Digital transformation is a popular buzzword among business leaders, CEOs and senior executives. Everyone, it seems, has a story about the digital transformation project their organization undertook. Far fewer companies, however, can offer examples of successful digital transformation. That’s because only about 14 percent of respondents to a McKinsey Global Survey on digital transformation reported that their efforts made and sustained performance improvement.
As a proud member of Portland’s growing tech scene, EdgeLink enjoys bringing together like-minded area professionals to discuss emerging technologies and their capabilities. On October 15th, EdgeLink was pleased to host a special event for cloud technology professionals featuring Kelsey Hightower, a Principal Developer Advocate at Google working with the Google Cloud Platform. Held at EdgeLink’s downtown Portland headquarters, Mr. Hightower spoke to more than 50 attendees about cloud native technologies and how companies can utilize these platforms to save time and improve their bottom line.
Ten years ago, the process of deploying new software features, fixes, and updates looked much different than it does today. Back then, Development and Operations teams functioned separately, and the lack of cohesion between application and infrastructure methods used by each team created challenges. When companies and IT professionals finally began to address this disconnect Development Operations, more commonly known as DevOps, was born.
In the years since, DevOps has grown rapidly. Companies and organizations across many industries have found that integrating developers with operations teams improves collaboration and productivity. By automating infrastructure and workflows, DevOps teams are able to release new products to markets quickly and continuously measure application performance.
However, with more and more DevOps tasks becoming automated, some members of the tech community believe that DevOps is slowly heading towards extinction. Others though see the future of DevOps as a bright one and point to the positives of automation, improvements in cloud infrastructure implementation, and the rise of cross-functional teams. Let’s break down the current state of these operations and look at what exciting opportunities the future of DevOps holds.
2018 has been an unprecedented year for the tech industry. Multiple disruptive technologies have advanced from game-changing concepts to essential tools for business success. As we round out 2018, let’s take a look back on the most influential technologies and how they’ve impacted the marketplace, as well as what skillsets will be the most valuable going into the new year.
The rapid rise of the gig economy shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, an estimated 34% of the workforce – and 43% by 2020 – is made up of temporary workers. As the competition for gig opportunities heightens, independent contractors need to find ways to maintain their edge. Here are a few basic guidelines to boost your career in the evolving gig economy. Continue reading