Organisations across the globe are increasingly turning to DevOps. This is a clear sign that the potential of solid and well-informed DevOps can be a successful and profitable investment for any company. The successful and efficient implementation of DevOps practices can assist in faster, better, high-quality and reliable software. The success of these practices and the implementation of them is, of course, reliant upon the culture of the business. To succeed, a business requires cooperation and collaboration within and without.
DevOps is more than an IT infrastructure buzz term; it is a modern day clarion call for the streamlining and optimisation of practices within any and every business. Understanding the need to implement it, the requirement to break organisational silos and encourage collaboration are vitally important. So too is the well-trod idea of putting the customer or end-user at the centre of the action.
Automation, scalability, choosing the right tools, performance reviews, real-time visibility, integration of real time are some of the key concepts or topics within the overarching umbrella of DevOps. To help understand what is on offer, what DevOps can do to assist your business, these 10 Best Practices for Successful DevOps Implementation has been created.
What Are DevOps Best Practices?
If a business is like a ship, then it should be obvious to any sea captain that the whole ship must be aligned and pointing in the same direction. DevOps is no different because it absolutely requires alignment of mission and purpose. To ensure that happens, often, a leader or navigator is required to point the ship in the right direction.
The first step in beginning the implementation of DevOps best practices is to ensure that your IT goals and business goals are aligned. This requires a well-thought out and analytical review of your company and the goals it is aiming for. This might also depend on the industry your business operates in since there are those that get easily aligned with IT and those that might require greater structural adjustments to make them aligned.
The Importance of Customer Satisfaction
Change is the only constant in the universe. Nowhere is this concept more true or relevant than within the psychology of clients and end-users. Understand that what a customer requires and what a business manager may want to create is not always the same thing.
Customer demands and requirements are in a constant state of flux. It is important that your business remains aware of these trends and stays ahead of the curve. This requires a very real commitment to customer satisfaction and delivering quality and excellence above and beyond what is to be expected.
Start Small… Then Scale!
Your business may be during implementing DevOps. This is a good start, but oftentimes, and with the best of intentions, business managers may attempt to scale something too fast. This can be deeply harmful to an organisation should it go wrong.
Often these incidents result from a manager attempting to scale too quickly. The result of this rapid change in the IT culture of an organisation is the lack of time to build trust and acceptance with the new systems and procedures. There is also a need to upskill current workers or to find new talent to fill the roles created by the changes within the company. Neither of these are task that can happen quickly.
Automate, Automate, Automate
If the core tenets of DevOps philosophy are efficiency and optimization, then automation would be the holy grail. Automating systems and processes as much as possible allows for faster execution, more accurate reporting and freedom from (the majority) of human error.
There are a great number of functions that can be automated currently, and this is a trend that will continue to grow each year. Some examples of tasks that can be automated with relative ease are, code development, middleware configuration, database and networking changes, and to do essential testing.
The ability to automate these tasks and many others may be met with hesitance at first, but after understanding the cost-savings and reliability present in these services, any company should find value in this.
Select the Right Tools
This is about tools that can help you automate the roles or functions in your business. Under DevOps philosophy, toolsets are largely chosen dependent upon whether they can integrate or react to the other tools you need to automate your business. As each of these tools or toolsets links to the next, you will inevitably end up with a “toolchain”. This is exactly what is described by the name. A series of tools or toolsets that can connect with, integrate and communicate with each other, all along the toolchain in some way.
Management Favourite – Performance Reviews
Every company has some form of performance review. Some are more series than others, but everyone should have evaluation of an individual employee’s performance and contribution to the company. The issue here, in the context of DevOps is that a Performance review is an individual assessment.
The heart and soul of DevOps culture is one of inter-connectivity and collaboration. Cooperation and collaboration may even be thought of as two of the pillars holding up this philosophy.
In terms of a performance review, it becomes difficult to analyse and review the performance of a team of IT employees who have worked under DevOps principles. Thus, it may become a requirement to alter the standards and processes to better assess the team members in a kind of group review. Rather than individual performance reviews, which do little for their well-being.
DevOps remains one of the most exciting developments in modern business management to date. A concept that is at first glance so simple, yet the means and processes available to implement become increasingly complex and capable of automating more amazing things.
The DevOps movement could be thought of less as a section of the IT department that no one talks to and more. Rather it is a collaborative effort that exists solely (depending on your staff) to operate for the benefits of. It is our hope that some part of this guide may help guide your business in which case, your business will thrive under your investment for many years to come.