5 Tips to Successful Dev Ops
When defining what DevOps (Development Operations) is, Amazon put it best. “DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.”
Within your team/company structure encourage collaboration. This means, understanding who is accountable and responsible for the delivery for each task or project and therefore oversights are less common and projects are more efficient.
DevOps specialists are well worth their salt, however, make sure to have contingencies for when these staff are out of office or unavailable. Having individuals with a monopoly on the knowledge base within the business on certain issues means you’re open to future issues. If there are problems, you should be able to look to documentation which explains what to do when certain scenarios occur.
Be Performance Focused
DevOps is something that can often drift towards a crisis management utility within the business rather than a value added service to the client. Look to push the boundaries on how systems and processes can be improved for future developments of platforms. It will mean you stay ahead of any issues and are providing continued value to the client and your business.
In order to be agile you must look to measure everything relevant to performance (mentioned above). Look at things such as uptime, lead time and the average time to platform recovery. Understand these areas will allow you to see areas of weakness to potential risk and in turn address them accurately and progressively.
Automate Where Possible
Understand what tasks you complete on a daily basis, and question whether or not the process can be automated. Like many things in technology, their are often ways to make things more efficient and automation is often the ultimate goal. Automation can be a USP of your business in it’s delivery of services as focus and time can shift more towards the performance and developing better systems.
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