DevOps is no longer just an idea. Many organizations adopt DevOps, both in small and large scale, reaping enormous operational and strategic benefits. In this post, I am listing down 4 tangible benefits your organization can obtain by adopting DevOps. Read on.
Benefit #1 : Reduced Operational Costs
Many organizations spend a lot of money to maintain their running software. Only a portion of it goes to application developers who change the code. The rest is spent on operational activities. Some common and recurring activities where money is spent are:
- Software deployment
- Configuration changes
- Database changes
- Application monitoring
DevOps, if done right, removes the human factor from most of these operational activities. Think of it like – Do it once, do it right, automate and let it go.
2017 State of the DevOps Report confirms this. High performing companies automate more than 30% of their operational activities and invest this time in developing new features.
Benefit #2 : Quicker Time-to-Market
Organizations increasingly adopt agile software development methods. The primary driver behind this transformation is faster time-to-market of valuable features to business and end users. But this alone doesn’t guarantee a better cycle time.
Cycle time is the time taken from when a development team starts work on a feature and its delivery into production
Here are the typical activities that happen in the lifecycle of a feature delivery.
DevOps takes a holistic view and brings in effectiveness at all stages of this value chain. For example, by automating deployments and regression testing, the delivery of software into subsequent stages is made faster. All this is done while ensuring that the desired level of quality is met.
Benefit #3 : Improved MTTR (Mean time to recover)
MTTR (Mean time to recover) is a key metric in any organization with customer-facing products. Longer the time taken to recover, more is the loss in terms of money and reputation. The goal for such organizations is to keep MTTR as low as possible.
With a combination of – robust monitoring tools, faster feedback cycle and quicker delivery – DevOps strives to reduce the MTTR. Again, the 2017 State of DevOps report says that MTTR in high performing organization is in the range of 1 hour where it is about 1 day-1 week with lower performing ones.
Benefit #4 : Better Visibility on Project Health
DevOps brings transparency to application and project health status. Gone are the days when the top management just relies on glossy status reports from Project Managers. Executives are increasingly looking for self-service tools and dashboards that can give key information about the projects.
Here are some useful information that can add value for decision makers in an organization.
- Lead time for changes
- Deployment frequency
- Change failure rate
- Cycle time for key features
- MTTR (Mean time to recover)
- Code quality metrics
A well architected DevOps system can make project status communication simple and efficient.
DevOps is a cultural shift in the way a software product is delivered. Four tangible benefits of adopting DevOps are:
- Reduced operational costs
- Quicker time-to-market
- Improved MTTR (Mean time-to-recovery)
- Better visibility on Project Health
Let me ask you something. What is one key challenge that your team is facing with software delivery? Please share is as comments to this post or mail to [email protected].