Implementing a DevOps architecture can provide many benefits for the enterprise IT environment, including better reliability and usability, greater efficiency, and more employee satisfaction. But transitioning to a DevOps environment can be challenging.
The combination of development and operations — traditionally distinct teams that operated independently — requires companies to rethink job functions and responsibilities. Tasks previously handled under the domain of the development team might now be the responsibility of the operations team. This can create resistance that must be managed.
New tools that supply automation and integration can ease this transition and help combine development and operations more effectively. These tools can also simplify the process of scaling a DevOps deployment from small to large as requirements change without disrupting legacy processes.
Advancements in DevOps technology include architectures that provide unified control of operations and infrastructure. Other innovations accelerate and automate the DevOps process by unifying workflows and enabling Continuous Integration/Continuous Development capabilities. Protecting security and resource flexibility is a primary goal of many new DevOps advancements.
The benefits of DevOps environments don’t come without their share of challenges. One major challenge the market is addressing is how to test code across multiple platforms. New technologies allow tests to be reconfigured to handle different types of projects and application frameworks. In addition, advanced products allow data to move between applications and scripts without new code.
DevOps tools are also increasingly working with the cloud, which facilitates the use of containers and runtimes. But for companies that favor keeping processes in house, configuration management is crucial to a successful DevOps deployment. Several companies are working on solutions in this space, but the industry overall has yet to develop best practices and solutions that foster interoperability.
Until standardized solutions hit the market, companies will have to create their own development process, institute their own integration policies, and alter their own application source code to implement DevOps over various vendor platforms.
Perhaps the most important part of any DevOps deployment is to ensure the process does not disrupt legacy operations. Because of this, any DevOps deployment will likely have to take legacy equipment and processes into account rather than trading in the old system for a brand new system.
A thoughtful migration to a new system is likely to be more successful than a forklift replacement. This might include maintaining application and service functionality while migrating back-end systems, thus allowing the introduction of new capabilities without major disruption to processes employees are used to.
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