Top Weekly Reads in IT I&O
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It’s Friday, and a holiday (of sorts) heading into a long weekend (for some). We’re going to start with something light, and then get a little heavier. If you like what you read here, please do share with your colleagues and pals!
Share the love...of work. You may not care for the Hallmark holiday of Valentine’s Day, but why not celebrate all sorts of love on this day? Let’s start with work, where great things can happen with the right attitude. We polled the good folks here at OpsRamp, to share what they love about their jobs:
DevOps warts. We do DevOps here at OpsRamp and you probably do as well. But as with any major movement, there are notable problems. One is security. Infosecurity magazine reported that 12,000 Jenkins servers were recently exposed to denial of service (DoS) attacks. Enter DevSecOps, which is a fancy way of saying that DevOps people need to bake security into their software development processes.
Security Boulevard breaks down the security risks in DevOps, highlighting the many small changes being integrated all the time in builds, combined with the fact that security people are few in number and work too separately from developers. “The idea that security teams can run these tools themselves in production or hold up releases until they can conduct tests is impractical.” This DevOps.com article has some sharp ideas for how to do DevSecOps, including: “use the most recent versions of Docker images and scan them for vulnerabilities, and enable automated testing for security on your code dependencies and core.” It’s worth a read.
To round out the DevOps analysis, check out the 5 DevOps Myths in SD Times. In a nutshell, it’s not just Dev plus Ops: don’t forget about testing and security. It’s not all about tooling either, and merely hiring a DevOps Engineer won’t get everyone on board. In summary, DevOps is about wholesale change and we are still uncovering all the requirements to see tangible results from this new-ish way of developing products and releasing code.
Enterprise tech M&A slows down. The pace of software acquisitions by large companies declined during the last half of 2019, after a “six-year spending spree” in cloud, SaaS and AI categories, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. It’s anyone’s guess why, but global economic turbulence in the last several months likely plays a role here. The Journal, citing data from advisory firm Hampleton Partners, wrote that the full-year total of 1,289 deals was up from 1,241 in 2018 and 1,050 in 2017, and the value of H2 deals was $22 billion. “The most-sought after acquisition targets last year were companies developing tools for enterprise resource planning, office productivity and supply-chain management, among other applications, Hampleton Partners said.” [Side note: despite the prevalence of SaaS, which has re-energized a best-of-breed world in IT, big honkin’ ERP suites are still a category with force. Go figure!]