Within Accenture we've been quietly practicing many of the principles of DevOps for years (well before there was an industry recognized term to describe it). When I joined Accenture, working as a SysAdmin (Solaris) on my first project, I was already supporting a very industrialized delivery approach—automated build process, automated deployment, code generation, nightly regression suite, automated performance test…and that was in 1997.
Today Accenture's DevOps practice is almost 1,000 people; with more than 2,000 people collaborating in the DevOps community of practice. Yet, only a few clients outside of the digital space are ready for intra-day production deployments for their enterprise systems. So there is a lot of opportunity to help large enterprises transition towards DevOps and make it the default delivery approach. When it comes to applying DevOps practices to the large enterprise, Accenture has some valuable experience and knowledge capital to contribute to the DevOps community, which we hope to do through this blog.
As Accenture's DevOps lead, I have worked side-by-side with the authors of this blog—key practitioners respected within Accenture for their technology and thought leadership in DevOps and related topics. I've also invited a number of guest bloggers from other areas of our business with a passion and valuable perspective for DevOps and other Lean IT delivery principles.
I look forward to hearing your ideas too on this forum. Enough with quiet—let's turn up the volume on DevOps.