Pundits are still attempting to decipher what role DevOps will have in the future as an IT collaboration method, but an important question that IT...
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What we learned from the 2015 DevOps Enterprise Summit
For many IT professionals, DevOps has already become an overused buzzword that is becoming an increasingly convoluted topic with every extra bit of attention it receives. To bring some clarity to the discussion, DevOps is a term that covers many solidified software ideals while also bringing new concepts to the forefront of people’s minds. From configuring infrastructure as code to continuous integration and deployments, there are numerous IT initiatives (specific in nature) that are being put under a microscope thanks to the DevOps movement. All of these topics and more were discussed this week at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco, and we wouldn’t let a relevant conference go by without providing a recap of what transpired. But rather than focus on numerous highlights from the event or endlessly debate the definition of DevOps, the most relevant talking point of DevOps Summit 2015 for sysadmins is the fact that DevOps still has a long way to go.
DevOps is just getting started in the enterprise
While this may be surprising to some, enterprises are still struggling to get to a point where DevOps is an option across many projects. Many companies aren’t even on the first phase of DevOps implementation due to budget constraints, people problems, and organizational structures being too stuck in their ways. There is a devout group of DevOps lobbyist in the IT community, but being able to spread DevOps practices and tools throughout an entire organization is proving to be an uphill battle for some.
For those who are struggling to bring a DevOps attitude into their workplace, the majority of panelists and speakers recommended their audiences to think logically about the dilemma and approach the situation with common sense. Drawing attention to time-saving tools is the best way to prove any DevOps naysayers wrong, and it proves to be a much more effective strategy than forcing change amongst those who are already resistant to it.
And for the substantial amount of companies that operate under a yearly budgeting cycle, it is not uncommon for develops and IT operations to be left with outdated services despite a strong enthusiasm to be agile and flexible when new tools present themselves. A quick and efficient purchase to implementation process is hard to pull off with this problem in mind and while the DevOps community may still be facing these types of struggles, the inevitable growth and innovation of IT is poised to bring DevOps principles along for the ride. But with a strong foundational community that made itself present at the DevOps Enterprise Summit and their belief in a concept that promotes value to all forms of IT, rest assured that DevOps will overcome these obstacles as it continues to ingrain itself into organizational policies.
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