The Risk of Not Investing in DevOps

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TECHNOLOGY FIRM:

If you are a technology firm, involved in the creation of software, whether it be robust enterprise-level specialized applications, mass-market consumer-level computer programs, or apps that can be used on mobile devices, DevOps is the most efficient and productive way for you to organize all the stages of your product development.

As its name suggests, DevOps is a hybrid of Development and Operations. Firms that follow the principles and practices of DevOps merge the stages of both sections of the production process together, with full coordination between the relevant stakeholders, allowing development and operations to flow as a single path, side by side.

With a DevOps approach in place your development teams, operations staff and quality assurance employees, allied with your management, collaborate and work together to ensure that you are able to deliver software on a continuous basis, making regular incremental improvements to what you are offering. 

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All the key sections of your organization work together, not as disparate sections following different strategies and independent deadlines. This approach works equally well for small start-up businesses as it does for large enterprises with huge teams.

DevOps works particularly well in a cloud environment. In a cloud situation there can be constant communication between those involved in software (traditionally the Developer side of the spectrum) and hardware (traditionally more Operations-focused).

With DevOps there is much more of a flow between both sets of people. The best DevOps people have a full stack of knowledge crossing both the software and hardware divides: from chip to coding to release management.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT:

If you are involved in software creation, and are considering moving to the cloud, or indeed optimizing your existing systems, you should be considering changing from the traditional flow paths to the more lean and efficient DevOps model. The benefits you gain from doing so will immediately leap-frog you ahead of your more traditional competitors.

STARTUP/SMBs:

If you are a start-up, or a small to medium sized business you will rapidly find that the new approach will improve your agility, sustainability and resilience. Remember that the key aim of a DevOps system is to eliminate any bottlenecks in the entire software development lifecycle. For example in a system with separate Development and Operations Departments, there will generally not be any opportunity for product testing until the developers have signed off that it has reached a certain level of development. In a DevOps system a continuous testing environment can be set up, enabling testing to take place on incomplete code. This means that the testing system can begin much more quickly, and there will also be much quicker feedback available as to what possible improvements could be made. With all of this information available in the cloud any member of the team, regardless of their geographical location can contribute and provide feedback.

All of this helps to keep your costs lower, yet at the same time it speeds up your development, in turn speeding up impending revenue streams. It gives you the ability to meet new opportunities more effectively with the best infrastructure and processes in place.

ENTERPRISES:

All of the above apply equally to large enterprises, of course, simply on a grander scale. Those enterprises following DevOps principles manage to maintain their existing business advantages and economies of scale, leaping further ahead of firms still struggling to coordinate their disparate departments. Enterprise-level firms are capable of making large cost savings from the stream-lining of their infrastructure and facilities.

At times in a traditional firm it can be difficult to obtain time in a production environment for testing purposes. This is one of the common bottlenecks. If you are able to carry out testing as you go through the development process this becomes much less of an issue. The enterprise’s shareholders will quickly see value in the reduced infrastructure expense, increased profits and the improved ability for firms to meet customer demands and market opportunities.

It is no accident that most of the major developers now implement regular incremental upgrades to their products, unlike in the past where you had the occasional major version change. It has become the norm for development times to be greatly shortened and the gaps between releases have been shrinking. There are apps and products that are now updated on a weekly basis. This is only possible because there is increased synergy between all of the different departments, and they work together towards a common goal. Developer productivity is improved markedly by using a DevOps solution.

A cloud environment makes the communication between all of the different parties involved simpler and smoother. You may have already recognized the other advantages of working in the cloud. The ability to have such a coordinated workflow, with the ability to have different parts of the production process running concurrently and interconnected, is a real reason to consider operating your business on a DevOps basis. If your competitors are following this path, you are in real danger of falling behind if you do not also do so.

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64% of respondents in the 2013 State of DevOps Report from PuppetLabs said their greatest barriers to adoption were not having the right tools in place and not having time to implement DevOps. 

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