February 17, 2020 // By Magenic
Have you had the thought that your organization should undergo a cloud-modernization process but you don’t know the roadmap? Partnering with the right experts can make a world of difference in providing you clarity and a path forward. Cloud modernization is easier than you think. All it takes is a commitment to apply a few key philosophies. In our latest white paper, Priorities for Making Your Cloud Modernization Fast and Successful, we take a dive into these practices. However, we’re giving you a sneak peak in this blog post with one of the key principles necessary for success in the cloud: DevOps
There are a variety of DevOps tools, such as configuration management, metrics, and monitoring, that can help you connect efficiently to the cloud. But without a change in culture you could have a management nightmare on your hands. Here’s how to avoid it.
DevOps can foster improved communication through an organization by codifying and automating communication, limiting the old undependable trial knowledge style where you needed to talk to information gate-keepers, opening up more avenues for communication. It also improves the quality of the communication so you now get more definitive information without playing a circular game of telephone.
Think about automatic pipelines: new code hits a repository and the DevOps process deploys it. There isn’t a need for anyone to do anything. A mature DevOps program enables work-item traceability from ideation to release.
DevOps can shorten the development-feedback loop and allow stakeholders to learn what works best for end users, mitigating risk and allowing your product to be more responsive to stakeholders.
DevOps will help you standardize processes, which will result in systems that are highly repeatable and auditable. Having these processes in place means not only does your product team know what the target infrastructure looks like, so does your operations team.
With DevOps, software workflows are seamless, which can have a great impact on your cloud modernization. DevOps allows for critical work-flow analysis and encourages improvements that are objective and not reliant on human-driven processes, which can lead to dependency on individuals and force teams to reinvent the wheel as individuals come and go.
DevOps allows you to practice releasing and re-releasing software. The more you exercise releasing your software, the easier it becomes. When there are issues, they are generally more targeted.
Finally, DevOps helps remove silos so staff members can focus on the enticing parts of their job, instead of system maintenance, which will only enhance culture.
If your organization is in the process of moving to the cloud, or plan on making the journey, check out our full white paper, Priorities for Making Your Cloud Modernization Fast and Successful, to help determine a roadmap.