The Four-Letter Word Dividing Dev and Ops
What’s that word? RISK
Operations teams are tasked with stability and uptime. That means working against change, limiting or slowing it down where possible.
Developers are tasked with features and delivering business solutions. For that an ORM layer seems appealing for example. It speeds up & simplifies coding. At the same time it eliminates database drudgery.
For ops who are tasked with uptime, an ORM is a force against scalability. I’ve outlined five things toxic to scalability. They work against performance.
The question remains – do devops folks solve the problem?
Consider the banking crisis
Bankers are tasked with making money for their shareholders. To do this they innovate with financial products. Though you may argue they are unscrupulous at times, capitalism and shareholder value drive them to find profit.
Meanwhile the government’s job is to provide a level playing field. They enact rules, regulate and provide oversight and auditing. As with operations, this is a conservative role, that avoids risk, and seeks stability, growth and avoidance of recessions and depressions.
These tradeoffs exist in many disciplines. The trick is how we find the balance.
There is an equally interesting question of decoupling in internet architectures. I’ll write a future piece on similar parallels I see in the economy at large.