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ISSUE 154: Plot Your Trajectory 

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“If you don't want tech debt, avoid using libraries or frameworks.”

Robert Lefkowitz, the recently retired chief architect of eyewear provider Warby Parker, O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference, New York.
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The C-Suite and developers report

C-level executives often don’t have a clue when it comes to IT and application development. I’ve been analyzing survey data from IT end users for over 15 years, and responses received from business managers and even CIOs are often drastically different than what actual practitioners say.

Per last week’s post, we know that compared to other business executives,  IT leaders think they are more involved with innovation and aligned with the rest of the business. It appears that there is a similar disconnect between application developers and the C-suite according to a recent survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Google. The disparity may have a real impact on how senior executives spend money on software tooling.

Half of all C-level executives think DevOps methodologies are used by their developers, while only 30 percent of application developers think likewise. Similarly, there is a 22 percentage point gap regarding continuous integration (CI). Senior executives have heard all about their company’s efforts to digitally transform and adopt new IT practices. What happens if those same executives express exasperation when they’re told that the journey has just begun and there is a need to spend money on CI and DevOps tooling? Note that developers are twice as likely to say the company uses agile methodologies. In this context, we believe the C-suite has confused agile methods with DevOps practices, because the latter has been a buzzword for the last few years.

What's Happening

Edith Harbaugh is CEO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly, a company that provides feature flagging for CI/CD pipelines. It currently serves 100 billion features a day. She’s also the co-host of a podcast covering software trends called To Be Continuous, a sponsor of the Test in Production Meetup, and also one of this year’s winner of the Top Women in Cloud Innovation award.

Listen in to hear Harbaugh talk about how to earn developer trust, how the current market trends are helpful to them, and her advice for engineers looking to further their careers.

Plot Your Trajectory

Want to make your software faster and better? Then you need to get dynamic control over your development and release processes. LaunchDarkly's Trajectory conference (April 8-9, Oakland Museum of California) gets you started down this path, through training and industry-leading speakers such as AWS' Adrian Cockcroft, Microsoft's Cindy Alvarez and LaunchDarkly experts Edith Harbaugh and John Kodumal.

LaunchDarkly is the feature management platform software teams use to build better software faster. Deploy code when you want, release features when you’re ready. Control your users’ experience through the use of feature flags. Feature flags separate deployment into pieces and allow you to have very fine-grained control over how widely a new release gets deployed to the user base.  

This week, on The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Edith Harbaugh, the CEO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly. “We didn’t create feature flags,” Harbaugh told our interviewer T.C. Currie during a The Stack Makers podcast released this week. “We just made them easy and enabled the workflow around it.”

Be sure to check out the Trajectory conference in April to learn more about how feature flags can help you make your software faster and better.

AIOps: Greater Data Context Can Yield Richer Results

IT practitioners often struggle with context. They jump to the data manipulation or aggregation, setting up models of data ingestion without thinking about the business first. In this contributed piece, Bhanu Singh, vice president of product and head of engineering at OpsRamp, offers a number of tips to get the data correct for AIOps, including learn to align the objectives and outcomes, make the data consistent, and start with small test cases.

WhiteSource: Open Source Security Management for Containers

Chances are you're using an open source library. One recent survey reports that 92 percent of applications use at least one open source library. Another survey puts that number even higher, at 96 percent. WhiteSource, a continuous open source security and license compliance management tool, was created seven years ago to handle this problem, and this week is bringing its continuous monitoring functionality to containerized applications and the images that comprise them. It does this by way of a "Kubernetes agent that runs silently in the background as a pod in the production cluster, automatically scanning any image deployed to production in new pods," also monitoring container images stored in Docker Hub, Amazon ECR, Azure Container Registry, and JFrog Artifactory.

Datadog Goes Full Stack with Frontend Web Tester Madumbo Acquisition

Infrastructure and application monitoring service Datadog has acquired the AI-powered website-testing tool Madumbo in a move that Madumbo CEO Gabriel-James Safar explains as the first step in expanding Datadog’s full-stack monitoring capabilities. Datadog’s acquisition of Madumbo will be its third, with the last coming in 2017 when the company snapped up another French company, log-management company

Party On

The new frontier of chaos testing will be with simulation, explained Netflix’s Vasanth Asokan during the O’Reilly Software Architecture conference.

Independent Robert Lefkowitz rails against building up too much technology debt in your systems, at the O’Reilly Software Architecture conference in New York last week.

Want to make your software faster and better? Then you need to get dynamic control over your development and release processes. Launch Darkly’s Trajectory conference will get you started down this path, through training and industry-leading speakers, such as AWS’ Adrian Cockcroft, Microsoft’s Cindy Alvarez and LaunchDarkly experts Edith Harbaugh and John Kodumal. Register now!
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