Winning at Tennis and Business

Watching Wimbledon 2018 last month was thrilling. Seeing the tennis world's best players give it their all, and push one another to the limits of human strength, agility and endurance is always captivating. Watching Novak Djokovic outlast Rafael Nadal to win after five sets over two nights was my personal highlight. One can merely imagine the countless hours of practice and drilling it took to achieve that level of mastery.

In business, the win isn’t always so crystal clear. From the executive suite, the demand on application teams and DevOps is to deliver faster, with higher quality. That’s the win. To achieve that win, the prevailing approach is to drill, practice and master the fundamentals of agile delivery.

At the heart of agile delivery, DevOps’ promise is “speed to value” for organizations. There’s a lot of discussion swirling about how to measure the ROI. In speaking with enterprise prospects and customers, it’s clear that while it would be awesome to have a sophisticated model to measure the ROI of DevOps tools and resources, most teams are seeking foundational progress.

1. “Our deployment process is chaotic and not repeatable.”

We see handcrafted deployment processes in many businesses. Using Cloud Application Manager, teams can automate application deployment to any cloud. The immediate and measurable benefits are: increased deployments and reduced number of failed builds through the use of reusable, standardized components and services. Over time, the box model of Cloud Application Manager provides consistency and reusability for DevOps that leads to increased efficiency. In the short-term, most teams are grateful for the increased visibility that dev and ops teams get from having the Cloud Application Manager delivery and management structure.

2. “It takes us weeks to get infrastructure to test our code.”

With Cloud Application Manager, DevOps can build a self-service catalog of infrastructure and related deployment data, enabling developers to self-serve and deploy in minutes. Developers need immediate access to infrastructure to test and debug code. Many companies have a ticketing process for requests which are then addressed in weeks, not minutes or even days. Our customers measure the number of daily commits and have seen massive uptake in the ability of teams to deliver code faster.

3. “It takes us weeks to recreate in production what the development team created.”

By encapsulating the knowledge for application delivery in a self-service catalog of standardized components, IT Ops can reduce support of individual developers and give them access to consistent environments. The beauty is that the self-service catalog enables ops to enforce policies and compliance, while reducing incoming support tickets and accelerating development. Again, weeks for provisioning becomes minutes. Our customers see a 30X increase in developer instance creation, while Ops has control over the environments giving access and freedom to developers.

4. "We're stretched thin managing our cloud resources, which diverts our resources from other critical development efforts."

Cloud Application Manager offers two levels of support: Platform Advisory Support and Managed Services Anywhere. Platform Advisory is an enterprise-grade baseline support package where customers receive a designated Technical Account Manager to provide recommendations around best practices and platform triage to help them get the most out of the platform. If you upgrade to Managed Services Anywhere, it includes includes monitoring, patching and remote administration via automation by certified IT professionals for any cloud environment. This is a premium service, but the cost benefits to your organization can be made immediately clear, as it eliminates the need for support personnel and delivers improved speed and efficiency. This frees your team up to focus on delivering business-differentiating value.

5. "We are losing money on unused cloud resources."

IT sprawl is an increasing concern for many organizations. How does any organization know which cloud services are being used by different development teams and departments? How can you determine which services are actually delivering the most value? More importantly, how does the cost of these services map to revenue-generating activities? Cloud Application Manager is a powerful tool in managing this conundrum and answering these questions, which gives you clear visibility into how to cut costs and maximize your spend.

With every company we meet, we see similar challenges implementing and measuring the ROI of DevOps. Our approach is to ensure that the foundational elements of agile application delivery are put in place. Over time, we guide our customers on their journey to full continuous integration and continuous delivery and help them build more sophisticated models of measurement.

Depending on where your company is on this journey, Cloud Application Manager can help scale your application delivery process and achieve measurable results. Along the way, we promise to teach you a hat trick or two.

Want to Learn More About Cloud Application Manager?

Cloud Application Manager is a powerful, scalable platform for deploying applications into production across any cloud infrastructure – private, public or hosted. It provides interactive visualization to automate application provisioning, including configuration, deployment, scaling, updating and migration of applications in real-time. Offering two approaches to cloud orchestration — Cloud Application Manager — enterprise IT and developers alike can benefit from multi-cloud flexibility.

Visit the Cloud Application Manager product page to learn more.