Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
– Alexis Carrel
Change projects are always tough to go through – especially when it’s about something as big as achieving success with DevOps. That’s why it’s important to have an idea about the end goal and the milestones along the way. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but at the same time you need to keep the complete picture in mind in order to ensure that the process is heading in the right direction.
This is also true in the world of software development. To help you keep your ship on the right course in your transformation towards DevOps, we at Solidify has compiled a list of 7 keys you need to keep track of.
1. Centralized configuration management
Automating the resource handling and configurations becomes extra important as the number of servers running increases. In the event of a change happening, it’s a good idea to have an automated change process and a way to handle every environment from one place. We would even say that it’s crucial for achieving success with DevOps. The more servers, the more important this centralization becomes – just follow Facebooks example.
2. Continuous integration
In this case, continuous integration refers to the combination of processes performed by an integration server to make sure that newly written code can be integrated with the existing code base without running into trouble. By automating this processes, you eliminate (or at least cut down) the risk factor that is human error, which will save you both time and energy in the long run.
3. Automated testing
Instead of manually testing code and structure, DevOps aims at instead automating these tasks. By identifying test cases, choosing a good tool for automation, creating a fitting test environment and analyzing the results of those tests, both Development and Operations can quickly identify any upcoming issues and work to prevent these.
4. Continuous deployment
Different from continuous integration, continuous deployment refers to continuously delivering updates, bug fixes, new features and in general more end user value. With DevOps, you need speed, which means automation. By having this type of process automated, new code is shipped as soon as it passes all tests set up by other departments (such as QA and security).
5. Create a collaboration culture
Success with DevOps means to combine the work of Development and Operations in way that hasn’t been done before. This means more than becoming one team – it means creating an entire culture – and therefore we cannot understate the importance of creating a collaboration culture. Donovan Brown, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, even defines DevOps accordingly:
DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users.
It’s not a coincidence that he chooses to place the word people in the very beginning of the definition.
6. Monitoring and analysis
Regardless if you use infrastructure in the cloud or on-premise, it’s important to keep an overview of the system. Depending on the application and it’s functionality, KPIs and key metrics will vary, but overall it’s important that every department analyzes the current situation and any previous releases. No matter what you choose to monitor in the pipeline, having a good overview over performance is crucial to product and process stability and improvements.
7. Automated and centralized dashboards
Automated dashboards is business intelligence for IT. As DevOps is about continuous improvement, it’s of great importance to be able to get a quick and efficient overview of the current situation. Using centralized dashboards for keeping track of key metrics, logs and various change effects, you can cut time spent on analysis and instead increase efforts to improve areas performing worse than expected.
Success with DevOps
These are a few of the areas we think are extra important when you and your organisation move towards achieving success with DevOps. Remember to keep the end goal in mind and to take one thing at the time. Doin so, you will have a much easier time on your journey.
Do you think something else is more important when beginning a change towards DevOps? Let us know below!