By lowering the cost and risk of experimentation, DevOps and Cloud make it more attractive than ever for the enterprise to adopt an agile model for developing business strategy. Given the rapid pace of innovation, a recent post in Forbes even went so far as to suggest that the traditional approach to developing strategy is now dead.
This guest blog from Helen Beal, Head of DevOps at Ranger4, gives a clear overview of what DevOps is and how to optimize it. Most enterprises Ranger4 works with are on their way there, but DevOps is definitely not done, yet. Practicing DevOps is about: 'culture, interactions, THEN automation'.
Before diving too deep into DevOps, the opportunities for automation or abstraction of these functions needs to be a part of the plan. Operations shouldn't be treated as one big monolithic function.
The report of the first scientific study of the relationship between organizational performance, IT performance and DevOps practices reveals for instance that DevOps practices improve IT performance and much more interesting outcomes.