I am not surprised that businesses are overwhelmed by the new surge of public cloud-based services and the pressure to change their IT Services, Infrastructure and the way they operate.  Once cloud adoption has taken place in some capacity, it won’t be long before businesses’ will feel the pressure to then change the way they operate with the promise of new cloud tools and operational methodologies that will make their business run and operate better and more dynamically.

Whilst businesses might agree there is great cost savings and flexibility on offer, which can add great value to their business, they will also feel they are always trying to keep up to speed in the ever fast moving world of technology.  Will the technology pace ever slow down? Probably not. Here are a few pointers to help you prepare you and your decision making in creating a valuable Development Operations environment for your business.

  • Assess your Change Management Process and Application Deployment methods, create a deployment plan using business language like features and functionality to illustrate the value in the changes you are delivering.
  • Support autonomous development and operations teams unified and aligned to business objectives.
  • What tools do I have in place already? In many cases, you will have some tools which will aid you already.
  • Maximise your understanding of Configuration Management and the toolsets around it, define the capabilities you need, then find tools that fit the job, no one tool will fill all your requirements.
  • How important is it to hire a Dev Ops engineer with certain skills to operate in their own silo? It might better to train an engineer to operate within a development and operations environment.
  • Use team workspaces chat channels for sharing information and notifications.
  • Enable product owners and development teams to deploy to production environments.
  • Create good documentation, you can’t assume is not required anymore because you have automated operations.
  • Deploy small changes frequently, rather than multiple changes bundled together all at once.

Dev Ops may seem like some more work to deal with at first, but following a few steps to start with will help you identify if you can deliver your applications and services more seamlessly to your customers.

Please see the links below for further useful information on Dev Ops

https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/DevOps-Fundamentals/Introduction-to-DevOps

https://channel9.msdn.com/Series/DevOps-Fundamentals/Configuration-Management

https://mva.microsoft.com/en-US/training-courses/enabling-devops-practices-with-visual-studio-online-build-12478?l=ipCj6MuNB_6305094681

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