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2018 in retrospect: A Year of New Ventures and Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway A lot can happen in 12 months — and we spent all year round listening to our stakeholders and helping them deliver enhanced customer experience! 2018 was a year of grandeur — great accomplishments, new ventures, new connections, and most importantly we were awarded for our efforts. Strengthening our core offerings — DevOps, Application Modernization, and Cloud, our services help businesses achieve digital transformation and business agility. While you will see a lot happening in 2019, we can say proudly that 2018 was a year of learning and new experiences — for our clients and us!
“We have an outstanding core of employees and I have all confidence that we will exceed our 2018 performance significantly in 2019 and beyond.” — Tom Stiling, CEO Go2Group

Get a glimpse of all the action that unfolded in Go2Group in 2018!

Take a look at some of the top posts of 2018!

December My First 60 Days as CEO of Go2Group In October 2018, I decided to accept the job as CEO of Go2Group — going operational again after nearly a decade behind the scenes of various Board of Director rooms across the globe. November DevSecOps – How to Be Swift and Secure While a growing number of organizations continue to implement, expand, and perfect their DevOps game, the focus on speed to market at the expense of security is making them increasingly vulnerable to the risk of cyberthreats and data breaches. The risks of security missteps remain real, immediate, and extremely costly, as demonstrated by the recent HBO hack that led to the leak of two episodes of its widely popular show ‘Game of Thrones’, or the massive security breach at Equifax exposing the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans. It is becoming clear that a secure DevOps process is critical to the business of software creation and launching. Drive Faster Time to Market with synapseRT 9.3 The increase in ALM tools in the market sans test management capabilities has surely upped the need for test management software or tools that can combine flexibility with traceability, usability, and transparency — arming your testers, developers, and QAs to take on any testing challenge. synapseRT is here with its upgraded 9.3 version for Jira, packed with interesting features that enhance traceability, assigning, and tracking — strengthening it as a holistic solution. How Jenkins X Is the Integrated CI/CD Solution for Kubernetes Are you grappling with automating CI/CD for modern, cloud applications? In an ever-evolving technology landscape, you need the perfect assortment of tools, technologies, and practices to achieve the true benefits of DevOps. Cloudbees Jenkins X project is a Kubernetes-native CI/CD platform for developing cloud-native applications. Why Is Kubernetes Ideal for CI/CD and Reinforcing DevOps Goals? In the current scenario, when companies are struggling with setting up their CI/CD pipelines for cloud-based applications, Kubernetes, a powerful open-source platform for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of application containers across hosts, has reinforced DevOps goals and proven to be the ideal solution to CI/CD. It not only improves traditional DevOps processes, including speed, efficiency, and resiliency, but also solves newer problems that comes with containers and microservices-based application architectures. September Go2Group Named “Smartest Partner of the Year” at DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 At last week’s DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 event at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, Go2Group was announced as the “Smartest Partner of the Year.” One of the biggest events on the tech calendar, DevOps World I Jenkins World is a highlight for DevOps practitioners using Jenkins for continuous delivery and is a multi-day event comprised of sessions, workshops, training and other learning opportunities. The Partners of the Year Awards were selected by the CloudBees channel team and presented to CloudBees partners in seven partner categories. Criteria for the awards included: number of customer engagements, a proven expertise in DevOps, and demonstrated delivery of DevOps solutions to mutual customers. The Biggest News From the Product Keynote at Atlassian Summit 2018 Atlassian’s annual developer conference, Atlassian Summit, is currently underway in Barcelona. The event invites agile enthusiasts and passionate Atlassian users to network with industry leaders, share agile development strategies and inspire change. August synapseRT 9.2 Is Here with New Parametrization Feature Parametrization is particularly important in an agile software environment. As your agile organization evolves, testing needs to hit the accelerator and keep pace with an accelerating development lifecycle, while still maintaining a high standard of software quality in order to fulfill customer expectations. With our new synapseRT 9.2 release for Atlassian Jira, we have upped our test execution game with