How do DevOps interact with Digital Transformation.

How could people and culture interfere on the business model and how business activities can leverage opportunities all based on customer info.

Today Digital Transformation is the key of any company operating and DevOps is an essential component for this successful path by improving speed, overall collaboration and the customer experience. There are some challenges to pass over, like culture, skills, program investment and leadership alignment.

Companies usually want to add more tools and improve their process, but they normally overlook the cultural changes that are required to make these transactions between technical and non-technical teams. With DevOps, you make it easier for your development and operational team to work together. Adding interactions within stakeholders and your business unit, you can set a collaborative tone.

You can’t Lean, Agile or DevOps your way around a bad organizational culture. You must know the entire context to propose solutions and tools there are relevant to your environment.

Creating a solid engineering culture around the business, all through learning and knowledge sharing across teams. Shared responsibilities are the core of DevOps.

“you build it, you run it”, besides “you build it, you secure it”.

DevOps and security should go hand in hand.

Also, pay attention to do not automate a bad process, first of all, find a plausible solution and then find the tools to approach them.

DevOps, in general, are tools to improve your infrastructure, increasing and speed up the software delivery through automation of operations and process to exceed the customer expectations.

The customer nowadays wants to be “always-on” whatever the device they are using at any time of the day. Forget the “downtime”, “temporary outage”, etc. DevOps practices aim to provide an uninterrupted positive end-user experience.

The configuration of environments to your applications now will be pieces of code; Docker and Kubernetes are virtual machines roughly saying, so your infrastructure are some parameters in a few files, they are called manifests. With that, you can develop, build and deliver anywhere. This is the base of continuous integration and continuous delivery.

Now you will deliver small pieces of code, which will be tested before implementation and will be included automatically after passing the test through your pipeline.

Later, your container is made to die, whenever it is necessary to add or change your environment, your container will be prepared to die and give way to a new set of required statements, also your databases and related stuff.

“fail often, fail fast, fail cheap”.

To create a DevOps transformation, you need to understand that you’re building a service. It will be the implementation of a new service to all the people who are responsible for delivering software, approaching to ensure that everyone would have what they need to do their job and deliver high-quality software.

Establish a clear focus on the entire delivery pipeline, from developer to production. Think about everyone who has a role in getting your application running. Create feasible overall goals on every release, and then think about how you want to track the progress toward those goals.

Communication is crucial, so let the leadership aware of what is going on, they need to have a total commitment, they are how will provide resources for you to continue your transformation.

For agility and collaboration to be successful, leadership at all levels needs to encourage and support it among employees, it also requires a significant shift in mindset and behaviour, and support of that needs to come from the top, which allows teams to be more receptive to the changes.

Build an MVP of the DevOps transformation, show the whole organization about it, show them your goals and results, doing that you will increase the collaboration, DevOps is a culture, the need to get used to, for that they need to believe.

Standardize your software delivery process, with that you can assign metrics easier and track down the results.

DevOps are fundamentals of a modern software factory and although they will not solve all software development problems, they are essential in addressing how companies can improve their engagement with customers and key business stakeholders.

These practices will also help organizations keep up with the continuously changing, and unpredictable, business environment.

I hope that article helps you to understand i little bit more about DevOps and what impacts this culture has on your organization digital transformation.

My regards.

Felipe Genaro.

Enrolled on a Master’s degree in Computer Science with Major in Software Engineering, Digital Transformation and Systems of Systems.