Every business nowadays either provides online services, sells its product in web stores or interacts with its target audience using the Internet. Therefore, every business must ensure optimal cost-efficiency and top-notch performance of its software systems. Running your IT operations in the cloud is the best way to achieve this and using DevOps services ensures optimal allocation of your computing and human resources.
However, while many businesses want to adopt DevOps workflows, they still consider it as a one-time project. Actually, DevOps is a transformational journey that changes your corporate culture and employee mindset, bolstering their productivity and performance. DevOps adoption consists of 4 huge parts, and today we explain what these are and how to perform them right.
DevOps adoption: 4 stages
Every company operates in a unique way and builds its IT systems according to the business needs and objectives it faces. Thus said, we all try to make the best choice from a myriad of tools and technologies available to us within the limits of our knowledge and budget. However, not all tools do all we need in full, some technologies become outdated and are phased out with time, some tools are discontinued by their developers, etc. In addition, imperfect tools can require using some code shortcuts that lead to the generation of technical debt, which can in time collapse and bury your product under the debris.
Thus said, when your business understands that you cannot continue using a tangled mess of infrastructure and tools you have available, you need to make 4 steps to DevOps adoption:
- Assessment of the existing infrastructure, tools and workflows
- Optimization of all processes to avoid taking technical debt to the cloud
- Rebuilding your systems in the cloud using DevOps approaches
- Continuously monitoring system performance and removing all bottlenecks.
Let’s talk about them in some more details.
- Assessment of the existing infrastructure, tools and workflows. You need to hire an external or internal DevOps expertise to perform a complete analysis of your daily IT operations. You need to form and inventory of the computing resources and tools you use, the workflows you run and the dependencies between various parts of your business processes and IT systems they rely on. This analysis will highlight the potential rooms for improvement along with the existing performance bottlenecks.
- Optimization of all processes to avoid taking technical debt to the cloud. By devising solutions to all the bottlenecks found in your IT infrastructure and optimizing it with more scalability in mind you will be able to consolidate your resources and get rid of the shortcuts that hinder the stability of your IT operations.
- Rebuilding your systems in the cloud using DevOps approaches. When your systems operate with optimal performance, you can move to the cloud to ensure scalability and security — or simply configure these features if you already run your systems using AWS, Google Cloud or Microsoft Azure. However, even if your systems are already in the cloud, it would be prudent to reform them using CI/CD best practices to ensure load balancing and business continuity of your IT operations.
- Continuously monitoring system performance and removing all bottlenecks. When your IT systems and daily workflows are rebuilt and are using the latest cloud technology and tools, you need to keep on monitoring your system performance and resolve any incidents that occur. Most likely, you will not be able to remove all the bottlenecks during the system transition to DevOps at once, so this stage is actually a neverending journey in search of perfection.
However, how to make this come true? The only way to adopt DevOps workflows is hiring a DevOps expert internally or externally. Naturally, working with a DevOps Managed Services provider that has ample experience with all sorts of DevOps projects is way cheaper and brings the results faster, as compared to hiring a DevOps engineer in-house.
But the choice is up to you! Whether you get these 4 main parts of DevOps services from an IT outsourcing company or from your staff member — the results would be reduced spending, increased reliability and improved speed of your IT operations. This is definitely worth the effort!