DevOps: Transformative Global Movement Enters Maturity

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By Ash Owen posted 14 days ago

  

DevOps is no longer just a set of operating practices focused on changing a software development team’s ability to collaborate, automate and provide feedback. Quickly it evolved into the most important operating model for any software focused organization.   

As DevOps teams move towards the future, automated and repeatable processes are needed to lead the way for organizations to focus on value streams and deployment speed. The DevOps movement has led to more projects, and more tools per project, causing an explosion in the number of project-tool integrations.  

To truly deliver at an accelerated pace, this movement needs to also support the deeply rooted customizations and integrations of enterprise software platforms such as Oracle™, Salesforce™, and SAP™.  Below are a few examples on how DevOps can evolve to incorporate the whole software development lifecycle:

  • Moving from monolithic architectures to microservices architectures is at the heart of DevOps future. By using microservices, teams can work independently and move faster.

  • Critical and foundational ERP, Financial and CRM services need to be connected to the DevOps journey by automated builds and deployments.

  • Minimizing the complexity of source control activities so developers can participate in building and deploying changes, while reducing the learning curve for adoption, and speed time to value.

  • DevOps tool chains and software delivery pipelines need to streamline and automate delivery while integrating quality, security and compliance within their build and deployment pipeline.  

The adoption of DevOps occurred iteratively, and with many phases: 

1: Build Your Own: Disparate Tools 

Initially each team selected its own tools. This approach caused problems when teams attempted to work together because they were not familiar with the tools of other teams. The complexity derived from Oracle applications, environments and infrastructure is not suited to this approach. 

2: Best in Class DevOps: Standardized Toolchain 

To address this, organizations moved to Best in Class DevOps. In this phase, organizations standardized on the same set of tools, with one preferred tool for each stage of the DevOps lifecycle. It helped teams collaborate with one another, but the problem then became moving software changes through the tools for each stage. 

3: Do It Yourself: Custom Integration 

To remedy this problem, organizations adopted “Do-It-Yourself,” building on top of, and between their tools. They performed a lot of custom work to integrate their DevOps point solutions together. However, since these tools were developed independently without integration in mind, it incurred technical debt and became an administrative burden on Development teams.

4: DevOps Platform: Integrated Software Delivery Platform 

A platform approach is now needed to improve the team experience, improve efficiency, and reduce costs.   

FlexDeploy has taken this movement to the next stage and readies Oracle customers with an Integrated Software Delivery Platform (ISDP), a comprehensive platform that provides speed, consistency, and visibility into effectively taming the complexities of enterprise systems, like Oracle EBS. Instead of a large grouping of incompatible solutions and teams using different tool stacks, ISDP’s provide a full end-to-end solution from source code to release automation.

Recently, we met with leading analyst firm, Forrester, to discuss how enterprises can simplify the development, administration and operations of DevOps as they evolve for the future.  Learn how you can better equip your team with end-to-end SDLC support and seamless integration of the toolchain from planning through monitoring with support for over one hundred of the most used DevOps tools OOTB and an easy plug & play method of adding or replacing tools in the toolchain.  Watch the webinar.