Breaking Down DevOps

This article is the first in a series discussing trends, tools, and processes related to your Software Delivery processes.  We will uncover how taking on a DevOps mindset and making incremental changes can have a tremendous impact and ROI to your organization.

Recently, we developed 5 Misconceptions about DevOps, a guide highlighting the top misconceptions around DevOps today and sharing our perspective on the true state of DevOps today.  Download it and read on as we dig in further to DevOps.

5 Common Misconceptions about DevOps

Software Development over the past few years has undergone an amazing transformation through the adoption and implementation of agile software practices and development within the cloud becoming more accessible and mainstream. This has dramatically sped up development teams’ responsiveness to ever-changing business requirements in addition to dramatically increasing the throughput of these teams are capable of maintaining.

As development teams’ throughput continues to flourish through this evolution, a challenging scenario is created for organizations to keep up with the increasing demand and complexity of environments, configurations, and deployments. DevOps is a natural extension of an agile organization aimed at handling just this challenge. Evaluating your organization’s software delivery practices and making even the smallest changes in efficiency and tooling can have a dramatic effect on the quality and speed of software delivery.

As you read in our 5 Misconceptions of DevOps, DevOps isn’t too big and complex.  Like any large problem, it is best solved by breaking it down into several smaller pieces. The basic components are: continuous integration, continuous delivery and, if it makes sense, continuous deployment.

Implementing all or even a few of these components can dramatically speed up your software delivery cycles along with a solid foundational source control management and branching strategy best practices. The 2015 State of DevOps Report by Puppet Labs surveyed approximately 5,000 organizations. These organizations, even by just implementing portions of the entire DevOps potential are realizing real benefits including 200 time shorter lead times, recover from failure 168 times faster all while failing 60 times less.

In our ongoing series, we will explore some of the components, tools, and processes and begin dissecting DevOps. Subscribe to our blog to ensure you don’t miss a post.