Leading organizations large and small—including Amazon, Adobe and Zapier—are increasingly adopting DevOps workflows to increase productivity and attract top talent, thereby delivering more value to their customers. Learn everything you need to know about how to turn the idea of DevOps into a reality at your organization.
What is DevOps?
DevOps is the set of tools, principles, practices, and philosophies that bring software development and operations together to increase collaboration and accelerate decision-making among teams that have traditionally operated independently. Today’s leading companies rely on DevOps to increase engineering productivity and attract top talent—which results in happier customers.
The term “DevOps” was first introduced by Patrick Debois and Andrew Shafter in 2008. Since then, DevOps has evolved as the next step of the agile software development movement.
Companies that have implemented DevOps are able to roll out software updates, solve problems and manage unplanned or unexpected crises faster. More specifically, high-performing DevOps teams:
- Deploy 200x more frequently than low-performing teams with 2,555x faster lead times
- Spend 22% less time tackling unplanned work or fixing unforeseen problems
- Spend 50% less time having to deal with security issues
Altogether, this translates into the ability to serve customers more effectively and bring products to market quicker, which drives competitive advantage.
Whereas the traditional approach to software development involves different groups (e.g., engineers and operations) working in silos, DevOps brings all relevant team members together throughout the entire product lifecycle. In other words, DevOps teams see products through from design to development to testing to deployment to operations. This enables them to create a feedback loop they then leverage to continuously improve future releases.
According to a recent study, 47% of companies are already using DevOps for at least some IT projects while 33% plan to adopt the modern approach within the next two years. This increasing rate of adoption is due to the fact that DevOps provides a number of benefits, including:
- Better overall services. Since product updates roll out regularly, solutions continuously improve with fewer disruptions to customers.
- Stronger communication. DevOps encourages and reinforces regular communication and collaboration between team members. Over time, this results in a stronger team, fewer errors and improved innovation.
- Improved mean time to repair (MTTR). When problems occur, DevOps engineers can remedy them much faster.
- Enhanced customer experiences. Engineers incorporate customer feedback into the product more quickly—giving users exactly what they want.
- Increased efficiency. DevOps teams operate under lean and agile principles. They move faster without any waste.
- Increased productivity. Developers learn operations skills and members of the ops team learn development skills. This helps everyone identify problems and fix them quicker. Because DevOps teams collaborate all the time, employees are constantly learning new things and becoming even more skilled.
- More top talent and higher employee retention. Today’s top engineering talent are drawn to companies that use the latest tools and embrace modern business practices. And they also like working with other top talents. As a result, companies that implement DevOps best practices attract the strongest employees who then help ensure team practices stay up-to-date, leading to a positive virtuous cycle.
What is a DevOps Engineer?
Not only do DevOps engineers get paid handsomely, their skills are increasingly in demand as more and more forward-thinking organizations implement DevOps.
What is Continuous Integration?
DevOps engineers practice continuous integration by uploading the code they’re working on to a shared repository at least once a day—if not several times a day.
What is Continuous Delivery?
Continuous delivery is a DevOps approach that automates delivery and extends continuous integration further, ensuring that software is not only automatically built and tested, but also prepared for release.
What are the Best DevOps Tools?
The successful implementation of DevOps has two major ingredients: a cultural transformation and suite of DevOps tools that make automation, collaboration, coding, testing and deployment easy.