What Is The Greatest Value of DevOps?
Speed is where the greatest value is seen with DevOps; speed to market, MTTR, and the ability to make changes more quickly.
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To gather insights on the state of DevOps, we spoke with 22 executives at 19 companies implementing DevOps for themselves and helping clients to implement a DevOps methodology. We asked, "What problems are solved by DevOps – where is the greatest value seen?" Here's what they told us:
Speed To Market
- DevOps emerged as a response to many different needs – for some organizations, it was supporting agile development, for others, it was a need for shorter development times, faster fixes, or more efficient operations support. Our DevOps journey began on day one of our operations when most of the key messages of the DevOps movement were already understood and gaining traction. Because of this, DevOps is just a part of how we work; almost all of the problems solved by DevOps are problems that we have faced. Running our business without DevOps is almost unimaginable.
- Release smaller bits of code faster. Lather, rinse and repeat while constantly iterating and improving.
- The greatest value DevOps brings is the automation of manual processes and tasks allowing for continuous deployments which result in quicker implementation of new features into our product. Additionally, teams are faced with the challenge of releasing quality applications at an increased speed, and DevOps breaks down the organizational and process barriers that often hinder this.
- Speed to market with error-free applications with short feedback loops.
- Take overhead and calendar time in the development process and remove it via automation. This accelerates development and reduces the opportunity for errors.
- 1) DevOps can tell where sensitive data is going by analyzing the source code. 2) DevOps can protect the app from OWASP risks. 3) Protect customer data. 4) Prevent situations like Equifax – know where vulnerabilities are and apply patches.
- Adoption of best practices internally and externally enables customers to improve across the board.
- Marry infrastructure with development. The line is getting blurrier with DevOps and SRE (site reliability engineering).
Here’s who we talked to:
- Gil Sever, CEO, Applitools
- Mike Tria, Head of Infrastructure, Atlassian
- John Trembley, CMO and Scott Harvey, V.P. Engineering, Atmosera
- Aruna Ravichandran, VP DevOps Products and Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies
- Flint Brenton, CEO, Collabnet
- Tom Hearn, Data Center Architect, Datalink
- Shehan Akmeemana, CTO, Data Dynamics
- Robert Reeves, Co-founder and CTO, Datical
- Anders Wallgren, CTO, Electric Cloud
- Job van der Voort, Vice President of Product, GitLab
- Ben Slater, Chief Product Officer, Instaclustr
- Ilya Pupko, Chief Architect, Jitterbit
- Tom Joyce, CEO, Pensa
- Stephanos Bacon, Chief of Product, Portfolio Strategy for Application Platforms, Red Hat
- Michael Mazyar, CTO, Samanage
- Eric Wahl, IT Director and John Joseph, Vice President of Marketing, Scribe Software
- Manish Gupta, CEO and Founder, ShiftLeft
- Martin Loewinger, Director of SaaS Operations and Jonathan Parrilla, DevOps Engineer, SmartBear
- Chris McFadden, V.P. Engineering and Operations, SparkPost
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