The Fundamentals of DevOps
IT organizations across the globe are embracing a DevOps approach, allowing companies big and small to deliver software with unprecedented frequency, reliability, and stability.
Take note of the essentials covered below to help your team maximize this methodology to your advantage. Understanding the fundamental principles of this approach is a prerequisite to effectively implementing DevOps in your organization.
What is DevOps?
DevOps is a paradigm focused on the collaboration and communication of cross-functional IT teams (Development, QA, Operations) from software conception to production. This model aims to increase the velocity and quality of an IT organization, improving its ability to be responsive to both internal and external stakeholders.
DevOps allows teams to continuously deliver reliable code by removing waste along the software development and build/release life cycles. Waste comes in the form of rework, duplication of efforts, backup of code, lost productivity, poor quality, performance issues and non-scalable processes. Waste is often a result of manual or outdated testing processes, excessively manual code promotion and build/release processes, inconsistent environments and single point of failure subject matter experts who become bottlenecks.
Why Adopt DevOps?
DevOps enables IT organizations to do more with less. By standardizing IT operations and strategically automating development and build/release processes, DevOps increases project predictability, accuracy and throughput. For the business, this means faster and more frequent moves of desired features and needed fixes to production, reduced overhead, and increased revenue, resulting in an overall increase in profitability.
Critical Considerations When Adopting DevOps
In order to fully realize these benefits, DevOps requires a fundamental shift in mindset across an IT organization. It requires a realignment of processes, a reimagining of certain roles and responsibilities, an introduction of supporting toolsets and an increase in technical skills. Most importantly, it requires management buy-in and their understanding of the value DevOps can bring. DevOps is not free, but the value is tremendous once quality and velocity become everyone’s responsibility. IT organizations embracing this shift can experience exponential returns on investment.
DevOps demonstrates how IT organizations can be used as a strategic advantage to give businesses a leg up over the competition. But at the end of the day, as an IT leader you must ask yourself: “Are you meeting the needs and demands of the business? Or is this just change for the sake of change?” Don’t jump on the DevOps bandwagon for the sake of keeping up with the trend. You must understand the problem you’re trying to solve and implement strategically, taking into consideration the fundamentals covered here.