If you’re in a development or operations role, you probably gawked at this title. The truth is, having some other company manage your “DevOps” is an insult to the term. However, bear with me while I put out this scenario:
- What if you don’t have a team that can manage all your tools that enable you to adopt DevOps methods?
- Why should you have to spend time managing the tools you use, instead of developing and operating your application?
- What if your team isn’t ready for this big cultural, process, and tooling change or disagrees on where to begin?
These are key reasons to consider adopting a DevOps platform managed by experts.
Just a Quick Definition:
To bring you along my thought process, let’s first agree on what DevOps IS. DevOps, a term built by combining the words Development and Operations, is a set of cultural values and organizational practices implemented with the intent to improve business outcomes. DevOps methods were initially formed to bridge the gap between Development and Operations so that teams could increase speed to delivery as well as quality of product at the same time. The focus of DevOps is to increase collaboration and feedback between Business Stakeholders, Development, QA, IT or Cloud Operations, and Security to build better products or services.
When companies attempt to adopt DevOps practices, they often think of tooling first. However, a true DevOps transformation includes an evolution of your company culture, processes, collaboration, measurement systems, organizational structure, and automation and tooling — in short, things that cannot be accomplished through automation alone.
Adopting DevOps practices can be a gamechanger in your business if implemented correctly. Some of the benefits include:
- Increase Operational Efficiencies – Simplify the software development toolchain and minimize re-work to reduce total cost of ownership.
- Deliver Better Products Faster – Accelerate the software delivery process to quickly deliver value to your customers.
- Reduce Security and Compliance Risk – Simplify processes to comply with internal controls and industry regulations without compromising speed.
- Improve Product Quality, Reliability, and Performance – Limit context switching, reduce failures, and decrease MTTR while improving customer experience.
The basic goal here is to create and enable a culture of continuous improvement.
DevOps Is Not All Sunshine and Roses:
Despite the promise of DevOps, teams still struggle due to conflicting priorities and opposing goals, lackluster measurement systems, lack of communication or collaborative culture, technology sprawl creating unreliable systems, skill shortage, security bottlenecks, rework slowing progress…you get the picture. Even after attempting to solve these problems, many large enterprises face setbacks including:
- Reliability: Their existing DevOps Toolchain is brittle, complex, and expensive to maintain.
- Speed: Developers are slowed down by bottlenecks, hand-offs, and re-work.
- Security: Security is slowing down their release cycle, but they still need to make sure they scan the code for licensing and vulnerabilities issues before it goes out.
- Complexity: DevOps is complex and an ongoing process. They don’t currently have the internal skillset to start or continue their progress.
- Enterprise Ready: SaaS DevOps offerings do not enable them to have privacy or features they require for enterprise security and management.
Enter Managed DevOps:
Managed DevOps removes much of this complexity by providing you with a proven framework for success beginning with an assessment that sets the go-forward strategy, working on team upskilling, implementing end-to-end tooling, and then finally providing ongoing management and coaching.
If you have these symptoms, Managed DevOps is the cure:
- Non-Existent or Brittle Pipeline
- Tools are a Time Suck; No time to focus on application features
- You know change is necessary, but your team disagrees on where to begin
Because Managed DevOps helps bring your teams along the change curve by providing the key upskilling and support, plus a proven tool-chain, you can kick off immediately without spending months debating tooling or process.
If you’re ready to remove the painful complexity and start to build, test, and deploy applications in the cloud in a continuous and automated way, talk with our DevOps experts about implementing a Managed DevOps solution.
-Stefana Muller, Sr Product Manager