Two weeks ago, I had the chance to represent Assembla with our longtime partner Perforce at the annual DevOps Enterprise Summit (#DOES) in Las Vegas. In just five years the summit has grown to include 1,800+ attendees and 100+ speakers representing the Fortune 500, national government agencies, and some of the most disruptive tech startups in the space. Considering it was our first time attending, we were thrilled to meet with and make connections with like-minded professionals who breathe the same principles and technologies we do everyday.
The burgeoning success of the summit is a key indicator of the explosive growth of the devops movement. Conference attendees who hung out with us at our booth were raving about talks from the likes of BMW, Walmart, and Microsoft (among others)—presentations that centered on the underlying devops ethos and how it tangibly enabled them to adapt to the most competitive markets their companies and organizations have ever experienced. The anticipation was almost palpable.
Our conversations with attendees continuously found their way to the following key challenges facing their dev teams:
1. How might they possibly integrate their coding, testing, and release processes more tightly to accelerate development enough to meet business demand?
2. How might they more effectively communicate business value to their business counterparts to survive and thrive in the post-agile, postdigital transformation age?
3. How might they empower their devs with the tools they want and need without sacrificing security, visibility, and accountability?
That said, of the three, the third challenge definitely came up the most. As we have found with most teams discovering our latest acquisition, MyGet, these teams seemed to all paint a similar picture: they confessed that while they rely heavily upon open-source frameworks, libraries, and packages to ship new product on time, they had no way to:
* Monitor the open-source licensing involved in those packages,
* Stay on top of their deep network of dependencies,
* Build a culture of continuous security by identifying security vulnerabilities like the one that exposed Equifax a year ago, or even
* Standardize the packages employed across their internal teams.
Following the event, everyone was left with this sense that a high-pressure environment bearing down on a modern development team is a theme that refuses to let up anytime soon. But with new development paradigms adopted at the organizational level and facilitated by best-in-class technology like Assembla, MyGet, and Perforce, the dev teams of the 21st century may indeed be able to consistently meet and even exceed the ever-growing market of demand for innovation and value creation.
P.S. Shout-outs to our giveaway winner, who left #DOES18 with the additional challenge of #Assembling a Porsche 911 GTS R3 engine block, transmission, and suspension system at 1:8 scale.