test case parameters. This will allow testers to run the same baselined test case several times with multiple data inputs at runtime specified at the test step level, without having to create duplicate test cases — saving a lot of time! June DevOps: The Key to Speed up Your Digital Transformation Digital transformation has triggered companies to relook at existing business models and their approach to operationalize day-to-day processes. Nowhere is this more evident than software development. To meet the demands of advanced innovation and quicker delivery of new applications and services, IT teams are transitioning to DevOps models that close the gap between development and operations. May Proud partner of a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant As an Atlassian Platinum and Enterprise Solution Partner, Go2Group is proud to share that Atlassian has been named a leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools for the second time. Atlassian’s EAP software products Jira Software and Portfolio for Jira help teams successfully practice agile development and release great software at scale. Five Pitfalls to Avoid When Adopting DevOps Is DevOps implementation easy? The likes of Netflix and Facebook have shown continuous improvement reiterating the technical and business benefits of DevOps — shorter development cycles, increased deployment frequency, and faster time to market. On the other hand, a high percentage of enterprises are still figuring it out — oscillating between short and quick successes and failing to make the big jump to mainstream. April Emerging Trends in Software Testing Through 2018 In this age of digital transformation, testing is more than just a step or phase in the software development life cycle; it is an integral process that runs parallel to development. In the past few years, the testing industry has witnessed significant scaling due to the introduction of advanced technology. With the increasing application of artificial intelligence and automation, there were a few areas that successfully took testing to the next level, such as adoption of DevOps practices, tools, and applications, and test automation for web applications. March Four Factors to Consider While Choosing a Test Management Tool As a tester, developer, or test manager, you must love shopping — specifically for test management tools? But the dilemma is that you have too many options, right? The pressure to vet software to make sure it is market ready is increasingly becoming complex and tricky, and vendors are not making it easy by providing a myriad of multifunctional test management solutions. Have you considered narrowing down your options with simple ‘what can it do for me’ pointers? February A Strategic Partnership with CloudBees® to Bring the Power of DevOps to Businesses Globally Enterprises have a big challenge ahead of them. With experts predicting that DevOps is moving towards mainstream implementation, organizations — including federal agencies — are under tremendous pressure to deliver high-velocity and quality software, increase standardization, and implement best practices. Adopting DevOps practices and utilizing automation technology — which aids businesses with their digital transformation process — are more significant now than ever. January 10 Nifty DevOps Tools in 2018 Let’s face it — no single tool can offer all the capabilities to get you through your DevOps approach. You need to find the right mix of tools, strategies, and teams to suit their workflows and approaches. With 2018 projecting a movement for DevOps into mainstream implementation, this becomes even more relevant. DevOps Goes Mainstream: Top Trends for 2018 DevOps gets a jumpstart in 2018 with predictions of an early mainstream adoption and implementation. Analysts, IT leaders, and DevOps experts declared 2017 as ‘the year of DevOps’ and have predicted some major trends for DevOps in 2018. After digging deep and picking the brains of a few DevOps experts, we believe that DevOps will slowly enter the turf of mainstream adoption but it comes with barriers that may continue to exist through 2020. We can only be prepared for what’s coming! Five Tips to Kick Some Butt in Your DevOps Journey “The key to following the continuous delivery path is to continually question your own assumptions about what’s possible.” — Jeff Sussna The benefits of DevOps are clear — high-performance, faster deployment, and quicker response to crisis. Businesses today are either getting started with DevOps or have it in pockets but find it difficult to scale up to an enterprise-wide implementation. Protect Your Atlassian Suite With Two-Factor Authenticator Are you using old authentication methods that make your account information vulnerable to security threats? Gain control over who can access your Atlassian tools with Go2Group’s Two-Factor Authenticator app for your Atlassian Suite. As we kick off 2019 with aggressive goals and big ambitions, we thank you for making 2018 unforgettable. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Why Is Kubernetes Ideal for CI/CD and Reinforcing DevOps Goals?

