Five Things every Entrepreneur Needs to know about DevOps
Posted: Oct 05, 2017
There are a lot of entrepreneurs around who are not funded to the gills. They are no strangers to making each penny count into realizing their vision. Whether eradicating waste in the processes or boosting the user experience of the website, the entrepreneur often is striving to maximize value. The tech world is making some truly interesting strides in this effort, and it’s called DevOps.
WHAT DEVOPS IS
For those in the tech industry, they are probably familiar with the software development transformation known as DevOps. However, those outside the industry, this concept remains hugely under the radar. For those outside the tech environment, a DevOps working style could considerably enhance performance for businesses in each industry.
DevOps is all about continuous delivery and business agility. It is a discipline made through understanding development and operations. A move to DevOps engineering culture is considerably easier for a smaller organization, including startups compared to one that is big and already established. For well-established and bigger companies, it’s a good thing to take an incremental change approach, gradually introducing DevOps to change the behavior of people and to maximize adoption.
The goal of DevOps is to boost business value via making it agile through continuous delivery of services and products that meet and satisfy the needs of customers. There are various tangible and intangible, but very important benefits to DevOps that need measurement to help a company appreciate the impact of the approach better.
FIVE THINGS EVERY ENTREPRENEUR MUST KNOW ABOUT DEVOPS
- How can DevOps benefit the company? The DevOps concept has been around for some time and various organizations have been working to comprehend the true impact of DevOps on business performance. Every year, they release a State of DevOps Report that showcases the current research and how the DevOps work methods link to business performance results.
- How an organization could adopt DevOps. Every entrepreneur must know that if they don’t embrace technology, then they are bound to be crushed by it. In today’s business world, technology no longer is an option. Most people could not fathom the idea of doing their tasks without the help of technology. This fundamentally alters what software could do in the workplace. Key components automation helps teams remain agile through speeding up development, avoiding human mistake and minimizing the need of fixing problems. The organizations that incorporate these ways of working successfully would then be able to reallocate human resources to other activities that propel the company forward. Although automation and technology are major components in driving new performance levels, they’re not the only factor. Evolving work processes to facilitate technology integration and shaping the workplace culture also are fundamental in making increased customer value.
3. Business and team definitions of success should align. To drive unity of effort, stakeholders have to reshape the way that they associate their work to the collective success definition. The days of just doing one’s part and ‘tossing the pig over the wall’ for someone else to deal with are gone. Each and every one should have a global mindset. For people within an organization to operate this way, they should adopt a more global mindset. This needs a lot of organizations to challenge the notion that people are unable to understand the bigger picture or they do not really care about it. Growing understanding of how the roles of people fit into the bigger picture is vital to help raise awareness.
- Evolving the way that work gets accomplished is a culture concern. DevOps is all about people and processes and both sides should be addressed in order to be successful. All business is about people and about how people interact with the company and the brand, and DevOps directly addresses this.
- Continuous learning through information sharing is critical to the process. Continuous learning is a major contributor to the success of businesses that have evolved their work methodologies towards the DevOps methodology. One should be willing to learn, to experiment, share information and adapt along the way. Getting all the right people in one room to map out the end-to-end process, regardless if it is delivery of software processes or other business operation is paramount, thus there should be a system-level understanding of all tasks, resources and teams involved and could identify the key pain points or waste along the process. Otherwise, people will only see their piece of the matter.
Like it or not, technology plays a role in an entrepreneur’s success. There are indeed some valuable lessons from the DevOps movement since it continues to redefine the relationship between culture and technology.
Ritesh Mehta is the Sales Director at TatvaSoft Australia, a Software & mobile app development company. For Over 15 years, he has been professionally active in financial management, software development.