It has been proven over and over that companies who have adopted the DevOps culture achieved a higher level of software development thanks numerous DevOps benefits from both the technical, business and cultural standpoint. Although it is not possible to list all of the advantages of DevOps, we will try to give you the main ones so you can be well on your way to implementing the DevOps methodology.

DevOps is the new black

The term DevOps describes a cultural philosophy, tools and practices that enhance an organization’s software development capabilities by allowing them to deliver apps and services and at a higher speed, more securely and reliably. Organizations using DevOps have a much faster time-to-market, without sacrificing the product quality, which allows them to stay ahead of the competition in today’s ultra-competitive IT landscape.

Under the DevOps model, the silos between developers and operations teams are removed and often the teams are merged into a single unit where engineers work across the entire application lifecycle. The DevOps methodology allows businesses to automate processes that have been usually slow by using a technology stack and tools that allow them to operate and build apps quickly and reliably.

DevOps History

DevOps began in 2007 with a frustrated Belgian project manager and agile enthusiast named Patrick DeBois received an assignment from the Belgian government ministry to assist in data center migrations. In order to accomplish this task, he had to straddle the fence between development and operations teams. The barriers between these two teams were so frustrating for Mr. DeBois that he immediately began thinking that there has to be a better way.

One year later, at the Agile Conference in Toronto, Andrew Schaffer offered to moderate a group on Agile Infrastructure. Only one person signed up for this meeting: Patrick DuBois. They went on to form the Agile System Administrator on Google. In 2009, DeBois watched the O’Reilly Velocity Conference where two Flick employees, John Allspaw and Paul Hammond, gave a famous presentation “10+ Deploys Per Day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr.” Inspired by this presentation, DeBois formed his own conference in Ghent, Belgium named “DevOps Days.” By then, the term “DevOps” was already well established.

The DevOps movement took off with the publication of the “The Phoenix Project” in 2013 by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford. In this fictional novel, an IT manager is in a hopeless situation where he must salvage a critically important e-commerce project gone wrong. His mysterious mentor introduces him to Scrum and DevOps

DevOps vs Agile

Agile and DevOps complement each other and have many similarities, but it would be a mistake to use these terms interchangeably. DevOps practices allow companies to realize all of the benefits of DevOps such as continuous integration and delivery. One the main benefits of using DevOps is that operations teams are always cooperating and engaging with development teams throughout the product lifecycle. They also participate in the early stages of product development in order to understand the business vision and release timelines.

This is where Agile and DevOps complement each other by allowing companies to plan a long-term release calendar. For a more complete understanding of Agile, we advise you to read the Agile Manifesto so you can combine elements of both Agile and DevOps to become DevOps Agile.

What is a DevOps Engineer?

A DevOps engineer works tirelessly to adopt DevOps principles and values by removing the silos between developers and operations teams and, in general, they are responsible for creating and maintaining an overall DevOps environment. Because DevOps requires so many skills and insider know-how, the position of a DevOps engineer is not suitable for an entry-level IT worker. In fact, it is recommended to have at least 5 years of experience in various IT roles in order to become a successful DevOps engineer.

Having said this, the term DevOps implies a collaborative environment which means that DevOps isn’t the responsibility of a single person or even a team. In order to implement the DevOps model, you must get buy-in from the very top of the organization who will understand the business benefits of DevOps not simply on software development.

DevOps emerged rapidly as a new culture that must be implemented by organizations who wish to remain competitive in today’s IT landscape. DevOps benefits, on the development of software cannot be underestimated. Non DevOps organizations, who need a month or more to deliver updates and bug fixes to users will simply fade away into obscurity over time which means that implementing the DevOps culture is really not a choice. It is a must.