Written by Murtaza Laghari
Devops Sales Development
Solving IT and Software problems has always been a key issue in organizations. From not having enough resources to maintaining quality applications and software to the constant back and forth between teams to fix silos, frustration has led to an invention of a new principle. DevOps. So, what is DevOps? DevOps is the practice, or one can say a cultural movement to align the Development and Operations teams to be more effective in delivering high-quality software.
How can you adopt DevOps? Here are a few strategies that are important to adopt in DevOps.
1. Understanding the Unique needs is key for Adoption - Your unique DevOps journey begins once you understand the specific need for why DevOps tools need to be adopted in your organization. To understand the unique needs, a high-level assessment needs to be done. An honest evaluation of your current state of products/applications within IT provides answers to some of the questions like, how long does it take for the product to launch in the market? How many days does it take to fix outages in systems? The time it takes to deploy new code into production? These are just some of the questions that need to be assessed to find the unique purpose of why DevOps needs to be adopted.
2. Embrace DevOps as a Whole - The entire organization needs to be on the same page as per what DevOps is, what benefits it provides, and a clear understand of "Why" it is being adopted. This way, everyone in the organization understands why the shift is occurring and becomes an ally to support the DevOps cultural movement.
3. Using a Top-Down Approach - DevOps is most effective when technical and non-technical management is on board and fully aware of DevOps' principles and methodologies. Once these principles and methodologies are shared as a common goal between the entire organization, the process begins.
4. Defining Key Business Goals - Define the business goals DevOps will help solve. And focus on them. View the article here to learn more on KPIs/Business goals. Once these goals are defined, it is easier to be on the journey of what needs to be done. And it answers the most important question in an organization where DevOps is being introduced. "Why" it is being adopted. Below are some of the business goals which DevOps solves.
Faster resolution of problems
Increased team collaboration
More stability in environments
DevOps solves many challenges in an organization, but some of the most important ones are:
As mentioned earlier, both the operations team and the development team are aligned. Developers are not waiting for the operations team to create the best production environment. The teams are constantly working together; hence the entire process is aligned from automation to testing. Productivity is at its peak due to no waiting or occurrence of a slow situation.
Alignment and communication are very powerful once we see the benefits they produce. Due to alignment and communication, the best quality applications are being produced at the fasting time to market possible. Code changes are addressed quicker, and code is always in a state of being deployed and altogether; the application is superb because automation is of high quality.
With practices like Continuous Integration/Delivery/Deployment, many of the tidy tasks software developers and the operations team must go through are eliminated. The environment is set up in such a manner where automation benefits both the developers and operations team. When both teams work together in a DevOps culture, everyone is aligned. The horsepower increases, the process flows like a river, and the applications are successfully deployed in production with the fastest time possible.
These are some of the strategies and challenges which DevOps helps answer and solve. The great business benefits DevOps brings unmatched. If DevOps adoption is what your organization is looking for, or if you would like to explore further in DevOps, you can visit our website and our team would be more than happy to be a part of your DevOps journey. For more information, you can email us at [email protected] or visit www.royalcyber.com.