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Marc Hornbeek

About Me

Marc Hornbeek, known as “DevOps_the_Gray” and industry events speaker, is a DevOps Consultant at  Trace3. A seasoned DevOps consultant, adviser, educator, mentor, and author, he has performed assessments for over 60 organizations. Awarded IEEE Outstanding Engineer, 2016, Western USA, he is a Senior IEEE member for 42 years. He is the author of the  Continuous Delivery Architect certificate course and DevOps Test Engineering certificate course for DevOpsInstitute.com and many publications.

Defining DevOps: How Do You Know When You Have Achieved DevOps?

How do you know when you have achieved DevOps? and you are likely to get different answers. A practical answer to how do you know when you have DevOps depends on having a definition. While defining DevOps itself has been elusive, an enterprise definition is needed for alignment and progress measurement. Considering that DevOps needs continuous flow to accomplish business goals, it can be said you have DevOps when you have implemented continuous flow for at least one model application.

Twenty-Seven-Factor Assessments Lead to Success With DevOps

Complexity can plague the success of DevOps within an organization. Complexity cannot be avoided, as DevOps is complex and will likely continue to be. However, the key to avoiding failure through your DevOps journey is to engage the complexity by using DevOps tenets to implement DevOps. Do not try to boil the ocean. Instead, at each leg in the journey, take inventory of where you are in terms of current goals, state, and best practices. Fine-tune your direction and build your solution using proven continuous delivery methods.

Nine Pillars of Continuous Security Best Practices

While DevOps offers immense value for software deployment, the adherence to best practices is essential to reduce risk and assure security. Each organization is different and has different security postures.  This blog enumerates best practices for security across nine pillars of DevOps: Leadership, Collaborative Culture, Design for DevOps, Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Continuous Monitoring, Elastic Infrastructure, Continuous Delivery/Deployment and Continuous Security. Examples of best practices for each pillar are listed. These practices can be used to assess an organization’s maturity within the journey to Continuous Security, often referred to as DevSecOps.

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