The DevOps movement is an up and coming set of strategies and ideologies that leverage the concept of continuous delivery while promoting cross team collaboration between developers and IT operations with the end goal being the delivery of a product that ships faster, with fewer bugs, and is consistently monitored for near real time updates. To ensure that the processes and strategies involved are successful, teams must utilize a diverse range of third party apps (known as the DevOps tool chain) to help track and automate continuous delivery.
Being prepared to take on the processes that accompany the integration of new strategies like DevOps can always be intimidating, but you can make sure that you are as prepared as possible by following these 4 important pre-DevOps steps:
Align IT Strategies With Business Goals
Accelerating IT operations will only be valuable if they align with business initiatives. Getting IT to operate at a faster pace can be like spinning your tires if you haven't aligned IT functionality with business requirements. Getting apps and services into production faster, for example, will only deliver value if you are prioritizing app releases in light of corporate needs. Balancing IT priorities and business needs is essential if you want to have success with DevOps strategies, as everything needs to move faster when you embrace the operational scheme and you can't afford to move faster without having a clear destination.
Have Situational Awareness
Knowing the specifics of what could be affected at any given time will go miles towards helping streamline resolution should a problem occur. Having an inventory of all known hardware, settings (and backups), and tacking all changes made within your infrastructure will help limit drift in code deployments.
Define Processes and Responsibilities
DevOps ideologies and strategies don't just pertain to the development and IT operations teams. Responsibilities and roles extend to anyone that is involved from pre-project planning to final execution. Take time to map out roles, responsibilities, and expectations as this will increase buy in and provide your team with a culture of visibility from the very start.
Success can't be identified unless goals are set, measured, and tracked. Establishing base expectations for project outcomes at the beginning will help your team measure success, set future goals and expectations, and reinforce a culture of communication and transparency that is so vital to the success of continuous deployment.
DevOps is altering the IT landscape and organizations considering adopting DevOps strategies must effectively align IT, support and business strategies to find success.