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Rule #1 for your Digital Transformation is to Fail, and Fail Fast!

Christopher Harrold

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We have been indoctrinated in the last three decades of IT to believe that a system slowdown, outage, failure, change, or anything that has material potential impact is intrinsically bad. Yet, on the software side we have been told to "fail fast, fail cheap" to "develop in production" to release and iterate and build as fast as possible without fear of the potential failure. And why? Because its the only way to keep pace with the demands that the business, the market, the consumer, and our customers place on us. I spent 20 years in traditional corporate IT, and during that time I built a reputation as a maverick or a cowboy; the one who was willing to try something new because it might work, not because it was guaranteed to. The only constant I wanted in my environments was change. Not just for the sake of change, but to give me room to grow and incorporate new and b... (more)

IoT for the Rest of Us - The IoT Paradox | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

Welcome to part one on my new blog series of IoT-focused postings. The IoT has been picking up a lot of steam recently and as someone who works with numerous companies building networked devices, I am fortunate to see the evolution of the modern IoT firsthand. This series will focus not just on the IoT and what it is and where it works, but we are going to be building along at home as I undertake my own IoT journey. From start to finish I will document my project and the results, and share what I learn. To get started though, the post that I wrote that really spurred me on into t... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps: Part 3 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

In my last post I spoke about the concept that Operations needs to understand and embrace the ____ as a service model (viewable here). The concept is difficult, but the reason it has to happen is that it is the most core tenant of DevOps, and it is the only way organizations will be able to truly drive digital transformation.  This matters more than ever, because in the new digital wasteland we live in,  failing to transform is agreeing to die. Transform or Die That sounds a bit heavy handed, but it has a lot of logic behind it for the operator and for all of us trying to take bac... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps: Bimodal IT By @CHarrold303 | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

In my previous posts I have been talking about the issues with DevOps as seen from the Operations side; the cultural changes needed and the reality of the challenges that are faced getting there. As a firm believer in the idea that you "never present a challenge without a possible solution" it's time we talked about one of the ways to start building towards true Operationalized DevOps. Bimodal IT is a concept that was revealed by Gartner in 2014 as a possible model to address the reality of the IT Operations landscape. My first reaction was much like this article. To sum it up, ... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Microservices

Part 1 - How do I get started making the transition to DevOps? I am an ops guy. I have been in Ops since I started my career a long time ago. I still remember the glorious days of being the new guy on the Ops team and getting stuck with changing backup tapes. I remember moving servers in the wee small hours of the morning, upgrades that went horribly wrong with no prayer of reverting, and the joys and pains that went with being in operations, and really what we would call "Legacy IT" in general. It's like the opposite of "Cheers", because you want to be where NO ONE knows your n... (more)