DevOps – What is the fuss about?

Industry trends are changing how companies think about software development and delivery. According to IBM’s institute for business value, following software trends are impacting business competitiveness:

  • Proliferation of mobile devices
  • Explosion of unstructured data
  • Need to collaborate across multiple value chains
  • Cloud Platforms
  • Intelligent/connected devices

DevOps literally means software development and IT operations teams working together to benefit the business. The goal is to increase velocity and reduce friction.

Integrating two Silos together.

Historically, development teams have been measured by their ability to change rapidly. IT operations teams are measured by their ability to maintain stability and 100 percent uptime. These two organizations, when managed separately, have competing goals and the collaboration between them can be adversarial

For faster delivery of software enhancements, development teams use Agile methodology. It is the software version of lean manufacturing. “Just in time” thinking reduces the overhead of low-value reporting, traceability, inspections, and other traditionally minded quality assurance activities. False precision in specifications and plans is replaced with lean thinking and agile methods that emphasize incremental iterations/batch sizes, just-in-time and Kanban production, and an acceleration of cycle times, all while leveraging the creativity of knowledge workers. Lean thinking differentiates between value-creating activities and waste, and focuses on resolving the bigger uncertainties, like architecturally significant decisions and integration testing earlier in the process.

DevOps complements the Agile Delivery models for software engineering by bringing in automation and monitoring on the IT operations side. It leverages collaboration, tool-chain pipelines, automation and cloud adoption. The benefits can be observed as improved processes, more standardizations and building trust and improve productivity across development, QA and IT operations teams.

Key attributes of a DevOps Platform

As corporate IT departments begin their journey to explore DevOps, keep following characteristics in mind:

  • Planning and collaboration
  • Orchestration
  • Monitoring
  • Configuration Management for automated provisioning
  • Code Repository
  • Test Management and automation

Additionally, while evaluating DevOps platforms, keep in mind both private and public cloud environments.

How can DevOps add value?

DevOps can help reap business benefits faster due to rapid delivery of software-based enhancements. Key benefits include:

  • Drives Business Agility through Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery of Products
  • Improves infrastructure provisioning through automated deployments and self-service portals
  • Speeds Deployments by aligning development and operations with Enterprise Architecture guidelines
  • Improves Production Performance Monitoring and Proactive Incident Management through Automation, Development and Collaboration
  • Strengthens Service Delivery, Automation of Dev + QA + Ops Processes and Management with a Common Lifecycle View

Conclusion

Traditional approaches to software development and delivery are no longer sufficient. Manual processes are error prone, break down, and they create waste and delayed response. Businesses can’t afford to focus on cost while neglecting speed of delivery, or choose speed over managing risk. A DevOps approach offers a powerful solution to these challenges.

DevOps reduces time to customer feedback, increases quality, reduces risk and cost, and unifies process, culture, and tools across the end to end lifecycle—which includes adoption path to plan and measure, develop and test, release and deploy, and monitor and optimize.

Good luck with your DevOps implementations!

References

http://www.ibm.com/ibm/devops/us/en/

http://www.relevancelab.com/index.html

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About adhirmattu

A Senior Information Technology Executive with expertise in building world class global IT organizations to improve company profitability and growth. Experienced in supporting multiple large scale acquisitions & global system implementations with consistent track record of reducing cost of IT service delivery.
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