The importance of DevOps
DevOps started a bit over a decade ago to bring IT operations and software development communities together after realizing that their initial process was limiting their ability to solve business needs and add value for their customers.
Traditionally, IT and Ops professionals have worked separately while continually competing for resources, with limited to minimal communication and a lack of shared responsibility.
All these elements added result in poor user experience, developer frustration, software that would usually take a long time to develop, release, and implement and, unfortunately, lost revenue.
Journey to DevOps
DevOps is not a role but a culture. But like many other things that can entail the definition of culture, we should focus on improving it through practices, habits, and repetition. In the end, culture is what we do every day while interacting with our peers.
Culture is one of the most critical things to succeeding in the DevOps space as it will always trump personal beliefs, bureaucracy, or tedious processes. It is about doing what is right for people and building the internal resilient system that supports it.
Culture would be nothing without engagement, and that’s where teamwork takes a key role. People love good stories and are inspired when they hear about innovation and change.
When dealing with culture, you want to start small, get feedback, and quickly iterate. It is a process of sharing success stories and delivering quick wins to gain some traction.
How can AWS help?
AWS provides the right tools to build the needed infrastructure and automation to remove human intervention as much as possible out of the delivery pipelines and production systems.
Automation is the key to reduce errors, mitigate risks, and shorten the time to market. With its offering of products and integrated APIs, AWS provides developers and IT staff with custom and managed solutions for all kinds of use cases that allow building the right architectures and products.
By building the right infrastructure and products, developers have access to information via metrics that provide effective and actionable feedback loops to understand the software creation process better and improve the quality of software and products.
Through a common understanding, teams can collaborate in the cloud in the value creation process from concept to production-delivery as well-architected and resilient products create a high level of trust in the process and result.
And when events occur, they can be rapidly discovered and addressed through this shared responsibility model of an enabling DevOps culture.
Cloud technology can provide Agile teams the ability to take risks and experiment but at the same time provide security, compliance, and resiliency that ensures business continuity in the form of automatic rollbacks or fully automated disaster recovery capabilities. All while measuring and understanding the flow of information and customer interactions that provide continuous learning and improvement.