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Guest View: Infuse Agility into your Digital Business with DevOps

Hemanth Kumar Aswathanarayana - Cloud Solution Development Head, Wipro | June 17, 2014
The transformation to a Digital Business requires organizations to absorb new priorities and align themselves to address rapidly changing business requirements.

The development and testing teams typically don't understand the challenges of the operations team. They expect the development and testing environments to be made available as and when required, tailored to their functional needs. They don't own the responsibility of ensuring the sanity of these environments. As opposed to this, in a Cloud-based environment, ensuring the stability of the environment is a user responsibility.

Finally, the silos further prevent cross-leveraging, innovation, and exchange of ideas. Developers, on the one hand, are driven by the urge to deliver new features. The operations arm, through their process driven approach, are focused on the more traditional aspects of availability, robustness, and cost efficiency. These differing sets of priorities often lead to longer project timelines. To keep pace with the speed at which the business expects projects to be delivered requires the development, test and operations team to collaborate, to ensure quick turnarounds for any issues in the application development lifecycle.

Your DevOps journey: How to do it right

Enterprises have to setup the necessary tools, with the right level of automation, to embark on their DevOps journey. There are multiple tools available today, each of which addresses one or more parts of the jigsaw puzzle that makes up the entire DevOps flow. Enterprises have to designt their solutions to suit the requirements of relevant stakeholders in the business. The success of DevOps is heavily dependent on the level of automation in place and the presence of an orchestrator at the core of this, who is adept in the knowledge of the various tools that make up this jigsaw puzzle. This is typically a one-off engineering activity. Once the tools are in place, the team responsible for running the process must be able to sustain it and implement continuous improvements to the process.

In smaller organizations, having a separate team to run this process will add to costs. So it is expected that the Development, Testing and Operations team take collective responsibilities to keep this process running. With sufficient levels of automation, the DevOps process can be run without having a dedicated team.

DevOps: The game changer

Devops represents an evolution in how IT services are delivered and supported and is a true game changer in Application Lifecycle Management.

More often than not, enterprises are limited by the availability of simulation environments for executing projects. The number of releases within a year is typically a function of the number of servers available for projects. Traditionally, such environments are re-built on existing servers across different release cycles. This can introduce problems like environment residues - objects or data from previous releases which cause unnecessary side-effects. DevOps with Cloud can help address this problem to a large extent.

 

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