In the current scenario, when companies are struggling with setting up their CI/CD pipelines for cloud-based applications, Kubernetes, a powerful open-source platform for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of application containers across hosts, has reinforced DevOps goals and proven to be the ideal solution to CI/CD. It not only improves traditional DevOps processes, including speed, efficiency, and resiliency, but also solves newer problems that comes with containers and micro services-based application architectures. In a quick interview at the DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 event with DevOps.com Managing Editor Charlene O’Hanlon, Mike Maheu, VP – Engineering and Strategy, Go2Group, highlighted the increasing demand and conversations around Kubernetes and containerization, and the requirement of “speedy delivery with precision.” The most common question companies ask today is “how can we configure our applications so that we can do CI/CD with containers?” Mike also points out the challenges many organizations face in adopting DevOps. Here’s an excerpt of the interview. Charlene: Tell us a little about Go2Group and its services Mike: Go2Group has been in business for 13 years. We started out in source control management. We partnered with Atlassian 11 years ago. We basically help medium and small companies to develop software better through best practices and tooling. We strategically partner with companies like CloudBees and others so that we can become experts around tooling. We help companies improve not only with development but also agile — the entire requirements to delivery pipeline. That’s why we are here talking about DevOps. Charlene: Do you get into the trenches with these companies? Mike: We do get into the trenches. We do analysis and assessment to see what kind of services they require; a lot of large companies are fragmented with their tooling. So, we come up with a strategy. Agile has been around for a while and a lot of companies are good at it. But the problem today is that they can’t really deliver code quickly. They can iterate and sprint but can’t deliver code as fast as they iterate and sprint. So we are tightly coupling the DevOps aspect — the delivery part of it — with the rest of the software lifecycle.
The most common question companies ask today is “how can we configure our applications so that we can do CI/CD with containers?” — Mike Maheu, VP – Engineering and Strategy, Go2Group
Charlene: What are the biggest impediments for companies in moving code quickly? Mike: It goes top down. A lot of times there is not a lot of buy-in from the corporate perspective. A lot of the tools come from the bottom and end up with fragmentation. So, there should be a process that couples the actual tooling and what they (companies) are trying to do. Larger companies have multiple software, products, and a lot of different teams. The higher level wants to see across the landscape and they want to make sure that they are able to deliver the changes to their applications. The voices are raised up to the top. And they are struggling with delivering software — when we look at the old school ways of “here’s our application, please deploy in the same environment (sic).” These days I am talking a lot about newer technologies like containerization with Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins Core, and tying things to the cloud. A lot of companies are also wanting to move their on-premise tooling to cloud tooling. Charlene: Are a majority of these applications and development work being moved to the cloud or are they between cloud and on-premises? Mike: Not long ago, larger companies — government and financial — were scared of the cloud. The first step was when some of them got onto Git for their source control management and Atlassian has Bitbucket (sic). People started hosting their code outside their fortress. The first thing that large companies agree to put on their cloud are their Dev tools. Its low risk – the best bet to get speed of delivery when we talk about containerization and the power of the cloud to deliver at scale. It’s a powerful thing! Watch the full interview https://www.go2group.com/resources/videos/ For more information, write to us at marcom@go2group.com

How Jenkins X Is the Integrated CI/CD Solution for Kubernetes

Are you grappling with automating CI/CD for modern, cloud applications? In an ever-evolving technology landscape, you need the perfect assortment of tools, technologies, and practices to achieve the true benefits of DevOps. Cloudbees Jenkins X project is a Kubernetes-native CI/CD platform for developing cloud-native applications. Kubernetes has emerged as the de facto standard for container orchestration. Watch Mike Maheu’s 10-minute talk on “Jenkins X, the Integrated CI/CD Solution for Kubernetes” at DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 to gain insights on how you can quickly setup modern CI/CD pipelines on top of Kubernetes with the set of core applications included with Jenkins X. Mike will take you to a brief tour of the overall vision and abilities of Jenkins X.
Let us know how you liked this talk and if you are interested in finding out more about our CloudBees services or attend a webinar on Jenkins X and Kubernetes. Write to us at marcom@go2group.com. #DevOpsMatters

A Strategic Partnership with CloudBees® to Bring the Power of DevOps to Businesses Globally

Enterprises have a big challenge ahead of them. With experts predicting that DevOps is moving towards mainstream implementation, organizations — including federal agencies — are under tremendous pressure to deliver high-velocity and quality software, increase standardization, and implement best practices. Adopting DevOps practices and utilizing automation technology — which aids businesses with their digital transformation process — are more significant now than ever. Read more

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