3 Ways to Prepare Your Organisation for the Future of DevOps
By Arijit Banerjee
DevOps adoption continues to grow at a rapid clip and organisations are constantly looking for ways to overcome barriers and leverage the latest advancements. According to the Forrester 2017 Global Benchmark Survey, 27% of organisations are looking to implement DevOps while 50% of organisations have already implemented DevOps and are planning to scale.
However, to develop, drive and sustain DevOps success, organisations not only need to focus on collaboration across teams but also build a culture of experimentation. This requires leveraging the expertise of DevOps professionals who have a good understating of configuration management process and can implement continuous integration. But given the increased demand for DevOps engineers, leveraging such expertise is a challenge. In India alone, 10,128 DevOps engineer jobs were open in 2017.
Here are three ways companies can leverage the latest trends in DevOps and stay at the cutting edge:
Develop expertise in automation: Automation is the key practice of DevOps. According to a DevOps survey, approximately 44% of participants reported significant improvements in their organization's ability to enhance customer value and meet business objectives after implementing DevOps. Acquiring the right capabilities in automation helps companies automate configuration management, testing, deployment and change approval process. Companies that invest in DevOps training aimed at developing expertise in build and test automation and configuration management are able to significantly reduce manual tasks and enhance the performance of their IT professionals.
Build a DevOps culture: A collaborative culture is fundamental to DevOps roll-out. However, building a collaborative culture requires building team capabilities to deliver code, architect good systems, and apply lean principles to the team’s work. Leaders who fail to focus on this aspect, risk their DevOps initiatives. In fact, according to Gartner, by 2020, half of the CIOs who have not transformed their teams' capabilities will be displaced from their organisations' digital leadership teams. It’s therefore critical to create and sustain a culture that helps your team develop a DevOps mindset and enhance understanding of test-driven as well as behavior-driven development.
Polish skills in DevOps tools and automating scripts: One of the biggest hindrances in DevOps adoption is fragmentation of tool set. For organisations to develop software successfully using DevOps, creating a shared tool strategy is a must. This requires understanding of multiple DevOps enabling tools such as Chef, Puppet, and Jenkins, along with the ability to deploy them to improve coding.
It is clear that to succeed in DevOps initiatives, enterprises need to make a conscious effort to raise their DevOps literacy level. Getting the right mix of processes, people and tools is imperative to championing DevOps initiatives. However, it is important to understand that there is no single tactic to getting this right. It requires a customised approach based on an organisation’s unique needs – one that is supplemented by agile and collaborative training - to accelerate DevOps skills. Such an approach will help your team make well-reasoned choices about design and development at a time when the rate of change of technology has reached hyper speed. The result: continuous delivery, rapid transformation and satisfied users.