Ten Golden Benefits of DevOps

Looking for a watertight business case for adopting DevOps practices? This top ten list of DevOps benefits will have your executives giving DevOps the green light in no time.

Ron Gidron
Ron Gidron, December 28, 2016 2:00 pm
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We could give you 20. However, we’ve managed to distil the ten most important benefits of DevOps. If you haven’t already dipped your toe into DevOps, now is the time to try—because your competitors are already in deep and you need to catch up.

First, a quick definition. DevOps is a methodology or practice that emphasizes the collaboration between software developers (that’s the ‘Dev’ part of DevOps) and IT operations teams (the ‘Ops’ part), while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes. The goal is to create a culture around the faster release of high-quality applications.

Here are ten reasons why DevOps is an indispensable part of your technology arsenal.

1. Win the Application Economy

We live in an application economy. One in which every business is a software business and apps are the distinguishing feature of service. Your customers want apps that are convenient, secure and reliable. DevOps ensures those apps—and any other services—are built, tested and released more rapidly and reliably.

2. Get Agile

Every business is talking about becoming agile for their digital transformation. DevOps makes it happen. Through improved collaboration and communication, development creates that innovation more easily, while Operations brings it into production. Everyone wins.

3. DevOps = Dollars

No-one would deny this. For example, DevOps automates repetitive tasks like regression and performance testing, even for a small change, very quickly. Automated processes such as frequent backups and fast rollovers help create a more stable system. A collaborative team also has a higher chance of faster delivery, thereby reducing cost overruns owing to schedule and expectations mismanagement.

4. Say Goodbye to Silos

Scroll back five years and most enterprises operated their innovation in silos. Developers were in one corner of the building, working on “the next big thing”, while operations (who they rarely engaged with) were elsewhere, making sure none of the technology stopped or went bang. DevOps brings those teams together into one seamlessly unified team, sharing knowledge, culture and processes to make sure innovation happens faster. No more silos.

5. Faster Development Cycles

Collaboration and communication are the watchwords of DevOps. Based on this new synergy between development and operations, it takes less time to jump from engineering code into executable production code.

6. DevOps Promotes Continuous Service Delivery

Faster development cycles result in code being released into production quicker. The gap between requirement building and release into production can come down from months to days—hours even. It’s coined ‘Continuous Delivery’: an approach whereby teams produce software in short cycles, ensuring that it can be reliably released at any time.

7. Detect Defects More Quickly

In the application economy, nothing matters more than launching compelling apps quickly. Like the agile methodology, DevOps calls for collaboration, iterative development and modular programming, based on smaller codebases. By making the codebase more manageable, code defects can be picked up and resolved quicker.

8. Failure, What is Failure?

You can develop as fast as you like, but if the app fails when it’s launched, that development is wasted. DevOps involves tight collaboration with the operations team; combine this with improved defect detection and you’re looking at fewer pre- and post-deployment issues. Rollbacks become a thing of the past too.

9. Faster Recovery Times

If a failure does occur—and inevitably it will happen at some point—the time to recover is reduced in a DevOps environment compared to a traditional IT environment. Why? Because of the efficiency gained by the development team understanding how operations teams work and vice-versa.

10. Improved Attitudes Among Employees

Instead of throwing code over the wall, DevOps encourages tight, personal collaboration between work environments. This in turn improves attitudes throughout the team as staff begin to learn how to rely on each other. According to Michael Schmidt, Senior Director, Automic, “DevOps brings IT together and this shift in culture is likely to spread outside the department.”

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Ron Gidron

Ron Gidron

Ron Gidron is Product Marketing Director of Release Automation at Automic Software. He has spent the last 14 years in product marketing, product management and pre-sales positions in both startups and large enterprises. Ron's passion lies in the intersection of software, users and market trends.