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Do You Really Need DevOps?

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Do You Really Need DevOps?

DevOps adoption means that you are willing to change fast, develop fast, test fast, fail fast, recover fast, learn fast, and push the product fast to the market. However, it's not for everyone.

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Flawless end-user experience is the objective of any software organization in the world. Having said that, DevOps and Agile methodologies can make things faster, but the important thing is to know whether your all projects need DevOps adoption and how to determine which projects are best suited for DevOps. You need to be very smart and have proper metrics in place to know if a particular project needs DevOps practice or not.

If you are already using DevOps in your organization across every project, that’s well and good. Here, we are talking about an organization that wants to know if all projects really need to adopt DevOps practices. There are certain organizations that are still skeptical about approaching this method because of the fear of change.

Developers have traditionally seen themselves as the creators of software, products, and solutions, while the operations people have managed those creations once they exist. With DevOps, the two teams work together, allowing IT and development teams to collaboratively implement solutions and be integrally involved in the overall lifecycle.

DevOps adoption means that you are willing to change fast, develop fast, test fast, fail fast, recover fast, learn fast, and push the product fast to the market. It’s a true learning curve. Some projects might look cool at the time of planning on a sheet of paper or a whiteboard, but when it comes to a real, practical approach, people in the organization tend to avoid and procrastinate to adopt. The projects seem too difficult to go with DevOps adoption. Hence, you need to have set of variables that determine the skill set and willingness to change in your organization.

You need to choose the project you think is critical for your business and can produce the highest ROI if the required bottlenecks are removed. That can be a project that, if improved, will generate increased revenue. Or, it might be a project where reducing costs significantly improves the operating income for that project. You will be able to exploit many benefits with DevOps adoption.

If you have your own platform (PaaS) that's giving services to other software companies, improving your own platform by adopting DevOps is a good idea because it will help you know where the bottlenecks are so that you can mitigate them easily. Doing this will automatically help other organizations using your platform.

If your project is small and doesn’t have much impact directly on the ROI of your organization, then it is not recommended to have a DevOps approach. However, if you have a microservices architecture involved in your project, you have an even bigger reason to practice DevOps.

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devops ,devops adoption ,agile adoption

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