HOW to build a DEVOPS dream team

The fast pace of new technologies is changing business environments. Organizations have to race faster and smarter with limited resources. Their ultimate goal is to achieve better business results.

This means that IT teams have to break down the silos between development and operations to meet those high business requirements.

One driver is definitely not sufficient to win the race. Neither is one pit stop team. Racing is a team sport. Each team member performs assigned tasks and communicates with his other team members.

The same applies to IT teams: they have to work together to solve business problems and maintain IT systems.

So, how do you build that DevOps dream team?

– Dries –

Four steps is all it takes

Thinking workshops

We kick off with a number of design thinking workshops that involve your developers, operators, analysts and project managers. Together, we sort out how they work today and analyse what their ideal work situation looks like for tomorrow. This results in a detailed DevOps transformation plan. In this plan we describe the actions that are necessary to achieve the required cultural and technological changes.

Choice of tools

To achieve the necessary technological changes, you need a set of DevOps tools. We help you choose the tools that best fits your IT environment. All our expertise is bundled in our ‘DevOps Monkey’ reference framework that offers an overview of best practices and tools. The tools that we use are de facto standards. The reference framework is an integrated tool set with open source products*.

Implementation

The next step is to effectively implement the chosen DevOps tools. Our experts enable your IT team to start automating small repetitive tasks. This is an iterative process that helps them to become more and more confident as they gain experience with the DevOps tools. Gradually, this approach results in the automation of more complex tasks. The ultimate goal is automation by design.

Managed services

As the automation level of your IT environment rises, it becomes more cost-efficient and cost-effective to delegate the IT operations to a managed services provider. We are also happy to help you control your IT cost and reduce the labor cost. In addition, we quickly implement new available technologies to run your IT environment. All this offers you the opportunity to focus on your core business.

* These products include:

  • Code storage: GIT versus GitHub or Bitbucket
  • Configuration management: Puppet or Ansible (both offer open source products and enterprise alternatives)
  • Automation and orchestration: Jenkins versus Bamboo
  • Monitoring: ELK versus Splunk
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