Tools across the whole development and release lifecycle are also a big aspect of DevOps and there are clearly a number of tools out there that will support the DevOps lifecycle, including visibility into servers and virtual machines, configuration management, testing and data automation, portability to applications and real time resolution of issues.
But what are the benefits of these tools and how can they help? Well, let’s remember the fact that the key focus here is the removal of manual processes, risk of human error and speed to market, which will in turn will make you more agile. Being more agile comes with greater risk of something going wrong and the implementation of DevOps tools will help to mitigate that risk if implemented properly across the development lifecycle. However, will tools be effective if the end to end model to deliver software is not consistently applied? Tools alone are not a silver bullet and careful consideration needs to be given to the tools that need to align to the overall DevOps lifecycle.
So for any organisation who is planning to implement DevOps what are the key considerations that need to be considered? Our view at P2 Consulting is that the first step to successfully implement DevOps is to understand the true definition of DevOps and the cultural change to break the silo effect between development and IT operations, which is fundamental to the success of DevOps. Leadership mind sets also need to embrace DevOps to ensure successful changes with your strategy and changing processes. The implementation of tools to support your DevOps strategy is also a key consideration to support your agility and speed to market, and finally to focus on continuous integration and improvements, building on collaboration and communication to increase your speed to market and customer value.
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