Development & Operations–Bridging the Gap

Last month I represented Improving Enterprises (a Microsoft partner) as a speaker at the Microsoft Visual Studio Launch event in Columbus, OH. I spoke on the topic of what is commonly called DevOps. It could be described in one sense as the need within software development to maintain an effective relationship between the software-building phase of a project, and the push-to-production phase.

If you’ve been in the software development game long enough, you’ll appreciate how challenging it can sometimes be for all parties on a project team to interact efficiently and effectively. Many times the developers code software without taking into account the Production-specific issues that the Operations team will have to deal with when trying to deploy the code. And sometimes the Operations team struggles to find qualitative ways of communicating bugs and other issues back to the Development team.

Fortunately, there are many tools today to help make this process much more productive. When Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server are combined with System Center 2012 Operations Manager, the software project team can finally begin to experience the kind of streamlined and effective application lifecycle management processes that we’ve been needing all these years.

Learn more about these tools using the links above. Also, my slide deck from my presentation can be found below, or on Slideshare:

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