The Silo Factor: A Chaos Multiplier

“Every company is now a software company” — Satya Nadella.

The last few years have transformed every industry into a technology-enabled sector. The competitive edge for a software organization is velocity. Winning on the competitive and cutting edge requires rapidly shipping new products, features, and updates. The more complex an organization is, the harder this becomes. Inconsistent team communication, process variance, gaps, and divergent technology stacks create silos.

Here are some examples of these silos:

Team Silos:

  • Security is not embedded within the engineering lifecycle
  • Different component teams that are not on the same page

Process Silos:

  • Each team follows a slightly different development methodology. This makes it harder to insert tooling and functions like security and documentation

Technology Silos:

  • Multiple SDLC pipelines, each with varying degrees of maturity
  • Data strewn across various development tools and SaaS services — from Aha to ZenDesk
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When teams, tools, products, and procedures all exist within their silos, then quality, security, compliance, and productivity suffer.

The most vital stakeholder of all are the security and engineering leaders, who are tasked with balancing velocity and repayment of technical debt. Security, scalability, quality, and reliability are essential dimensions of this technical debt.

The Silo Factor is a chaos multiplier that most organizations have to some degree. Reducing the silo factor can have a significant positive impact on the organization.

Taming the Chaos

The need for visibility, governance, and automation across all stages of the SDLC is greater now, than ever before. Having a single pane of glass for all components, products, and initiatives across all development tools and services becomes critical. Even more important is having real-time insights into important questions like

  • Which of my services and components have serious quality issues?
  • What is the security scorecard for every release?
  • What themes are my engineers working on?

While every technology leader has an intuitive sense of these questions, adopting a more data-driven approach has significant benefits.

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” — Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO

Introducing LevelOps

LevelOps provides organizations with the first-ever engineering optimization platform.

LevelOps breaks people, process, and technology silos by integrating with existing tools in your SDLC to provide visibility, governance, and automation across all stages of the software life cycle. Our mission is to help customers deliver products securely, reliably, and predictably.

We are looking for early adopters and design partners. Schedule a demo with us today to learn how we can help you understand and reduce your silo factor.


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CEO and Co-founder of LevelOps Inc. Helping customers ship securely, predictably and reliably.

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