This sizzling buzzword is on the tip of every tongue in the IT world, from Development, Testing and QA through IT Operations. At DEVOPSdigest, we have talked a lot about what DevOps is and how you get there – but what's the point? Why go through all this trouble? What advantages can be gained from adopting a DevOps strategy? To explore the answers to these questions, DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry – including consultants, analysts and the leading vendors – for their opinions on the most significant advantages of DevOps.
In recent expert commentaries, we have seen that there are at least 17 different ways to define DevOps, and at least 30 different tools that can support DevOps, so it is no surpirse that this list of DevOps advantages is just as varied and complex.
There are multiple layers of advantages – DevOps helps Development, IT Operations, and the Business. DevOps helps the relationship between Development and Operations, the relationship between IT and the business, and the relationship between the company and its customers and employees. There are many diverse ways to look at these advantages, and the many experts that contributed to this list prove that point with their unique and thoughtful statements.
Maybe the most important point to understand about this list is that it is not hype. The advantages outlined on this list are very real, and many are measurable. David Seuss, Senior Content Marketing Manager at Ipswitch (link is external) points out that, “Higher velocity, learning organizations that embrace DevOps far outperform traditional organizations in terms of IT and software management. Facts like 'High-performing IT organizations experience 60X fewer failures and recover from failure 168X faster than their lower-performing peers' and that 'they also deploy 30X more frequently with 200X shorter lead times' can be found in the annual State of DevOps Report put out by Puppet Labs.”