Charles   Betz

Charles Betz

Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

Charles Betz is Forrester’s lead DevOps analyst serving infrastructure and operations professionals globally. In this role, he covers continuous deployment and release automation, incident management, and emerging topics such as containers and chaos engineering. He also covers the transformation of “traditional” IT operations organizations into next-generation digital service organizations. He retains an interest in enterprise service management topic areas such as service portfolio management, service catalog, IT asset management, application discovery and dependency mapping, configuration management, and CMDB as well as industry frameworks like ITIL, IT4IT, and COBIT.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Charlie was chief architect for ATT’s Signature Client Group, where he was responsible for technical strategy with Fortune 100 clients, and he served as senior enterprise architect and VP for IT portfolio management and systems management at Wells Fargo. Charlie also held architect and application manager positions for Best Buy, Target, and Accenture, specializing in IT management systems, ERP, enterprise application integration, data architecture, and configuration management.

Charlie was a research director for IT portfolio management at Enterprise Management Associates, and as an independent consultant, he has advised organizations of all sizes on IT operating models and the "business of IT." He currently teaches the “IT Delivery” course at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and has been an ITIL reviewer, COBIT author, and founding member of the Open Group’s IT4IT Forum.

Charlie has authored two books: Architecture and Patterns for IT (two editions), a reference architecture for IT operating models, and Managing Digital: Concepts and Practices, a survey text incorporating Agile, DevOps, and Lean IT concepts, published by The Open Group Press for MIS and IT students. The Open Group is working to incorporate this material into a new Digital Professional Body of Knowledge. Finally, Charlie was also an initial reviewer invited by author Gene Kim to collaborate on The Phoenix Project, one of the most influential works in the history of IT management.

Education

Charlie has a B.A. (summa) in political science and an M.S. in software engineering, both from the University of Minnesota. He is adjunct faculty at the University of St Thomas (Minnesota), where he has taught a survey course in IT and digital management for the past four years. He was lead author on the report "Renewing the IT Curriculum: Responding to Digital, Agile, and DevOps," sponsored by the Minnesota State University system, and remains interested in higher education's response to digital transformation and the workforce.

Charles Betz

Principal Analyst Serving Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

Charles Betz is Forrester’s lead DevOps analyst serving infrastructure and operations professionals globally. In this role, he covers continuous deployment and release automation, incident management, and emerging topics such as containers and chaos engineering. He also covers the transformation of “traditional” IT operations organizations into next-generation digital service organizations. He retains an interest in enterprise service management topic areas such as service portfolio management, service catalog, IT asset management, application discovery and dependency mapping, configuration management, and CMDB as well as industry frameworks like ITIL, IT4IT, and COBIT.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to joining Forrester, Charlie was chief architect for ATT’s Signature Client Group, where he was responsible for technical strategy with Fortune 100 clients, and he served as senior enterprise architect and VP for IT portfolio management and systems management at Wells Fargo. Charlie also held architect and application manager positions for Best Buy, Target, and Accenture, specializing in IT management systems, ERP, enterprise application integration, data architecture, and configuration management.

Charlie was a research director for IT portfolio management at Enterprise Management Associates, and as an independent consultant, he has advised organizations of all sizes on IT operating models and the "business of IT." He currently teaches the “IT Delivery” course at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) and has been an ITIL reviewer, COBIT author, and founding member of the Open Group’s IT4IT Forum.

Charlie has authored two books: Architecture and Patterns for IT (two editions), a reference architecture for IT operating models, and Managing Digital: Concepts and Practices, a survey text incorporating Agile, DevOps, and Lean IT concepts, published by The Open Group Press for MIS and IT students. The Open Group is working to incorporate this material into a new Digital Professional Body of Knowledge. Finally, Charlie was also an initial reviewer invited by author Gene Kim to collaborate on The Phoenix Project, one of the most influential works in the history of IT management.

Education

Charlie has a B.A. (summa) in political science and an M.S. in software engineering, both from the University of Minnesota. He is adjunct faculty at the University of St Thomas (Minnesota), where he has taught a survey course in IT and digital management for the past four years. He was lead author on the report "Renewing the IT Curriculum: Responding to Digital, Agile, and DevOps," sponsored by the Minnesota State University system, and remains interested in higher education's response to digital transformation and the workforce.

Charles Betz's Research

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Gauge Your Continuous Delivery Maturity

    Assessment: The Continuous Deployment Playbook

    December 11, 2018Charles Betz, Will McKeon-White

    Today's customers demand great experiences, and fast. To satisfy them, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders and teams must ensure they can continuously deliver innovation, leveraging automation and DevOps practices. Use this report's assessment to evaluate your current continuous delivery maturity level and identify key areas for improvement. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Seven Steps To Jump-Start Your DevOps Journey

    Strategic Plan: The Continuous Deployment Playbook

    November 28, 2018Charles Betz, Will McKeon-White

    To keep up with the rapidly increasing pace of business and customer demands, more infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros than ever are turning to DevOps to increase their velocity, agility, and stability. This report lays out a sustainable path forward and provides important considerations for the intrepid individuals embarking on their DevOps initiatives.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Delivery And Release Automation, Q4 2018

    The 15 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    November 26, 2018Charles Betz

    In our 26-criterion evaluation of continuous delivery and release automation (CDRA) offerings, we identified the 15 most significant ones — Atlassian, CA Technologies, Chef, CircleCI, CloudBees, Electric Cloud, Flexagon, GitLab, IBM, Inedo, Micro Focus, Microsoft, Octopus Deploy, Puppet, and XebiaLabs — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Nimble To The Core: Drive Continuous Delivery And DevOps At A Holistic Level

    Vision: The Continuous Deployment Playbook

    November 20, 2018Charles Betz, Will McKeon-White

    Providing a great customer experience requires more than just a great product — it also takes a nimble and responsive organization that can continuously deliver digital innovation. As the demand for speed and flexibility grows at every layer of the organization, enterprises have turned to DevOps methods, driving a fundamental shift in how to approach core capabilities, organizational structures, processes, and tooling. This report offers infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders guidance to embrace DevOps and continuous delivery at a core level. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. We're updating it now with new information, data, and examples.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Predictions 2019: DevOps

    Adolescent DevOps Grapples With Governance

    November 8, 2018Charles Betz, Sandy Rogers

    In 2019, firms will face increasing complexity and risk as they attempt to scale their DevOps initiatives. This will force them to create more-holistic technical, organizational, and governance strategies to address serious capability gaps and better manage risk. This report offers five predictions for 2019 for infrastructure and operations (I&O) and development teams working on or aspiring to adopt DevOps methods.

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