7 Steps for a Sustainable DevOps Transformation

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Communication Is Key

DevOps revolves around collaboration, so its inception in your IT department should be very much a team effort. A democratic atmosphere is key to the blurring of development and operations, so feedback and input are essential.

The vision and roadmap should be conferred quickly once decisions are made, in order to build trust and achieve visibility. The message should be communicated on repeat to engrain the new vision in the psyche of team members. Remember, after many decades working as software engineers, some team members will need outside encouragement to change no matter how willing they might be.

DevOps is not a market nor a methodology, but rather a philosophy. A portmanteau of developers and operations, DevOps can be thought of as a cultural movement or practice emphasizing collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals. The goal? To increase the speed, frequency and reliability of building, testing and releasing software.

Today, the adoption of DevOps is growing rapidly across many industries. DevOps boasts both technical and business benefits. These include continuous delivery, continuous integration, simplicity of problems, increases in both productivity and value and time saved. In order to fully understand DevOps, one must live its values. This requires an organizational overhaul for IT departments and the shift to a non-traditional approach. Trust must be given to those chosen to lead the change, but enterprises still need concrete ways to measure success. As with any business venture, creativity is a means to an end, but the return on investment (ROI) is invaluable.

Before continuous delivery can be achieved, one must first develop a vision and begin implementing successful DevOps practices. According to John Purrier, CTO of Automic, adopting the following seven steps will empower teams in their efforts toward a sustainable DevOps transformation.

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