As a business it can be easy to think of DevOps implementation as a one-off-event; not requiring much thought or consideration. The reality however is that like any technology it takes some time and effort to ensure that the transition goes smoothly. When it comes to implementing a technology, few things are important that define the success of a project. Not everyone has to agree with some of the things when a project is underway. But there’s one thing that everyone will acknowledge when it comes to the successful implementation of a project and that is, things doesn’t happen overnight.
A software project gets easily implemented because a traditional software project involves a process, in which code is developed, sequentially tested, rolled out and finally on boarded. But DevOps is more than a project in that tools and technologies will not help the processes needed to realize its potential. The thing about this disruptive technology is that, it comprises of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to the end users.
The DevOps is not just about embracing a new technology platform because technology itself keeps changing with the changing times. If only it was about technology it will not be any different from run-of-the-mill technology. There should be something that distinguishes it from other technology processes. That brings us to the question: what is at the heart of DevOps.
At the heart of DevOps is collaboration between the teams that is much more than just implementing tools and software. If we look at the factors that lead to the advent of DevOps and its immediate adoption in mainstream IT, we will notice that the team involved in software delivery including development, operations and testing teams working in silos. These teams were working in isolation with each team having goals, methodologies and approaches distinct from other teams. This has often resulted in communication gaps between teams; delay in deliverables and most importantly failing to meet customer expectations. It is for the same reason why DevOps made its way into the mainstream IT.
As already stated, DevOps is not a product-centric approach; it’s an approach that necessitates cultural, organizational and technology shift. It’s the combination of tools, technologies, philosophies that help an organization to capitalize on the benefits of DevOps. But as long as Dev and Ops continue to work in silos and as long as the barriers of communication and collaboration exists between the teams, DevOps initiatives might not live up to the expectations.
But bringing about a change in team culture doesn’t happen automatically, especially for people who are used to working in silos. So an organization should have that readiness to make the leap. But it is imperative for an organization to know if they are DevOps ready. Also it is not so easy for organizations to define what has to be in place before launching DevOps initiatives. But without an assessment, there’s no way for organizations to know where they stand when it comes to DevOps readiness.
One of the challenges of moving to the DevOps is assessing an organization’s readiness to adopt this disruptive technology that can help enterprises understand the many areas they need to focus to achieve successful DevOps onboarding
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