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Achieving Organizational Change Through Scaled DevOps

This article originally appeared on devops.com.

The rapid pace of technological change has had a major impact on customer expectation, forcing IT decision-makers to adopt agile processes to ensure the continual delivery of innovation. This has led to the mass adoption of DevOps practices, with 77% of organizations indicating they rely on DevOps to deploy software, or plan to, in the near future.

DevOps is a key ingredient for building and deploying better software faster. It enables developers to spend less time on onerous tasks and more time creating new features that drive competitive advantage and elevate customer experience.

But, for DevOps to streamline organizational change, it can’t be a one-off initiative. Scaled DevOps requires aligning team members on common goals and best practices and establishing a DevOps maturity model tailored to a company’s individual needs. This is no easy lift and has led teams to abandon DevOps initiatives before they even get started. While the road to scaled DevOps can be daunting, the benefits can have a positive ripple effect across the organization.

Business

The business benefits that accompany DevOps are endless. Think: expanding your customer base, spearheading organizational readiness and achieving unmatched speed. As the consumer landscape continues to change, you will be able to adapt accordingly to generate new features and pathways to customers. Plus, DevOps provides a prime opportunity to get more information from your client base and relay it back to developers, equipping your organization with opportunities to learn from its failures and develop a company-wide, reflective model that better accommodates customer demands.

Once your organization establishes a successful DevOps practice, it will be better prepared to take on other emerging trends and undergo a full-scale digital transformation. With DevOps as the catalyst for change, you can surpass competitors and disrupt the industry with innovative ideas, enabling you to stay ahead of the curve. Once an organization is fully committed to DevOps practices, the company will also enjoy a competitive advantage due to increased speed by empowering your business to provide customers with capabilities faster than rival industry players.

Culture

DevOps may require a daunting corporate culture makeover, but it also allows businesses to enjoy unbeatable cultural benefits by improving communication, establishing a foundation for continuous learning and boosting corporate morale with more meaningful work. When effective processes for communication are in place, employees can avoid the misunderstandings and missteps that often lead to failed initiatives and low morale. Once DevOps improves communication between teams, it sets the stage for more collaboration and cross-departmental education, allowing an organization to develop new operational efficiencies and empowering staff with highly specialized knowledge. With reduced inefficiencies, team members are empowered with more free time to create and meet new goals, plus budding talent from competitors will be drawn to your organization’s innovative environment.

Operations

Empowered by scaled DevOps, businesses will enjoy huge operational and technical rewards with automation, controlling costs and revamping security practices. Since establishing a DevOps practice requires the successful adoption of automation processes, a DevOps initiative includes the same key benefits that automation boasts by delivering the coveted digital experiences that consumers, employees and stakeholders demand. Automation not only meets these demands, but also sets the groundwork for a DevOps journey with CI/CD pipelines that automate software releases to rid your organization of manual release challenges.

On the financial front, as your company moves toward a consumption-based economics model for things like public cloud, your DevOps practice will help control costs and environments by alleviating unused tools. In the long run, improved security will also prove profitable because there is no fiscal nightmare worse than a breach. Upon defining your DevOps model, compliance and control are not only maintained, but rapidly transformed through automated policies and configuration management.

With knowledge of the transformational qualities that come with an effective DevOps approach, IT leaders are eager to adopt DevOps to improve efficiency, boost profitability, deliver superior customer experience and establish a culture of empowerment. However, they must understand that successful DevOps initiatives do not happen overnight. DevOps is reliant on continuous testing and education to ensure that companies can keep pace with their new collaborative culture, rapid delivery process and new technologies. Nevertheless, motivated by the promise of positive business, operational and cultural transformations, organizations will be more willing to prioritize the key credentials necessary to start, and maintain, an efficient DevOps practice.

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