Is DevOps just the new buzzword? Is it a silver bullet? Will it deliver improvements? Here are ten reasons why your organisation should be looking at DevOps.
1. Your customers will thank you
Business demands are changing and traditional eighteen month long waterfall projects won’t cut it anymore. Adopting DevOps practices like continuous delivery can help you be more responsive to business needs and deliver value more quickly.
The business needs to trust that IT can deliver its strategic vision. Working together and building on success will allow IT and the business to improve their capabilities.
DevOps starts with the business goals in mind.
2. It will make your workforce more flexible
Are you an ITIL shop? An ISO20000 organisation? It’s not enough anymore. Successful organisations are drawing on practices from many different frameworks, standards and methodologies to build an IT service capability that is truly aligned to their customer’s needs.
Consider giving your staff time to research new ways of working and encourage them to adopt and adapt what they think will work. Creating a culture of improvement is good for your business and good for morale.
3. You don’t need to throw out what you’ve got
Adopting DevOps doesn’t mean throwing out everything you currently have – this approach is definitely NOT recommended!
DevOps draws on best practices from Agile, Scrum, Lean, IT service management and more. Adopting DevOps principles can help you adapt your existing processes to optimise how you are working.
Adopting the Three Ways of DevOps can help to give your organisation focus and drive.
4. DevOps is constantly evolving, meaning you will too
DevOps isn’t shelfware or documentation that’s stuck in a book. It’s ongoing, evolving best practice that’s coming from the community. Getting involved with DevOps will allow you to constantly improve how you work, and engage with and learn from other committed and enthusiastic professionals. Take a look at DevOps.com and the DevOps Institute to learn more.
5. DevOps really can make a difference to your organisation
DevOps isn’t only for the ‘unicorns’ – the high performing start-ups with the cool products. Organisations from insurance to academia are adopting DevOps and seeing real results.
6. You can adopt DevOps at your own pace
DevOps is evolution, not revolution. Don’t think you have to make a huge change all at once, or disturb existing parts of IT that are functioning well. Adopting DevOps isn’t about ‘yes or no’, it’s about ‘how much’? Start small, prove the concept and use what works. Get feedback and drive further improvements without causing chaos.
7. The numbers don’t lie…
- High performing IT organisations deploy 30x more frequently
- They have 200x shorter lead times
- They have 60x fewer failures
- They recover 168x faster
- High performance is achievable whether your apps are greenfield, brownfield or legacy
(Source: Puppet Labs State of DevOps Report 2015)
Think about what this could mean for your organisation – what could you be doing if you were spending less time dealing with failures?
8. DevOps will boost morale, and in turn productivity
Burnout can be prevented, and DevOps can help. (Source: Puppet Labs State of DevOps Report 2015)
Staff in a DevOps environment spend less time firefighting, and less time dealing with emails and planning meetings. They have more time to be productive and a better work life balance.
They have more time to be proactive and can spend time improving their work processes and working environment.
If you want to retain the best people and allow your staff to develop their skills, shouldn’t you be looking at DevOps?
9. There’s no pressure…
DevOps won’t overwhelm you with millions of processes, no one will audit you to tell you you’re doing DevOps wrong, and DevOps will constantly refine and develop in your organisation.
DevOps is about common sense, business objectives and doing only what’s required to deliver value.
10. DevOps is about more than just technology
Many people’s perception is that DevOps is all about technology. Automation is a big part of DevOps, but really it’s all about culture. Buying a tool won’t make you DevOps champions. Incremental organisational changes and a focus on culture will get you started on the right road.
Ready to start making changes in your own organisation? Check out our DevOps Foundation training, developed in exclusive partnership with the DevOps Institute.