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DevOps Helps Transform Development Practices To Meet Business Demands

Rosalind Radcliffe
 

Clients are looking to connect systems of record (SoRs) with systems of engagement (SoEs) quickly and securely. As customer expectations of updated, quick interactions connected to enterprise information become the norm and competition to deliver quickly increases, the DevOps approach is critical. Clients who take advantage of the continuous development and delivery of DevOps will perform faster.

DevOps delivers business value through agile and lean principles where all people in the development process come together using tools that support a transformation to collaborate on solutions that provide real business outcomes. This includes such practices as continuous planning, development, integration, delivery, testing and feedback as part of the transformation lifecycle. This model is more efficient and effective, based on end-user requirements, and can be modified or updated at any point in the process.

“DevOps can mean many different things. It includes transforming the culture of the business—to break down the silos and have collaboration, transparency and automation throughout—from the initial business requirement through the delivery and operations of the function.”
—Rosalind Radcliffe, Distinguished Engineer for DevOps for enterprise systems

Rosalind Radcliffe, Distinguished Engineer for DevOps for enterprise systems, talks with IBM Systems Magazine about the rise of DevOps, trends and directions clients can expect, and how to start taking advantage of these capabilities today.

IBM Systems Magazine (ISM): What is the state of DevOps?
Rosalind Radcliffe (RR):
 DevOps is a growing trend in many organizations—most web companies or startups today follow this model to some degree. For large-scale enterprises, DevOps generally has started with the distributed applications, or mobile SoEs. Organizations that have started their DevOps transformation with the entire enterprise are seeing the greatest benefit.

DevOps can mean many different things. It includes transforming the culture of the business—to break down the silos and have collaboration, transparency and automation throughout—from the initial business requirement through the delivery and operations of the function.

ISM: How will DevOps look going forward?
RR:
 In the near future, I see DevOps as the standard that large-scale organizations are moving toward. This, however, will be a transformation over time. DevOps is the continuing improvement of the processes toward delivery. I expect it will be years before organizations consider themselves mature DevOps cultures, and that the term DevOps will have changed to something new even before some organizations have fully matured.

ISM: What challenges does DevOps solve?
RR:
DevOps is critical for large organizations to stay ahead of the digital disruptors. It will also help them gain additional value from their existing assets and allow them to become service providers to their organizations and other outside companies.

DevOps is about a culture of delivery and everyone in the organization having the same common goal. Today, developers are rewarded by delivering function; operations is rewarded by availability. These can be seen as disconnected rewards. By moving everyone to a common reward system of delivery, everyone can focus on the business value being provided.

Valerie Dennis Craven is a Minneapolis-based writer and editor.


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