To meet the demands of the modern customer, you must be prepared to deliver products and services faster and better than your competitors. This lofty challenge has driven the expansion of DevOps in recent years from niche to mainstream practices, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Compared with traditional IT, companies that embody DevOps see 60 times fewer failures and recover from failures 168 times faster. For example, a failure that would regularly take 24 total hours to fix would take 8 minutes and 31 seconds flat. These same organizations also deploy 30 times more frequently, and with 200 times shorter lead times, according to a recent report from Puppet.
But it’s not enough to simply implement DevOps methods and expect to reap the benefits. In fact, Gartner has predicted that by 2018, at least 50% of organizations currently using traditional DevOps principles will not be delivering the benefits promised in their original business case. Perhaps these organizations failed to establish a more defined and integrated succession of events for continuous build, delivery, and deployment.
This is where the DevOps toolchain comes in. To maximize the potential afforded by DevOps, businesses need to define the entire lifecycle of activities and tools that support the innovation process. A well-implemented DevOps toolchain orchestrates enhanced collaborative development across an entire IT organization - and beyond - by automating communication across systems and processes. This requires more efficient and effective handoffs between teams, so that they can operate with more velocity without compromising quality and uptime.
A fully-enabled DevOps toolchain allows organizations to focus on an integrated system and culture, rather than specific tools, by unifying components used by disparate teams. The people element gets developers, ops, and executives involved and on the same page. The DevOps toolchain fills in the gaps within the ecosystem to enable IT agility and faster service delivery. Check out the following infographic on why you need a DevOps toolchain.