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Investments Unlimited

By Helen Beal, Bill Bensing, Jason Cox, Michael Edenzon, Caleb Queern, John Rzeszotarski, Andres Vega, John Willis, Tapabrata "Topo" Pal

A Novel about DevOps, Security, Audit Compliance, and Thriving in the Digital Age

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In the vein of the bestselling The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn ProjectInvestments Unlimited radically rethinks how organizations can handle the audit, compliance, and security of their software systems—even in highly regulated industries. By introducing concepts, tools, and ideas to reimagine governance, Investments Unlimited catalyzes a more humane way to enable high-velocity software delivery that is inherently more secure.

  • Publication Date September 13, 2022
  • Pages 160
  • Paperback Dimensions 6 x 9 inches, black and white
  • Paperback ISBN 9781950508532
  • eBook ISBN 9781950508549
  • Audiobook ISBN 9781950508563

Features

  • Written by Industry Thought Leaders

    Investments Unlimited is written by 9 top leaders in the industry.

  • Engaging Storytelling

    Like bestselling book The Phoenix Project, this books demystifies complex concepts through engaging storytelling.

  • Ripped from Headlines

    Key events in the story are inspired by recent global events affecting information security.

  • Timely Concepts

    The concepts and tools in this book are in high demand by organizations around the globe.

About the Book

Investments Unlimited, Inc. has accomplished what many other firms in their industry have failed to do: they have successfully navigated the transition from legacy ways of working to the digital frontier. With the help of DevOps practices, Investments Unlimited delivers value to its customers with speed and agility. But now, all that work is about to fall apart. Sure, DevOps helped the company adapt, but it also failed them.

While features moved through the organization swiftly, their governance process became inundated with friction, frustration, and failure. And now, their inability to deliver what they promise has led regulators to slap them with an MRIA (matter requiring immediate attention), the final warning before cease-and-desist letters and fire sales.

With the future of Investments Unlimited on the line, a cross-functional team of executives and engineers has just months to develop a modern governance process that satisfies regulators but doesn’t slow down the company’s ability to compete in the market. It is up to this ragtag team to navigate trials, tribulations, site failures, and supply chain attacks, all on their path to save the company from disaster.

In the vein of the bestselling The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn ProjectInvestments Unlimited radically rethinks how organizations can handle the audit, compliance, and security of their software systems—even in highly regulated industries. By introducing concepts, tools, and ideas to reimagine governance, Investments Unlimited catalyzes a more humane way to enable high-velocity software delivery that is inherently more secure.

Helen Beal
Bill Bensing
Jason Cox
Michael Edenzon
Caleb Queern
John Rzeszotarski
Andres Vega
John Willis
Tapabrata "Topo" Pal
Helen Beal

Helen Beal

Coauthor of Investments Unlimited.

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Bill Bensing

Bill Bensing

Software Factory, Managing Architect, Red Hat

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Jason Cox

Jason Cox

Director, Global SRE @ Disney | Speaker | Co-Author of Investments Unlimited

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Michael Edenzon

Michael Edenzon

Michael Edenzon is a senior IT leader and engineer that modernizes and disrupts the technical landscape for highly-regulated organizations. Michael provides technical design, decisioning, and solutioning across complex verticals and leverages continuous learning practices to drive organizational change. He is a fervent advocate for the developer experience and believes that enablement-focused automation is the key to building compliant software at scale.

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Caleb Queern

Caleb Queern

Director in KPMG's Cyber practice

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John Rzeszotarski

John Rzeszotarski

John Rzeszotarski assists organizations with strategic planning and leadership in the solution and infrastructure focus areas; moreover, John provides thought leadership to large enterprises that need to focus on reliability, scalability, regulatory, and other business considerations. His expertise spans many verticals with a focus on digital, payments, security, development, and his primary passion is solving business and IT problems thru technology, process, and culture transformations.

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Andres Vega

Andres Vega

Andres Vega helps engineers and organizations securely build large-scale distributed software solutions across multi-cloud environments. During his career, his focus has been on the intersection of cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, and software delivery with open-source projects, such as the Linux Kernel, Linux Containers, and container orchestration systems such as Kubernetes. He is an active participate in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a recognized Technical Oversight Committee Contributor and as Technical Leader in the Special Interest Group for Security (SIG-Security).

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John Willis

John Willis

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 35 years. Currently he is an Evangelist at Docker Inc. Prior to Docker Willis was the VP of Solutions for Socketplane (sold to Docker) and Enstratius (sold to Dell). Prior to to Socketplane and Enstratius Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

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Tapabrata

Tapabrata "Topo" Pal

Dr. Tapabrata "Topo" Pal is a thought leader, keynote speaker, evangelist in the areas of DevSecOps, Continuous Delivery, Cloud Computing, Open Source Adoption and Digital Transformation. He is a hands-on developer and Open Source contributor. Topo has been leading and contributing to industry initiatives around automated governance in DevOps practices. Topo resides Richmond, Virginia with his wife and two children.

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""Investments Unlimited is The Phoenix Project for Information Security! ...A compelling novel that balances business, product, and regulatory concepts with just enough technical detail, and provides a general roadmap for modern governance and automated compliance." "

Dana Finster

Technical Expert-Cybersecurity, Walmart

"This book does an amazing job of explaining how good DevOps practices can help ensure that your software if safe, secure, and auditable. I learned a lot from it, which I can’t say often after reading DevOps books over the last ten years. This is a must-read for any CISO or executive looking to improve the security and compliance practices in their organization."

Ross Clanton

Chief Architect and Managing Director, American Airlines

"Investments Unlimited builds upon years of DevSecOps literature while firmly anchoring the principles into regulated entities like financial services. The technology fable will keep you engaged with relatable stories and conversations, and practical knowledge for you to implement at your own firm and inside your team."

Dr. Branden R. Williams

VP IAM Strategy, Ping Identity

"Finally we have a book that can be leveraged by everyone in your organization involved in meeting security, audit, and compliance requirements. You'll be able to apply this practical guidance immediately, and I really appreciate the inclusion of all of the functions and roles required to be successful. It's a great reminder that we are all in this together!"

Courteny Kissler

CTO, Zulily

"Today, software developers are just as much security engineers, whether they know it or not. In a unique and compelling way, Investments Unlimited illustrates how to safely automate security testing, audit, and compliance to help organizations move faster, safer. It's a fast and fun story that sheds light on a much-needed subject: the importance of bringing security, audit, and compliance out of the shadows and into the everyday life of a developer. Security, audit, and compliance are everyone's job every day. Investments Unlimited joyfully brings to light that these essential functions are enabled by DevOps."

Jim Manico

Founder and Secure Coding Educator, Manicode Security

"This book helps overcome the fear and frustration many technology organizations have with audit and compliance. The story of Investments Unlimited builds shared understanding across functions and roles in an engaging way and shows us the practical steps to make more speed, stability, and compliance a reality in our own organizations."

Jeff Gallimore

CTIO, Excella

"There are countless books documenting the techniques and tooling of DevOps. But rather than a technical how-to, Investments Unlimited abstracts much of the nitty-gritty to tell the story of what a DevSecOps transformation might look like for the people and teams of an enterprise organization."

Maya Senen

Sr. SRE

"This book should be required reading for every software product manager and engineer. Learn how to apply security, compliance, audit, and automated testing capabilities in your organization by reading a fictional story that does a great job relating the challenges faced daily."

Thomas Underhill

JD, Director of Trust Engineering Programs, VMWare

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