While DevOps adoption is a very interesting approach that solves many structural problems in an organization, it can get difficult to deal with once the organizations scales its DevOps practices.
Teams might get caught up in a web of large, disparate and disconnected toolsets. This DevOps bottleneck tends to block foresight and productivity across the organization.
Getting to The Heart of the Problem:
When two teams come together to work on their projects, it can be ok when the organization is working on a smaller project or the organization is at a nascent stage.
But as the organization grows and starts demanding, it becomes difficult to work with innumerable DevOps tools, especially when more than two teams are positioned across different locations in the organizations.
It noteworthy that the teams don’t have common tool interface to assess the progress of their project, a DevOps trend that has been long-standing. This creates chaos and thwarts the intelligent DevOps process.
Two very effective approaches can solve this problem:
– Decide on a common toolset and have them mandated across the teams
– Let the teams use their own tools but organizers have to incorporate an integrated platform to help them work collectively
When the Solution Becomes The Problem
While the above solutions seem to address the problem, reality is that they tend to create a set of newer problems.
That’s right! Let’s a take quick look how:
– The need for a common DevOps toolset will call for a purchase of new licenses but the disparate teams may have or are still investing in their existing toolsets. A large organization will suffer the consequences of spiraling costs and delayed ROIs
– Adopting a new toolset will force teams to cut off from existing toolsets and DevOps practices. This will in turn demand that the infrastructure be rehashed to accommodate the new toolset. This becomes completely unnecessary, especially if the new DevOps tools perform the same functions as the old ones
– When organizations switch to newer technologies and tools, not all the employees will welcome the change. And for the fact that learning something new takes time, the process meant to enhance productivity will turn into a nightmare of delays and repeated processes
The above approach may work for smaller organizations but for larger business, they may not be ready to take the brunt of it.
The One Sure-Shot Solution
To get away with all the unnecessary burden, it is a great approach to let the teams choose whatever tools are ideal for them. Then introduce a DevOps toolset that can collaborate with those tools while enabling communication within the teams without any disruptions in business continuity.
Why the approach works?
– The Cloud and DevOps both work hand-in-hand, although many don’t see the duo’s potential. The cloud has some user-friendly DevOps toolsets that are pre-configured with the necessary integrations. They are quick to adopt and help new users get comfortable with the new process
– These toolsets are smart in the way that they easily collaborate with your existing tools. They completely eliminate the need and hassles of replacement and provide scope for DevOps automation
– The cloud-based toolset comes with a dashboard that have all the necessary tools information in the delivery stack so each person is easily able to understand the progress of the project
– These toolsets with their agile characteristic grow with your organization so as to always fit its ever-evolving framework and provide point on DevOps services.
At the end of it all, it is important that you allow the teams to choose their own toolset, but that approach should allow them to communicate with other teams across the organization. A far better approach would involve introducing a connected toolset that enables communication and visibility across the length and breadth of the organization.
Author: Maryann Savina Xavier, Content Writer at the Veritis Group Inc.