Major new study reveals the true ROI of database DevOps

DevOps is moving into the mainstream, and the database is now being included, but what holds many C-level executives back is the thorny issue of calculating the Return on Investment. They need to know that a change to the software development process as well as the tooling used will deliver tangible results.

To directly address this concern, Redgate Software today launched a new research study that reveals the benefits different stakeholders can expect from DevOps, and provides a powerful methodology for calculating the ROI of introducing DevOps for the database.

Highlighting the real benefits
The first part of the new ROI of Database DevOps research whitepaper is based on a study by highly experienced IT Director David Linwood, who undertook an MSc research project to discover the key success factors of DevOps. Over a six month period, he compiled a list of the most cited DevOps metrics and then compared them with the views of IT professionals who practice DevOps.

The results offer a fascinating insight, and the top seven benefits of DevOps that emerged are headlined by the faster speed and lower cost of releases, improved operational support and fixes, and a quicker time to market. He then added another aspect to his research by looking at the benefits from the perspective of the different stakeholders – the CEO, CIO and IT Manager.

As David Linwood says: “The only way to get a real understanding of the benefits of DevOps is to look at it through the lenses of those involved. CEOs, for example, are concerned about lower costs and higher revenues. CIOs, on the other hand, are more interested in cross-team collaboration. For IT Managers, higher performance and a reduction in defects are the major focus.”

The whitepaper shows the top seven benefits of DevOps – and then highlights how these and 17 further benefits are ranked by CEOs, CIOs, and IT Managers. Readers can thus understand how the appeal of, and success to be gained from, DevOps is viewed by the different audiences.

Calculating the real ROI
The second part of the research goes into the numbers – the $ savings that can be realized by adopting elements of DevOps for the database. The ROI of DevOps for applications has been widely discussed, but the database cannot be left behind, particularly when tooling has emerged that integrates with, and works alongside, the infrastructure already in place for applications.

Without a directly measurable monetary return that goes beyond a benefit like a faster time to market, however, the value of introducing DevOps for the database can still be questioned.

Using widely accepted industry figures, the method of calculating the cost of software development, together with the cost of introducing new DevOps processes and tools, is shown. With these figures to hand, the whitepaper then illustrates how the savings to be gained and the resultant ROI can be calculated.

To demonstrate the validity of the methodology, three real-world examples of introducing DevOps to different elements of the database development process are outlined. In database provisioning, continuous integration & automated deployment, and performance monitoring, substantial ROI figures emerge that demonstrate why DevOps for the database is now a business imperative.

Importantly, because the methodology is open and transparent, it can be used as a blueprint for any company or organization to calculate their own ROI.

As Kate Duggan, Redgate Marketing Manager, comments: “This whitepaper is an important step forward in validating DevOps for the database. DevOps for applications has already moved from the backroom to the boardroom. Including the database is the next natural step, and CEOs, CIOs, and IT Managers can now see the benefits of adopting it, and the ROI that justifies it.”

To download a copy of The ROI of Database DevOps Whitepaper, visit https://www.red-gate.com/solutions/database-devops/entrypage/db-devops-roi

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About Redgate Software
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by more than 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day, and help them to adopt database DevOps. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use products in the Redgate SQL Toolbelt, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.

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Interop testing event in South Korea to boost IoT growth

Event will focus on increasing widespread IoT adoption through standardisation and interoperability testing

Pangyo, South Korea, 21 November 2017: Further steps to increase global adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will be taken by leading industry players when oneM2M, the global IoT standards initiative, hosts its fifth interoperability event.

The event will be held from 4-8 December 2017 in Pangyo, South Korea. This location provides the perfect backdrop especially considering that South Korea tops IDC’s Asia/Pacific’s 2017 IoT Readiness Index. The same report forecasts the Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) loT market will grow to be worth $565.5 billion in 2020.

Hosted by founding members of oneM2M, the TTA and ETSI, and supported by the European Commission and the Ministry of Science and ICT of the Republic of Korea, Interop 5 will give organisations implementing the oneM2M standard the opportunity to test their products’ interoperability and check end-to-end functionality via oneM2M interfaces.

“South Korea is advanced in its IoT deployments and Interop 5 will ensure vendors in the country and across the globe are looking at the bigger picture of making sure deployments are interoperable and scalable,” said Dr. JaeSeung Song, of Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), Chairman of oneM2M’s Test Working Group. “Through events such as these, companies can make sure their products fit into this overall aim and learn valuable lessons about best practices when it comes to implementing IoT technologies. The last oneM2M interop event brought together 13 companies and we are sure Interop 5 will be just as successful as the IoT continues to advance.”

