Debunking the Top Myths About DevOps

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-07-30 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Debunking the Top Myths About DevOps

    by Darryl K. Taft
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    2 - Myth 1: DevOps Is Only for Hipsters
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    Myth 1: DevOps Is Only for Hipsters

    To hear some tell it, DevOps can only be understood by a new breed of blended IT professional: a "silo-busting" individual using the latest tools.
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    3 - Reality: The Problem Isn't the People—It's the Organizational Structure
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    Reality: The Problem Isn't the People—It's the Organizational Structure

    A rigid culture and a "one skill in one box" organizational structure restrict people's rounded set of skills from being fully utilized.
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    4 - Untapped Skills
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    Untapped Skills

    Review the untapped skills of your current employees. Before scouring for DevOps talent, look for ops professionals who think like coders, and coders who understand the need for resilience.
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    5 - Myth 2: One Movement to Rule Them All
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    Myth 2: One Movement to Rule Them All

    Often, those championing DevOps claim that ITIL, COBIT and a balanced scorecard no longer have a place and should be discarded.
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    6 - Reality: Processes to Ensure Resilience and Stability Are Critical
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    Reality: Processes to Ensure Resilience and Stability Are Critical

    Any set of best practices or methodologies will accelerate and improve your IT services. Don't obsess about where the methodologies compete, but think instead how they can complement each other.
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    7 - Myth 3: DevOps Is a Technology Movement
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    Myth 3: DevOps Is a Technology Movement

    There's a lot of really good technical material written on DevOps, with many new terms to consider—like infrastructure-as-code and anti-fragile—all supported by a new range of products and techniques.
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    8 - Reality: Business Outcomes Drive DevOps, Not the Technology
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    Reality: Business Outcomes Drive DevOps, Not the Technology

    Meeting customer expectations is the No. 1 priority. Use customer feedback to test assumptions. Be prepared to change methods for project planning, product management, funding and implementation.
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    9 - Use Technology as a Driver to Accelerate DevOps Goals
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    Use Technology as a Driver to Accelerate DevOps Goals

    Remove physical constraints and bottlenecks that interrupt the flow of value to customers. Automate frequent release cycles. More releases mean more business, not more technical headaches.
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    10 - Myth 4: My Business Is Immune
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    Myth 4: My Business Is Immune

    Many organizations argue that the principles of DevOps don't apply because they've outsourced operations or don't have an app dev function. After all, what value could continuous change bring to an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" world?
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    11 - Reality: ALL Companies Are in the Software Business
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    Reality: ALL Companies Are in the Software Business

    Many sneaker companies, for example, are expanding beyond simply selling sneakers—they now sell a fitness experience (wearable devices) that depends on software.
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    12 - When Thinking About DevOps, Look at Your Business First and IT Second
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    When Thinking About DevOps, Look at Your Business First and IT Second

    It's really about being a business practitioner and embracing techniques such as experimentation, iterative and incremental design, and above all else—learning from failure.
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    13 - Myth 5: DevOps Will Change the World
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    Myth 5: DevOps Will Change the World

    With so much hype, it's easy to start drinking the DevOps Kool-Aid.
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    14 - Reality: Little Improvement in Success Rate of Development Projects
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    Reality: Little Improvement in Success Rate of Development Projects

    The reality is that the success rate for development projects hasn't improved much in 20 years. If your operations team gets rewarded for stopping application releases, then no amount of agile development will help. Likewise, it won't help if your developers won't leave the office to meet customers. DevOps is about five things: people, people, people, people and people.
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    Get the Facts

    If you are ready to move from myth to reality with DevOps, download the ebooklet Dysfunction Junction - A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Started with DevOps at www.ca.com/devops-ebook.
 

CA has come up with a new booklet to help enterprises looking to move into DevOps break out the myth from the reality. CA says DevOps is real and is delivering real benefits, but that doesn't stop people from having adverse ideas about it. In the booklet, titled Dysfunction Junction - A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Started with DevOps, CA looks at what it deems are the five biggest myths about DevOps. The move to DevOps has been prompted by demands for newer, better, faster applications. And nothing has impacted software development more than the advent of mobile, social, big data, the Internet of things and cloud environments, where rapid development of apps is a must and DevOps is king. With DevOps, developers and line-of-business operations are able to work together to develop faster than traditional methods of developing software by integrating all organizational systems, simplifying testing and quality assurance, and providing faster access to feedback. This allows the continuous delivery of apps through more intelligent use of app analytics, better management of projects, increased ability for market tests and a more rapid release schedule of new features. DevOps is catching on more than ever among more agile IT groups and now, based on survey data from CA, it is apparent that DevOps is indeed not only a way to produce better software faster, but also to drive revenue. This eWEEK slide show debunks DevOps myths.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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