Author Archives: Derek Weeks

About Derek Weeks

In 2015, I led the largest and most comprehensive analysis of software supply chain practices to date across 160,000 development organizations. I am a huge advocate of applying proven supply chain management principles into DevOps practices to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and sustain long-lasting competitive advantages. As a 20+ year veteran of the software industry, I have advised leading businesses on IT performance improvement practices covering continuous delivery, business process management, systems and network operations, service management, capacity planning and storage management. As the VP and DevOps Advocate for Sonatype, I am passionate about changing the way people think about software supply chains and improving public safety through improved software integrity. Follow me here @weekstweets, find me here www.linkedin.com/in/derekeweeks, and read me here http://blog.sonatype.com/author/weeks/.

The Cost to DevOps: 27 Mufflers


July 16, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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Imagine that you are designing the 2016 Range Rover line of sport utility vehicles. Like all gas powered vehicles, each one needs an exhaust muffler. Range Rover likely has narrowed in on a preferred provider of mufflers. But imagine what would happen if the designers and factory line workers could pick from any one of 27 past versions of that muffler from their preferred provider for the new model year.

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Rework is Choking Software (2015 State of the Software Supply Chain Report)


June 23, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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“Software may be eating the world, but rework is choking software”, tweeted John Jeremiah (@j_jeremiah). To shed more light on what is choking software, new data was released last week in the 2015 State of the Software Supply Chain Report.

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Better and Fewer Suppliers (2015 Software Supply Chain Report)


June 17, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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Today I want to focus on the huge ecosystem of open source projects (“suppliers”) that feed a steady stream of innovative components into our software supply chains. In the Java ecosystem alone, there are now over 108,000 suppliers of open source components. Across all component types available to developers (e.g., RubyGems, NuGet, npm, Bower, PyPI, etc.), estimates now reach over 650,000 suppliers of open source projects.

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The 2015 State of the Software Supply Chain Report


June 11, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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In April of this year, I embarked on a six-week journey diving deep into an analysis of the world’s software supply chains. I evaluated the practices of 106,000 organizations, the 100,000+ suppliers they relied on, and the billions of software components that fueled their agile, continuous delivery and DevOps practices.

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DevOps Leadership Series: Gov Does DevOps


May 27, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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This past week, I had the opportunity to catch up with some more industry thought leaders at the DevOpsDays DC event in our nation’s capital. This was the first major DevOps Days event to feature a large audience of government participants. It was an awesome event and is certainly going to be on my must-attend list for next year.

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DevOps Leadership Series: Monitoring Containers and Microservices


May 19, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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Trevor Parsons (@trevparsons) is a Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Logentries, a leading SaaS-delivered log management and analytics service. I caught up with Trevor at the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara and asked him what themes were resonating with attendees this year.

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DevOps Leadership Series: Security at Velocity [Video]


May 12, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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If it does not fit, it does not get done. For many DevOps practices, application security falls into the “does not get done” bucket. That’s because for many DevOps-centric organizations, application security has historically be done somewhere else, by someone else, who is slow.

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DevOps Leadership Series: Software Supply Chains [Video]


May 5, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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Another theme that arose often during our recent “DevOps: Wine-ing, Not Whining” event was the importance of software supply chains. Every software development organization has a software supply chain, and DevOps leaders are now applying principles from lean manufacturing, Deming, and Toyota supply chain management to improve their operations.

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DevOps Leadership Series 2015


May 1, 2015 By
Derek Weeks
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We recently hosted the 2nd annual “DevOps: Wine-ing, Not Whining” event in San Francisco to bring together a number of thought leaders and leading practitioners in the DevOps field. We traded stories from the trenches, formed new insights, and offered visions of the future.

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