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DevOps- Should Adopt It or Not

It is the question business owners often ask when they talk about software development tools

It is the question business owners often ask when they talk about software development tools and best practices. This question comes mostly from business owners who seek to improve their capability for faster time to market and win big in the marketplace.Experts reply with their own version of responses to this buzzing trend. Different responses can be interpreted in many different ways.

Moreover, an enterprise's existing challenges must be the baseline first in order to have a better understanding on this operational philosophy. The reason is DevOps is not a technology or platform; it is a practice that requires business process reform and internal cultural changes.

The core objective of DevOps is to make developers and operation department work collaboratively for better output and efficiency. It infuses a new level of collaboration between developers and operation teams, enabling faster release of planned work into production with reliability, quality, and security.

Hence, you should initially understand all aspects and value propositions of DevOps, then decide. And here is how you can be a good decider (decision maker):


  • Is time and resource consumption high while going from application development/test phase to production?
  • Do you need frequent and continues releases (can't wait for months) for competitive advantage?
  • Do you require automation push to accelerate the build, deploy, and test process?
  • Do you need rigorous departmental collaboration for quality delivery?
  • Do you need better monitoring framework to reduce the feedback cycle?
  • Is your development and delivery cost challenge rapidly growing?


Assessing the above factors, you can determine whether your business makes a strong case for DevOps adoption. In addition, other question business owners ask is how they can know DevOps practice is working in their business environment, or not. It is actually an important question.

Thus, it is best to have well-defined DevOps metrics to measure the success rate. The following metrics can be helpful:


  • Deployment frequency- how quickly you're releasing the code
  • Lead time- what is the cycle time from development to production
  • Success rate- percentage of your successful deployment
  • Mean time to recovery - how much time it takes to report and resolve a new issue
  • Performance improvement- are your teams getting optimized toward faster delivery process


In fact, the combination of these metrics can provide you more clear insights on how DevOps is bringing benefits into your business.

Besides that, capitalizing on DevOps practices also requires organizational transformation, business process reform and internal cultural changes. If you are ready for this adjustment, embracing DevOps can bring greater agility in your software development life-cycle, enabling you to get results at an accelerated pace.

As it is evident that the demand for faster release cycle getting louder each passing day. So, definitely DevOps will become unavoidable in the near future.

If you are interested to know how to get started with DevOps, AWS is a primary enabler for DevOps.

More Stories By Ritesh Gujrati

Ritesh Gujrati is a digital marketer at OSSCube, a global solution provider. He frequently talks about DevOps, Digital transformation and IT modernization. He has been an infrequent contributor to publications such as DZone and ITProPortal.