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Before we get to the 11 Steps of DevOps Adoption, we must first review what is DevOps, Why DevOps, and the main goals of DevOps.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is short for Development and Operations. It is an approach to delivering software solutions in a continuous manner based on lean (minimizing waste of resources, reducing number of defects, etc.) and agile practices. DevOps help manage complexities of Enterprise applications by creating a collaborative environment with participants coming not only from Development and Operations, but also from Business, QA, and other stakeholder groups. In other words, DevOps is not only about Development and Operations! The DevOps practice has been popularized by organizations adopting the Cloud-as-a-Service computing model.

Why DevOps?

To rapidly deliver reliable, scalable micro and macro services that are critical for the business time to market and value. The technical benefits are continuous delivery, reduction in component complexity and agility in problem resolution. The business benefits are agility in the delivery of business benefit, increased stability and more focus on competitive advantage, rather than “keeping the lights on”.

What are the main goals of DevOps?

  • Shift Left. DevOps goes hand-in-hand with Agile software development methodologies. This places emphasis on rapid identification of defects.
  • Competitive Advantage. Faster
  • Technology Enabled Business. Time to market and value
  • Agility. Any developer or server environment should be able to be reloaded in a short amount of time, e.g. 4 hours from request.
  • Happy people. Effective DevOps implementations incur less daily stress and remove constant fire drills. This converts to better customer experience, both internally and externally.

What are the steps of DevOps adoption?

  1. Identify your business drivers
  2. Get educated
  3. Articulate DevOps’ value proposition
  4. Define one or more scenarios of software delivery with DevOps techniques
  5. Produce a road map
  6. Gain stakeholder buy-in
  7. Establish governance for risk mitigation
  8. Establish a core team
  9. Invest in infrastructure (not applicable if you operate in the Cloud)
  10. Pilot
  11. Enterprise roll-out

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