The Record Issue 10: Autumn 2018

35 Remember, DevOps is the goal, not just Ops Don’t improve operations at the expense of development, says Redgate Software’s Mary Robbins Over the last decade, the vision of how enterprises work with and use technology has changed. It’s thanks to the introduction of DevOps – which, as the word suggests, brings development and operations together so that they have one goal: to enable the business. The cooperation and collaboration which DevOps encourages breaks down walls, stops siloes and streamlines workflows. It’s an important point to remember because new technologies like the IoT, big data and the cloud offer enterprises more opportunities to enhance their operations. It shouldn’t, however, come at the cost of moving from DevOps to Dev and Ops. You may think of moving your on-premises SQL Server database to the Microsoft Azure cloud, for example, which is a viable proposition because the recent public preview of Azure SQL Database Managed Instance provides near 100% compatibility. This is an operations move, but the questions enterprises should be asking go beyond operational concerns. How will it affect the daily workflows of developers, for example? Will they still be able to access copies of the production database for use in development and test environments? Who will be responsible? What processes will need to change? Ask – and get the answers to – every question you can think of so that the promises new technologies offer to operations don’t come at the cost of harming development. Mary Robbins is DevOps product marketing manager at Redgate Software No-code tools for digital transformation All employees can help drive change, not just those with technical skills, says Osvaldo Sousa of Kianda Technologies Despite all the available modern technologies, innovations and mobile solutions, enterprises still seem to be somehow in catch-up mode when it comes to digital transformation. Modern enterprises have common objectives, aiming to improve productivity and collaboration. They can only succeed when they manage to incorporate new technologies into their business operations and – most importantly – company cultures. In that sense, effective change management is the key to cultural adoption. Today there are several options available that can aid the creation of a digital business process. The core issue most businesses face is usually the lack of agility or control of their solutions. This is especially the case given that business processes often require expensive and dedicated resources to change or adapt them as the market changes. No-code platforms, which focus on digital business processes and empower the people who actually manage them, have a greater chance of reducing friction during the implementation of a digital transformation strategy. At Kianda, we are focusing on building a platform that enables people to implement and maintain digital business processes. Our vision is to put people in the driving seat of digital transformation and automation, whether or not they have technical skills. Osvaldo Sousa is CEO/Founder at Kianda Technologies