CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENT, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
“We know we’ll never achieve perfect. Products or services can always be improved,” Igor Goulko, Head of DevOps Practice at CharterMason says. “DevOps speeds everything up. There is a growing list of organisations who are literally deploying a hundred or more changes every day.”
“It creates a real buzz when people can see ideas coming online so much faster. It creates options: the time saved can reduce waste and cut costs to increase profitability, or it can allow more time for innovation.“
WHAT’S THE SECRET RECIPE?
Alex Balk, soon to arrive in Melbourne for the inaugural DevOps Talks Conference, says DevOps can be implemented by any organisation – there’s no secret recipe – but warns a disciplined approach is needed across a number of fields and capabilities.
Balk has been instrumental in creating a leading DevOps capability at Outbrain, a platform which helps drive content from publishers and marketers of all sizes (including some of the world’s leading brands) into world’s largest and most vibrant marketplace.
Outbrain is part of the Plus100 Club and make more than 120 deployments per day.
“It might sound like an impressive number, but guess what? We have literally stopped looking at it. We take it for granted,” Balk says. “We’ve since focussed on accelerating other aspects of development and release like code quality, load testing, and the introduction of new technologies.”
Outbrain now operates across a network with 8,000 physical nodes in numerous geographical locations.
“DevOps has allowed our business to scale and flourish; we’re providing 250 billion monthly recommendations to the more than 500 million monthly users of our services,” Balk says.
Scott Coulton, Senior Software Engineer at Puppet, says some aspect of DevOps is on the roadmap of every enterprise looking to seriously engineer a digital transformation.
“It’s important to understand digital transformation, the adoption of agile working techniques and DevOps practices represent more than just technology and process change,” he says.
“It’s more than cultural change. It has to be total change.”
While he admits such profound change is challenging – and can be expensive – he says the investment pays off by adding new capabilities and opening new markets.
“The establishment of the automation department of General Motors in 1947 forever transformed the industrial manufacturing industry,” he says.
“The implementation of DevOps offers a similar transformation for the future of an IT department.”
Matt Nicol is a contributing editor at BlueNotes