Damon Edwards

Damon Edwards
Damon Edwards is a co-founder of Rundeck, Inc. and cares a lot about improving IT operations and how enterprises operate.
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5 Ways a Deployment-Only Focus Puts Your DevOps Efforts at Risk
by Damon Edwards     December 22, 2017 IT Operations

Much of the DevOps conversation within enterprises focuses on getting products deployed quicker. "Deploy, Deploy, Deploy" is a common mantra, but what happens after deployment? How are you going to handle incidents? How are you going to scale? Who is going to do the operational work? How will they keep up as the cadence of deployments accelerates? Falling into the trap of thinking deployment is your finish line can doom your DevOps efforts.

What's a Silo? (and why they ruin everything)
by Damon Edwards     November 29, 2017

If you've seen enough conference presentations, you've likely come across the following image (original photo credit to Doc Searls) along with statements like "Silos are bad" or "Get rid of Silos." Usually, the presenter will then move quickly to another topic. Rarely do we get much analysis on what Silos actually are and why they are so destructive.

New Feature: Edit ACL Policies Directly in the Rundeck GUI (video)
by Damon Edwards     November 27, 2017 Rundeck

Another highly requested feature added! You can now add and edit ACL policy files via the Rundeck GUI. No more needing to jump to the command line. Manipulate policies from your browser without leaving the Rundeck application. Got the syntax wrong? Built-in validation will point you to the error. In this video, Alex Honor gives a tour of the new feature.

The Operations as a Service Guide is Here

Operations as a Service is a design pattern that allows an Operations organization to move faster, be more fexible, and lock things down. 

On the surface, Operations as a Service appears to be a straightforward concept — turn your operations tasks into automated services that can be consumed on-demand (via GUI, command line, or API) by anyone who needs those operations task performed.

However, when you look deeper, you’ll see that a lot goes into making this straightforward vision a reality.

3 Tips for Managers Rolling Out Ansible

“Just fell in love with @Rundeck to let non-ops people run @ansible playbooks.”-CTO, Digital Agency

Getting to Self-Service: Break Up the Monolithic Thinking About Ops Procedures

 The Takeaways:

  • Ops procedures are not as monolithic as commonly believed
  • Separate each element and move to where it will do the the most to improve the flow of work or labor utilization
  • Implement Operations as a Service capabilities and move your organization towards a Self-Service Operations model