Velocity, quality and reliability in delivery

Traditional approaches to delivery separate the development of software from the deployment and operation of software. This ‘siloed’ world slows delivery of new products, blocks visibility through to production and prevents teams from getting the feedback they need to improve. These things are precisely the opposite of what’s required in the new Digital Age.

DevOps solves these problems. It creates a continuous delivery ecosystem that streamlines the development, deployment, checking, monitoring and improvement of software and infrastructure. You’ll achieve improvement in velocity, quality and reliability of delivery.

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Our team has worked on complex DevOps engagements for large enterprises across the world. We understand what it takes to adopt DevOps in a wide range of scenarios. With us, you can take your DevOps journey with confidence. 

DevOps as the default approach to delivery

DevOps is fast becoming the default approach to software delivery in the Digital Age – it has truly 'crossed the chasm'. The reason for this is simply that DevOps helps you to deliver business value sooner. But it's not the shiny new tools or, indeed, the automation that does this. It's because DevOps changes how IT departments, teams and management frameworks are organised. DevOps changes almost everything. Through our Digital Advisory service we can help guide you through those changes and adopt DevOps in the way that’s right for you. This excellent article in CIO.com sets the agenda for how you might think about adopting DevOps.

Empowering teams

Your competitiveness increasingly depends on the people who deliver technology. By removing the blockages that get in their way and empowering them with end-to-end responsibility for delivery, you’ll be fast to market with the quality products your customers need. DevOps empowers people to deliver value fast. And continuously.

The four Pillars of Empowerment

  • 1

    Open Information
    ensuring the team understands the business goals at a macro and project level
    opening up visible business, delivery and technical metrics, monitoring and logs

  • 2

    Autonomy
    assigning clear responsibility with authority to act to deliver the business goals
    making the team responsible for end-to-end delivery, production support, technologies and tooling

  • 3

    Self-sufficient
    providing the ability to make decisions, communicate rapidly and remove impediments
    encouraging flat-structured, cross-functional teams, made up from the business and all technical areas touched on by delivery

  • 4

    Learning and Innovation
    structuring for continuous improvement, making it safe-to-fail and encouraging experimentation
    growing internal capabilities and making external knowledge, skills and experience available

For more on the Pillars of Empowerment, see this article by Chris Pollard

A Continuous Delivery ‘ecosystem’

These four Pillars of Empowerment are the glue in a Continuous Delivery ecosystem connecting people, process and technologies to deliver maximum value.

People

Cross-functional delivery teams
DevOps teams consist of people right across the value chain. Delivery teams are self-organising, empowered by leadership and free to create the highly collaborative culture which motivates engagement. Because of this DevOps is more likely to create happier and super-productive teams.
Lean
Lean is about reducing waste, being responsive, adaptive and pragmatic. By default DevOps is lean by default and reduces the waste in traditional, siloed delivery environments including: noise and complex interactions at the interface of Dev and Ops; repetitive tasks that should be automated; difficulties in scaling production environments; excessive time taken to discover and respond to issues in production because of lack of visibility; and flaky environments.

Process

Agile software delivery
Agile is fast becoming the default approach to software delivery because delivering value in small increments, frequently, is a prerequisite for competitiveness in today’s environment. DevOps maximises the benefits of Agile by making operations an integral part of the delivery process and extending the team’s responsibility to include deployment.
Automate and elevate feedback
DevOps implements innovative technical practices that streamline the development, testing and deployment of technology. It automates the repeatable to create consistency, speed and predictability. This in turn helps minimise risk, improves the transparency and auditability of processes. It also elevates feedback by creating feedback loops that allows teams to maximise the value they deliver. Build>Deploy>Measure>Learn. Rinse and Repeat.

Tech

Tools that empower teams
Tools exist to cover every aspect of delivery and operation including build, deploy, checking, release, version control, configuration management, orchestration, infrastructure provisioning, performance monitoring and AB testing. The ever-increasing DevOps toolset enables and empowers teams to deliver and improve.
Scalable-platforms
Deploying technoiogy fast and automatically in the Digital Age requires suitable selfservice infrastructure to create and scale environments. Scalable platforms and live-view production environments allow easy, super-fast provisioning and management of the system by the team.

Embrace the change that Continuous Delivery creates

Hosting Gojko Adzic

Gojko Adzic's talk on how to turn Continuous Delivery into a competitive advantage, focused on how it creates a fundamental change to the world around software teams. He states that to ignore these changes is dangerous – while embracing them opens up significant business opportunities.

The evolution of DevOps

DevOps is a movement that was brought about to break down the walls between Agile Development and IT Operations in order to work more efficiently and be more effective. In this article, Assurity DevOps Consultant Peter-John Lightfoot explores how this movement gained momentum and eventually made DevOps ‘a thing’.

What DevOps can do for you

A session with Chef

We hosted our technology partner Chef at a Continuous Delivery Meetup in Wellington to discuss why DevOps adoption is critical for future success. Justin Arbuckle, VP Worldwide Transformation, CHEF, explores how software development teams need to evolve or die, that the team is now the product. “Deploying software fast is for real, hard economic reasons. If we can’t deliver continuously, the customers we are serving will be continuously switching away. The disrupters that are snapping at your heels are further along the curve. It’s down to us as teams to develop and make change happen.”

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DevOps Consultant - Permanent

We're looking for an experienced DevOps Consultant to join our Auckland team and help our clients to improve their software delivery practices.

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5 July 2017

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