Cloud’s momentum and investment drivers. “That’s not new money, just moved money.”
- ” focus on the specific aspects and the value they bring to your business — that’s where you want to align your own investments.”
When DevOps Meets ALM in the Cloud, teams can follow a three step PaaS performance metrics adoption plan:
๏Step 1: Foundational value metrics focus on Time to Market
๏Step 2: Optimization value metrics focus on Portfolio Efficiency
๏Step 3: Transformational value metrics focus on Productivity
Open source PaaS, Open APIs, and Open Ecosystems are accelerating agility, empowering developers, and enabling innovative business strategies. In a recently published white paper, I describe how adopting a New IT plan can create a responsive IT team.
The path to New IT requires moving away from traditional application platforms, traditional team structure, and traditional information flows. Responsive IT teams are adapting their infrastructure, processes and tooling to re-invent the application platform and re-think application delivery. The New IT architecture underlying Responsive IT intelligently incorporates Cloud Platforms, BigData Analytics, Enterprise DevOps, and API first development.
How are you building a pragmatic, open source driven game plan that incorporates New IT approach vectors, Open DevOp PaaS, Open APIs, and Open Ecosystems?
Application development organizations continue to undergo a structural shift towards business enablement and away from technical debt. Teams desire to re-invent software delivery into an agile, on-demand application environment and change the business-IT dynamic. WSO2 platforms enable IT to solve mundane technical plumbing and focus on business-oriented personalization, self-service, monetization, and analytics. When changing the business-IT dynamic, we see leading clients:
- Share infrastructure and improve internal software delivery
- Enable on-demand digital disruption via ecosystem platforms
Related Reading: DevOps Meets ALM in the Cloud – Cloud DevOps Factory