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Rik Farenhorst

Rik is DevOps Thought Leader at Xebia. He has a PhD in software engineering and more than 10 years of experience in the business-IT domain. His main drive is to guide organizations in "doing IT right" to create business value, and he loves challenging the status quo. Rik is member of the editorial board of the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA) and has developed DASA's competence framework and qualification scheme. He strongly believes in DASA because greatly boosting knowledge and skills of (IT) professionals is the only way organizations will accelerate and survive in this digital era. Rik has written various articles and white papers on digital acceleration, DevOps and associated topics, and is frequently seen on stages of national and international events.
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Xebia Provides A Learning Platform For HashiCorp Tools

Posted by Rik Farenhorst on Mar 7, 2017 1:13:48 PM

Xebia instruqt provides a learning platform for DevOps tools. Last year we noticed a significant shortage in DevOps talent. DevOps concepts are often hard to master for organizations transitioning to DevOps. We have been using HashiCorp products in our customer projects for some time. Our observation is many organizations have a DevOps skill gaps. This becomes a showstopper for the innovation power and speed required to remain competitive in today's digital era. In our quest for an effective approach to transfer knowledge and skills we always focused on: coaching-on-the-job, forming specialized DevOps teams that include experts from the customer, and on-site classroom based training. These methods have merit but they are not the most effective or fun way to learn. We were on the search for an alternative way to spread the word about leading DevOps products.

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Five ways to start your DevOps journey

Posted by Rik Farenhorst on Nov 2, 2016 3:13:43 PM

Five years ago Marc Andreessen, a well-known American entrepreneur, investor and software engineer, coined the phrase "software is eating the world". The years that followed his statement became more and more reality. Companies like Uber, AirBNB, Apply Pay, Spotify, and Netflix have changed and are still changing entire industries by disrupting them with new business models and value-added services to customers. IT plays a crucial role in these startups and high-tech companies. In order to survive the digital age, you better look carefully at what these industry leaders are doing to make sure you make the right investments and to get rid of unnecessary waste.

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery

Renovate your IT landscape: The First Step Before Going Agile

Posted by Rik Farenhorst on Oct 27, 2016 11:13:32 AM

On my first day as Xebia employee I immediately got involved in a very interesting project for a customer in the financial sector. In hindsight it had almost all ingredients to be a spot-on case for our New IT paradigm. Our audit of the IT department quickly brought to light a perfect storm of ‘impediments’ this organization faced: a depricated technology stack, a silo-based waterfall culture dominated by manual hand-offs, bureaucratic process steps and ivory tower behavior, an average release cycle of multiple months, customers walking away, investors being reluctant to keep investing in the company, and on top of it, an anxious workforce with low morale and only a few experts remaining who are willing and able to reverse a downward trend.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy