#Asia Intrigued by DevOps? Ask yourself these questions first


A DevOps culture increases the speed and efficiency of a company’s software deployment, but for some startups, it may not be the correct fit


Today we are in a world surrounded by cloud and DevOps. Understanding DevOps is not a simple task, making implementation even more of a challenge.

What is DevOps? In the most basic sense, it is the collaboration between the development aspect of a company and the operations side. It values deep collaboration in order to build, deploy, test, monitor and, if necessary, kill, software developments extremely quickly.

Before implementing the culture, an internal assessment should analyse if the organization will benefit from the changes or if doing so would be a waste of time and resources.

The company must understand that even trivial, incremental changes are more exposed with DevOps. But, it signifies that the startup can test new ideas with more risk.

DevOps has been successful in speeding up software development and restructuring the involvement of quality assurance and operations teams.

Moreover, makes it easier for businesses to address consumer demands, and offer more flexible solutions.

Intrigued? Make sure to answer the questions below to undertake an accurate DevOps evaluation.

Is value added to the businesses with DevOps?

While implementing anything, make sure long-term returns are considered.

Traditional software development tools take considerable time for coding and testing before the product is perfect for distribution. However, challenges oversights and a defect in the release, while not overlooking competition, can adversely affects the return on investment.

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This picture of software development is changed by DevOps.

Shorter and smaller development cycles mean testing is faster and mistakes present themselves quickly.

Operations, quality assurance staff and developers relentlessly work on a product’s constant release pipeline. This means, every release is a value addition to the characteristics and functionality of the product.

Shortening the development period means software travels in market faster.

Is IT flexible enough to support DevOps?

The IT enterprise must install every small software release.

That is, the new version of the software is installed on one or more servers in the cloud or data center as well as the interlocking storage support, performance monitoring engines and databases. All these activities are core responsibilities of IT decision makers.

To deploy and provision a traditional application, it can take months and months of time.

Specific requisitions, approval of new servers, application requirements, acquiring an OS, installing any new system, acquiring software licenses’ and performing the deployment of the approved system is determined by the IT organization.

While all these tasks are being carried out, there is usually minimal interaction with the developers.

When IT employees work on rare software releases then long and rigid processes work well.

So, while assessing DevOps, one should also consider how the IT team is functioning if sustained as-is and how it will change with a strategy shift.

IT people work closely with QA staff and developers in a DevOps strategy to offer computing, networking and storage resources on a much faster pace to test each release.

It’s important to ensure a company’s IT employees can handle the strain.

Is the enterprise big enough for DevOps?

DevOps will function effectively only when a cyclical pipeline of development exists. If there are any gaps in the pipeline then it will leave employees idle.

To effectively deploy DevOps, the enterprise should be large enough to support the tools and processes that will enable the system to be productive. Balancing project demands and staff can initially be challenging for small enterprises which means application development is often sub contracted by small enterprises.

Maintaining and deploying a DevOps pipeline is done by large enterprises with the capability of adjusting employee levels to avoid project timeline hassles.

In terms of specificas, organizations with 250 to 1000 employees are in a better position to deploy the process while organizations having more than 1000 employees will have the scaling ability to fully leverage the strategy.

Is the organization aware about its strategy?

DevOps is not a single task.

It is an entire procedure of processes, tools and people. To effectively deploy DevOps, the company needs clever developers, insistent testers and expert operations workforces.

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In one word, collaboration.

Workflow and automation with related tools are required and the organization must have flexible and dynamic business processes to completely eliminate traditional silos with multiple teams working together.

Having all of these elements set in place, DevOps radically triggers deployment cycles and software development process bringing in tangible rewards.

Will the company promise constant change?

Deploying DevOps is not a one-time adjustment.

Deploying DevOps requires fundamentally altering the business environment, the technological advancements, and, maybe the most difficult part, changing user expectations.

After making the initial DevOps step, new development language will be adopted, migration to another collaboration platform and workflow, upgrading servers, migrating to public cloud or implementing a private cloud and finally getting familiar with business environments.

Is DevOps culture really important?

The three pillars of DevOps are process, technology and culture.

Focus is directed to culture because if culture is evolved, it will naturally support technology and process for its operations.

Difficulties will be faced while evolving an organization’s culture, but in the end, it is worth the effort.

Many organizations believe that DevOps is not actionable, it is just automation and cultural change is not effective.

This all is a misconception about the term DevOps. DevOps basically is collaboration between operations team and developers.

Moreover, it is advantageous in the SMF — Service Management Framework — as more and more services rely on the collaboration between Dev and Ops members.

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Information System Development is one such area where major changes are witnessed reducing the gap between operations, developers and consumers enabling problem detection earlier.

In short, DevOps benefits supporting a culture of cooperation and automation, enables sharing, optimises the usage of services, improves the quality assurance and solves issues related to out-dated standards and structures.

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