DevOps Automation: How much to Automate?

It’s no sudden realization that as the current times of our lives are steeped deep within the tech revolution, organizations running at the speed of thought are harnessing innovation and automation for their daily functioning.

Needless to say, DevOps Automation is one such novel innovation that has undoubtedly revamped the course of an organizations’ software development methodology. In effect, businesses can now keep up with fluctuating business demands, all thanks to faster updates in mobile applications and the cloud – with DevOps.

Although this continuous approach is a boon to the delivery line-up, saving a lot of time-to-market and associated costs, the key is to take stock of your own requirements in development, testing and deployment and strike a balance between what to automate and what not to automate.

Afterall, finding the right mix of automation tools and processes will only lead to positive business outcomes.

Finding the Sweet Spot in Automation

At the helm, organisations tend to overdo agile, and hence misuse the automation of agile. Part of this problem is due to the fact that they are unable to distinguish between agile and traditional methods.

According to the PMI surveys of last 2 years, 46 % of enterprises do not fully understand the value of project management. In fact, for every 1 such unicorn like Etsy and Netflix, there are at least 10 organizations who struggle significantly to implement DevOps within their organization.

In an attempt to be the next Facebook and Netflix, organizations often attempt mirroring the practices of such large enterprises, ignoring their differences in products or market. Evidently, everyone is seeking ways to elevate their business agility with cloud-based platforms, automated built-in units with monitoring utilities even if they lag sufficient foundation. The harsh reality though is that legacy systems from within the organisation needs to be accounted for as well, and mere copycat solutions will not work everywhere, for everyone.

Be it attempting to fabricate DevOps automation over an unstable (or non-existent) continuous integration foundation, confusing its continuous delivery feature with continuous deployment, executing complicated/inconsistent source code workflows or attempting to switch to agile approach without any supporting infrastructure – it is important for organisations to find their sweet spot and adopt strategies that will work in their own environments.

Following the Keystones for Automation

What the buzzing biz minds of today need to understand is that DevOps is more of a ‘culture’ than development algorithm and cannot be defined solely by enlisting tools that are involved in the release and automated process.

Moreover, it is not mandatory to automate all processes. In order to implement a working application of DevOps automation, following parameters need to be considered as keystones to ensure efficient and targeted process automation:

  • Time is taken by the team to release a new version/feature
  • Testing and dealing with bugs
  • Ensuring high availability and performance
  • Preventing downtime by tracking errors

These determinants then align themselves with DevOps parameters/concepts to pinpoint major and minor processes that require automation. Once these processes are supervised, it’s just a matter of deploying appropriate DevOps automated tools to each process or sub-process.

With 2017 witnessing DevOps automation in a growing light, 2018 is all set for this delivery accelerator to emerge as a mainstream agile methodology.

While DevOps is the prodigious algorithm to attain full cycle automation from development to operation, organizations often end up following things not aligned with their vision and hence make complex choices/decisions.

The bottom line enterprises need to keep in mind is that DevOps automation when chosen wisely becomes the elixir for continuous delivery, and when not, becomes like an over-squeezed lemon ruining the lemonade.

Choose Alchemy Techsol, with a wealth of information and expertise, as your ally for smooth transitioning towards DevOps Automation.



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