Habits are the human mechanism for simplifying decisions which drive what we do daily. When thinking about habits, it is essential to recognize they can be good, bad and with respect to our goals.
Heads of technology always have a love-hate relationship with DevOps. A solid DevOps team can provide cutting edge speed, collaboration and delivery but the kind of changes in the culture it brings along is difficult to accept and adapt in some organisations. Despite this, DevOps is being adopted across many organisations due to the good features it brings to the table. Hence, it has even become the new hack to get investment from IT investors these days. But in no way is the importance of DevOps being overstated by organisations that do abide by it. Future of organisations is highly dependent on their ability to deliver software faster and faster while not compromising on security and stability. This article on “10 Habits of all successful DevOps” will familiarize you with 5 best and 5 worst DevOps habits that your organisation can imbibe.
The goal behind effective DevOps habits is to enable DevOps teams to maneuver fast with a continuous delivery workflow. Building a DevOps culture isn't an instant process, you can’t simply pull it out of the box. But if you're taking a thoughtful and incremental approach, DevOps becomes a strong combination of culture and tools which will elevate your business to a level of agility and quality that your competitors would find hard to beat. And adopting the above habits of highly effective DevOps will get you there.
It’s your turn now. Tell us in the comment section the habits that drove DevOps success at your organisations and the habits that you make sure are avoided at any cost. For more such articles, follow us on LinkedIn, and if you have queries specific to your business or want to leap into the cloud, drop in your contact details in the comment box and we’ll reach out to you.
As a key decision-maker, it feels that you just can’t ignore the big buzz words of technology like AI, Computer Vision, Mobile First and so on, and it is just natural to sideline DevOps Transformation as a buzzword that will fade out soon. But, doing so would mean missing out on a train of fast-paced, technology-supported growth. Today, we try to explain to you this paradigm simply and understandably.
What is DevOps transformation?
‘In an organisation, there is an unwritten coding policy, called throw it over the wall and let the operations team run it. The ops team is usually the one responsible for customer or manager facing tasks and so developers are less worried about buggy code. The incentives are misaligned and there is a vision mismatch between the business and the technology side since everyone is working in their silos.’ Do these sentences remind you of an organisation you have worked/are working with?
DevOps Transformation is a process aimed at breaking down these silos and building an integrated environment working towards a common vision.
While there is no standard definition or way to do it, it is essentially a process that aims at cultural and technological change aimed towards improved communication among business, design, engineering and all other parts of an organisation.
Why should you opt for DevOps transformation?
Without beating around the bush, here are 3 solid reasons why you should opt for DevOps transformation.
These 3 factors together ensure that there is lesser wasted effort and higher predictability, which will directly reflect on productivity and profitability of your organisation.
What is the journey going to look like?
As you start with DevOps transformation, be aware that it will bring major cultural and procedural changes. It will mark the start of shared decision making. While collaboration and standardisation may be slightly chaotic early on, as time goes by, it will be refined and lead to constant optimisation with the help of the metrics tracked. The process of DevOps transformation is like washing clothes. First, observe. As different clothes are observed for materials and colours, observe where the organisation stands currently on different metrics such as speed and ability to handle change. Next, lather, that is, measure how things work today and find the greatest pain points and bottlenecks. Now, rinse, that is, start fixing the problems that are evident by using tools and techniques such as CI/CD, automation, etc. and streamline them. Lastly, repeat. Remember that this is not a one time process and as new observations crop up, be ready to repeat the process and change incrementally.
What are the challenges of this transformation?
The journey is not going to be without its challenges. Organisations need to reimagine the structure of doing things and culture. It is important to ensure that you don’t underestimate the effort required. Choosing the right metrics is tough. Focusing just on feature development speed without a focus on corresponding better quality will not yield results. The goals set must be realistic and in line with the limited funds that an organisation can allocate. Lastly, the complexity involved in the process of DevOps transformation must not be undermined. Your IT leaders must be able to answers questions like, ‘Will standardisation improve results or delay innovation?’ and your teams should be ready to overcome resistance to change and relearn many ways of doing things.
What is the future going to look like?
The DevOps transformation journey is most going to be an ongoing journey since new paradigms will keep on emerging, but its core mission will remain the same. With the involvement of AI, automation will play a major role in the transformation. AI, with machine learning, will put the focus on anomaly detection, predictive insights and performance baselining which will speed up mundane and repetitive tasks. AI will also take in metrics and put actionable insights from the data. All of this will ultimately sharpen focus on cloud optimization.
Be it about habit, health or DevOps, transformations are tough. Fortunately, we can help you with at least one of them. Feel free to reach out to us for any help or advice on DevOps Transformation and use the comments section to tell us how DevOps Transformation helped your business scale new heights.
Businesses across the globe are experiencing unparalleled change today across operations, services, fulfilment and customer experience, at the core of which is technology. Yet, not many businesses harness the power of technology fully and continue using legacy systems. Legacy systems are simply systems that are outdated but still in use. Legacy software and hardware are not reliable and run slowly or may not at all be supported by the vendor. In this article, we talk about why and how you can harness the power of the cloud for your business.
It simply is the process of moving digital operations to the cloud. It’s like a physical move, but instead of goods, data, applications and IT processes are moved and much like a physical move, a lot of advance work is required but it ends up being worth the effort by resulting in high savings and flexibility. Sometimes it might also mean moving from one cloud provider to another for added benefits.
In that case, a business should opt for a cloud-native approach. Cloud-native is an approach that exploits the benefits of the cloud delivery model. It is more about how the applications are created and deployed rather than where, which is implied to be the cloud. Cloud-native uses open-source software stacks in a containerised fashion. The architecture is more micro-service oriented for agility and maintainability. Using these modern tools in an agile fashion improves the performance of your system by many folds.
Gartner, a technology research company, lists 5 strategies for businesses to migrate to the cloud, commonly known as “5 Rs”
Re-host - Re-hosting is having the same applications on cloud-based servers. Companies doing this select a cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services or Digital Ocean and recreate the application architecture on the cloud provider. In terms of a physical move, this means shifting your office to a new but empty flat and recreating the interior just as before.
Refactor - Refactoring would mean that companies use the existing code and frameworks but run it on a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) provider. In our office shifting analogy, this would be something similar to telling an interior designer to make a similar office for you, but not doing the work yourself. This makes the process of deployments abstract and makes the developers more productive.
Revise - This strategy includes partially rewriting or expanding the code and architecture then deploying using re-hosting or refactoring. This will help in addressing the limitations and drawbacks of the current system and tapping the advantages of the cloud system. If your new physical office had 100 sq ft. of extra space, your new plan would obviously take that into consideration.
Rebuild - Rebuilding would involve starting from scratch as the name suggest. The entire application must be rearchitected and rewritten from the ground up making it a tedious process, but this process ensures that the application is written in a way to exploit all the features of the cloud. This would mean breaking down the new office you buy entirely and make it in a newer design for more benefits.
Replace - Here, you discard your current application and switch to an existing Software-as-a-Service solution. This would mean shifting your office to a fully managed office space or moving to a co-working space.
Depending on your needs, you need to create a strategy to move to the cloud. Some companies choose a single cloud provider, for simplicity, others use multiple providers to get the best of all worlds and yet others have a hybrid cloud-on premise model, which might need tight integration. Regardless of the strategy, you choose, we can handhold you during the transition and till a point of self-reliance. Comment below which strategy you think would work for your business and feel free to reach out for more guidance.
In times of disruption, businesses, especially small and mid-sized ones need to come up with resilient business models to drive through the challenges and be ready to leap on to growth opportunities