The world is accelerating in the pace of technological innovation. One of the reasons for that is computing power, but the other is in the speed and sophistication of how we communicate and work together. As the complexity of software development increases so too does the disconnect between the business problem and the technical solution employed to fix that problem. “DevOps” (a merging of the words “Development” and “Operations”) is becoming more widely adopted as companies look for ways to better operationalize how these two functional teams should work together. Agile practitioners define it as “The practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support.” DevOps as a term means different things to different organizations, but fundamentally they all use some form of automation to bridge the gaps between how your business innovates and how it operates. Simply put, technology can is an effective liaison between two teams who communicate and work differently.
Let’s look at the benefits of implementing a DevOps solution within your company:
- Breaks the barrier between Development and Operations team
- Promotes collaboration between teams
- Creates a method to continuously improve the processes of business activity related to SDLC
- Works differently from Agile and when Agile doesn’t work
- Increases time to market
- Focuses on improving metrics that matter to your organization
- More transparency for Operations on infrastructure needs
- Higher level of automation on deployment
But what exactly is DevOps? The diagram below gives us a good place to start:
Image provided courtesy of devopsish.com3
Traditional Development and Operations teams function in the following manner:
- The operations team or business unit define a business problem.
- The development teamis then tasked with creating a technical solution to this problem.
- The solution is tested by the dev team.
- After a certain level of readiness the solution is handed over to the Operations team to beta test it in production. ( NOTE: This handoff is where the disconnect occurs. Once operations teams get hold of their new solution, often there is not an effective avenue for feedback to development if something does not work.) Bridging that gap between Development and Operationsis the purpose of DevOps.
DevOps is an extension and continuous improvement in architecture, testing, data and continuous development and often creates a ground-up view of how a company can more effectively run its internal operations. It is very difficult to have an objective view of what your own organization needs when you are focused on the day to day needs of your team or department: synergy between departments is the goal.
If your company is ready to automate even some of its operational functions, it is highly beneficial to consult an experienced partner like Axis to provide an unbiased opinion of what your organization needs together more successfully. DevOps isn’t just a software or a packaged product. Each organization is different. Our goal at Axis is to provide a map of how your company works together along with the positive traits while focusing on the pain points: i.e. where the process is breaking down.
- Perhaps bugs are not being documented properly.
- Maybe code is being pushed to production without proper testing.
- Developers may not have access to the data they need to build their applications when they need it.
A full-scale solution varies from customer to customer and is comprised of services and solutions that are catered to your enterprise business strategy.
Botmetric.com4 offers an insightful visual to help you better understand the benefits of improving your own internal DevOps structure:
While this list isn’t exhaustive of all the benefits introducing a DevOps solution to your company, it’s an effective primer on the importance of the concept and preparing your company for the inevitable shift in the way the IT world works. Businesses — especially large enterprises — must embrace DevOps to challenge the competition and meet their consumers’ digital experience demands. Creating a smooth and automated path for multiple teams to work together is not only gaining popularity, it’s crucial to any growing and complex organization. Your business cannot survive in the future without DevOps.
In large organizations with ample legacy code and aging servers, businesses are “going to have to do quite a bit of work making the business DevOps-able.” 6 The “most successful” method for implementing DevOps entails getting all the relevant business units onboard. Implementations of these multi-faceted solutions also require the creation of a well formulated Business Process Designframework that sets the foundation for how your company will benefit from a DevOps implementation.
- Who will own which parts of the solution?
- Will teams be able to follow an automated process?
- How will I ensure my teams continue to meet and exceed quality, security and operational targets?
Cloud-based integration coupled with industry “as-a-service” models will require well-thought business processes that have been tried and tested.
When you want to make DevOps work for your organization, you need a partner who has hands-on experience and can help you realize the benefits of such a system and create a custom solution for your growing needs. Our team of experts and partners can you evaluate, create and implement what’s right for you.