DevOps at the speed of business: 5 tips for success
IT business has to adjust rapidly to succeed. We all know the statistics and remember that 90% of startups fail but those that survive can grow really fast. Such companies need to keep abreast to stay competitive. Also, the fast scaling can bring new challenges to the business, so you should be equipped for some risks and changes. We prepared five tips for success you can start to use right now.
Strong collaboration and communication
DevOps is not only about technologies and powerful tools. DevOps philosophy is based on the cohesive team and efficient collaboration between team members. Actually, DevOps has arisen when IT specialists were tired of the continuous throwing responsibility between each other. Engineers need to have the opportunity to share information as quickly as possible and DevOps makes it real. Also, companies often outsource DevOps, so it’s important to have the ability to contact quickly even if team members are located in different places. If you refer to a DevOps consulting company to implement the DevOps, you should choose from countries with the appropriate time zone.
Democratize the tools
There are a lot of tools for DevOps. You can use some very rare and customized instruments or use widespread tools. The second way is more preferable because it makes system management universal. Nobody wants to learn a new tool that is used only in a few projects. You should use widespread open-source instruments, thus any qualified specialist will have the ability to work with them, manage them and make updates and changes to the system.
Recognize the value
We have mentioned the cohesive team and it is important to add value recognition. As a business owner, you should pay attention to this process. Everyone wants his work noticed, thus it is a good practice to mention employee’s wins and good decisions. Such an approach is very inspiring for teams and makes people work more enthusiastically. As a result, you’ll have a motivated and cohesive team. Also, it is important to note quite an obvious thing – using this approach you should mention all the team members and shouldn’t concentrate on one or two persons.
Don’t be afraid of the changes
DevOps is a dynamic methodology with frequent updates and lots of tools. Even the best practices can change, so you need to be ready for it. Don’t be afraid to update some parts of your system. The system doesn’t become a legacy in one day. The updates accumulate and the less frequently you implement updates, the faster the system becomes obsolete. Such a system is harder to update. Thus said, the faster you implement new updates, the better system will work in the future.
Capture your own knowledge base
While your company is scaling, your team is scaling too. Your DevOps engineers might invent their own best practices and solutions. Thus, it is important to make own knowledge base. This allows you to solve repetitive issues faster or even automate this process. Also, you might gather your own big DevOps team and outsource its services.
Final thoughts: DevOps – outsource or not?
We described important tips for your in-house DevOps team. There is still a question – do you need an in-house team or not? This decision depends on your needs and the company’s size. If we are talking about small startup teams it is not cost-efficient to hire a whole team in-house.
Thus, the best way would be to refer to a reliable Managed Service Provider who already has a cohesive team. As a result, you’ll get the work done and don’t need to manage tasks and lead the team. Whatever you choose, we hope our tips are useful for you, because regardless if you outsource or not, it is still important to mention successes of the people in the team and work processes.