DevOps is a cultural approach that allows different functions within an IT team to work collaboratively. It changes the capability models that traditionally separates the development and operational sides of the business, encouraging teams to work in synergy. It helps to identify road blocks earlier, reducing time to market and permitting businesses to capture market opportunities faster.
DevOps can increase customer value by freeing workers from routine, repetitive tasks.
Research has shown companies that incorporate DevOps practices get more done – according to Puppet Labs 2016 State of DevOps report, high-performing organisations that had adopted DevOps deployed 200 times more frequently, with 2,555 times faster lead times.
1 – More deployments mean faster time-to-market
Staying ahead of the competition means acting with agility and speed – the faster a product arrives on the market, the better chance the business has of succeeding.
DevOps facilitates this idea through two key factors. Firstly, continuous software delivery ensures that a development can go from idea to working software faster. Secondly, due to the speed that ideas can become a reality, organisations can rapidly experiment with different functionality and features to ensure continuous incremental improvements.
“If you can’t out-experiment and beat your competitors in time to market and agility, you are sunk,” said Gene Kim, author of the The Phoenix Project. “The faster you can get those features to market and test them, the better off you’ll be. Incidentally, you also pay back the business faster for the use of capital, which means the business starts making money faster, too.”
2 – No more false dichotomy
Prior to the advent of DevOps, there existed a division between development and operations. For companies that have still not moved to DevOps, there is a fundamental tension between the introduction of new features and application stability. Development’s KPIs tend to measure the features delivered to user, while the operations team is focused on the stability of the system.
A DevOps environment takes a much more holistic approach, creating efficient and productive development cycles. A single DevOps team is responsible for both new features and stability, combining both aspects in a comprehensive package. The amalgamation of shared code base, continuous integration, test-driven tasks and automation means problems in application code and infrastructure are revealed earlier.
Software code is handed to operations team members as part of the development cycle. The complexity of problems found in the code is diminished as changesets are smaller. The real payoff is that resolution is much swifter due to the integration of the teams; no longer are there hold-ups waiting for a separate team to troubleshoot and fix a problem.
3 – Better use of resources
Ask a business leader such as a CIO what they would rather do: Create value for the organisation or fix and maintain status-quo processes? The answer, almost always, is to add value to the company through innovative processes and frameworks.
Unfortunately, much is wasted in a standard IT department. When people have to wait for colleagues, machines and software integration – or are stuck on repeat – IT environments can absorb a concerning amount of company resources.
One of the departments where this wastage is most visible is human resources. People like to be productive in their work and any time spent churning through tedious, repeatable tasks tends to lead to frustration, disengagement and even absenteeism. DevOps can help reduce the unsatisfying and tedious work, allowing developers and other staff to focus on adding value to your organisation.
If you are looking to leverage the benefits of DevOps automation deployments and standardised production environments, make sure you talk to Avocado. We have the expertise needed to ensure DevOps principles help free up resources and people from routine repetitive tasks, bringing together everything you need to operate a durable and scalable development system.