A transformative way of thinking and working that breaks the development/operations barrier.
DevOps is a philosophy that combines people, processes and tools to deliver higher-quality software more often. Many tools and techniques can help to implement DevOps, but ultimately it’s a broad approach focused on breaking down silos between operations, development, and testing.
DevOps Consulting Process
Like an effective DevOps process, the path to DevOps enablement is iterative and incremental.
DevOps consulting begins with an assessment of where the organization currently is. Pactera’s consultants get a feel for the people, processes, and tools currently in place. We also interview stakeholders across a range of areas, including executives and information security. The resulting deliverable is a Current State Assessment, which helps Pactera and the customer plan for change.
Developing a vision for a future DevOps enablement takes place over a series of workshops. Often, these are ‘Strawman’ workshops where a tentative idea is picked apart and refined. Different parts of the business participate in different workshops. After the workshops are complete the resulting visions are aligned, forming the basis of a plan.
Once the vision is clear, areas of focus are prioritized, and Pactera creates an Enablement Roadmap and details how critical initiatives will be implemented. Information security is a priority in implementing DevOps, and security initiatives are a key part of this phase.
With a roadmap in place, next steps are prioritized, and a quick start plan – usually spanning 30, 60, or 90 days – is created for DevOps implementation. Because DevOps involves major changes in culture and process, iterative and incremental processes for implementation tend to work best.
Faster Time to Market
DevOps focuses on continuous delivery, meaning more software releases that are more responsive to business and customer needs. These benefits are achieved by strengthening collaboration across teams, creating one unified (and where possible, automated) process, and adopting tools such as containerization of code.
The streamlined deployment associated with DevOps makes iteration and change a core skill rather than a one-off event. That can drastically reduce the mean time to detect and repair issues, and reduce change fail rate of software. Key adjustments include version control for production artifacts, system monitoring, an automated pipeline of software tasks, and strategic changes to team culture.
Get Better at Core Competencies
For any company that builds software – and in the digital era, that’s many companies –development must be a core competency. DevOps process need careful implementation, but the benefits are felt everywhere – in operational efficiencies, and by happier users and customers.