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Devops - What's the Fuss All About and is it Here to Stay?

01 Dec 00:00 by

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DevOps 

DevOps is an IT movement that has been around for circa 8 years but has only really hit the headlines in the last 2 – 3 years.   

Devops aims to create collaboration and cooperation between development and other more operational IT teams and reduce the conflict that has often existed between them.  It is closely linked to the iterative and efficient techniques used in agile and lean methodologies 

In a world where there is a distinct move away from a product led approach towards a greater emphasis on experience and services, the DevOps approach allows faster and more efficient development and deployment of services and software.  In addition, the shift from stability and efficiency to agility and innovation mean companies have to work faster, deliver more frequently and continually adapt and experiment, DevOps equip companies to shorten work cycles, respond creatively and minimize time and resource wastage.

The “2016 State of DevOps Report” by Puppet asserts that DevOps has become a vital solution that enables companies meet ever-growing customer and industry demands.  It reveals that it has enabled companies to deploy hundreds of thousands of code each day whilst delivering unparalleled stability, reliability and security according to this article by Pallavi Poojary.

It is little wonder then that the DevOps technologies market made $1.9 billion in 2014 and Gartner predicts that 2016 will be the year in which DevOps will cease to be a buzzword and establish itself as a mainstream approach adopted by 1 in 4 global businesses.

DevOps and the Cloud

Cloud facilitates improved business agility by making IT infrastructure more manageable, scalable and flexible, enabling companies to concentrate on their core businesses rather than maintaining computer infrastructure.

Whilst DevOps and the Cloud are not innately interlinked, they are most successful when utilised in conjunction with each other. The cloud offers the optimum platform on which to deploy DevOps methodologies.  DevOps and the cloud provide companies with significant competitive advantage by empowering them to achieve high performance environments by creating and continuously delivering more code of a superior quality in less time with faster recovery and lower failure rates.

The Human Element

The people piece is important in rolling out and expanding DevOps programmes. Companies need individuals with the right skillsets and mindsets to work in a continuous delivery environment and embrace the huge culture shift from working in silos to collaborate in cross functional teams. 

Finding these people can be a challenge and often we read articles and hear clients complaining that skill shortages and the scarcity of suitable talent limits the ability to implement and expand corporate DevOps programmes.

The DevOps talent pool is still relatively small.  Professionals with automation skills are in short supply and there is a steady demand for senior engineers/analyst programme.  Generally, talent requirements depends on the stage of adoption companies are at.  

At Argyll Scott, we have developed networks of high calibre DevOps practitioners.  So if you are a business looking to adopt DevOps methodologies or expand your existing programme and need talented practitioners please contact me (kpatel@argyllscott.com or 020 7936 1118) to discuss your recruitment requirements.  Alternatively, if you are a DevOps professional looking for a new challenge, please contact me for a confidential conversation about your career aspirations.