More and more people in IT leadership are considering DevOps because of the revolution in software delivery speed, customer satisfaction and IT innovation it makes possible.
Yet many are unsure about where to begin. And it's no wonder.
Unlike other agile frameworks, DevOps has no standards body, no formal processes, no defacto best practices. The DevOps benefits you achieve - and the way you achieve them - depend entirely on your business goals, your infrastructure and your IT human capital.
And that's where Lighthouse comes in. By applying our deep knowledge of DevOps principles and tools, we'll help your team apply DevOps strategically, so the DevOps approach you use is right for your business and your application environment.
IT leadership is embracing DevOps today for a reason: Customers' growing and ever-changing demands for high-performance applications are leaving legacy IT methodologies in the dust.
Instead of constantly trying to catch up with customers, the DevOps approach puts IT out in front, helping shape the change environment for the benefit of both developers and their customers.
But controlling change through DevOps requires changes of its own, principally in three realms where Lighthouse is experienced and equipped to help:
1. Improving company culture, with active collaboration between development and operations (hence, the name DevOps).
2. Shifting to more automation, especially with resource-intensive processes, opening the door to faster delivery and greater innovation.
3. Adopting the right platform based on your goals, current state and resources. To ensure the correct solution for your needs, we bring to bear a mix of proprietary development tools combined with technologies from leading providers, including Red Hat, Docker and HashiCorp.
In this brief slide presentation, Aldo Pietropaolo of Lighthouse Computer Services lays out a basic framework of what you need to know and plan for before starting your DevOps journey:
1. The three fundamental truths of DevOps, including the importance of failing fast. The faster the better, actually.
2. What has to change in your organization, your culture and software delivery methods. These changes are not optional.
3. Deconstructing the monolith: What to do about legacy IT as you move toward DevOps dominance.
4. Envisioning your new DevOps environment: organization, operations, communications.
The accelerating forces that spawned the DevOps concept - continuous change, shadow IT, consumerization - will only intensify over time. It's not too soon to start exploring and planning for a future that will almost certainly include DevOps.
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DevOps impacts a lot about your company, including your culture, the way you're organized and the way you deliver IT. Our first step together is determining what needs to change and what those changes entail.
Equally important is identifying potential constraints and bottlenecks; especially those processes and procedures in conflict with DevOps concepts. They're easy to spot if you know what to look for.
Typical metrics, like cost, service levels and ROI, won't go away, but they often take a back seat to more meaningful metrics like customer satisfaction, time to market for new features, and revenue contribution.
Not all DevOps platforms and tools are alike. They do different things in different ways and must be compared and contrasted to determine how well each supports your DevOps vision.
Getting a DevOps process going is faster than some think possible. But remember, DevOps is iterative, so deploying fast and revising often is a DevOps fundamental.
Once DevOps is underway, IT is firmly in partnership with operations, so close collaboration and a continuous, two-way communications loop is not just essential, it's foundational.
Access links to these Lighthouse DevOps Practice publications covering a few of our partner-specific solutions and resources.