One of the most important IT cultural changes in history is growing significantly within all companies across multiple segments. It’s called DevOps, and it’s the breaking down of barriers between developer and operation teams for better communication, integration, and workflow, resulting ultimately in improved overall business performance by your company.
If you have not already begun the transition, you should do so now. It may seem like a simple task; however, there are many processes, tools, people, and cultural changes that must be implemented in order to establish great DevOps within a company. But first, it’s important to understand where this movement came from and what’s fueling its accelerated pace of growth.
What drove the rapid growth of DevOps globally?
Businesses across the globe were demanding new features, greater efficiency, and faster delivery. The number of developers within companies also increased, and organizations were forced to transition to automate processes so IT teams could focus on the real needs of the business as opposed to manual, tedious tasks. This impacted Developers and Operations teams, and the need to especially integrate these two teams became important. DevOps was born then and is the cultural shift of integration among these two teams we see today.
Why do you need to adapt your IT to this new culture?
The large majority of startups today are born with this new culture already, and they are growing exceptionally fast. This growth is caused by DevOps, which allows startups to push new features and new application versions every few hours, sometimes even every few minutes. It can help companies make a considerable evolution in their application to gain new customers and partners. It also enables them to be more innovative; businesses that adopt DevOps are assured that the team will allow them to transition quickly into the market without any substantial issues. Also, when you integrate the real-time feedbacking process and bug report from customers, partners, and internal employees inside the CI/CD pipeline for faster improvements and fixes, you will be able to create better agility in DevOps and, in turn, in your business.
If you are unable to deliver the same DevOps agility as other startups today, your company will be at a major risk of losing customers in the future or even failing entirely depending on the competition within the market that your business is associated with. How you deliver new features and new business models for your customers directly correlates to your company’s success.
“Time is running out, please do not lose time and market momentum!!!”
However, startups are not the only companies using DevOps to create a competitive advantage. One example is Goldman Sachs. They have evolved from two builds per day to over a thousand builds per day. That is a substantial shift in the financial services industry where everything is required to be processed quickly due to the substantial number of transactions.
It is funny to think about it, right? Goldman Sachs is one of the biggest banks on earth and people often say: “Banks have too many critical applications, and they will be the last to adapt to the new IT culture or adopt new solutions.” However, this is wrong — think about it: there are so many FinTech companies (Financial Technology) growing in the market that if existing ones do not adapt their IT culture to accelerate the new application features to achieve business demands, they will begin facing more challenges since the new companies will be evolving much faster.
Goldman Sachs has done more than adapt to it; they began investing in an outstanding company, GitLab, which helps the market implement this new culture. Goldman Sachs is one of the most prominent investors in GitLab along with Alphabet.
“If you are a large company, do not make excuses as to why you should not make the change. Other companies your size are adopting it very fast.”
Organizations that adopt DevOps culture get more done quickly and effectively. There are many benefits of DevOps, and here are the top 5 advantages:
- Faster delivery of features;
- Improved communication and collaboration between developers and operations;
- More time for innovation rather than fixing and maintaining current applications;
- Higher employee engagement (since they begin to have a greater understanding of the process and, as a result, work as a team to collaborate and help one another);
- More stable and reliable operating environments.
Developers, operations, and security teams have been working for several years in a segregated fashion when building new applications, maintaining them, and protecting the environments running it. Fixing this lack of integration is arguably the most crucial DevOps factor in creating a smooth and agile pipeline. Doing so will create more agility within your teams and allow your company to better position itself against the competition.
1. CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment)
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