November 24, 2017

Eager to bring higher-quality offerings to market faster? With DevOps, you can.

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Mika Tuohimetsä

Vice President, Tieto

DevOps (Development & Operations) is the best way to answer the challenges many organizations are facing today and to create more value for customers.

As competition intensifies across most industries, many businesses are faced with the urgent need to develop or even transform themselves.

Being fast and agile and delivering consistent, high-quality improvements to the solutions supporting your business and customers are of the utmost importance. 

DevOps integrates the formerly distinct elements of software development and operations through end-to-end processes — in which developing, testing, quality assurance and operations work together in harmony, following common guidelines and targets. DevOps is more than a set of tools or a delivery methodology. It is a winning combination of service design methodology, requirement validation and prioritization, rapid application development, automated testing, continuous delivery capabilities and feedback loops.

 A big impact on business

DevOps addresses many of the most visible “pain points” that CIOs, CTOs and other executives and managers continually face. DevOps opens a path to progress or change current business models and ways of working in a fast and efficient fashion, boosting the competitiveness of offerings.          

Adopting DevOps allows organizations to gain clear, demonstrable business benefits. Through DevOps, businesses can provide customers and their end-users with continuously improving, high-quality, user-centric products and services while controlling costs. DevOps greatly improves time-to-market, enabling new software releases and processes to be pushed out ten to a hundred times faster than before. Meanwhile, continuous deployment means quality improves because testing is increased across the different phases of the DevOps process.

Start small, but be ready to scale up fast

Beginning your DevOps journey is easier than it might seem. First, you should consider different ways to implement DevOps and involve your key partners in the process. Start off small, run trials, and conduct experiments. Learn by doing along the way, and begin to scale up only once you feel confident. We at Tieto, know this by heart, since we have adopted DevOps according these principles in our organization, meaning plenty of internally tested implementation models are at our disposal.

But keep in mind that people, culture and therefore ways of working form the core of DevOps. Cultural changes require real openness to change. This change cannot be implemented as a top-down decision, necessitating patience, transparency and a gradual approach that reveals the benefits of DevOps to all personnel. Through DevOps, you may need to let your old habits loose, even if you had a well-established way of working. Enabling DevOps means that you need to, at minimum, fine tune your current processes. In the end, it is all about the long run and enabling new long-term benefits. You have to be prepared to overcome obstacles and try again — even if sometimes you hit a wall.

With DevOps you are ready for the future challenges

In the end, DevOps is not merely a set of tools you pick up and use or just another trendy way of working. DevOps requires a change of mindset throughout your organization. This means accepting organizational openness and transparency and promoting changes in how people approach tasks and collaborate with colleagues and customers. By adopting the DevOps way of working with its key cornerstones, you will become ready to face the future challenges, transformations and disruptions that await your business — whatever they might be and whatever their source.

So the question is not, do you want to adopt DevOps? Rather, are you ready to innovate and bring new and better services and products to market faster — while delivering more value to your customers? With DevOps, you can. 

Read more about DevOps and download our latest whitepaper now.

Read also the blog by Tapani Tirkkonen, Four tips for successful DevOps implementation - how to avoid typical misconceptions.

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