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3 reasons why you should consider going DevOps


Boguslaw Osuch - 9 July 2018 - 0 comments

In traditional organizations, the success of development and operations teams is measured by different results. While the number and quality of delivered updates are essential for developers, operations teams care more about maintaining the health of the system. These two interests remain separate as organizations put teams and the data they generate in silos.

No in reality, organizations need to both deliver new features and maintain stability. And that’s where DevOps comes in.

In a DevOps environment, teams can share code bases, benefit from continuous integration, and take advantage of automatic deploys to expose problems early on in the development process. That just can’t happen in traditional organizations where the code is taken over to operations teams at the end of the coding process.

DevOps brings plenty of tangible benefits to organizations. In their State of DevOps Report, Puppet revealed that high-performing DevOps organizations see:

  • 200x more frequent deploys
  • 24x faster recovery times
  • 3x lower change failure rates

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider implementing DevOps at your organization.

1. Technical benefits

Since DevOps is all about increasing collaboration between development and operations teams, it directly translates into shorter development cycles time, increasing the frequency of releasing code into production.

Traditional organizations take from 3 to 6 months to bring a product from requirements to release. By introducing DevOps, the same cycle can be reduced into a daily or even hourly release-build cycle. That type of continuous development and deployment build a competitive advantage for businesses, increasing the value of IT to the organization.

The agile methodology is at the backbone of DevOps. By boosting collaboration, fostering iterative development and modular programming, and breaking large code bases into smaller chunks, DevOps is an approach that makes the lives of development and operations teams easier.  

2. Culture benefits

Another area where DevOps brings serious benefits is the company culture. The increased communication and collaboration between development and operations teams means that they’re no longer siloed and can communicate with one another freely, sharing knowledge and best practices to build a robust process.

DevOps promotes a culture of trust between team members and risk-sharing. It encourages teams to continuously experiment with the aim of improving the company’s products and services. That way, both development and operations teams are enabled to research new customer needs and develop innovations to address them.

Finally, DevOps introduces a durable quality to the company culture: performance. Instead of traditional rule-based or power-based cultures, DevOps aims to reduce the bureaucracy that is part of the process, leading to a happier, more satisfied, and, therefore, more productive workforce. And that translates directly into the organization’s business performance.

3. Business benefits

As expected, DevOps brings plenty of business benefits to organizations. Let’s not forget that the primary goal of DevOps is providing end users with high-quality software and excellent experience. The main idea is for organizations to become more efficient and agile in delivering that.

At the end of the day, DevOps helps to create a more meaningful relationship with customers by providing them with reliable applications, faster.

One of the most important benefits of the DevOps model is its high velocity. Companies gain a competitive advantage by being able to adapt to changing markets, innovate faster, and become more efficient in achieving their business goals. Since DevOps is based on lean principles, reduction of waste is critical to any DevOps implementation.

Key takeaway

DevOps is an approach that comes in handy to organizations that want to become more agile through continuous delivery of products and services that match the needs and preferences of end users.

In my experience, DevOps brings teams many different benefits – some of which are more tangible than others, but all have a positive impact on the work of development and operations teams.

Organizations interested in implementing DevOps strategies should start by looking into tools that enable development and operations teams to communicate and collaborate efficiently. Atlassian’s suite of products is a collection of such tools, and all it takes is knowing how to configure them correctly to bring these teams to the next level.

If you’d like to learn more about how to implement DevOps with Atlassian tools,  reach out to our expert consultants – they’re experienced in advising organizations will practical knowledge about improving the efficiency of their development and operations teams.