DevOps

The Role of Automation and DevOps in Transforming Enterprises

Today, automation has become an integral part of every industry, powering their digital businesses with higher agility. Over the past decade, more than 78% of IT organizations across the globe have invested in transforming their enterprises to adopt modern practices*. As automation becomes imperative in the coming years, DevOps will form the backbone for implementing solutions that leverage breakthrough technologies.

Let’s look at what DevOps is and why it is rapidly becoming the foundation of modern business practices and technology strategies.

According to the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe), DevOps focuses on 5 core principles:

  • C – Culture of shared responsibility
  • A – Automation of processes leads to higher efficiency and low risk of failure
  • L – Lean flow accelerates delivery by dividing large stories into smaller stories
  • M – Measure everything that flows through the pipeline and apply telemetry on the full-stack mode
  • R – Recovery should be built-in to the architecture to enable low-risk releases

As you can see, DevOps is both a culture and a set of practices. Implementing DevOps brings higher productivity, efficiency and minimal risk, along with ease in doing business. It uses a set of tools that each have a unique ability to contribute to the overall business value.

In addition, the DevOps community encourages open source technologies and tools. Implementations are aimed at finding an agile way to deliver a minimum viable product (MVP) with a regressive path of continuous integration and continuous delivery.

In DevOps, continuous integration is a development practice where developers push each change into a source code manager (SCM). The code gets integrated and processed for unit testing, code analysis, build, and deployment.

Continuous delivery is a DevOps practice that focuses on frequent, short cycles of releases, which ensures the stability and reliability of the product. Products must be deployed to the market as soon as the release is stable and without dependencies.

Furthermore, the DevOps emphasis on proofs of concept (POC) helps reduce the risk of transformational changes among teams.

Together, these principles and practices help organizations achieve the following benefits:

  • 96x fewer defects
  • 440x faster lead time
  • 24x faster recovery
  • 2x less time spent fixing security issues
  • 29% more time spent on new work
  • 46x more frequent deployments

DevOps also helps teams and organizations advance on the path to increased automation. It creates a scope for automation that encompasses infrastructure, development, operations, data visualization and testing.

Conclusion

DevOps culture is both industry and technology agnostic. It can be implemented across any stack and is widely used by enterprises of all sizes and shapes. Its combination of philosophies and techniques brings teams closer, synchronizes their work, shortens development cycles and reduces deployment failures to maximize business value.

Source: Gartner 2018 report on product-centric delivery model