Top Five DevOps and Ops Team Challenges for 2015

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Ownership Wars

Challenge #1: Ownership Wars Might Be Stifling Culture

While culture is a fundamental part of DevOps, it goes well beyond Ninjas, Rockstars, and hoodies. At its core, DevOps culture is about fostering collaboration and results-driven effort. However, until operations can figure out how to better foster culture within its daily activities, this aspect of DevOps will not flourish. Infrastructure is still in operations' full control, but the culture needs to span across development silos and embrace shared data, shared tools and shared approaches. Without a sound DevOps culture, getting the proper processes in place and tools implemented will be much more challenging.

DevOps and operations teams are always focused on problem solving. They are not only under increasing pressure from tech-savvy, app-centric business users to collaboratively solve challenging business problems with IT, but also trying to keep up with a rapidly changing landscape of tools, technologies, processes and adoption. So, as we head into 2015, it is important to take stock of all the potential new challenges ahead … as well as some ways to get ahead of them.

IT infrastructure used to be a service published to the rest of the organization – all new requests were made to and executed by the operations team. However, the process is becoming more democratized and collaborative. And while that is certainly a good thing for business, it shifts the dynamic and responsibilities considerably.

Luckily, knowing what is coming will help DevOps and operations teams better prepare to overcome it. In this slideshow, operations expert Dr. Trevor Parsons of Logentries explores the five challenges teams need to address – from cultural changes and shifting ownership to hybrid environment complications. He also shares steps to take now to overcome future challenges and save some headaches along the way.


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