Implementing a DevOps Strategy the Right Way

David DumasDevOps Automation, Strategy and Planning

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If you aren’t currently implementing DevOps in the workplace, it’s likely you’ve at least heard about it. Today’s environment nearly demands it. IT teams need to work better and faster every day to keep up with the speed, security, and stability required by the business.

You can’t approach DevOps without a greater understanding of its value as well as a well-defined DevOps strategy for implementation. Here’s how you can integrate it into your business.

How to Bring Your DevOps Strategy to the Table

Don’t think of DevOps as a shiny new toy you can pitch to the CIO. It’s bigger than that – way bigger. DevOps is a philosophy or a cultural shift in how two siloed IT units work together for the benefit of the organization.

Research has shown that collaboration and a willingness to experiment have to be present in order for your DevOps strategy to thrive. But this cultural change should be considered an asset because giving DevOps an environment to thrive results in improved speed and agility for the organization.

DevOps Talent Forecast and Career Outlook

There are numerous factors that play a role in DevOps success at your organization, but perhaps the most critical is the people. Your teams not only need the willingness to change and work together, but the talent to pull off this new way of doing things.

Since DevOps was merely a buzzword a few years ago, there hasn’t been time to develop a career path or college coursework that funnels people into these positions. However, there are certain skill sets and existing roles that make for an easier transition.

Edureka, an online education marketplace, says that anyone with knowledge in the following six areas makes good DevOps candidates:

  1. Programming
  2. Shell Scripting
  3. System Administration
  4. IT services
  5. Application building and release
  6. QA or testing

That’s not all, however. Other valuable skills brought to this position include an understanding of SDLC, infrastructure awareness, experience in both software development and operations, and the ability to keep up with changing technology.

Engineers with IT experience have proven to be a good fit as well as QA analysts.

Edureka also notes that DevOps professionals are among the highest-paid IT employees today, which could hinder the development of this practice at some companies. But they can’t stop the growth from happening. In only two years, Indeed.com saw a 75 percent hike in DevOps job postings.

Should you Assemble A DevOps Department?

Remember what we said above. Your DevOps strategy requires that the siloed IT areas of development and operations work together. We’re not suggesting that you shouldn’t create a DevOps department, just don’t replace one silo with another.

Instead, consider assigning roles, responsibilities, and tasks that ensure collaboration across teams remains front and center. Development, operations, and QA should not only be on the same team, but should be operating by the same practices, processes, and workflows.

Strategy has to Start Somewhere

This is small look into what it takes to start a DevOps strategy at your organization. It’s not something you can just start doing, it takes pre-planning, hiring or training the right people, and a willingness by all parties to collaborate for the purpose of delivering better software.