Gaining traction and rapidly spreading throughout the technical community is the group of concepts known as DevOps. It has catalyzed into a movement of sorts, and widely embraced by leading corporations such as Netflix, Target, Walmart, and Facebook. These and many more organizations have experienced how the adoption of DevOps principles can lead to competitive differentiation, by enabling team to deliver higher quality software at faster, more efficient speeds.
While some may initially believe that DevOps is a methodology or process, recent conversations in the industry lead to the idea that DevOps is primarily about culture.
The DevOps culture is based on a set of principles an organization initially aspires and ultimately adheres to. Organizations that have adopted this culture value:
In a strong DevOps culture, all individuals in the software delivery lifecycle align around a shared goal – the delivery of stable, high-quality software from concept to customer.
In order to build a sustainable DevOps culture, organizations need to understand the key components involved in structuring a strong, and efficient DevOps practice. We have found that the following three foundational components must align the software development lifecycle in order to enable digital transformation.
One of the core tenets of DevOps is a culture of collaboration. Teams must be on the same page and work in support of the same outcome – the delivery of stable, high-quality software and systems. All facets of the team must have a cultural focus on quality and consistency to keep projects in motion.
DevOps aims to achieve efficient, secure, and sustainable operational processes. Important aspects of quality included setting effective quality goals, implementing the appropriate levels of automation, or collaborating across silos to correct problems early and quickly.
Strong DevOps teams create a process that may result in them failing fast, but are able and willing to try anything and everything to iterate and get as many data points as possible, as fast as possible. Striking a balance between operations and DevOps empowers organizations to respond better to volume, variety, and velocity of change that is commonly involved in digital transformation.
Tools and technologies are another essential component of the DevOps equation. The common elements of your DevOps toolbox include applications for coding, building, testing, packaging, releasing, configuring, and monitoring.
Making the right technology choices means finding the right signal in the noise of all possibilities, and while you may have an unlimited number of tools available, it is important that you analyze and evaluate options that align with your common goal to deliver a quality and efficient product.
There is no “one true way” to DevOps. It is a journey that is unique to every enterprise, but in order to achieve digital transformation, it must be scalable, standardized, and efficient in order to succeed. Check out our other cloud, DevOps, and software engineering content on Tech Effect – your guide to growth in a people-led, tech-powered world.
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Vice President, Cloud Solutions
With over 20 years of experience in IT, Research, and Cloud Computing, Scott brings a passion for innovation, architecture, and emerging patterns. He focuses on forward-thinking solutions to provide high availability and scalability to both the infrastructure and software systems.
As leader of the Cloud practice at EagleDream Technologies, Scott brings a drive for discovery of the latest developments in Cloud Computing and a willingness to share his knowledge and original thinking with clients and co-workers. Scott enjoys exploring the intersection of the Cloud and software development and how it is driving architectural and design changes.
Scott received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. In his free time Scott enjoys fishing, working on his log cabin, and traveling with his wife and daughter.
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