CIOs demystify the common mistakes made during DevOps implementation


DevOps is not a new tech for organizations any longer. The tech has been used consistently in the IT industry to improve development processes and increasing team productivity. However, organizations continue to commit mistakes that hurt the result and annoy the enterprise leaders and developers.

CIOs believe that DevOps still has significant scope to be honed, and is currently not matured enough. The COVID-19 situation has increased the pressure on enterprises to release software and updates at a faster pace.

Most enterprises are already implementing the vital elements needed to ensure the success of DevOps success. Industry leaders are in regarding the key tenets. Automation is vital; collaboration is essential and consistent practices are critical.

This includes continuous deployment/integration/testing and improvement.

CIOs believe that the main premise for continuous improvement is to proactively search for mistakes that are a hurdle to success and avoiding them.

Avoid overburdening developers
The majority of the CIOs have included digital transformation as part of their most urgent agenda for 2021. Most businesses expect to have a continuous stream of game-changing functionalities. They should be provided at high speeds and be ahead of the competition at all times.

Such a process involves efforts of multiple teams, from developers to testers, product owners, SREs, and ops. Developers are often the targets for disappointment when any of the much-required features fail to follow through.

Unless the organization is a very prominent one, they lack the luxury of having the most intelligent developers trying to be hired. Hiring and retaining experienced and valuable developers is a continuous battle for organizations.

Enterprise leaders believe that developers already have it hard when trying to satisfy the business’s need for software while focusing on development tasks. As a result, the strategy to “shift left” processes like security and testing needs to go beyond the traditional response of passing on responsibility to the developers.

CIOs agree that building both security and quality into applications right from the initial step is critical. This should be completed in a manner that doesn’t increase the pre-existing burden on developers. In the absence of this, the organization will lose its best development talent to another place that lets them focus on more creative work.

Excessive expectations on everyone
Enterprise leaders believe that each team member and organization can contribute to the DevOps success with a proper approach and relevant training and support. However, enterprises should be aware that every personnel can’t contribute in the same manner or to the same extent.

The majority of the early adopters of any process or technology end up being overachievers and superstars. They tend to track all upcoming trends in the said field and feed on constant motivation to do what is needed to make a solution work.

It is not easy to calculate such a success. Many application delivery personnel don’t work in this manner. They might excel in their field without necessarily having the primal urge or adventure to bring new solutions or tech to life. Different enterprise teams will have different comfort zones, skillsets, application stacks, compliance needs, and priorities.

The DevOps method that works for one domain will not always work for another. Setting expectations should be contextual and relevant to the skill set of the team or individual.

Launching the solution with proper analysis and insights into the user experience
In the current scenario, both organizations and end-users have a very low tolerance for any factor that can be perceived as a problem. C-suite leaders acknowledge that even the smallest improvements in the processes to boost customer experience can significantly impact its final bottom line. Similarly, a negative impact can result in drastic revenue loss.

CIOs explain that everyone on the development team wishes to develop and launch the relevant and useful tools. One team can have multiple different strengths, weaknesses, and perspectives.

It is vital that every team member understand the requirement and involvement in planning, testing, releasing, and monitoring. This ensures that they completely understand the business and can consistently defend the comprehensive user experience.

DevOps teams are often reliant on base-level technical checks to detect if the release candidate is good to launch. These tests are good to identify coding issues; however, more exceptional checks are required to ensure the delivery of an expected experience that ultimately gives the business an edge.

CIOs say that enterprises should opt for risk-based testing, end functional testing of the transactions, and perform performance/load testing to ensure the application can meet a sudden increase in demand.


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