Organizations are seeking faster releases, cloud capabilities, reduced time to customer feedback and – most importantly – the ability to more quickly capture market opportunities. As a result, DevOps (a word derived from “development” and “operations”) is going mainstream.
Previously a niche strategy, DevOps is growing in popularity, partly as a way to address the changing priorities of the organization, but also due to the rising popularity of Agile development. DevOps is based on Agile and lean principles, making it easier to implement once an organization has committed to Agile (as many have).
The key to DevOps is collaboration amongst most, if not all, of the organization – the business owners, development, operations and quality assurance. The goal is continuous software delivery. The collaborative aspect of DevOps is important – and it can determine success or failure. Such collaboration typically requires a cultural shift in an organization, something most organizations find challenging – and it doesn’t happen overnight. But once all the people involved in the process are invested, the result is more efficient processes, happier customers and improved profits.
The quickest path to understanding DevOps at a basic level, is with the graphic below.
Source: “DevOps: Breaking Barriers to Benefit Bottom Lines,” IEEE Magazine, April 2015
If your organization is considering DevOps, we suggest starting with Agile – whether it’s a first-time implementation or a tune-up to make sure that you’re running Agile as it is meant to be. We can help with that. Regardless, it’s becoming more and more obvious that IT is no longer an isolated entity within an organization; it is increasingly relying on collaboration with other stakeholders. If your team is set apart from the rest of the organization, it’s time to break free and seek out opportunities to work together for the benefit of all involved.
For a more in-depth look at DevOps, read “DevOps: Breaking Barriers to Benefit Bottom Lines,” in the April 2015 edition of IEEE Magazine.