Author:

George Miranda

Former Chef Employee


Chef Automate release – July 2017

Chef Automate is officially one year old as of this latest release (1.5.46). Happy birthday, Chef Automate! There are a number of things to highlight this release. Compliance Views Better insight of compliance state and profile data is now available by default in the Chef Automate GUI.

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Compliance automation: Bridging the gap between development & information security

Speed is nothing without control DevOps makes software deployment faster. But without proper controls, that may mean that developers are also releasing security vulnerabilities more quickly. The fast pace of innovation will not be slowing down and the pressure to deliver rapidly keeps increasing.

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Continuous Automation: Measuring Digital Transformation

The IT industry has spoken: digital transformation is here. Having a digital transformation strategy is the difference between disrupting or being disrupted. But transformation is hard and it doesn’t happen overnight. Without clear goals, it’s difficult to know if you’re making progress when you spend your days in the tactical trenches.

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Continuous Automation: Fixing the tension between Dev and Ops

Development blames Ops, Ops blames Development. Following Agile, Lean, and DevOps principles lowers the friction between the functions of these groups. But it takes more to fix the underlying tension that pits these groups against one another. Fix that tension by redefining the role of shared IT organizations into groups focused on developer services.

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Continuous Automation: Managing Hybrid Infrastructure in a DevOps World

The increasing pace of infrastructure technology innovations–the shift to virtual, cloud, containers, and microservices–has changed the meaning of the word “hybrid”. Automation and management solutions that only address one particular infrastructure type or deployment architecture may be well-suited to practices today, but they’re likely to become opinionated relics that reflect the practices of their time.

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Quantifying DevOps Outcomes: Efficient Service Stability

Last week, we hosted a live webinar, “Efficient Service Stability” – the final episode in our four part short-form, interactive series, “Quantifying DevOps Outcomes.” For me, this series has been a fun improv exercise in working with audience feedback to figure out where we should focus our time together.

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Quantifying DevOps Outcomes: Increasing Speed

On March 22, we held our third webinar in a four part series focused on digital transformation. In that session, we focused on the considerations around increasing speed. In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the second episode, “Increasing Speed” below.

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Quantifying DevOps Outcomes: Managing Risk

Last week, we held our second webinar in a four part series focused on digital transformation. In that session, we focused on why mitigating risk is essential to increasing speed. In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the second episode, “Managing Risk” below.

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Chef Survey 2017: Results

We’re happy to announce that the Chef Survey 2017 results are in. Many thanks to everyone who participated and made their voice heard. Our survey focused on gaining a better understanding of the trends in productivity, workforce roles, and technology adoption amongst Chef users in our community. In the first few weeks of January we received over 1500 responses.

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Digital Transformation and the Competitive Edge

Last week, we started a new, short-form, interactive webinar series focused on digital transformation, measuring success, and quantifying DevOps outcomes. This series is less technical than our typical Chef webinars and takes a closer look at strategy, the rationale behind driving transformation initiatives, and specific milestones that are useful in setting direction.

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