The benefits of DevOps
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.
There are technical benefits:
- Continuous software delivery
- Less complexity to manage
- Faster resolution of problems
There are cultural benefits:
- Happier, more productive teams
- Higher employee engagement
- Greater professional development opportunities
And there are business benefits:
- Faster delivery of features
- More stable operating environments
- Improved communication and collaboration
- More time to innovate (rather than fix/maintain)
The numbers tell the story. In their “State of DevOps Report,” Puppet reports:
High-performing DevOps organizations see
than low performing ones.
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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.
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 creative things.
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.