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Systems strategy chief Jason Cox details Disney's devops journey

Tamlin Magee | July 7, 2016
Disney now delivers big projects in as little as two weeks, something the business' strategy director attributes to devops.

Leadership, according to Cox, meant being able to communicate a vision and having the courage to do so. "Focusing on people is extremely important," Cox said. "Recruiting, developing and retaining strong talent is critical - so to make this devops journey happen we had to focus on this."

Now that Disney has thoroughly integrated automation with devops and systems engineers, the production pipeline is smoother than ever. The results speak for themselves: a global user registration system would have taken a full day to deploy, but automation has reduced this to one minute, and cut away much of the prospect of human error.

He mentioned another online digital experience that was originally three hours to deploy, but now takes just 20 minutes. And a user-generated content website that involved a lot of applications and databases was successfully completely automated, with self-service, by the development team - standing the program up in a fraction of the time it once would have taken.

Far from the enterprise "striking back", this integrated approach across the whole organisation led to the enormous project being delivered within two weeks - something Cox attributes to the creation of Disney's own 'Devops Jedi'.


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