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The Benefits of DevOps

DORA’s 2019 State of DevOps Report show that top DevOps performers deliver code faster, have fewer issues, and resolve incidents more quickly:

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Companies that incorporate DevOps practices get more done, plain and simple. With a single team composed of cross-functional members all working in collaboration, DevOps organizations can deliver with maximum speed, functionality, and innovation.

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Technical Benfits

  • Continuous software delivery
  • Less complexity to manage
  • Faster resolution of problems
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Cultural Benefits

  • Happier, more productive teams
  • Higher employee engagement
  • Greater professional development opportunities
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Business Benefits

  • Faster delivery of features
  • More stable operating environments
  • Improved communication and collaboration
  • More time to innovate (rather than fix/maintain)

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It isn’t stability vs. new features

In a non-DevOps environment, there is often tension between releasing new features and stability. The development team is measured on the updates they deliver to users while the operations team is measured on the health of the system.

In a DevOps environment, on the other hand, the entire team is responsible for delivering both new features and stability. The combination of a shared code base, continuous integration, test-driven techniques and automated deploys, among other things, exposes problems—in application code, infrastructure, or configuration—earlier in the process, because the code isn’t “thrown over the wall” to operations at the end of coding.

Problems tend to be less complex because change sets are smaller. DevOps engineers can exploit real-time data into the performance of their systems to quickly understand the impact of application changes. And resolution times are faster because team members don’t need to wait for a different team to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Increased effectiveness

There is enormous waste in a typical IT environment with people waiting for other people and other machines—or they are stuck solving the same problems over and over. Workers like to be productive and the time spent churning causes frustration and unhappiness. When people get rid of the unsatisfying parts of their job and can instead spend that time adding value to the organization, everyone benefits.

Automated deployments and standardized production environments, key aspects of DevOps models of IT operations, make deployments predictable and free people from routine repetitive tasks to go do more high value things. For example, a major financial services firm with an IT team of more than 4,000 freed over $8 Million in value by adopting devops, which reduced MTTR and removed legacy tool maintenance.

Dollar values assigned to adoption of DevOps and New Relic. From the Forrester Total Economic Impact study.

Measuring DevOps

To succeed with DevOps, it’s vital that you have data so you can keep a close eye on performance and prove success at every stage.

Data for DevOps

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