Cloud for better collaboration
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When it comes to collaboration, development and operations teams within IT organisations don’t have the best track record. But as market demand for complex new products and services grows, the two sides may have no choice but to align themselves towards one end goal: delivering better quality products and services. I believe cloud-based DevOps is the key.
The trouble stems from the fact that the two teams perform very different tasks, and their incentives often conflict. In the eyes of developers, conservative operations teams slow progress. And in the eyes of operations teams, developers skew performance metrics and put the organisation at risk.
Developers have been known to sidestep barriers using tools like the public cloud, removing the “ops” portion of the equation. But this is a risky strategy. Today, operations can counter rogue public cloud use by building a private internal cloud.
But operations must also change its reputation from that of an inhibitor to that of an enabler; it must act less like an “IT parent” and more like a customer experience-driven service provider. Cloud computing is a great opportunity to make this transition and foster a positive relationship between “dev” and “ops”.
Both teams are interested in, and can benefit from, the cloud. It gives developers the speed they crave and operations the ability to balance and optimise resources through predictable performance and consistency.
The biggest barrier slowing cloud-based DevOps adoption is a fear of the unknown. But we’ve seen that, as cloud solutions mature and executive pressure to adopt them increases, operations teams become more willing to embed cloud services in the application lifecycle.
All of which leads to greater innovation – to the immense benefit of business, consumers and the teams themselves.