Interoperability testing at Interop 5 will be based on the latest oneM2M Release 1 and Release 2 specifications. The event is free to attend and will be open to both members and non-members of oneM2M. Participants are also invited to run Conformance Testing to help them debug their products, as specified in oneM2M’s TS-0018 and TS-0019 and TS-0028 and TS-0029.

In addition, validation of developed test cases and testing systems will be performed at the oneM2M Interop 5. Participants can also enjoy the first semantic interoperability testing, which will open up new opportunities for intelligent oneM2M services.

Any companies interested in participating should register to attend before Friday, 24 November at: http://www.etsi.org/news-events/events/1211-onem2m-interop-5.

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About oneM2M
oneM2M is the global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world’s preeminent standards development organisations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (U.S.), CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (U.S.), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), together with six industry fora or consortia (Broadband Forum, CEN, CENELEC, GlobalPlatform, OMA) and over 200 member organisations. oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety, and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed support their specific needs. For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see: www.onem2m.org.

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ProLabs launch high-performance NBase-T copper compatible transceiver

The IEEE 802.3bz compliant transceiver is specifically designed for speeds of 2.5G and 5G

South Cerney, UK, November 20 2017 – Leading provider of compatible optical networking infrastructure, ProLabs, has introduced its latest development to the world of transceivers with its new high-speed SFP- NBase-T transceiver.

Ideal for bi-directional communication over copper cable, the NBase-T transceiver module is a high-performance integrated duplex data link, with the ability to support 2.5G transfer speeds at cable lengths of up to 100M using Cat5e cabling and 5G using Cat 6 Cabling.

“More than 90% of structured cabling installed between 2003-2014 (approximately 70 billion meters) has been CAT5/6, with current technologies’ throughput on these cable types limited to 1Gbps. This will be a bottleneck to delivering bandwidth available from end points such as 802.11ac that have the capability to deliver greater than 1.3 Gbps with Wave 1 and greater than 2.3 Gbps with emerging Wave 2 products,” said Tony Lefebvre, VP Products & Marketing at ProLabs.

“Rather than incur the time and expense of replacing existing plant with CAT6A/7 or fiber, the NBase-T transceiver solution from ProLabs enables customers to use existing SFP+ port on their network equipment and connect over existing CAT5/6, delivering 2.5/5Gbps throughput. With the NBASE-T transceiver solution, customers can greatly increase their time-to-service and defer costly re-cabling.”

With the advent of 802.11ac with Wave 2 Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) products delivering greater than 2.3 Gbps, customers need to address the backhaul connectivity which in the case of CAT5/6 is limited to 1Gbps with current technologies. When replacing existing previous generation AP’s, the NBASE-T transceiver enables customers to keep their CAT5/6 infrastructure intact while delivering the throughput required by the newly added 802.11ac AP.

HD CCTV and high-performance computing also benefit from NBase-T’s greater throughput, allowing these and other bandwidth hungry applications to run at a higher rate over existing infrastructure, not only improving end user quality of experience but deferring costly cabling infrastructure replacement programs.

The IEEE-802.3bz/NBase-T transceiver is SFF-8431 and SF-8432 MSA compliant with low power consumption and EMI emissions. It also features MDI/MDIX crossover with unshielded and shielded cable support, multiple loopback modes for testing and troubleshooting, built-in cable monitoring and link diagnostic features, and robust die cast housing.

For more information on the NBase-T and other ProLabs products, please visit www.ProLabs.com.

About ProLabs
ProLabs is committed to transforming network connectivity. As a leading global provider of compatible optical network solutions, the company offers an extensive range of high-quality products including optical and copper transceivers; direct attach cables, media converters, active optical cables, and fibre cabling. With an unrelenting commitment to quality, service and support, ProLabs is the only mid-tier provider offering customisation and lifetime product warranties. The company’s global headquarters are located in Cirencester, UK, with offices in Minneapolis, MN USA and San Francisco, CA USA. For more information visit www.ProLabs.com.

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Italtel Introduces Open Innovation Program

New innovation model encourages industry partnerships to enable next-generation technologies

Milan, Italy, November 20, 2017 – Italtel, a leading telecommunications company in IT system integration, managed services, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and all-IP solutions, has launched an Open Innovation program, which will see it collaborate with start-ups and new businesses to leverage emerging technologies for applications such as Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Digital Healthcare.

The program will see Italtel collaborate with start-ups and smaller enterprises to develop and test their solutions, with the goal of jointly commercializing them. It will initially focus on the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and cybersecurity technologies.

