Welcome!

SDN Journal Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, TJ Randall

Related Topics: @DevOpsSummit, Java IoT, Linux Containers, @CloudExpo, @DXWorldExpo, SDN Journal

@DevOpsSummit: Blog Feed Post

Agile Procurement – DevOps for Government

The Agile approach refers to one where developers are making lots of little updates to their software base frequently

The UK’s Digital Government program is such a great leadership example, because not only are they pioneering the G-Cloud store, a service catalogue for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS suppliers, but also they are defining ‘Agile Procurement’ practices too.

Since the G-Cloud project was aligned under the Digital Services team, one key development has been that this catalogue for Cloud services has become companion to another similar supplier group, one for people skills like software development, via the Digital Services Store.

digital-gov2

This approach makes perfect sense, because Cloud hosting isn’t used on its own. Instead it is consumed as part of an overall project that is typically driven by web site designers and software developers, so better linking the two will drive smarter projects.

Indeed the relationship is recognized as so crucial to the dynamic of enterprise innovation, that the fusion of the two is now referred to as ‘DevOps‘.

Agile

DevOps on Openstack
This approach makes perfect sense – In short you have the web site designers and application developers who create apps, and then there is hosting required to run those apps.

The Agile approach refers to one where developers are making lots of little updates to their software base frequently, rather than a small number of big changes over an infrequent period.

Cloud computing isn’t just about bigger better hosting, this transformation of software process and also software design, is as if not more important.

The first step is to recognize the process: The software developers seeking to use more Agile methods for writing and deploying software, and this highlights the relevant trends it will drive in the hosting industry.

For example OpenStack is a very popular platform choice, with a flourishing ecosystem of developers who create add-on modules, such as CloudMunch for example, one that can be used to enable the DevOps best practice called ‘Continuous Integration‘.

Thus this type of enhancement to the hosting platform will cater for this work pattern, and we’ll see this reflected in the G-Cloud store offerings as the habits become widespread.

Procurement Transformation – Government as a Platform

It’s this widespread habits part that is key, in terms of these new approaches and modern technologies actually starting to deliver what they promise, which is greatly reduced costs and increased IT efficiencies.

The challenge with that popular IT benefit message is that it focuses too much on areas of technology, such as the virtualization and managing those environments. Typically this is not where the bigger challenges lie, instead those tend to be in related but non-technical areas like procurement.

Agile

For example the core RFP process itself, for buying large-scale IT systems, is hugely monolithic in government as it is in many large enterprise organizations.

In short Agile Procurement therefore represents the same shift, ie. to enable lots of frequent, small purchases, rather than a small number of slow, very big ones.

As they describe in this procurement notice:

“Digital Services is a dynamic style framework with the specific aim of helping the public sector buy, design, build and deliver digital services using an agile approach, by procuring the appropriate people resource to deliver agile software development. “

When you then also add the requirement and process of agencies providing Open Data, so that furthermore the actual software developers who are creating these apps are actually citizens as well as government IT workers and suppliers, then we can see a budding ‘innovation ecosystem’ approach rather than heavily formalized bureaucracy.

This is also described at the big picture level as designing ‘Government as a Platform‘.

The post Agile Procurement – DevOps for Government appeared first on Cloud Computing Best Practices.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Cloud Best Practices Network

The Cloud Best Practices Network is an expert community of leading Cloud pioneers. Follow our best practice blogs at http://CloudBestPractices.net

CloudEXPO Stories
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to advisory roles at startups. He has worked extensively on monetization, SAAS, IoT, ecosystems, partnerships and accelerating growth in new business initiatives.
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like "How is my application doing" but no idea how to get a proper answer.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed by some of the world's largest financial institutions. The company develops and applies innovative machine-learning technologies to big data to predict financial, economic, and world events. The team is a group of passionate technologists, mathematicians, data scientists and programmers in Silicon Valley with over 100 patents to their names. Big Data Federation was incorporated in 2015 and is ...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by researching target group and involving users in the designing process.
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments that frequently get lost in the hype. The panel will discuss their perspective on what they see as they key challenges and/or impediments to adoption, and how they see those issues could be resolved or mitigated.