Patrick Debois invented the term “DevOps” in 2009. A relative situation was observed in the past that christened what we know today as DevOps. In 1990, the concept of “Lean Manufacturing,” a set of best practices for the manufacturing industry, was introduced. This method was used for process optimization and continuous improvement across the manufacturing units.
From the concept of lean manufacturing, DevOps came into existence for continuous integration and continuous deployment in the IT industry. DevOps is an approach based on agile and lean principles that focuses on communication, collaboration and integration between the software development and IT operations.
Today, DevOps is being adopted in IT at an alarming rate. It is no longer cutting-edge.
As per the grand view research, the global DevOps market size is expected to reach USD 12.85 billion by 2025.
Enterprises are rapidly expanding their DevOps practices to enhance productivity, streamline workflows, minimize costs and reduce the time-to-market. However, issues such as lack of standardized DevOps toolsets are expected to challenge the industry. You will find development and operation teams using large, disparate and disconnected toolset across the application delivery lifecycle. Each team manages its own pipeline, maintains its own backlog, and uses its own testing, deployment and monitoring tools that work well for them.
Lee Thomson describes this as a “wall of confusion” between development and operations. This wall of confusion exists between the mindsets of the two teams and with the tools they use. This is a serious bottleneck and should be removed early in your journey for an enterprise DevOps transformation.
Why It Matters - Understanding Challenges at the Enterprise Level
Unless your DevOps tools are integrated, it is difficult for a cross-functional team to work together and will result in poor visibility and efficiency across the enterprise.
Think about it this way: what would happen to a football team if players lack coordination with the dynamic changes in ball possession and ask the coach what to do after they miss goal scoring opportunities?
Similarly, understand a situation - Your client finds a defect in your provided services and wants your team to fix it quickly; unfortunately, your teams are using different defect tracking systems making it difficult for them to share the information for an end-to-end implementation. This inability to effectively communicate clearly reflects that the team is stifled.
In an ideal state, your DevOps tools should function as a series of stepping stones that help you to reach the goal of delivering new functionality into the hands of your customers faster and frequently.
Having a well-planned toolchain is the key to achieving continuous delivery and continuous innovation lifecycle.
Let us understand how connected DevOps tools can bring down the confusion walls between the development and operation team and unify end-to-end application delivery process for better and faster outcomes.
The Solution: Improving Your DevOps Toolchain
Perfecting your toolchain begins with assessing your current application delivery process and planning carefully. Identify specific reasons such as excessive diversity of tools, manual testing, post-deployment tasks or lack of collaboration that prevents you from growing effectively. Focus on the individual components of the toolchain - e.g., planning, development, pre-production, release and monitoring — to improve and add value to each.
A Simple Approach - Create A Connected, Inclusive System to Support Existing Tools
You need a rapid, reliable and low-risk integration process that brings together the disparate tools covering various aspects of the overall process so that they can function together as one cohesive unit.
According to a research report (Source): 67% percent of respondents have standardized their deployment toolsets.
A more inclusive approach is to allow your teams to choose whatever tools are best for them and their pipelines, but introduce an integrated and connected DevOps toolset that can incorporate with those tools while providing end-to-end communication and collaboration they need—all without causing unnecessary delays.
Here’s why this approach is feasible
- Integrated DevOps toolset are cloud-based and are typically pre-configured with all the necessary integrations. There are no additional installation or infrastructure costs, and makes it easy to add and train new users to get familiar with the new system.
- Connected toolsets that integrate with the existing tools don’t hamper the work of the organization’s team as they are extensible, allowing you to integrate them with third party or even custom tools through open APIs.
- You can also replace your existing life cycle management tools if needed or even interchange tools in and out as per your requirement enabling automation of the entire DevOps pipeline.
- A good DevOps toolset includes an easy-to-use dashboard that provides collected information and insights from the whole system to stakeholders. It allows you to track the overall status of the pipeline without interrupting the current processes.
Following this approach allows you to have more flexibility in keeping your organization connected and integrated without disrupting your overall DevOps practice.
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