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The idea behind DevOps is to create multidisciplinary teams that now work together with shared and efficient practices and tools. Essential DevOps practices include agile planning, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and monitoring of applications. DevOps is a constant journey, and as such it’s always good to keep your skills sharpened.

We’re taking a look at some of the best free ebooks on DevOps and adjacent topics, so you can get a head start on your learning journey. Enjoy!

Azure DevOps explained

Deliver quality applications efficiently and at scale with Azure DevOps tools for every phase of the development lifecycle. Get this ebook to help you plan projects, collaborate on code development, and build and deploy applications faster. Also, explore ways to increase quality and customer satisfaction with continuous software delivery. 

In Azure DevOps explained, you’ll find DevOps principles and follow tutorials to learn how to:

  • Manage projects with Kanban boards and securely manage source code with repositories
  • Enable continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) by creating build and release pipelines with fully integrated package management
  • Send applications faster by using GitHub and Azure DevOps together
  • Improve code quality and manage project testing lifecycles with Azure Test Plans
  • Set up CI/CD pipelines for .NET-based applications and container-based infrastructures with step-by-step instructions

6 tips to integrate security into your DevOps practices

DevOps proven practices illustrate how collaboration between developer and operations teams leads to faster software delivery. Now, the issue facing digital leaders is the security and compliancy of their code, workflows and infrastructure. The logical next step: integrate your security team with the existing DevOps team – breaking down another organisational silo.

Download the Microsoft and Sogeti ebook 6 Tips to Integrate Security into your DevOps Practices to learn how to: 

  • Develop a security-first company culture to drive DevSecOps adoption
  • Proactively secure your code, workflows, infrastructure and software supply chain against vulnerabilities 
  • Provide your teams with shared tooling and best practices to enable end-to-end visibility and traceability
  • Leverage improved insights and policy automation to realise continuous compliancy

Visualise your DevOps workflow

This tool is presented by Developer Velocity Lab, a Microsoft Research & GitHub initiative.

Visualising your end-to-end DevOps workflow can be tough. Being able to see your workflow will allow you to see your strengths and where you have room to optimise your tooling. The DevOps Workflow Generator will allow you to configure and visualise your specific workflow – exportable in one easy-to-read report that you can download on demand.

Additionally, we’ll be taking the aggregated, anonymous data from this tool and reporting the latest trends that we find to you. We’re looking forward to learning more and to sharing our findings with you.  

Securing Enterprise DevOps Environments

Download the Microsoft & Sogeti ebook, Securing Enterprise DevOps Environments, to learn to fortify all three attack surfaces of enterprise DevOps environments and implement the culture changes necessary to thrive in our dangerous new world. 

We’ll explore the ideal secure and regulatory-ready setup of Enterprise DevOps tools and practices, focusing on three specific areas:  

  • Secure the developer environment  
  • Secure the DevOps platform environments  
  • Secure the application environments

Mainframe DevOps with Azure DevOps and Broadcom

This whitepaper provides an overview of the integration of ADO with Broadcom Mainframe DevOps suite which includes Endevor – the market leading mainframe DevOps solution which many organisations have adopted to manage and automate their mainframe application development processes.  

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