One of the more interesting cultural movements in IT is what I’ve seen towards DevOps. At its core, the goal of DevOps is to maximize profitability by shortening product delivery time, but that would be an overly simplified explanation of such a robust movement. For deeper insights into how to maximize the value of DevOps for your organization, there are two fictional business management books that every IT leader should have in their library.
When renovating your home, you may choose cosmetic or structural changes depending on your needs and priorities. Similarly, those looking to take advantage of the Cloud for their monolithic architecture must decide if they need surface level changes or a deeper overhaul to accomplish their goals. On the one hand, a structural renovation might start with the demolition of your application and operations practices to fully take advantage of DevOps and Microservices. On the other hand, cosmetic changes can take the form of refactoring your operations and applications to utilize Cloud services while maintaining a monolithic architecture.
If you tear down your house, you will have nowhere to live until you rebuild, and you may not have the time or budget to go that route. If you want some of the benefits of the cloud, but time and budget will not allow an immediate overhaul, here are 3 cosmetic upgrades you can make to your server so that you can chip away at renovation while maintaining a livable environment.
If moving to a DevOps model, you must select an integrated set of tools to build, deploy, and manage your apps. Developing your DevOps toolchain means you need to consider how you will handle source control, monitoring, provisioning, automation, and security.
Taking the time to break down or define your processes in each of these categories and research, evaluate, test, and select the appropriate tools is daunting. There are two main approaches to building a DevOps toolchain: DevOps in a Box and Best of Breed. This article will serve as a guide towards determining which may be right for your unique needs.
Progress, not perfection. Large-scale culture shifts are made from a series of small-scale adjustments that accumulate over time. It’s unrealistic to expect people to instantly break old habits and adopt a DevOps model overnight. Here are a few quick wins that can be implemented at the team level for more efficiency now and to bring others on board with driving change.
According to the Harvard Business Review, “Every business is, willingly or unwillingly, a competitor on a software playing field, no matter which sector it’s in.” Consequently, the overarching goal for businesses today is to leverage software in a way that increases speed to market, improves customer satisfaction, and allows you to become more responsive to customers’ needs. To achieve all this, there must be a framework that supports a culture of innovation and shortens the time from identifying an opportunity or challenge to acting. This is where Agile, DevOps, and Cloud come into the picture. This article shows how each supports the other to create the perfect synergy for 99.99 software.