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ECX | Reports & Papers | June 2016

DevOps for IT Pros: The Key to Addressing Bi-Modal IT

DevOps is a methodology that creates a much tighter relationship between the development team and the operations team with the goal of faster software product delivery.  IT professionals of all types should get a basic understanding of the DevOps phenomenon, enabling them to decide whether this approach is right for their organization. Even organizations that are not ready to move toward a full DevOps adoption will benefit by understanding it, and incorporating some of the concepts into their existing operations. Innovative vendors like Catalogic Software are allowing customers to move toward DevOps without the infrastructure upheaval by delivering data management orchestration software that enables infrastructure as code leveraging existing infrastructure. 

Executive Summary

DevOps can deliver a strong return on investment (ROI) for those environments choosing to invest in it. Environments adopting a DevOps mentality move from merely supporting operations to truly enabling better, more efficient operations. IT moves from merely changing the oil and swapping tires to designing an engine that uses less oil and tires that need fewer changes. 

IT professionals of all types should get a basic understanding of the DevOps phenomenon, enabling them to decide whether this approach is right for their organization. If it is, they can make an informed explanation to their CIO and CFO exactly how it will, or will not, benefit their companies. Even organizations that are not ready to move toward a full DevOps adoption will benefit by understanding it, and incorporating some of the concepts into their existing operations.