Markets move too fast and customer expectations elevate too precipitously for businesses to rest on their laurels. Here's a DevOps "to-do list" for 2018 that should be priorities for anyone who wants to make sure their organization is running at the front of the digital pack through next year - and beyond.
Software is everywhere in the modern business, and you need to develop, update and deploy it fast. A vital enabler of rapid software delivery is DevOps - the merging of application development and IT operations. It speeds up the creation and launch of new products, features and customer experiences, and ensures that they're as effective as possible. In the digital economy, DevOps underpins the flexibility you need to give customers what they want when they want it. The time for full DevOps is now.
To capitalize on emerging blockchain opportunities, many IT leaders are looking to jump-start some development pilots. But if you start squeezing out blockchain code without first achieving DevOps mastery, you’ll wind up with a very counter-productive digital value bottleneck. DevOps maturity is a prerequisite for reliable integration of your new blockchain apps and these core systems. To quickly, easily, and iteratively test integration of new blockchain code, your developers and QA staff need a DevOps toolchain that provides them with convenient access to some sort of application modeling – such as application “stubs,” virtual instances, or API sandboxing.
Metrics are important for any manager seeking to continuously improve critical work processes and the resulting work-product. That’s why DevOps leaders need DevOps metrics. With the right ones, those leaders can guide their organization’s adoption of DevOps best practices—progressively optimizing staff productivity, business agility and customer experience. But, what are the right metrics for DevOps success? And, what are the wrong ones? Useful metrics must enable DevOps leaders to make better decisions about workflows, incentives, policies, training, tools or some other “lever” of transformation.
Everybody loves DevOps. That’s because DevOps promises to satisfy the deepest longings of digital business—including fast execution on innovative ideas, competitively differentiated customer experiences, and significantly improved operational efficiencies. But who does DevOps love? It’s a fundamental challenge for anyone leading a DevOps initiative. What passions and motivations are driving your DevOps teams? How do you know? And if those motivations aren’t the right ones, how do you re-direct them? Metrics, it turns out, may hold the answers.