“Italy has a rich entrepreneurial fabric which stimulates creativity and innovative ideas, but start-ups and small businesses are often limited in what assets they have to develop these ideas further,” said Luca Ferraris, Head of Strategy, Innovation & Collaboration, at Italtel. “This is why this program is so important; it provides an innovation network and an opportunity to collaborate which is not limited to the laboratory.”

The use of physical spaces, test plants and IT resources are among the resources Italtel can offer to program participants in Settimo Milanese and Carini (Palermo). In exchange for this support, Italtel will be able to utilize the technologies and applications created under the program and quickly bring them to market.

Since the launch of the program six-months ago, 60 participating companies have already received appraisal for their ground-breaking work, leading to new opportunities in Industry 4.0.

“The scheme is a great opportunity for our partners to receive support in overcoming key industry hurdles frequently faced when launching new products and to have a platform which enables them to reach global markets,” added Ferraris.

For more details about Italtel’s Open Innovation program, including how to join, visit: http://www.italtel.com/it/open-innovation/

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Italtel designs and provides All IP communication solutions; Managed Services; IT System Integration Services; Network Integration and Migration activities. Italtel counts among its customers more than 40 of the world’s top TLC Operators and SPs. Italtel is present in several countries including France, UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia. www.italtel.com

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Flexera’s New Software Monetisation Release Focuses on Customer Growth, Driving Speed and Agility for Suppliers Moving to SaaS and Subscription

Software Adoption, Renewals and Consumption Insight Enables Software, SaaS and IoT Growth

Maidenhead – Nov. 15, 2017 – Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today unveiled a new Software Monetisation module empowering software suppliers to strategically grow their software business. FlexNet Customer Growth helps software suppliers truly assess if their customers are getting value from their products and forecast renewals more accurately – all in a personalised, graphical dashboard.

Per Gartner’s Disruption in Software Business Models Creates New Opportunities for Monetisation report, “Technology strategic planners will find next-generation software monetisation is not about protection, limited to IP licensing, but about growth from enabling new models with repeatable revenue streams.”[1]

Flexera’s Software Monetisation platform is alone in delivering on this new, strategic vision. “Today’s software suppliers constantly have to stay close to customers, and really understand how much value they’re getting from their software. Otherwise they won’t know about upsell opportunities or they’ll react too late when subscription renewals are at risk,” said Matthew Dunkley, Strategy and Product Management Director at Flexera. “Having immediate access to customer health, consumption and renewal data empowers suppliers to grow their software or IoT business more strategically.”

FlexNet Customer Growth delivers analyses based on accurate entitlement and consumption data – using a single, centralised customer view for all software products. With the click of a button, suppliers can identify customers that are getting full value from their software. It also provides insight into customers that might need support because they’re not using the software they purchased as extensively as the supplier would hope.

Realising a Successful Subscription Business
A thriving subscription business relies on high adoption and renewal rates. The insight provided by FlexNet Customer Growth enables account managers, renewal managers and customer success teams to engage with their customers at the right time – and in the right way. “Quite simply, suppliers don’t have to guess anymore when it comes to whether and how customers are using their software,” continued Matthew Dunkley. “They can use dynamic data and trendlines to paint a crystal-clear picture for the health of their software and renewals business.”

Driving the Move to SaaS
Flexera’s enhanced functionality also makes it easier for software suppliers and IoT companies to transition to SaaS without disrupting their existing software business. “Most software suppliers have different offerings, using diverse deployment and monetisation models to fulfill customer needs,” continued Dunkley. “But, by operating different products in silos, suppliers put their business at risk. To be successful they will need a central customer overview – for all products a customer is using.”

Flexera’s Software Monetisation platform enables suppliers to manage their SaaS, on-premises and embedded applications in one central monetisation back-office. SaaS suppliers can make it easy for their customers to manage users, use rights and access to premium features directly in a SaaS app — providing an instant in-app-experience.

“Flexera’s approach provides a single source of truth that supports the new and more strategic role of Software Monetisation,” added Matthew Dunkley. “It empowers software suppliers to deepen the customer relationship, drive recurring revenue and grow their software business based on valuable data and insight.”

[1] Gartner, “Disruption in Software Business Models Creates New Opportunities for Monetisation,” Laurie F. Wurster, Robert P. Anderson, 17 February 2017.

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Flexera is reimagining the way software is bought, sold, managed and secured. We view the software industry as a supply chain, and make the business of buying and selling software and technology asset data more profitable, secure, and effective. Our Monetisation and Security solutions help software sellers transform their business models, grow recurring revenues and minimise open source risk. Our Vulnerability and Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions strip waste and unpredictability out of procuring software, helping companies buy only the software and cloud services they need, manage what they have, and reduce compliance and security risk. Powering these solutions and the entire software supply chain, Flexera has built the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of market intelligence on technology assets. In business for 30+ years, our 1200+ employees are passionate about helping our 80,000+ customers generate millions in ROI every year. Visit us at www.flexera.com.

