Regardless of whether you are just starting a DevOps transformation of your business or you are a seasoned veteran who knows all about DevOps methodologies, you must be aware of the phenomenal success DevOps brings to companies of all sizes regardless of industry. In addition to simply improving your product delivery cycle, DevOps helps you build outstanding product and improve the customer experience thanks to gathering instant feedback from users enabled by continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) practices.

DevOps Consulting

DevOps practices help you streamline the entire lifecycle starting from product design to building and testing all the way to deployment. In the early stages of DevOps adoption it is highly recommended to seek advice from DevOps consulting services firms in order to achieve the high levels of productivity that both DevOps and CI/CD have to offer.

Enabling DevOps processes and culture is not easy. There are usually many silos between development and operations teams as well as a clash of cultures between Agile and DevOps and the current culture that is in place. On top of all of this is the complexity and intricacies of all the various infrastructures, groups and apps which can spiral out of control and cost you millions of dollars and tarnish your brand’s reputation.

Our DevOps consulting services will help you mitigate the risks associated with DevOps and shape your DevOps strategy, vision and roadmap and, most importantly, make it a reality. Our DevOps team of consulting experts are seasoned practitioners with proven success of achieving high levels of productivity through DevOps and transform your current IT culture into an efficient DevOps environment to maintain constant accelerated flows with the necessary tools and automation. It all starts with the DevOps assessment.

Conducting a DevOps Assessment

The first step of the DevOps assessment is to establish a clear, holistic understanding of where you are in your DevOps maturity. This provides some understanding of how to shift your culture process and systems towards a successful DevOps adoption. The four main segments of IT capabilities: culture, automation, processes, tools, will all be analyzed and you will be provided with a roadmap for your DevOps transformation.

The DevOps Research and Assessment team or DORA, which was founded by Gene Kim, Jez Humble and Nicole Forsgren, the same group who authored the DevOps Handbook,  have created a quantitative assessment called the DevOps scorecard which allows business leaders to gain an understanding of where their company is currently at on their way to implementing DevOps processes through an overall cultural shift. Many organizations fall into the trap of using a “one size fits all” approach to implementing Agile and DevOps principles. However, the beauty of the scorecard is that it shows you exactly where you must invest in your IT capabilities to provide the biggest possible impact on how fast you can deliver code reliably.

DevOps Automation

One of the biggest benefits of an automated DevOps process is that you ensure feedback through the DevOps cycle. The faster you get feedback, the sooner you can take actions to resolve problems. In a perfect world, the DevOps process would be filled with automation so that developing and testing code can be done quicker, deploy test infrastructure, run end-to-end code and many other tasks can be accomplished more quickly and consistently.

There are many opportunities for DevOps automation driven by the right selection of DevOps tools which can all seem overwhelming especially if you have a small team with limited resources. However, it is important to remember that most DevOps projects are Agile projects at first. Begin with going through your backlog and executing sprints. The goals of Agile and particularly DevOps are arriving at CI/CD state.

Also keep in mind that DevOps is not something that you do once and then forget about it. It’s something that you need to cultivate, always monitor and improve as long as the DevOps pipeline is still active. What DevOps requires, at least in the early stages, is for your business to be Agile. As soon as you’re there, you can start you journey towards full DevOps engagement. Then identify the goals you want to achieve with automation as well as the bottlenecks that are preventing you from reaching these goals. Make sure to incorporate the solutions to these bottlenecks into you backlog and continuously prioritize and reevaluate them. Once you do this, you will be able to introduce DevOps automated processes gradually and effectively. Automation, particularly in the early stages is something you should seek DevOps consulting for.

Final Thoughts

One of the main goals of DevOps consulting is to help companies make the cultural shift into a DevOps culture. Having the necessary culture in place ensures that DevOps practices are part of the foundation of your business’ infrastructure. Our client’s service and operations teams work at their full capacity and fewer dependencies. The success DevOps brings to small medium and large enterprises ensures their viability and profitability in today’s fast-paced IT landscape. To help ensure DevOps brings you the desired results from the early stages of implementation, our DevOps consulting services are constantly on standby and ready to assist you throughout your DevOps transformation journey.