DevOps is fragmented, it’s time to unify the bits and pieces
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When companies initially decide to embrace DevOps, they feel good and confident about it, but they all find it hard when they really start working on it. The reason for this is simple: DevOps is fragmented, and the only folks who understood this were the early adopters and leaders such as Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, etc. What’s left to be done?
DevOps is on everyone’s lips when it comes to the software industry. There’s no doubt that it is going mainstream and getting a lot of attention from around the world. When companies initially decide to embrace DevOps, they feel good and confident about it, but they all find it hard when they really start working on it. The reason for this is simple: DevOps is fragmented, and the only folks who understood this were the early adopters and leaders such as Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, etc.
Is DevOps fragmented?
Yes, it is. Let’s see how. DevOps, as we all know, refers to the cultural shift in an organization that enables the use of some tools. DevOps encourages zero-touch automation with little or no human intervention. Taking the initial step of deciding to do DevOps is fantastic. But, what I meant when I said that it’s fragmented was that the tools and platforms you use are scattered.
There are tools to do only continuous integration; some help you only with infrastructure provisioning and some only assist you with deployment. Recently, Avi Cavale, the CEO of Shippable quoted this term ‘Islands of automation‘ in a GeekWire talk where he explained how these tools are good at their particular job but are not intended or able to speak to each other so you can build your whole DevOps pipeline in much simpler ways.
Don’t you think these tools/platforms are fragmented? Are there ways to make them talk to each other? Yes, there may be but the overhead cost, time and effort required are enormous. No firm wants to waste its time and money on something like this. Taking different tools and writing code to make them talk to each other is a complex work and that is like spending your important time doing something which is not your core area. This also reduces your overall productivity.
Time to straighten your DevOps pipeline
Now, there is a need for a platform that unifies your whole SDLC life cycle efficiently. Again, the roots go back to what we know as ‘Assembly Lines.’ The platform should be able to connect your DevOps tools and processes into interconnected Assembly Lines just like in a car manufacturing plant. End-to-end visibility is what is necessary. The concept originated from Shippable, which recently launched its Shippable server to unify DevOps work into ‘Assembly Lines’.
As you can see below, it is a high-level view of Assembly Lines to ship applications or microservices and each box indicates different interrelated teams that help automate this process.
As soon as one task is completed, the next step should be taken care of without any lag, and this is how the firms achieve their DevOps automation and ultimately zero-touch automation.
With the introduction of Assembly Lines concept to DevOps, it is evident that you can now scale your DevOps culture and achieve success. This enables you to practice DevOps without losing focus of your organization’s vision. Also, this concept helps increase the productivity since different teams start collaborating with each other in a more structured manner. Collaboration, in turn, enhances work culture and ultimately positively affects the revenue.