Driving home last night, listening to Marketplace on NPR I heard the attached segment about making improvements in managing the food supply chain. As it went on I thought, "I wish all BMC could hear this" because the food supply chain is an apt metaphor for the application release process. Consider:
- The primary business driver is Time to Market - the "produce" can't be delivered too quickly
- UNLESS hasty or sloppy delivery processes contaminate the product or fail to remove contamination.
- The product changes hands frequently and covers a lot of distance.
- The earlier contamination is detected, isolated and removed, the less costly it is and the less negative impact it has on the market.
- Current practices are manual, ad hoc and ineffective.
- Regulatory compliance is mandating changes to current processes.
- The solution is a combination of logistics, automation, human workflows and end-to-end traceability.
- IBM and Microsoft are getting in the game, but they aren't the innovators in the space.
Please take 4 minutes to listen to the attached segment and:
- when you hear a reference to produce, think "application"
- when you hear "contamination", think "configuration error or application bug"
- when you hear "people gettng sick and dying", think "major service outage"
- when you hear "market" think "data center"
you get the idea.