DevOps strategies & best practices – part 5

devopsIn our journey so far we’ve outlined some strategic guidelines for getting your organization attuned to the new ways of doing business in the post-PC era. DevOps is not a quick fix solution. In fact, it’s complex and requires transformative changes at all levels of the business. The changes required for DevOps implementation can seem daunting if not outright impossible, especially for organizations that are entrenched in traditional enterprise infrastructures.

 

To be clear about the road ahead, let’s highlight the main takeaways we’ve learned so far and translate them into a clear set of best practices that can guide your DevOps strategy moving forward.

 

Best Practices for Your DevOps Strategy

 

 

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Recognize DevOps is an Epic Change for IT: mobile is the “new PC” and cloud means that anyone in your organization can use a credit card to stand up a PaaS in minutes. The implications for IT are profound and will continue to drive transformative changes away from legacy and traditional enterprise platforms.

 

Get Buy-in from your Executive team: bring together the leaders of Development and Operations and demonstrate synergies on how a DevOps strategy can work for the company. Show ROI and time savings. Demo any of the growing number of DevOps tools to show the value of what this strategic new framework can do for your company.

 

Transform the Culture: DevOps is as much about culture as it is about tools; change behaviors through support of broader, more open-ended policies that allow for more innovation and brainstorming. Don’t be afraid to fail, but fail forward!

 

Create an Automation Culture: start with a small pilot project to track your KPIs such as number of deployments per month or mean time for resolving issues. Adopt a SaaS monitoring tool like New Relic to monitor your web applications. Do something as long as it eliminates a manual process and frees up time for innovation activities.

 

Realize DevOps takes Time: there is no quick fix solution to creating a DevOps environment; it takes time to get key stakeholders onboard and to change policies and practices. Be persistent though and the dividends will pay off!

 

Wrapping it All Up!

 

As we’ve well learned by now, DevOps is an epic transformation in the world of IT that is creating a host of new opportunities for businesses to become more agile and efficient in the delivery of their products and services. In this day and age where “customer is king” and when the turnarounds for novel app development and deployment are measured in days instead of months, organizations must do their utmost to provide value and to keep up with demand.

 

DevOps represents a huge opportunity for increased ROI and efficiency but effective adoption requires a transformation in how technology, infrastructure, and people work together within an organization. In the foregoing discussion we’ve highlighted some key strategies and best practices that business leaders can adopt today to kickoff their DevOps solutions. If followed through, these recommendations can dramatically save your organization significant amounts of time and money while boosting efficiency at all levels.

 

Get onboard the DevOps revolution today and begin to see the differences it can make in the level and quality of your business practices!

 

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