DevOps is now considered by many to be a mainstream, which explains why the “DevOps Engineer” occupies the position no. 2 in the list of the 50 best works of Glassdoor in the United States. But popular does not necessarily mean easy to adopt and implement. As more companies and organizations implement common DevOps practices, there is an equal amount with the prospect of doing so.
In short, DevOps is the pinnacle that everyone strives to achieve. However, there are only a few organizations really prepared for it. Obviously, you will face many challenges and obstacles if you want to implement modern DevOps practices within your organization.
Here we show you some of the common barriers that you can find along the way and the ideal solution to overcome them:
Overcoming resistance to change
When you finally make the decision to adopt and implement DevOps, the whole process can seem scary to staff, stakeholders and partners. The acceptance of the interested parties is incredibly important to maintain the momentum of their transformation. Many of these parts are resistant to change, especially against the systems and processes currently in operation, even if they are not considered effective. After all, if it’s not broken, why fix it?
It is important that the path is taken in the adoption of DevOps, selecting a small product or application that can be remodeled to work with the existing processes. The idea is that your team and your organization can slowly get used to the new development protocols. Over time, they will learn the many benefits of these systems and can really see first-hand what DevOps can offer. Before you know it, everyone will be on board, and you’ll be ready to immerse yourself in a full-scale system.
An important and successful change to DevOps can not happen overnight since it needs to be fluid, optimized and respected by all. The best way to get that kind of commitment and support is to facilitate the development process, rather than pushing it without any warning. Another way to overcome important problems is to implement outsourcing and IT outsourcing strategies for the parts of your work that do not require the experience of your team or that are not integral to the development of your product. This places the responsibility for certain IT functions on third-party providers instead of their internal teams, allowing them to concentrate on the implementation of DevOps practices. Just make sure that everything you implement will help your future DevOps practices and will not hinder them.
Remove tools and systems that collide
A common problem with many organizations is that they have established barriers between departments such as Ops and Dev. As a result, separate teams may have separate tools and processes to complete the work, which may clash when trying to adopt more efficient systems. Several legacy metrics platforms can cause some atrocious problems when trying to work collaboratively in an organization. This is especially true if your equipment has been operational for quite some time, with its own proven methods, tools and development systems.
To make matters worse, when you make radical changes, there are some parts that are more resistant to change and refuse to let go of the inherited tools. You need to find ways to show how and why the inherited tools are inferior. You must also show clear benefits within your current infrastructure.
The solution is to slowly implement DevOps, as described in the previous step. Most importantly, you will need to sit down with your different equipment, including Dev and Ops, to extract the tools and functions that are needed. In this way, when you finally choose a comprehensive solution, you can be sure that everyone gets what they want or need, and that development will run smoothly.
If you want to see a smooth transition, you should be prepared to get the kind of collaboration and teamwork needed to keep the DevOps processes running. That’s why it’s incredibly important to help each team member understand the value of understanding the entire life cycle.
Implementation of Automation
Essential for DevOps is the potential for automation and optimized operations. Without it, agile initiatives are more difficult to achieve and develop. It is also one of the five key findings shared in the 2017 State of DevOps Report.
Unfortunately, many of the legacy tools and systems currently used by computers are not conducive to automation and collaboration. Existing processes can also be crucial because continuous testing and development are necessary for smooth implementation. Staff can also be resistant to adopting newer and more automated processes, and many are concerned about their job security and how those automation processes will affect them.
The solution to this may require a lot of patience and time to implement it, and understand that the adoption process may not be smooth or fast. Continuous testing, integration, communication, delivery, and collaboration between departments are fundamental for future success, but they are all concepts that you will want to focus on from the beginning. This includes security planning and the newest processes in advance, to make sure you are not adding anything by force later. Trying to change things at a later stage is not only a nuisance but can also significantly slow down operations. Therefore, it is important to prepare an appropriate roadmap that takes into account all its sources, processes and the time available.
Beware of the Budget!
Money makes the world work, and it’s also what keeps your company and your organization afloat. Any resourceful administrator will tell you that money is needed to make money, and this is especially true in a transformative project such as the adoption of DevOps. This can be attributed to the generalized changes that such a transformation may require, such as the implementation of new tools, skills and training, structures and processes, and much more.
A radical change can also cause the performance of employees to decrease, at least initially, which means that the productivity throughout your organization will suffer momentarily. This can result in an even bigger financial blow. You must make sure that your team and your organization are prepared for this. In the initial stages, you will want to be attentive to your budget and refrain from making any other costly move. The cost benefits of a DevOps approach are definitely worth it, but we must bear in mind that the results will not be seen in the short term.
The process takes time
As we said, making the switch to DevOps will not happen overnight, and not everyone will be very happy. In fact, you are likely to have to deal with resistance for quite some time even after adoption.
You will hear many questions, dissensions, and possibly even conflicts: why do we need DevOps anyway? We already had agile processes, for what reason do we need something new?
The solution is to continue educating and informing all involved. Speak it and communicate with your teams all the time. Explain why the change is being made and what everyone can hope to achieve once it is complete. The use cases and examples of others in the market show how things worked in the past and how this can be applied to your specific company. You will have to sell it, as a product. If you really want to implement DevOps you must prepare to invest the time and resources necessary to adopt DevOps and update your equipment.
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