by Raj Patel
Outsourcing IT solutions and capabilities has long been the preferred method for procuring advanced business solutions for many companies. However bringing solution creation, development and execution in-house enables businesses to support innovations across the enterprise in an agile, cohesive and consistent way. This practice fits under the DevOps model, and it is rapidly transforming agile business.
A significant number of globally recognized corporations still rely on legacy IT infrastructure. DevOps gives these organizations the ability to dynamically adapt-to and keep pace with the mobile and digital business economy. The focus is on rapid project completion with two- or three-day sprints worked into 30-day project calendars. Engineering and development teams work together to advance IT capability in service of the business, rather than waiting for contractors. Increasingly, having strong DevOps is seen as a major enabler of and contributor to competitive advantage.
Digital economy necessitates a different way
The reality of enterprise IT in 2016 is that it must move quickly enough to meet extraordinary customer and business expectations. No matter the industry, there’s a significant focus on speed and agility. DevOps enables organizations to advance IT and business capabilities constantly, with dedicated teams collaborating to finish projects. The solutions roll out and receive regular updates and improvements as often as needed. DevOps gives companies more control and greater expectations of their IT performance. When there’s latency or outages caused by changes, updates, new releases, increased traffic, etc., teams quickly collaborate to identify those problems, and make adjustments to capacity, devices and components as needed until performance benchmarks and SLAs are back in-line.
Instead of throwing more money and gear at problems, DevOps means engineering efficient and effective solutions within budget and in line with agile business demands. Companies transform and adapt their solutions continually to fit ever-changing workload requirements. Increasingly, the most effective teams don’t place their hopes on big investments in new infrastructure without an accurate, data informed understanding of what those investments will yield.
Moving away from IT as a utility
Relying solely on service providers made financial sense at one point. Now, it often limits an organizations’ ability to quickly adapt to and advance ever-changing businesses and end- user demands. Whether it’s a new application for an e-commerce site or a modern tool for completing financial transactions, DevOps means enterprise IT can quickly and continually innovate new solutions and stay aligned with agile business requirements. Looking at the emerging bimodal IT model, there’s always going to be a need for IT to enable the business and everyone involved. Yes, maintenance and support are critical, and IT is there when people need assistance. However, focusing on DevOps gives IT departments more inherent value to the enterprises they serve.
DevOps is a foundational component for enabling business agility. Sustaining competitive advantage means that enterprise DevOps teams can’t afford to rely on external providers to ensure performance. End users don’t want to wait, the business can’t wait—and so enterprise IT must once again lead the way.
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