Opportunities Await, Mindset Shift Required
The short history of DevOps : “In 2009, a group of engineers began the conversation about how to forge better collaboration between the development teams that build software and the operations teams that run the software. This conversation quickly spawned the practices of “DevOps”.
After more than two decades of experimentation among Silicon Valley giants, “agile” has finally gone mainstream. Companies inside and outside the Valley are using some form of this software-development methodology, which emphasizes, among other things, rapid building and frequent delivery of software and system updates, with continual user involvement. Under this approach, companies are seeing increased productivity within their software-development teams, faster release of digital products and services, and improved customer experiences. Research suggests, for instance, that companies can reduce the average number of days required to complete code development and move it into live production from 89 days to 15 days, a mere 17 percent of the original time
A lot of companies are now kicking the tires on DevOps, the next wave of innovation in software development and delivery and a critical enabler of agile software development. Under this product-development approach, companies seek to fully integrate their software-development functions with their IT operations so teams can jointly build, test, release, and maintain new digital applications more frequently and more efficiently.1Software is designed with discrete business requirements and system integration in mind, rather than in a vacuum, and developers and operations staffers are equally responsible for the delivery and stability of code.
So, DevOps is the movement to bring Development and Operations closer – communicate and collaborate across Dev and Ops. Development here is inclusive of development and test. However, few companies, regardless of industry, have been able to reap the full value of DevOps. The implementation of agile has typically affected interactions only among small groups of business stakeholders and discrete application-development teams. By contrast, the move to a DevOps model requires that companies make broader, more systemic changes that could significantly alter interactions among allsoftware-delivery teams, IT-operations staffers, and business stakeholders. This is a more complex undertaking.
Microsoft provides a self-assessment tool that can help you check if you are DevOps ready. Careful analysis of case studies of organizations within your industry that have successfully implemented DevOps is a must before you take the big leap. Remember, at the end of the day, DevOps is more than a technology or a tool set. It’s a mindset that requires cultural evolution. It is people, process and the right tools to make your application lifecycle faster and more predictable.