Ubuntu AI Podcast: All about Ops: DataOps, MLOps, DevOps and AIOps

Michelle Tabirao
Ubuntu AI
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4 min readApr 22, 2024

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Andreea Muteanu on Season 2 of the Ubuntu AI Podcast for a deep dive into data and AI operations (Ops) topics.

Andreea’s podcast focuses on AI topics such as open source, machine learning, and creating a fair playing field for data-driven innovation. The new season hones in on best practices in AI and machine learning that can help organisations accelerate delivery and solve some of their most pressing problems.

I’m excited to share the latest episode, ‘All about Ops’, where Andreea and I discuss the Ops methodologies: DataOps, MLOps, DevOps, and AIOps.

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DevOps (Development Operations), MLOps (Machine Learning Operations), AIOps (Artificial Intelligence Operations, and DataOps (Data Operations) are all critical methodologies in modern software development and operations. The emergence of DevOps has revolutionised the way enterprises handle software delivery processes, resulting in improved quality and faster delivery.

After the introduction of DevOps, other practices such as DataOps, MLOps, and AIOps have emerged. The podcast and this article aim to define each of these methodologies,highlight why they are beneficial for enterprises, and explore how the concept’s convergence is advancing different AI and ML use cases such as Large Language Models (LLMs)

What is DevOps?

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organisation’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organisations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. DevOps eliminate the barriers between development and operations teams by promoting collaboration and communication. By automating processes, utilising version control, and emphasising continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), DevOps speeds up software development, enhances deployment frequency, and improves the reliability and stability of software systems.

What is DataOps?

DataOps Process

DataOps is a methodology that expands on DevOps practices to enable businesses to access the right data more quickly. In the past, data requests from the business would go through IT. IT would then access the data from various storage locations and provide it manually to consumers. However, this process was not very efficient. With DataOps, businesses can enjoy greater agility, flexibility, faster delivery, and better performance through a continuous delivery process called a data pipeline. This accelerates the delivery of data-driven insights and applications in development that need data and operations.

What is MLOps?

MLOps Process

With the increasing adoption of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in various industries, MLOps has emerged as a necessity. MLOps applies DevOps principles to ML systems, ensuring smooth collaboration between data scientists, ML engineers, and operations teams.

MLOps is a set of practices that aim to simplify workflow processes and automate machine learning deployments. It accomplishes the deployment and maintenance of models reliably and efficiently for production, at a large scale. MLOPs play a crucial role in aligning business demands and regulatory requirements. In addition, MLOps increases the efficiency, scalability, and reliability of ML models in production environments.

What is AIOps?

AIOps is the application of AI and machine learning techniques to improve IT operations and management. By analysing large volumes of data generated by IT systems in real-time, AIOps platforms are able to identify patterns and detect anomalies, enabling organisations to predict potential issues before they impact services. This helps to streamline incident management, improve root cause analysis, and enhance overall IT infrastructure performance, leading to higher availability and reliability for businesses.

Convergence of all the Ops

The convergence of DevOps, MLOps, AIOps, and DataOps is important because it represents a holistic approach to managing the entire lifecycle of software systems, from development and deployment to operations and maintenance, with a focus on efficiency, collaboration, and innovation.

LLM Project Ops Considerations

In the context of Large Language Models (LLMs) project, the domain of AIOps encompasses DevOps, DataOps and MLOps. DataOps serves a crucial role in AIOps by managing the lifecycle of data, including ingestion, validation, and statistical analysis, ensuring its integrity and accuracy, prerequisites for effective AI projects. Likewise, MLOps constitutes an integral component of AIOps, as it oversees the creation, deployment, training, and evaluation of machine learning models essential for AI-driven processes. On the other hand, DevOps principles helps create a full lifecycle of LLM application development and operations. Indeed, AIOps incorporates and augments these operational methodologies, applicable to the use case.

Learn more about DataOps and MLOps in Data Innovation Summit

Andreea Munteanu and I will be speaking about open source for your DataOps and MLOps at the Data Innovation Summit (DIS). We will further discuss this topic in the context of a business use case, specifically in the telecommunications industry. In the event we will also showcase a couple of technology practice sessions. The event will take place in Kistamässan, Stockholm on April 24–25, 2024.

You can book a meeting with us here. We hope to see you there!



Michelle Tabirao
Ubuntu AI

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