IT organizations must become nimble and work together to stay relevant. The consumerization of IT has changed customer expectations and IT must adapt its culture and processes to deliver apps and features faster.
With a complete DevOps strategy, organizations can begin the culture, process, and platform changes needed to meet the new demands. The result is an IT organization that can deliver business innovation faster.
Value in DevOps
We have eliminated manual processes and bottlenecks by leveraging automation. Delivery of new application environments which used to take weeks, now takes a few hours.Frank Venditti, Chief infrastructure architect, Union Bank
You're now a software company
Businesses are changing. Banks are more than banks; they're transaction-processing companies. Oil and gas companies are also geographic information system (GIS) companies. Pharmacies are ever-more reliant on electronic health records.
Continuing to do business the way it's been done in the past means falling behind.
You need a continuous competitive advantage
Consider camera manufacturers. They've seen their business transform from standalone devices to a feature on every mobile phone. New businesses with new services start up every day, creating new ways of engaging with markets.
If you can't continually develop new advantages and adapt as the business changes, you won't be relevant for long.
Your competition is everyone
From startups with a new way of delivering products and services to established businesses using their infrastructure and knowledge to grow into entirely new markets, competition can come from anywhere.
To stay ahead, you can't be reactive to changes in competition. You must be proactive.
DevOps is an approach to culture, automation, and platform design to provide better business value and responsiveness. The goal is to increase the speed and flexibility with which new features and services are delivered.
Culture centered on collaboration and openness
Automation to accelerate application delivery
A dynamic, programmable platform
This is all made possible through rapid, iterative, and high-quality IT service delivery. DevOps helps you embrace a “go fast” mode of IT while modernizing classic infrastructure. Linking classic with cloud-native IT is fundamental to sharing data and applications, making them accessible throughout your entire IT environment.
With DevOps, those that need power the most, get it. Developers work closely with the rest of IT to speed software builds, tests, and releases—without sacrificing reliability.
The most powerful force in DevOps is changing your company’s culture
Make sure to spend some time in genuine, face-to-face interaction with people outside your silo. That’s culture change.Burr Sutter, Product management director, Red Hat
DevOps isn't infrastructure. It's not something you deploy and forget.
The key to success is trust. Beyond that, implementing DevOps requires changing processes and integrating the right tools. Depending on your organization, this journey can be challenging, but the payoffs are massive.
The path to DevOps
Open your culture
DevOps is as much a cultural shift as it is implementing processes and tools.
The culture of open source software projects can be a blueprint for how to build a DevOps culture. Take steps to encourage experimentation, (fast) failure, transparency in decision-making, and recognition and rewards to boost trust and cooperation.
All of these factors help to facilitate an open culture and overall acceptance.Learn more about becoming an open organization
Automate to accelerate
The fastest ROI for your DevOps initiative is automation.
Automating your existing processes and applications lets you deliver software faster and reclaim time for new innovation. Automation helps your smartest people do the most important things by automating repetitive and mundane tasks.Learn how to automate your entire IT infrastructure
Get the right platform
With the right platform, you can best take advantage of DevOps cultural and process changes.
Infrastructure platforms are rapidly evolving to dynamic, programmable platforms that can help you migrate to modern cloud and container-based applications.Quickly develop, host, and scale applications in a cloud environment
Transform application delivery with containers
Red Hat's culture is built on openness and transparency. And it's worked for us for more than 20 years. When it comes to helping customers adopt an open approach, we've got the history to guide you through making DevOps a reality.
We're also building the tools, platforms, and infrastructure to support you throughout your DevOps journey.
Technologies expected to enable DevOps over the next 2 years include:
- Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
- Configuration automation
- DevOps consulting services
82% say open source is a critical or significant enabler of their DevOps strategySource: DevOps, Open Source and Business Agility, 16 June 2015, IDC
Openness is integral to DevOps, both as a source of innovative tooling and as a model for the iterative development, open collaboration, and transparent communities—forming the culture that DevOps requires to succeed.
Collaboration is key to open source development. We've found that DevOps directly builds on our experience with doing upstream-first development in open source communities and helping our customers get the maximum benefit from upstream innovation.