Most informational technology (IT) companies have started to use DevOps principles. This new field has become one of the most profitable and personally satisfying areas within IT. Using DevOps can help evolve and improve products faster than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes.
Many organizations are switching over to these new processing principles, but what exactly does that mean?
What is DevOps Culture?
DevOps is a combination of two major engineering fields, software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). This progressive culture’s primary goal is to shorten a system’s development stage cycle by streamlining planning, creating, testing, deploying an IT system, and providing this service at continuous high quality and fast efficiency.
Companies utilize this new “work culture” to keep up with today’s fast-paced market. This new set of principles allow a company to ensure that the highest quality products are being created, employees are even more confident, and customers are fully satisfied.
To achieve a thriving DevOps culture in an organization, there are three significant components each company must target and optimize. This new work ethic is more than just new technology. It also has to do with the people (CEOs to hourly employees), the company’s entire culture, and putting all the new variables and processes into practice. These three factors are known as the DevOps Trinity.
Process and Practices
The push for automation often supports this objective of the DevOps Trinity. Automation helps a company streamline software development, testing, and product distribution.
As simple processes are becoming more easily programmable, more companies are switching over to automated solutions for repetitive mundane tasks. This allows for more attention on security, sustainability, and customer services.
Tools and Technologies
It is no longer one tool that fixes this, and another fixes that, now you are using a set of tools to increase efficiency and quality. Combining the technology needed for coding, building, testing, packaging, releasing, configuring, monitoring, and optimizing now becomes one collaborative method.
People and Culture
This new method increases interaction and collaboration between the development and operations teams. According to DevOps, “Upstream, the development culture usually prioritizes speed and innovation, whereas downstream the operations culture is tasked with a focus on maintaining quality, stability, and uptime.” This means there is now transparency and open communications between the upstream and downstream elements of a company.
Changing how a company interacts with different employee specialties benefits the overall well-being and efficiency of a company. Not only does it contribute to employee wellness, but it also improves the quality and quantity of products and allows for new innovative methods. Having individuals with different specialties increases the diversity within the workplace, which creates a more positive and productive environment.
Companies Using DevOps Culture
If a company can establish the DevOps Trinity, it can begin the complete DevOps cycle. Better collaboration and fluidity between these three components allows an organization to decrease production time, increase business value and revenue, and reduce overall progressing IT costs.
Here are a few big-name companies that have adopted this innovative culture:
- Amazon – A worldwide leader in public cloud infrastructure (i.e., moving away from physical computer servers), allows them to release recent updates and services every second.
- Netflix – This site is loaded hundreds of thousands of times a day, making them one of the most prominent leaders in disrupting cable TV and allowing them to become one of the most competitive media streamers.
- Etsy – Has utilized the streamlining of the DevOps cycle to increase website stability. They now have a fully automated deployment pipeline, which allows for continuous programming with fewer disruptions, allowing for more sales to be delivered.
- Coca-Cola – Has been able to increase their product delivery by 50 percent and have cut out most product defects by 50 percent.
- Target – Has transitioned to more collaborative work between employees from all fields of the company, increasing overall employee wellness, productivity, and happiness.
These companies serve as successful examples of how beneficial this new work culture is. They took a risk and transitioned to DevOps, which allowed them to differentiate themselves from other companies, making them stronger competitors.
All companies will eventually have to switch to a DevOps culture to stay competitive within our growing economy’s software and processing field. Companies that have already embraced DevOps have solidified their existence in the area, established themselves as high competitors, and are more likely to infiltrate new regions.
Abigail Lindsey is a biochemical research technician who is currently working at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Therapeutics Discovery while pursuing a Master of Science (MS) in Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University. She also has experience in the digital marketing and sales industry, as a photographer and graphic designer, sales representative, recruitment specialist, social media coordinator, and content writer.