In this day and age, companies can easily go out of business if they can’t translate their ideas into cutting-edge IT solutions, software and code. Information technology has become crucial to ensuring organizational flexibility and delivering business decisions to customers at the speed and quality they expect. Enter DevOps, the cultural shift that no high-performing organization can be without.
Development teams usually push for responsiveness, while operations for stability. DevOps promises both within a single framework. However, there’s still a lot of confusion around what it really does – and how. Courtesy of Deloitte, we’ve gathered and debunked some of the most popular DevOps myths out there, so you can get a clearer picture of what DevOps is all about and how it could benefit your business.
DevOps is not a use/not use switch. DevOps also sticks in the throats of most organisations because they see it as an IT framework, rather than a set of processes and best practices.
Myth #1: DevOps eliminates the need for IT operations
Reality: DevOps allows operations teams to do what they’re actually supposed to do. That is, streamline processes and speed up delivery.
Myth #2: DevOps is a one-and-done deal
Reality: It’s a way to continuously improve your tools, processes, automation effectiveness and training programs.
Myth #3: DevOps is nothing but a methodology
Reality: DevOps represents a cultural shift towards better collaboration across teams, automation and continuous improvement.
Myth #4: DevOps is a synonym for agile
Reality: You can go agile without going DevOps. However, real efficiency can only be accomplished by applying both to your organization’s processes.
Myth #5: DevOps is only for startups and unicorns
Reality: Many industry incumbents have started their DevOps journey on the back of legacy IT systems and made strides in catching up with their DevOps-native counterparts.
Myth #6: DevOps can be deployed as a boxed solution
Reality: It can’t for two reasons. One, it involves a cultural transformation that the entire organization must embrace. Two, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to DevOps. Finding the right solution from a myriad of available tools, many of which are open-source, requires thorough analysis, preparation and knowledge.
Agile this, DevOps that…
If there’s one thing you take away from the above, let it be this: in the triangle of business, development and operation, agile can improve communication and collaboration between the first two pillars, while DevOps between the last two. Is either of them the holy grail of organizational efficiency? No. Combined, however, they can become any business’s superpower to accelerate and future-proof operations.