Challenged with increased competitive pressure, many organizations turn to DevOps methodologies to increase agility, speed their time to market, access additional markets, and more. Helping address these pressures, DevOps process improvements both speed developer and operations productivity while increasing the quality and security of output. According to Forrester, with half of enterprises now implementing DevOps, the conversation has moved from “What is DevOps?” to “How do I implement at scale?”.
To help you answer this question, the DevOps consulting team at Flux7 has written a guide sharing its best practices-based deployment process. These practical steps can help any organization, regardless of size of maturity, establish and sustain successful enterprise DevOps at scale. Download the paper here today.
In working with hundreds of enterprises on their DevOps initiatives, one key learning is that not all teams are created the same. With three primary categories of teams -- innovators, the majority, and slow adopters -- we have created a five-step best practices process that any organization, regardless of their current maturity level, can apply to achieve DevOps at scale. It includes:
- Getting Ready- Before diving into the first phase, it’s important to take stock of your business goals and gain a thorough understanding of your environment. This general situational analysis should help your organization gain a thorough understanding of your starting point -- from technical, process, and organizational mindset perspectives -- as well as your ultimate end destination.
- Step One - The goal of this first step is to create and execute a pilot project, helping organizations to start small and test change on a limited basis before committing to it on an enterprise scale. Starting small means finding a small, measurably impactful project that can be completed in eight to 12 weeks. It is also important at this stage to identify who within the organization will be the best advocate of the project. Identify and empower people who are able to effectively work with ambiguity, have a bias toward action and short feedback loops, are technically skilled, are willing to make changes ASAP, and embrace mitigated risk taking.
- Step Two - After a successful pilot project, the process of expanding DevOps to the wider enterprise begins with pattern identification, the process of identifying shared patterns among invest applications. Finding commonalities at the appropriate level of an application allows enterprises to effectively address their needs, giving developers more or less abstraction from application complexity.
- Step Three - Once patterns are identified, the enterprise can begin the process of deploying technology to modernize their systems, as based on a DevOps platform. More than a service catalog, a DevOps platform should feature technologies and processes for services, continuous testing and delivery pipelines, a landing zone, inspectors and injectors.
- Step Four - Pattern development is the thrust behind the fourth step in the process, helping organizations develop application patterns that meet operations, security and business requirements. As not all development teams are full stack developers, enterprises should build patterns with the appropriate interface level for their development team(s), ensuring that they can easily consume the patterns created.
- Step Five - Spreading the skills needed for DevOps across the enterprise, along with creating documentation for a broader set of teams is the role of the last step. With an understanding in hand of tools, technologies and processes, the new DevOps teams are self-empowered with appropriate guardrails for organizational, security, and compliance directives.
- You’ve arrived! A process of continuous innovation is the ultimate destination of these five steps, facilitating an ongoing evolution of ideas, products and processes to fulfill business goals.
With legacy technologies, complicated organizational structures, the need to effectively reap economies of scale, and other challenges, larger enterprises often don’t know where or how to begin their foray into achieving enterprise DevOps at scale. Our best practices-based DevOps at scale process methodology is designed to help. Download your copy today.