John Rauser is the IT Manager at Tasktop Technologies. He is active in several communities, serving on the boards of the Project Management Institute, Canadian West Coast Chapter as VP Operations, and the Vancouver Maker Foundation as Director of Sponsorship. John has a passion for cultural and management issues in technology, and loves to read about and discuss business management strategy. You can find John on Twitter at @jrause and on LinkedIN at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jrause/

No Tool Is An Island: How We Dogfood Tasktop to Build DevOps into our Business

As an organization becomes more complex, we find an increasing degree of specialization in functions and roles. These bring the depth of knowledge and expertise required for managing complicated business functions. Along with these specializations comes a need for the domain specific tools that are best suited to the work being performed. To enable our …

Software Defined: The Business Impact of DevOps Automation using Infrastructure as Code

Last week we looked at Infrastructure as Code (IaC), an emerging set of IT automation tools and practices that enable infrastructure management through a software layer. Today we will examine the impact of IaC on the business, using a “software-defined” lens to understand how this technology is a driver of change and transformation in the …

Software-Defined: DevOps Automation using Infrastructure as Code

How Infrastructure as Code is used to automate operations in software delivery, allowing a shift from ITSM to DevOps.  In my previous article, we looked at several examples of technologies that have become software-defined, and determined that adoption demands a significant shift in how a business organizes its value stream. We examined at some of the key concepts underscoring software-defined …