The concepts and tools of DevOps have caught wider attention in the last year, the extent of its adoption by developers is fast increasing and just about anyone who is anyone in the IT world must be familiar with the concepts and understand its business benefits. In a general explanantion, it basically encompasses bringing together development and operations to facilitate continuous application, deployment and monitoring of applications while promoting faster delivery and testing.

(DevOps in business statistics, Brintia)

But DevOps is more than just software development, it´s a philosophy that provides you with the most innovative and actionable solutions to answer the most burning business questions. The integration of new technology can be a rough road and one of the reasons so many projects fail is due to an uncentered business objective between the organizations own goals and the actual projects that are delivered. In 2017, a study by PWC confirmed that 35% of respondents reported that the lack of collaboration between the company and IT resulted in their failing to reach specific business goals.

In 2017, a study by PWC confirmed that 35% of respondents reported that the lack of collaboration between the company and IT resulted in their failing to reach specific business goals @WeAreBrintia

Yes, it might sound strange, but we are going to confront this issue exactly like a doctor would. Before implementing a solution, we must first identify the problem at hand to understand its symptoms and what we can do from there.

So, what do businesses usually suffer from before looking at DevOps as a viable solution?

  • Deployment is slower than you would like.
  • Lack of cooperation between developers and operations teams.
  • You don’t know whether what you’ve deployed has been successful or not.
  • Your production environment isn’t very stable.
  • You have issues synching your deployment teams.

Sound familiar? Why?

Because even if you’ve already taken the plunge into DevOps integration it doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. Tech savvy companies should be all over DevOps, but it doesn’t matter how big or how small your company is, you still need to ask yourself some important questions because just as DevOps applications should be continuous, so should the term itself:

  • Does your complete team understand the term DevOps? Simple, yet significant. Demystify the overwhelming jargon of the term for your team. Help them by defining the values of DevOps; trust, open communication, collaboration…Understanding is the framework of good implementation. Why is DevOps so different from traditional software implementation? Is it the importance of automation? The culture of shared ownership and collaboration? The resuming of a production-first mindset? What is DevOps? It´s a good place to start.
  • Is your DevOps implementation aligned to your business goals? Put on your business hat and talk to as many associates as you can, the more you understand the needs of your company the better you will be able to use DevOps to meet those needs. How are you measuring success? What are the needs to be met? What are the companies long term objectives? And where does technology integration fit into all of this?
  • How are developers and operations teams working together? This is an important question if your company is going to manage efficient software deployment successfully. Firstly, everything must be put into a source control, resources must never be deployed manually, and both teams must adopt a culture of shared ownership and strong teamwork. If you’ve applied these strategies, then you’re already half way there.
  • Are you ensuring effective continuous deployment? Continuous deployment and management is one of the keys to effective DevOps use. Is the build process being automated? If the build needs to be improved is it being done quickly yet efficiently? Is the build quality being monitored continuously?
  • Does everyone share the same incentive? If one team is incentivized for security and the other for time to market, it won’t be long before conflicts arise. Teams should strive to achieve alignment between everyone’s goals.
  • Is the regular implementation of new technology a common practice? Is your company a promoter of the application of new, shiny hardware to help attract the most innovative of DevOps candidates? Investing in technology that not only appeals to but captivates new talent proves your company is at the forefront of cutting-edge projects and somewhere they want to make their mark on. The tech industry is always changing, which makes the market increasingly competitive. Show potential candidates how competitive your company really is.

How did you do? Follow these steps and you´ll soon be combining both the speed and effectiveness of DevOps concepts with your companies objectives, perfectly aligning the two to put custom software development centre stage in the core of your success driven strategies. Want to learn more about the power of DevOps for your business? Read more of our posts here.