It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s DevOps!!
As a father of a large family, juggling too much work, organizing too many tasks, and keeping up with too many appointments, has become a way of life. Occasionally, I feel caught up, like I am winning this game called work/life balance. Then marketing reminds me that my blog is late, my wife explains that my children are at three different appointments where I need to pick them up ASAP, and my boss calls me to ask if I am ready for my lecture in NYC the next day. In the real world catching up is often just an illusion based on lack of perspective or information. It is quickly rectified with the next person who comes into the room.
What Is DevOps?
In the bad old days of waterfall, all development was done in isolation. Once development was completed, the code was sent over the wall to QA testing where, once it was passed, it then went to production where the code then had to climb a second very tall wall called ITSM. The definition of the concept of DevOps is somewhat murky, but the crux of it is that software development becomes a process-driven and automated assembly line. Each component of development equates to a product catalog where every faction of IT simply fills orders to build and implement new products and services. In terms of software development approaches, it is more Agile than Waterfall and can be delivered in small, rapid increments. This new approach evolves constantly, and barriers between departments vanish as IT becomes a service delivery department.
Automation is key
Using the term “assembly line” with respect to a DevOps organization is highly accurate. Nearly every task required for software development can be automated in some fashion. By putting in the effort and time to do so on the front end, all future projects can be worked and deployed more quickly than ever before. From software coding and testing to network configuration and comprehensive monitoring, every task should be a simplified process that includes as much automation as possible.
Eventually, the gears will all be in place to produce accelerated results. Automation of tasks should be the first thought and primary mission on all new development projects. The “what” you are building is important, the “why” is key, but it is the “how” that will allow for scale and further innovation.
Some Benefits of DevOps
The payoff of implementing this newer version of IT is immense, which is why it has become a ubiquitous term in blogs like this one. The honest truth is – that if you aren’t using DevOps to improve your business delivery and speed to market, your competitors are, and you don’t have much longer to adapt and survive.
A few of its more noteworthy advantages include:
· Faster time to market for new products and enhancements
· Increased customer satisfaction
· Improved intra-organizational cohesion
· Are you still reading this blog? (If yes, then that too is a benefit of DevOps)
This new perspective saves time and money, and strengthens the organization from within.
Making the Transition
The shift to this new mentality is a major change in company culture and can take time, but the time to get started is now. If you wait for the perfect project or ideal time for implementing DevOps, you will be disappointed. Start automating everything. If you must justify this relentless pursuit of automation for your bosses, try dropping the terms “low hanging fruit” and “synergy” that always helps get funding.
In all seriousness, when implementing a new process that is so transformational organizations often find greater success when using a professional DevOps consultant or focusing intensely on retraining current personnel. While this is an investment of time and financial resources, it equates to a much smoother process a quicker path to ROI. (Hey! That’s another great term to use – ROI).
For a transition to DevOps to be successful, the entire organization must be engaged and cooperative… even Bob! Breaking down historical barriers between departments and spreading a culture of cohesion and collaboration isn’t easy, but it is worth the effort. With visibility and transparency across the company, each department will see clear progress toward the common goal. And Bob will eventually see the light and thank you.
The DevOps model is well worth the time and effort required for the transition. The change in outlook will produce meaningful and profitable results. For more information on transitioning to this model, contact Coda Global today.