As part of a new series we’re calling ‘Real World Experiences’ we’ll be highlighting how Sonatype customers are benefiting from greater development efficiency, higher productivity levels, faster time to market and better quality software, all while being more secure. We kick off the series covering Blackboard, the world’s leading education technology company.
Paul is not part of our development team, he doesn’t want to be, and he certainly does not slow them down. But with that said, Paul knows how to work at DevOps speed. He knows legal reviews need to happen at the speed of development on every component, every build, and every release. How much time does Paul spend reviewing open source and third-party software components in the software we are building? Almost none. Yup. That is because we have automated him.
There are numerous examples of reference architectures available, and each of them vary in levels of detail, tools highlighted, and processes followed. Yet, there is a constant theme among the tool sets: Jenkins, Maven, Nexus, Subversion, Git, Docker, Puppet/Chef, Rundeck, and Sonar seem to show up time and again.
How does Sonatype use Nexus to support our development efforts? Well, our development team is about to tell you. In fact, they a planning to give a virtual tour of our factory floor (e.g., tool chain) while discussing their own best practices for agile software development across a geographically distributed team. They will also spend time discussing their use of Nexus, Bamboo, JIRA, HipChat, AWS, Ansible and other solutions to streamline our development efforts, improve the quality of our builds while reducing rework, and speed time to market for new releases.
Sonatype now provides native Atlassian Bamboo support to improve the quality of your build outputs. Sonatype provides instant analysis of open source components used in every Bamboo build and alerts development teams to any quality, license, or security issues identified. By catching the issues during CI builds, development teams can quickly address open source policy violations early and can avoid unplanned rework.
Active Nexus instances have grown 100% within the past 18 months. Just awesome. And, YOU, our user community made it happen. As of today, we surpassed the milestone of 50,000 active Nexus installs! Thank you.
With well over 17 billion open source components downloaded from public repositories in 2014, it is clear that more software development organizations are assembling software from component building blocks. In fact, Gartner reports that by 2016 the vast majority of mainstream IT organizations will leverage open source software (OSS) components in mission-critical IT solutions. This massive reliance on open source components has created new challenges for managing the speed, cost, and risks of continuous delivery in today’s software development efforts.
As we looked back at what our readers found most intriguing in the past year, we found one central theme: managing their software supply chain. Our readers wanted to know in a continuous world, where speed and quality often compete how can they develop software faster while becoming more profitable ensuring quality and managing risk.
I’m sure you saw it too. During the Super Bowl, Chevy Trucks announced that they were adding 4G LTE wi-fi. How cool. I want that (and so would my kids). I can only imagine the possibilities. But, this is not all about my needs. Chevy and every other vehicle maker wants this too. And not for the reasons that you might first consider. Quickly, let me introduce you to the recalls of today..
Recently at Microsoft’s TechEd in Europe, Marcel de Vries, Visual Studio ALM MVP and CTO Xpirit, wowed the audience when presenting a talk on how to accelerate continuous delivery by improving NuGet component management.