Agile Transformation Success Story at Valpak

agilecloudAs a consultant, I have witnessed numerous organizations struggling with implementing agile. Agile fail patterns is a topic I have written about often (here, here, and here). Every now and then, I stumble across a company that is having great success with agile. One of the best success stories I have ever seen is from Valpak, out of St. Petersburg, Florida. Since they are right in my back yard, I was able to visit with them in person. Valpak’s transformation from a pure waterfall shop to an agile organization is a textbook example of how to drive change within an organization. Stephanie Stewart, Director of Agile Leadership at Valpak, shared with me her agile transformation story, which is summarized below. Continue reading Agile Transformation Success Story at Valpak

Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor

Franken-MonitorsmallIn “Beware of the Franken-Monitor,” we outlined why systems management frameworks have become Franken-Monitors and the dangers of building your own Franken-Monitor. Unfortunately, the reality for most enterprises is that they have probably done some combination of the two. They have bought a framework that became a Franken-Monitor because the vendor of the framework never integrated its acquired components. And then they layered more “Frankeness” on top of their framework by buying, in some cases, hundreds of point monitoring solutions, none of which are integrated with each other or the frameworks. Continue reading Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor

SDDC Security Tools of the Future

The software-defined data center (SDDC) requires a new breed of security tools that not only handle the velocity of data being generated within a secure hybrid cloud but also handle the volume and variety of data. In fact, this new breed of security tools uses big data backends to manage the data being received, though it asks different questions of the data than normal for the products: security questions. The new breed of security tools either started as some form of performance management tool or employs performance management techniques to provide the data to to be queried. Continue reading SDDC Security Tools of the Future

Amazon WorkSpaces Furthers Desktop-as-a-Service Validity

DesktopVirtualizationLast week at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference, AWS announced two new service offerings that focus on end user computing: AppStream, an application streaming solution that provides a platform for delivering applications to online and offline devices, and WorkSpaces, a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) product. The WorkSpaces announcement took the financial markets by surprise, leaving them wondering about the future of Citrix’s and VMware’s positions in the DaaS marketplace. Citrix, which is already an established delivery partner with Amazon, has been white-labeling XenDesktop services with service providers for some time now, and VMware’s momentum is only growing with the purchase of Desktone last month. The best takeaway from this announcement is that we are seeing the demand and availability of DaaS solutions on the rise. Continue reading Amazon WorkSpaces Furthers Desktop-as-a-Service Validity

AWS re:Invent 2013 Recap — Taking On the Enterprise

re-inventThis week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) held its second annual re:Invent conference. For the past two days, Amazon has been announcing a wide variety of feature enhancements to existing services as well as publicizing new services. Even before these announcements, AWS was so far ahead of their competition in features, customers, and rate of innovation that comparing competitors’ offerings to AWS was almost comical. Continue reading AWS re:Invent 2013 Recap — Taking On the Enterprise

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