The most important things you need to know about DevOps?

Dec 14
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 Global DevOps expert Gene Kim has recently released a white paper which collates the top 11 things you need to know about Devops. With 60% of enterprise in Australia now implementing DevOps in some form, his findings could be vital in ensuring the implementation is successful. Here is a selection of the key points included in the whitepaper:

1. What is DevOps and where did it come from?

‘The term “DevOps” typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work (i.e., high deploy rates), while simultaneously increasing the reliability, stability, resilience and security of the production environment.’

2. How does DevOps differ from Agile?

‘DevOps is especially complementary to the Agile software development process, as it extends and completes the continuous integration and release process by ensuring the code is production ready and providing value to the customer.  DevOps has an inherent cultural change component, as it modifies the the flow of work and local measurements of Development and IT Operations.’

3. How does DevOps differ from ITIL or ITSM?

‘Although many people view DevOps as backlash to ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) or ITSM (IT Service Management), I take a different view. ITIL and ITSM still are best codifications of the business processes that underpin IT Operations, and actually describe many of the capabilities needed into order for IT Operations to support a DevOps-style work stream.’

4. How does DevOps fit with VisibleOps?

Visible Ops is a prescriptive guide to capture the “good to great” transformations of the high performing IT Operations, and one of the key concepts was the notion of how to control and reduce unplanned work. In many ways, I view DevOps as the inverse, focusing primarily on how to create fast and stable flow of planned work through Development and IT Operations.

5. What is the value of DevOps?

  • Faster time to market (i.e., reduced cycle times and higher deploy rates)
  • Increased quality (i.e., increased availability, increased change success rate, fewer failures)
  • Increased organizational effectiveness (e.g., increased time spent on value adding activities vs. waste, increased amount of value being delivered to the customer)

 The full article from Gene can be found via his company website . If you are keen to hear more from Gene then he will be in Australia on the 11th and 12th of March 2015 at the Innovating IT Service event. Join Gene and other leading DevOps organisations to really understand how you can begin the maximise your IT service potential.

Submitted by Samuel Clist

Samuel Clist

Samuel is a producer at Criterion Conferences after stepping up from the Data Acquisition team. Samuel’s interests include sport, music and night time gym sessions.
Fun fact about Sam – Sam once shared breakfast with Scarlett Johansson.

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