DevOps as a philosophy is being adopted in increasing numbers: Research firm Gartner predicts that DevOps will evolve by the end of this year from a niche to a mainstream strategy employed by 25 percent of Global 2000 organizations, and technology that supports it is predicted to grow 21 percent worldwide.
When done right, DevOps allows organizations to focus their efforts on business efficiency and product development rather than on keeping their systems afloat. ProKarma’s DevOps practice delivers a framework that helps operations and software developers deploy their products and enhancements more quickly and with fewer defects. Updates are ongoing and nearly continuous, allowing product development teams to pare delivery time by 50 percent or more.
At its most basic level, using a DevOps framework allows organizations to be successful regardless of the automation tools that are employed. In that way, DevOps as a practice has much in common with Toyota.
Toyota understands that the quality of the car is determined by the quality of each of its component parts – the whole vehicle has to work. Regardless of the type or model of car being manufactured, it goes through the same production process; it’s just the body styles and individual parts that are switched in and out. Each team member along the chain is empowered to provide feedback (via the Andon cable or a call button within easy reach), halting the process in order to address a quality issue.
Similarly, a DevOps framework enables a modular approach that allows for flexibility when changes happen that affect how the organization produces software. The framework allows the organization to move forward in a manner that’s vendor- and tool-agnostic – much like Toyota can seamlessly switch out one body style for another. It helps companies implement a holistic approach to software releases by promoting collaboration between all stakeholders, from IT and operations to product and software engineering teams, and as at Toyota, each member of the team is empowered to address quality issues at any step of the process.
Despite recent growth, DevOps is still in its infancy as an organizational philosophy, much like Agile was a decade ago. Has your organization adopted a DevOps framework to guide automation? Contact us to help answer this questions and see how we can help intigrate a DevOps framework for your organization.