From the CEO’s Desk: DevOps Assessment- Assess, Analyse, Implement, Achieve!

July 13, 2017 0 57
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From the CEO’s Desk: DevOps Assessment- Assess, Analyse, Implement, Achieve!

My last blog talked about DevOps and How you can get more out of your DevOps with containers. It discussed various possibilities of combining your DevOps practices with containers on-premise and in the cloud and combination of both. Increased ability to deliver applications and services at higher speed, evolving and improving products at a faster pace than in a traditional software development and infrastructure management processes and how this approach enables organizations to better serve their customers are some of the highlights of opting for DevOps. After realising the benefits of making Development and Operations teams work together instead of in siloed environments, organisations are fast opening to the whole DevOps idea.

To move forward in the DevOps journey, you should draw an outline and identify the roadmap and avenues that need improvement. Having a clear idea of maturity of your current IT infrastructure will help you greatly in that process.

What is DevOps Assessment?

In software development and delivery, organizations are trying to adopt DevOps practices. But it is not a one-day process to adopt DevOps practices. And if not done correctly it can do more harm than benefit. So, it is absolutely necessary for any organisation to know if the practices they are following are in line with the DevOps initiative. DevOps assessment is nothing but a set of questions which different personnel from different organisational areas can answer and based on the analysis of the answers you can get an idea if you are moving in the right direction. DevOps assessment will help you outline current maturity and identify roadmap of improvement areas.

Why go for a DevOps Assessment?

As an organisation with continuously changing IT and performance needs, you might be thinking of going for or may have already started DevOps initiative. At the same time, you might be thinking of one or all the following questions –

  • Do I really need DevOps?
  • Is my infrastructure flexible enough for DevOps?
  • What value is DevOps going to add to my business?
  • Are my DevOps strategies right?

If yes then the DevOps assessment is totally built for you.

What are the typical questions in DevOps Assessment?

Opcito’s DevOps Assessment comprises of 3 stages where you will be asked questions that you can answer with just three choices viz. YES, IN PART, NO. These three stages are Dev and Test, Release and Deploy, and Manage and Monitor which are part of any product development cycle. The assessment includes questions which are mostly about the production-test cases and environment, test cases and test data, the level of automation, complexity, visibility, proficiency in the dev-test-release-deploy-manage processes, etc.

What can you achieve with DevOps Assessment?

Once you are done with DevOps Assessment, you can get a clear idea of functional areas which are under performing, performing as expected or over performing.

A typical DevOps assessment report will give you an evaluation of your current DevOps ability and will provide you with recommendations for improvements based on your responses. Not only that, you will also be able to get an idea where you are as compared to your competition, expertise you need to cement your position, most valuable talent assets in the organisation and the talent pool which you need to recruit. DevOps assessment can help you align your software development and IT operations processes with business goals. You can ship products faster without compromising quality and with more reliability because of increased agility and ability to adapt to changes.

In short, it will help-

  • Technical team to baseline your performance and understand strengths as well as areas of improvement
  • Recruitment team to develop capabilities and recruit related talent
  • Management team to target the investment areas
  • Operations team to understand the most critical operations

Opcito has helped organisations, spanning from young start-ups to large enterprises, in assessing their existing infrastructure and DevOps initiatives and finalising on what should be their next step. In addition to the online DevOps assessment, Opcito provides organisations with a one-day workshop. The main objectives of the workshop are getting started with DevOps, gain a high-level understanding of the current DevOps state, and build DevOps delivery roadmap. Our DevOps experts visit organisations for an interactive session helping them in-

  • Measuring DevOps metrics
  • Defining DevOps goals
  • Modelling DevOps tool chain for each SDLC stage
  • Summarising of your current DevOps state
  • Creating a roadmap to get to an ideal DevOps state

While DevOps has proven its accelerative impacts on development processes and timelines and quality assurance, it also imposes demands that every organization must be ready to address. Contact Opcito today for a free DevOps Assessment and to know where you are and where you can be on your DevOps journey.

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