Don’t Force your Developers to fill this $4 Billion DevOps Gap.

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The DevOps gap in Startups, Enterprises and Web Development Agencies.

Software has become an integral part of a business’s productivity and a flawless implementation will differentiate your business from others. When you and your enterprise knows how to apply these technologies in the right direction, you are gaining competitive advantage to stand out in the market. If you want to improve your site or application, DevOps is what you’ve been needing all this time.

Given the fact that most of the startups and enterprises are adopting the cloud, a new practice has begun with Development and Operations and we know it as DevOps. The DevOps practices are about having both teams working together all the time, this process is sophisticating the Product web development with a premise that everything should be automated, adopting an ecosystem called “infrastructure as code” and improving development workflow.

With the rise of DevOps, a gap, a void or better call an empty space around Web Development Agencies, Marketing Agencies, Digital Startups and Enterprises, has recently emerged.

What’s this gap and why has it become so visible? Well, it’s because the need of DevOps is everywhere and it has been unconsciously identified and filled by web developers, IT engineers and technical resources who don’t have the skill set to accomplish these tasks. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not raising any questions about the capability of your engineers and developers, it’s just because it is not their core competency. They are web developers, or maybe IT Technicians, but they weren’t hired for executing this job which requires a different skill set altogether. That’s why this gap needs to be filled with a DevOps Team.

What does DevOps resolve?

Software development life cycle and time to market is often the biggest determinant to leverage your web product and to define whether it is doable or not. Implementing DevOps principles helps a business to reduce the time to market since all infrastructure is automated and new environments are pre-configured. In this way, the code deployment and releases would take less time; the flexibility to scale and reduce your infrastructure achieves more availability, optimize costs and resolves fewer points of failures.

Finally, your chances to have a disaster are minimal, since you have a disaster recovery plan, cloud backups and all the infrastructure is repeatable in the cloud. With all these practices your application development workflow can directly impact your probability of success.

It is a fact that by practicing DevOps you could reduce production time by around 15% of and save more than 10% of development costs”

Some of the benefits of DevOps practices are:

Some technical practices to improve development workflow and lifecycle are:

  • One Click Deployments and code rollbacks, to reduce wait times for developers. e.g. Bash/python scripting, Jenkins, AWS Code deploy
  • Continuous integration, testing and delivery . e.g. Jenkins, circleCi or AWS Code Deploy.
  • Configuration management across VMs and servers. e.g. Ansible, Chef, Puppet.
  • Automated security practices, to reduce incidents or hacking attempts. e.g. PCI and HIPAA compliance guidelines.
  • Disaster Recovery and Blue Deployments.
  • Standardize your development, staging and production environments. e.g. Docker, Vagrant, Terraform and CloudFormation.
  • All infrastructure is located in a code repository, achieving Automation with pre-configured environments and minimal maintenance. e.g. AWS CloudFormation, Docker, Ansible, Terraform.
“Your Developers can’t fix these issues, they were born to develop and not to build infrastructure.”

Your Developers are intelligent and they have the confidence to fix these operational issues, but, are they the right fit to solve these issues? Shouldn’t their mission be to create smart applications rather than building and fixing IT operations? Well, they know how to code, they are better in their areas than anyone else, so if you take them away from development, at the end of the day they are not going to be doing their dream jobs and be the A players you hired, they will be exhausted, and this wouldn’t fit with your company goals.

DevOps as a Service Process:

DevOps as a service process, allows your development team to concentrate in your development life-cycle and us to deploy, optimize and automate your Cloud Infrastructure.

It is ideal to run a DevOps Assessment and identify potential DevOps practices, improvements, and risks. After outlining the results of the assessment, start with DevOps Automation and finally proactively maintain, monitor and fine tune the process.

A Typical Managed DevOps environment would include:

Docker, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Terraform, Code Deploy, CircleCI, Heroku, AWS beanstalk, Kubernetes, Nginx, AWS Cloudformation, Saltstack, etc.

The culture of IT has been changing through these past years, and the DevOps gap has become more important and risen as a differentiable part of the industry. It offers you an improvement in business and a better opportunity in market competition, that’s why I totally recommend you to implement DevOps. Take into consideration the importance of having a complete IT team with both parts, Development and Operations, together to fill the gap.

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