Eric Robertson

About Eric Robertson

Robertson is responsible for the DevOps product line at CollabNet. Prior to CollabNet, Eric served as Director of services and portfolio management for enterprise solutions at Unisys. Eric joined Cisco through a company acquisition, where he led product management for Cisco's cloud automation and SAP ALM extension offerings. Eric has successfully held product development, services and management roles with enterprises and start-ups and has provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. Eric holds a patent in the area of virtualization and a Master's Degree in Electrical and Software Engineering from University of Texas in Austin and continues to further his research in domain- specific languages, and intelligent automation.

DevOps TV: DevOps Trends – What Does the Future Hold?

I had the privilege of sitting down with Charlene O’Hanlon from DevOps TV along with Robert Reeves from Datical and Derek Langone from XebiaLabs to talk about what the future holds for DevOps in the enterprise and what to be on the lookout for the coming year. It was a great discussion and we talked about some trends we are seeing in our areas of expertise. Key themes pointed out were: Increase in executive involvement in DevOps — organizations want to make sure software is not only delivered on time, but that it satisfies business goals and customer expectations. Scale, …

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CollabNet VersionOne Fall 2018 Release 

We are excited to announce the Fall 2018 Release. With this release, CollabNet VersionOne launches new capabilities for all of its products that provide development teams greater flexibility for planning and managing their software development and delivery processes. With a combination of tool integration, value capture, value creation and value delivery—as well as analytics and governance—CollabNet VersionOne has the enterprise value stream management solutions to help your organization deliver software with confidence. VersionOne for Scaling Agile VersionOne for Agile Management provides end-to-end enterprise agile lifecycle management that enables teams at all levels—Enterprise, Portfolio, Program, and Team—to collaborate, develop, and deliver software faster. The Fall 2018 Release of VersionOne …

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Still Camped out on the Value Stream: Reflections from the DevOps Enterprise Summit, DOES18

I’ve just returned from Vegas where I attended the 2018 DevOps Enterprise Summit or DOES18. This was the third year in a row CollabNet VersionOne has supported this important conference and each year it’s one of my favorite events. I remember two years ago at DOES, in 2016, I had begun to realize the link between what we as an industry were doing in DevOps and the need to derive business value from that. To those in the industry, the connection was implicit — delivering better software faster through empathy, collaboration, etc. would of course result in business goals being …

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Expanding Agile-plus-DevOps Across the Enterprise Value Stream

DevOps has grown significantly in recent years as an approach to better and faster software delivery through breaking down the Development and Operations silos. Author and speaker Gene Kim defines DevOps in The DevOps Handbook as, “The emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work (i.e., high deploy rates), while simultaneously increasing the reliability, stability, resilience and security of the production environment.” What types of challenges prompt an enterprise to start looking to DevOps to improve process and flow? Issues such as: Lack of management visibility; …

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The Push and Pull of Software Delivery: The Case for Kanban

It’s no secret that software is king in every industry today, and it’s more challenging now than ever for organizations to keep up with customer demands. Whether it’s mobile apps, the GPS system in a car or having the ability to buy products with the click of a button, customers are demanding more, quicker and better. And, what is the key to success for any business? Customer satisfaction. With disparate teams and toolchains that sometimes include dozens to hundreds of plugins, it’s no wonder that it is so challenging for businesses today to keep up. However, a tried and true …

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How CollabNet Supports the World’s Most Popular Agile Scaling Methodology: SAFe

Seventy percent of US Fortune 100 companies have SAFe-trained team members involved in the development and delivery of software. It is safe to say (pardon the pun) that the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is permeating our industry. Because it is the most widely implemented method for scaling agile at the enterprise level, it is important we understand exactly why it is helping enterprises and how CollabNet fits into the framework. VersionOne (now CollabNet) has historically worked closely with the minds behind SAFe at Scaled Agile in Boulder, CO. VersionOne has also played a role in shaping the future direction of …

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The Key to Optimizing Value Streams without Increasing Risk

I was recently joined by Diego Lo Giudice from Forrester Research for a CollabNet webinar titled, “Agile + DevOps Success: The Key to Optimizing Value Streams Without Increasing Risk.” Together, we discussed using value streams for success in Agile and DevOps and how enterprises can start leveraging value streams today. We, in the software delivery business, know it’s all about the customer. “Customer obsession,” as Diego says, is the engine driving business today. For digital services, companies must know their customers intimately and be able to predict their behaviors and provide customized experiences. While all of this is great for …

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CollabNet and VersionOne: The Significance of DevOps for the Enterprise

By now you’ve heard about the CollabNet and VersionOne merger. The new CollabNet is set to offer complete Enterprise Agile, ALM Collaboration, Version Control and DevOps solutions that expedite the speed and improve the quality of application development and delivery efforts for organizations across all sectors. In fact, the well-known industry expert, Diego Lo Giudice Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester, had this to write about the benefits Agile and DevOps can offer, “In the past, faster delivery meant lower quality and higher risk. Leading organizations have shown that applying Agile and DevOps practices enable faster delivery, higher quality, and lower …

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We’re in the Midst of a Pivotal Year for DevOps

Better Software Magazine is an excellent resource for any IT professional involved in development, testing, project management, QA and more. The magazine is a TechWell publication and covers topics such as Agile methodologies, DevOps mobile and cloud. I was recently invited to write The Last Word column in the Spring 2017 Edition. In this recent column titled, “2017 is a Pivotal Year for DevOps,” I write about the importance of software development and DevOps for today’s digital economy and point out that better customer experiences are driven by better software. To quote from the article, “the quality and functionality of …

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CollabNet, #YesWeCode, and Making a Difference in Tech

InformationWeek recently ran an article I wrote that describes CollabNet’s work with non-profit #YesWeCode. This Dream Corps initiative aims to help young adults find careers and success in the tech industry. In the article, I address the growing need for new talent in the tech industry: “The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that there will be one million more IT jobs than computer science students in the U.S. by 2020. The software development field in particular is expected to see a much higher than average growth rate of 17 percent.” As a software executive, I see how taking responsibility …

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