These are the key issues CIOs need to address when adopting this methodology.
DevOps is a concept that came into being as enterprises sought perfect synergy between application development and IT operations. Most organisations today have operations teams that exclusively focus on configuring and maintaining network, storage, software and security, while app development is a separate function. In a DevOps environment, all these teams collaborate to ensure a faster rollout of products. DevOps makes perfect sense for companies to transition to in a digitally transforming world characterised by disruption.
However, moving to a DevOps kind of environment can be challenging as it involves transformation and change management. There are other hurdles as well before enterprises can get DevOps to deliver for them. Here are some key issues that CIOs need to address while adopting DevOps.
DevOps plan: Before embarking on your journey craft a plan that clearly defines DevOps. The plan should also identify the project owners in various teams, the goals and various deliverables. Once the plan is ready all stakeholders should clearly understand the definition and the project’s objectives.
Management buy-in: Moving to DevOps will involve significant investments. You will need to clearly articulate DevOps’ business benefits to top management and get their buy-in.
Culture change: The transition to DevOps requires a change in organisational culture as it is a collaborative approach to app development that will involve the IT operations team, the development team, and business users. In large organisations, where these teams tend to work in silos, bringing about a change in organisational culture can be a daunting task.
Training: Teams need to be trained on DevOps and the various tools that enable collaboration across teams. CIOs should therefore identify a leader in each team who is capable of training other team members in DevOps.
Seamless alignment of components: Enterprises today have increasingly hybrid environments that comprise on-premise, private and public cloud. The challenge while moving to DevOps is to ensure that various tools and applications function seamlessly across the environment while catering to individual requirements of software, storage and compute.
Standards and metrics: The development and operations teams work on different tools and have their own separate goals, and consequently follow their own standards and measure success differently. In a DevOps situation they will need to have common standards and metrics or else the pairing of the teams runs the risk of being inefficient.