blending of "development" and "operations") is gaining traction as a workplace methodology among CIOs as evidence of the benefits proliferates.
We spoke to a selection of IT leaders about how they're using DevOps to support faster and more responsive software development.
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Additional reporting by Laurie Clarke
January 22, 2019
1. Richard Orme - Photobox
Photobox Group CTO Richard Orme pioneered a devops approach within his team.
"We moved to a squad model, which was a really big jump for us to make,"
he told "The idea of a squad model is a squad of people who have very diverse skill sets, who would traditionally either sit in marketing, or software engineering, or testing, or infrastructure, or security, or commercial and pricing. Now, all working on one goal." CIO UK.
"All that they are measured on and supported on is, how do you get to the goal?" Orme said. "That is exciting and scary in equal measure, depending on what you're used to, but I think that creates an environment that allows us to bring the very best talent in."
2. Jean-Michel Arès - BMO Financial Group
BMO Financial Group Chief Technology & Operations Officer Jean-Michel Arès,
spoke to about how new methodologies of working provided the organisation with fuel for revitalisation. CIO UK
"When we had the smart core and moved to cloud, Agile and DevOps, we built the platform for innovation," he said.
This mode of working is one of the ways the organisation is future proofing.
"There are many things on the horizon," Arès said. "What happened in the last 10 years is profound change, and probably more change than the industry had seen in several decades.
"My humble opinion is that the next 5-10 years is going to be even faster, and more profound: it's a function of the evolution of technology and the number of bright, talented people working on this thing. I think it's inevitable."
7. Fin Goulding - Aviva International
Aviva International CIO Fin Goulding has been exploring ways of working and cultural transformation in his efforts to modernise a multinational giant in the centuries-old insurance sector.
To find out how DevOps can benefit the business, he regularly attends a Meetup that explores the subject.
"As a CIO you spend a lot of time at the other end of the scale in terms of interacting with business, doing financial analysis, and getting your hands less dirty than you used to do in the past as a technical person," he
told . CIO UK
"I think it's important that you go out there and do these things. I go to a lot of meetups; there's an Amazon Web Services one and a blockchain one, a DevOps one and lean agile one I go to. That's how I learn, I'm constantly learning through those - it's my profession and that's the way I look at it."