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An outsider’s view on DevOps Article

As DevOps seems to be the words on everyone’s lips right now, I thought it was only right for one of my first blogs to have a look at what DevOps really means, and especially for simpletons like me…

So how do we define DevOps?  Big question right? And one that doesn’t seem to have a simple answer.  When doing my basic google search for a definition, I couldn’t quite believe the amount of different ones I came across.

I recently read an article that stated the problem with DevOps was a lack of understanding on the definition between consumers and service providers. Surely if there is lack of understanding between these 2 parties then alarm bells should be ringing?  I do not pretend to be any sort of expert in this field and for me it is purely looking at DevOps and being fascinated by, but a lack of cohesion across the ecosystem but throw up daily issues?

I have been told in conversations with market leaders that DevOps strategy conversations for enterprises usually take place are executive led…of course! And don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the importance of top-level buy in, you need them to be on board to help drive the project forward but surely buy in from guys on the ground, who are using and implementing these strategies on a daily basis is just as crucial to get the job done.  There are also the challenges of bringing together 2 very different teams to work in each-others pockets on daily basis, just sounds like a nightmare to me!  The one thing I hear a lot from people who have been there and done it, is the importance of getting developers and testers on board as these are the guys with the testing skills and knowledge.  Perhaps this is something for those execs at the top to think about it?  Don’t forget those ones at the bottom who are the true cogs in your wheel!

These are my own thoughts on the subject and as I said, I don’t pretend to be an expert in any way, just a fascinated outsider looking in…

Let me know your thoughts on the matter and potential challenges facing the DevOps community.

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