Did you notice that the only constant in the IT world is change? Until recently, it was unclear what that meant for IT companies — was it the Agile approach? And many leading companies benefit from those techniques for software development. But time flies, and now DevOps is in the mainstream, occupying headlines and attracting all the attention. But a lot of people still don’t know what this buzz word mean. Is it a movement or a new job title? A new technology? Or just an approach? Let’s clear this up and find out how DevOps can make a difference in your company.
What is DevOps?
Traditionally, it is believed that DevOps emerged in 2009. It was Patrick Debois who combined the words “development” and “operations” into “DevOps”. He’s also called “the father of the DevOps”.
You may have heard about a “wall of confusion” in development and IT operations processes. Every side sees the world differently and has their own ways of tackling the tasks. Of course, everything can be completed perfectly, but only in isolation. This movement was developed to build a bridge between developers and system administrators to make them work closely together and understand the whole process end-to-end, i.e. making them cross-functional specialists. It allows you to see what can be quickly tweaked to achieve your key business objectives. Moreover, DevOps has its own methods, and, no less important, its own tools. What is so good about this new trend is that it minimizes uncertainty between team members and help creating an effective working environment where a self-organizing team builds, tests and releases reliable and fast products.
DevOps is gaining traction now. DevOps Days are held around all the world promoting new solutions to different problems IT faces: the splitting of team members, high IT costs, too much time for production, high failure rates of new releases and many more issues within the software development lifecycle (SDLC). On top of all this, more and more corporations are making a DevOps transition, jumping in with both feet and exemplifying the possibilities of DevOps. Among such trailblazing organizations are as follows: Amazon, Netflix, Target, Facebook, Walmart and Sony Pictures Entertainment. It is fair to say that DevOps will become the standard for software development pretty soon.
To make sure that DevOps works in practice and has real business benefits, we offer you some findings made by Puppet, an automation software vendor.
PuppetLabs presented their report proving that such a methodology and tools contributed to faster software deployment and delivery. About 25,000 technical professionals were surveyed to discover a number of DevOps advantages which brought important changes to company’s performance:
- Faster software delivery and deployment: 200 times more frequent code deployments, 2.555 times shorter lead times.
- Improved recovery: 24 times faster MTTR (Mean Time To Resolution).
- Considerably reduced deployment failure rate: 3 times fewer failed deployments.
- Much better employee loyalty: measured by employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS).
- Improved quality and agility: 22 percent less time on unplanned work and rework.
- Increased scope for further tasks: 29 percent more time on new work, such as new features or code.
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As we see, the influence of DevOps on your company can be much greater than you imagined. When adopting it in the right way, it will break down the “wall of confusion” between the development and operations team resetting your software engineering process. You can only profit from faster outcomes and time to market (TTM), improved quality, enhanced customer experiences and greater innovation.
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