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Watch Rundeck co-founder Damon Edwards on #theCube at Cisco DevNet Create
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Dawn van Hoegaerden
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Cisco hosted its inaugural Dev Net Create conference in San Francisco last week. SiliconANGLE's The Cube talked to Damon about the existential crisis in ops.  Can the democratization of ops relieve the squeeze generated by distributed applications and disparate systems?

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Self-Service Operations: Better, Faster, Cheaper? Damon Edwards InfoQ Interview
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Dawn van Hoegaerden
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In preparation for the upcoming DevOps Enterprise Summit in London, InfoQ sat down with Damon Edwards, co-founder at Rundeck, Inc, and discussed the benefits and implementation of "Self-Service Operations".

Key Takeaways

  • With "Self-Service Operations", developers and operators define operational procedures that can be provided "as a service" across an organisation.
  • At first glance, the Self-Service Operations design pattern appears basic: operations tasks are made available to others as automated buttons or APIs. However, Self-Service Operations is actually a fundamental shift in how you think about automated procedures.
  • With Self-Service Operations, companies are dividing up the essential components of automation and shifting them to areas of the organization where labor capacity is best utilized and the organization can be the most agile.
  • The ROI benefits of Self-Service Operations include: decrease in interrupts due to problematic or incorrect handoffs, decrease in time to market, and increase in organizational capacity.
  • Although technical competence is vital, ultimately what really makes the difference between success and failure with Self-Service Operations and DevOps is always going to be the organizational change.
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Using Python to Create Rundeck Plugins
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You can write a Rundeck Workflow Step Plugin in almost any scripting language. Since Python is a popular language inside many Operations organizations, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Python is also a popular choice for writing Rundeck plugins. In this short video, Alex Honor gives a walkthrough of a Step Plugin written in Python. This particular plugin wraps the AWS S3 CLI tool to provide a more user friendly experience within Rundeck. 

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Quickly create a great user experience using Rundeck's Step Plugins
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Have existing legacy scripts around which you want to put a more dynamic and guided user experience? Find yourself in situations where you know a quick script will do what you need, but you don't like the idea of exposing the script to other teams? Want a nicely integrated experience when you use Rundeck to call your custom tools? 

Rundeck Step Plugins are surprisingly easy to write. In just a few minutes, you can turn an existing script into a plugin that provides a powerful and polished user experience. Before Rundeck, a similar outcome would have required a large and expensive custom tool development effort.

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