DevOps: Organic Approach Toward Automating Workflow

Milan Kumar Vice President  Global Delivery Nihilent Technologies Customer needs have never been more dynamic, something typical of the global era of today. Every industry is preparing itself to continuously respond to these changing customer demands. This can be achieved by adopting DevOps as mainstream strategy for the organization as it achieves “Continuous customer communication” through feedback loops. 

The IT Industry has entered the age of IoT, with new drivers such as requirement of faster & cheaper solution, digitization and disruption.  The objective the IT industry now is to have flexible, quick and effective “organization structure and processes” to deliver “software” that is secure, robust and changeable. Towards this end, the IT industry has to change the way the value is delivered to the end customer. 

DevOps is a cultural, philosophical and organic approach toward automating workflow and getting products to market more efficiently and effectively.  When software developers and operations staff (system engineers, systems admins, DBAs, etc.) collaborate effectively, communicate honestly and work as a cohesive team, the software development life cycle (SDLC) is streamlined, risk factors are mitigated, and projects are completed and deployed with minimal bugs, quality defects and glitches. 

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It will do well for organizations to focus on applying the three pillars of the DevOps approach to meet changing customer demands and goals.  

Three pillars Of DevOps 

Holistic Focus

# Shorten go to market time

# Reduce downtime

Amplify feedback loops

# Create shared goals across all teams 

# Measure outcome not just output

Culture of continual experimentation & Learning 

# Foster culture where improvements are encouraged

# Foster culture of taking measured risks.

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A recent report by HDI indicates that 40 percent of the respondents to the survey don’t really know what DevOps is or means; 18 percent have started adopting DevOps, at least in some areas. A mere 3 percent have DevOps fully in place. As for the reasons for not adopting DevOps, over one-fifth (21 percent) of organizations cited resistance from the development team; hence the emphasis on cultural shift in nearly all the DevOps literature.

Cultural resistance and lesser process discipline will result into significant failure rates for DevOps initiatives, particularly when waterfall processes still exist as a dominant part of the development portfolio. Nevertheless, a majority of enterprises attempting to scale agile over the next few years will recognize the need for DevOps initiatives.