The new world order of business is increasingly centered on the speed in which an organization can leverage digital commerce to rapidly deliver goods and services to consumers. This movement was ignited by the success of companies such as Amazon and Google – who are disrupting traditional businesses by serving consumers better and faster with innovative technology.
To move at this kind of speed, businesses must transform. This means IT needs to be a front office strategic imperative to business and not the back office support system for internal operations. The reality today is that separation between Dev and Ops in large organizations still reigns supreme. We all know this has to change.
In the Ops world many of us seeDevOps as the future. Our developer brethren think about Agile development practices and moving from multi-month (or year!) development cycles to short sprints. We are all really talking about the same thing. Breaking down organizational boundary’s and integrating teams to move faster. Then integrating tool chains so that we have common tooling and don’t need to hand off artifacts (see CODE!) and continuously delivering innovation for the business. There is a process for making this transition and that we here at Opscode have seen in practice.
Warning - business transformation is not for the light of heart!
Jesse Robbins is cofounder of Opscode, where he now serves as an advisor. Jesse is an active investor & advisor in PagerDuty, Fastly, and Instacart. He currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at DFJ.
Previously, Jesse cofounded the Velocity Web Performance & Operations Conference and was edited the Web Operations book. Prior to founding Opscode in 2008, he worked at Amazon.com with the title of “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for Website Availability for every property bearing the Amazon brand.
Jesse is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation Hurricane Katrina. His experiences in the fire service profoundly influence his efforts in technology, and he strives to distill his knowledge from these two worlds and apply it in service of both.