A Well-Defined Roadmap To Ensure DevOps Success

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“Anything new grabs those eyeballs, but not everything satisfies those choosy eyeballs.”

After all, adopting anything new means coming out of comfort zone and not everyone wishes to adapt to change.

DevOps has been the talk of the Information Technology industry for quite some time now. This field has enabled firms to increase the quality as well as the quantity of their output.

DevOps is now being widely accepted and implemented in the Software industry. It is something that will prove to be very rewarding if done properly. Similarly, improper planning and application of DevOps will prove to be not only unfruitful, but also result in huge losses. Therefore, every step of the path while applying DevOps need to be planned perfectly and executed according to the plan. This is where a good roadmap comes in handy.

Roadmap to DevOps: The Essential Components

Any good map contains all the instructions and information needed to undertake a smooth, fruitful journey and most importantly reach the destination. In case of DevOps, this includes all the possible scenarios of failure, how to avoid them, and tips on what to focus on.

The Dead Ends and Roadblocks

Failures are commonplace in any enterprise, and it is what every organisation wants to avoid. Therefore, any action plan that an organisation looks to implement will have fail safes and contingencies in case something happens. Addressing the possibility of setbacks in a roadmap makes it much more reliable. Here are some common reasons for the failures you may face while trying to implement DevOps.

The DevOps Department

This is perhaps the easiest mistake one would make. When you try to introduce any new component into an existing enterprise, the first thing you usually do is create a department dedicated to it. This practice may prove counterproductive to DevOps as it creates another silo upon which it is forced to be confined.

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Unrealistic Goals

When you set a target that is to be achieved, it is important to make sure that it is well within the limits of the organisation and is attainable, while taking the available resources into consideration. Especially in a process of transitioning the working of a company to DevOps mode of operations, it takes time. Patience and perseverance together can lead to success.

Culture Shock

DevOps is a comparatively new culture, and its introduction into a traditional work environment can cause a sudden change in the working of the system. This may lead to a tough time for the employees while they try and adjust to these changes. The way these changes are brought about can also prove to be counterproductive.

It is recommended to bring about a gradual, yet full transition to DevOps. However, some firms choose to mix DevOps with the classic form of running a company in an attempt to make hybrid DevOps systems. This can later turn out to be a problem.

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Improper Distribution of Resources and Effort

This is a basic problem for all sectors. Here, the effort put in during the transition to DevOps and the resources utilized turn out to be unevenly split. This results in underdeveloped and later, a failed DevOps system.

There is something called the 80-20 rule in DevOps. Most of the development in DevOps, especially when it comes to automation occurs in the final stages, approximately the last twenty percent of the operation, which also requires the most work input. Any lack of resources or effort at this stage can cost the program very dearly.

Decentralized Optimization

DevOps aims to integrate the Software Development and Operations under one umbrella. Along with this, it also aims to create the best possible product, and not the intermediate steps. Therefore, any optimization that is to be done should be done so that the end product is improved, and not to make an intermediate step or product better.

This process is harmful because this may cause the final assembly of the product to be much more complicated than before. This effectively cuts down the efficiency of the system, which is detrimental to the aim of DevOps.

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Finding your way: The Guideposts

A good roadmap doesn’t just tell you which way to take to avoid the roadblocks, it also shows you the best way possible to get to your destination. Here are a few ways to ensure that your DevOps journey is successful.

Visualization

DevOps is aimed at increasing the quality and frequency of output that is delivered by a company. All kinds of developments and alterations made to intermediate processes are aligned accordingly.

Therefore, it is important to be able to see the big picture. Visualising your Goals will help you get to it faster, and find out the way to get their faster.

Identifying Crucial Points

Once you know the endgame, you can figure out the major supports and obstacles on the way. You now have the information regarding the processes involved, the feedback loops, and the constraints. With all this data, you can figure out the key points of the process that makes the product.

Identifying the pain points and the bottlenecks are crucial since tackling them will determine how successful your DevOps establishment will be.

Just the right amount of effort

This is a major step in the direction of success as far as DevOps is concerned. This is also where the previous step comes in handy. Identifying the key points and aspects of the program help you divide your resources and efforts more wisely, and help you get the best results with minimal input. This increases efficiency.

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When the system changes, the parts change with it. Some parts must change together, some separately, and some can be kept as it is. Addressing these components, especially the integrated aspects that change together can prove to be challenging, without the right plan and proper insight.

The Verdict

DevOps is a powerful tool that can change the face of the Software industry if applied properly. However, the road to DevOps can be challenging and often impossible without a good roadmap.

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