In our continuing DevOps Leadership Series, we have a discussion with Clyde Logue, a seasoned IT veteran with special insight into DevOps from being a release manager at a major financial institution to co-founder of StreamStep, whose product was created and designed to "bridge the DevOps Gap".
Previously, Clyde was Director of Release Management at Liberty Mutual, where he oversaw and lived the challenges of release management firsthand. Prior to his tenure with Liberty Mutual, Clyde led product management for enterprise and banking online invoicing solutions at Bottomline Technologies. Before joining Bottomline, he co-founded mValent (acquired by Oracle). Clyde holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas.
The following is our first excerpt from the podcast interview.
Clyde Logue: I think we want to talk about datacenter automation but we want to talk about how datacenter automation or, really, the movement around “infrastructure as code”, has evolved out of DevOps and how datacenter automation is really being changed by the DevOps movement. And how DevOps as a methodology has improved the delivery of applications.
What’s happening with DevOps is, and within companies that are starting to adopt DevOps methodology, is they are shortening the gap or reducing that distance between development and operation teams. So, operation teams are learning more about development and application architectures. And development teams are learning more about datacenter automation and other types of automation in terms of the actual deployments of applications or application deployment automation.
Clyde Logue: That is a really fruitful cross-pollination as well because the groups are now much more effective at delivering applications to the business. And that’s the real goal of adopting DevOps.
Just like companies adopted Agile methodologies for development to try to bridge that gap or reduce the distance between development and business teams in terms of a business saying, hey, I need this piece of functionality and the development teams' understanding and delivering it.
We now have a development team saying I need to deploy this piece of code many more times than we have typically done it in the past and the operation teams now have understanding how to accommodate that level of change.
And it’s critical that they have excellent and complete datacenter solutions in order to deliver that level of change in the environment, especially the production environment.
In the next transcripted snippet from Clyde's interview, we'll get into his working definiton of DevOps and how DevOps is more than about a gap.