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XGS-PON interoperability advances after second Plugfest

LAN-hosted event in Tauxigny, France, brought together 13 companies

Tauxigny, France, November 13, 2017: Leading industry names from across the globe came together to accelerate the development of PON technology at the second XGS-PON Interoperability Plugfest.

XGS-PON is based on the ITU-T’s latest Recommendation (ITU-T G.9807.1), providing a symmetrical 10Gbit/s capability over a fiber infrastructure that can co-exist with legacy 2.5Gbit/s G-PON.

Organized by Laboratoire des Applications Numériques (LAN), in collaboration with the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group and the Broadband Forum, this year’s Plugfest focused on interoperability between XGS-PON Optical Line Terminations and Optical Network Units (ONUs), as well as the coexistence between various PON technologies, including G-PON and NG-PON2. Participating companies included ADTRAN, Broadcom, Calix, CommScope, Econet, Huawei, Intel, MT2, Nokia, Sagemcom, TiBit Communications and ZTE.

“Since we held the first Plugfest last year, momentum around PON has been growing and this second event underpins the wider activities being carried out,” said Thierry Doligez, Director of LAN. “The industry is very much working together to ensure that when it comes to deploying PON technologies, operators have a wide choice of interoperable solutions and can deploy the technology cost-effectively.”

All equipment vendors, FSAN and Broadband Forum members were able to improve the interoperability of their products by testing them against other solutions presented during the event. This was to the major satisfaction of the supporting operator members of these organizations, among which was Orange as a contributor to the test plan.

“Efficient interoperability testing and its next step ONU certification process is essential to Orange before envisioning any significant deployment of a technology generation,” said Christian Gacon, Director of Wireline Network and Infrastructure at Orange Labs. “XG(S)-PON test events prove the basic standards sanity check and enable the next step consisting in common technical specifications amongst major operators worldwide to focus the industry towards a bulk first market for the technology.”

For the Broadband Forum, the Plugfests are an extension of its PON interoperability activities, which include the BBF.247 G-PON and XG-PON1 ONU Certification program, which is being extended to include XGS-PON and NG-PON2.

“The latest Plugfest further extended our work in the field of PON interoperability, addressing the need to secure both maturity of the ITU-T Recommendations and provide a migration path to operators,” said Robin Mersh, Broadband Forum CEO. “The large number of engineers this Plugfest attracted, from an impressive breadth of companies, highlights that collaboration and standardization is incredibly important for the broadband industry as we move towards the next generation of fiber access.”

For more information on the Broadband Forum’s testing and certification, visit the Broadband Forum website at www.broadband-forum.org.

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About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks. Our work defines best practices for global networks, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology migration strategies, engineers critical device & service management tools, and is key to redefining broadband. Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at www.broadband-forum.org.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to http://www.broadband-forum.org or follow @Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information, please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 or brian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Brooks on +44 (0) 1636 704 888 or jayne.brooks@proactive-pr.com.

About the Full Service Access Network (FSAN)
The Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group is a forum for the world’s leading telecommunications services providers, independent test labs, and equipment suppliers to work towards a common goal of advancing broadband fiber access networks. The Mission of FSAN is to drive existing standards into services and products in the industry, while simultaneously advancing its own specifications into the appropriate standard bodies. FSAN currently has more than 70 member organisations, including more than 20 Network Operators, that represent the leading experts in Broadband PON (B-PON), Gigabit PON (G-PON), 10 Gigabit PON (XG-PON and XGS-PON), and Next Generation PON (NG-PON2) technologies.

For more information, please visit www.fsan.org

About LAN (Laboratoire des Applications Numériques)
Subsidiary of the HF Company Group, the Laboratoire des Applications Numériques, located in France, is a unique private facility that operates as a third-party testing laboratory. It encompasses specialized resources and capabilities on the cutting edge of technology to perform a wide range of test services which revolve around compliance, interoperability, and coexistence of communication devices. LAN’s team includes passionate PhDs, engineers, and technicians who focus on advanced technologies for communication networks especially DSL, G-PON, and PLC. Since its creation in 2001, LAN’s purpose remains to facilitate the development of markets in three main fields, Access networks, Home area networks, and Smart grids. LAN has been selected and is accredited by major international organizations and alliances to develop and to maintain test and certification programs which help the industry for the growth of high quality mass markets based on standardized technologies.

For more information, please visit www.lanpark.eu or follow @Laboratoire_LAN on Twitter.

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