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6. Benefits of DevOps

Benefits of DevOps

A sustainable, successful business is more than the development and operations teams. Limiting our thinking to just those teams who write software or deploy it into production does the entire business a disservice.

The 2015 State of Devops Report, published by Puppet, found that companies that are doing devops are outperforming those that aren’t. that an emphasis on having teams and individuals work together effectively is better for business than silos full of engineers who don’t exactly play well with others. High-performing devops organizations deploy code more frequently, have fewer failures, recover from those failures faster, and have happier employees. trend of focusing on outcomes rather than people and processes.

Focusing on the culture and processes encourages iteration and improvement in how and why we do things. When we shift our focus from what to why, we are given the freedom and trust to establish meaningfulness and purpose for our work, which is a key element of job satisfaction.

The introduction of devops has changed our industry by focusing on people and processes across roles to encourage collaboration and cooperation, rather than competing with specialization.

As we said, our goal as software professionals is to deliver useful, working software to users as quickly as possible. Speed is essential because there is an opportunity cost associated with not delivering software. You can only start to get a return on your investment once your software is released.

DevOps is not just support IT. DevOp scan also be used to support the business strategy and to improve business processes.

DevOps principles can also be applied to the business

DevOps applies agile and lean principles across the entire software supply chain. It enables a business to maximize the speed of its delivery of a product or service, from initial idea to production release to customer feedback to enhancements based on that feedback. Because DevOps improves the way that a business delivers value to its customers, suppliers, and partners, it’s an essential business process, not just an IT capability.

Enhanced customer experience

Delivering an enhanced (that is, differentiated and engaging) customer experience builds customer loyalty and increases market share. To deliver this experience, a business must continuously obtain and respond to customer feedback. This requires mechanisms to get fast feedback from all the stakeholders in the software application that’s being delivered - customers, lines of business, users, suppliers, partners, and so on.

In today’s world of systems of engagement (see “ Understanding the Business Need for DevOps ,” earlier in this chapter), this ability to react and adapt in an agile manner leads to enhanced customer experience and loyalty.

Increased capacity to innovate - Repeatable, reliable, and predictable

Modern organizations use lean thinking approaches to increase their capacity to innovate. Their goals are to reduce waste and rework and to shift resources to higher-value activities.

Faster Time to Value

Speeding time to value involves developing a culture, practices, and automation that allow for fast, efficient, and reliable software delivery through to production. DevOps, when adopted as a business capability, provides the tools and culture required to facilitate efficient release planning, predictability, and success. The definition of value varies from organization to organization and even from project to project, but the goal of DevOps is to deliver this value faster and more efficiently.

Companies using DevOps are outperforming those who are not

Lot of studies have proved that the companies who are using DevOps outperform the ones who do not. The 2015 State of Devops Report, published by Puppet, found that companies that are doing devops are outperforming those that aren’t. that an emphasis on having teams and individuals work together effectively is better for business than silos full of engineers who don’t exactly play well with others.

Shift focus from what to why – question, innovate, collaborate

Higher return on investment in software

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