How DevOps Can Boost Efficiency in a Business Budget
Learn how the principles and techniques of DevOps can help businesses meet enterprise goals and objectives on a budget.
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IT budgets are getting increasingly difficult to secure. Individual IT teams are trying to grab a piece of the pie. However, at the same time, more and more pressure is on the IT department to improve efficiency and performance without raising the cost.
This has led to the development of DevOps, a shift from siloed IT teams to consistent and collaborative teamwork in IT groups. This has bought a change in the way IT teams function and operate and has supported the improvement of cloud hosting. Let’s review some ways in which this transformation can help in meeting enterprise goals and objectives on a constricted budget.
Don’t Be Resistant to Change
The IT environment has also undergone a change and now more focus is given to agility than rigidity. Business needs are also changing; IT should keep pace with these changes, not disturbing the stable environment. At organizations with siloed IT groups, this becomes a continuous and difficult battle.
It is recommended for organizations with changing business requirements and a stringent budget to embrace the change rather than fighting with it. If organizations wish to improve efficiency with DevOps, then they should accept that the status quo will change. One should be open to procedural and structural changes in the organization, as this can help lead them down the correct path.
Enhance Cross-Team Efficiency
DevOps enhances collaboration between IT teams as it minimizes the amount of time required for deployment and resolution of tasks. Make sure you completely understand team workflows, as this leads to the creation of new ideas for optimization amongst groups. Study new ideas and concepts and enhance efficiency by deploying new processes and workflows among your groups. The operations and development teams have to work simultaneously to meet business needs. The teams, coming together as one cohesive team, can do it efficiently. If this is done in the right manner, then you are ready for the next step.
Some of the workflows in this cross-team structure can be automated with scripting. A group of IT specialists and talented developers are now invested in enhancing cross-team efficiency. Organizations should take advantage of this and automate. Starting from the process of deploying a virtual machine from a developer to VMware admin to SysAdmin to database admin, development can be reduced and automated, saving a lot of time through scripting.
A lot of specialized tools are available, focusing on siloed systems. Although such tools are necessary, licensing costs can be reduced for some tools if they are replaced by tools that promote team collaboration. Software such as New Relic, VMware vRealize, and Oracle Enterprise Manager can deliver development and IT teams with all-inclusive monitoring solutions and expedite troubleshooting. Efficiency can also be improved by integrated project management software. If every individual on the team can understand the “to dos” and deadlines, then the objectives can be achieved without a lot of redundant emails and meetings.
Hiring the Right People
Effective implementation of DevOps requires IT professionals with the ability and expertise to work with each other efficiently. The objective is to eliminate the siloed IT setup. To achieve this objective, individuals with knowledge and proficiency are required. Enterprises need a master of virtualization technology, database technology, etc. However, that is not enough; enterprises need professionals who have the ability to understand such technologies at a proficient level. This doesn’t mean DBA experts should be fired. Have a balance of specialists emphasizes a culture of collaboration and teamwork.
The above points are just a piece of a cake and it is important to know that the cake is huge. DevOps helps in increasing efficiency and more and more organizations should adopt DevOps as early as possible to survive the competition.
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