By now you’ve heard of DevOps, the cross-functional collaboration between Development and the rest of IT. Of course, the concept goes deeper than that, but at a high level, DevOps has three underpinning principles, referred to as the “Three Ways” by author and DevOps thought leader Gene Kim. Kim writes these “three ways” are about:
- Emphasizing “the performance of the entire system, as opposed to the performance of a specific silo of work or department”
- “Creating the right to left feedback loops”
- “Creating a culture that fosters…continual experimentation, taking risks and learning from failure; and understanding that repetition and practice are the prerequisites to mastery”
Today, “DevOps is more of a no-brainer than ever,” according to Richard Wadsworth, VP of Consulting for EMEA at Contino. In a recent blog, Richard summarized a discussion he had with other industry leaders, including our partner XebiaLabs, in December 2016. Attendees noted several current themes around DevOps that make it beneficial for enterprises, including:
- Reducing complexity and errors with automation
- Focusing on time to delivery metrics and human feedback
- “Shifting left” things in the development lifecycle for improved time to value
Acting on these ideas to improve your mainframe development is difficult without the right level of know-how. It’s doable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. That’s why implementing enterprise DevOps requires the willpower to change and a commitment to learning:
- Development and Operations must overcome resistance to change and abandon their distinct siloes for the superior benefits of continuous collaboration
- Individuals and teams must learn new skills and new tools that enable the automation of manual processes to introduce higher delivery frequency
Where to Learn About Implementing Enterprise DevOps
There’s plenty of literature available if you’re ready for a more thorough understanding of DevOps, including our white paper “Mainframe-inclusive DevOps Toolchains,” but one of the best ways to begin an unfamiliar initiative is to simply listen to and learn from those who have gone before you.
That’s why we’re excited to share with you our firsthand knowledge on implementing enterprise DevOps at our free-of-charge Enterprise DevOps Forum on February 23 in London at Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe.
During the forum, special guest speaker Richard Wadsworth of Contino will discuss his experience with:
- Doing large-scale DevOps deployments
- Myths surrounding enterprise DevOps
- Benefits of adopting enterprise DevOps
Compuware’s experts will also share their best practices and advice for:
- Increasing accessibility to code and data
- Speeding up deployments
- Automating key processes
- Maintaining quality levels
As nimble startup competitors gain market traction, it’s imperative that larger companies begin implementing enterprise DevOps to modernize their cultures, processes and tools. Let us share our own experiences to help you understand how to do it and where to start.