What is DevOps and How Can Your Business Benefit?

We’re all seeking maximum productivity and profitability. It’s a huge part of everybody’s business, right?

So, when a tool or idea comes along that can increase both productivity AND profitability, it’s no wonder businesses are eager to jump on-board – or, at the very least, investigate it to see if it’s a fit.

The above statement is true with regards to DevOps with the exception that DevOps is more of a mind-shift than it is a set of tools. Why is it a mind-shift?

Yes, this mindset makes use of existing tools (we’ll get to that in a minute), but this mindset is changing the way businesses operate in terms of speed and agility – allowing for a continuous development cycle (development – integration – deployment – testing) and a shorter road to ROI.

All of which can be seen as very enticing for businesses eager to drive profit as quickly as possible.

Can We Make The Move To DevOps?

For most companies, the answer to this question is “yes.” However, that answer (regarding the move to DevOps) can vary depending on the business’ size and culture. The move is almost always easier for smaller businesses, regardless of age.

Larger companies, and ones that have been around longer, run the risk of having a culture that may interfere with the forward-thinking needed to make the shift to DevOps. For the latter of the two, it’s a wise idea to ease into the DevOps culture.

Your Business May Already Have What It Needs For DevOps

The good news is, most companies already have the teams and systems in place to make this important shift to DevOps.

What DevOps does is bring development and operations teams together – allowing them to work much more closely when needed while maintaining their autonomy in each discipline.

Making The Case for DevOps

We’ve already talked about how DevOps is a mindset and sometimes that makes C-level folks nervous because it’s hard to put an ROI on that kind of fuzzy thinking. DevOps ROI can range from 10 times to 100 times depending on a large number of factors.

However, outside of the numbers game, there are undeniable benefits off a DevOps shift. In terms of expectation resulting from a shift to DevOps, a company can expect:

A Reduced Cycle of Development.

By bringing development and operations teams closer together when needed, we see greater communication which leads to an accelerated timeframe that gets applications out to their target audiences faster – and in a better state than without DevOps.

A Reduction in Failure Upon Deployment.

By using the cloud, companies bring people together, without the need to be at the same location. By linking teams through the could, it’s easier to create a development environment that closely resembles a production environment.

This often translates into far fewer failures thanks to close interactions between teams. Of course, this is just the first steps into making the move to DevOps – we touch on some of the important points here in our blog, but, as usual, if you have specific questions, the team is always available to answer them.

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