DevOps: Agile Delivery for Competitive Edge

What does it take to be a market leader? In today’s fiercely competitive landscape, application leadership holds the key. Modern web and mobile applications are the new face of business and a key driver of revenue, and agility is the new competitive edge.

Today’s business leaders are looking to their IT organizations to deliver high quality, revenue-generating applications within the context of an agile world. The era of marathon projects to launch monolithic applications on a single platform is giving way to mobile-first strategies and rapid, iterative application releases on multiple platforms and devices. The application lifecycle is now characterized by a complexity, scale and velocity never seen before.

While companies like Facebook, Pinterest, NYSE underscore the kind of leadership that can be achieved with successful adoption of agile methodologies, the reality for most organizations is quite different. To be sure, the shift to agile has been welcomed by developers, who are tasked with innovation and change, but what about the operations teams who must maintain high availability, stability and security of business-critical apps in production?

Agile development and continuous iteration places new demands on operations to support continuous delivery, in which small changes are released often and apps must be tested on an ongoing basis. This has created a major disconnect between development and operations and given rise to a crisis of application delays and failures. In a recent survey of development and operations professionals, 50% admitted missing application release dates altogether.

Organizations that embrace agile development while relying on disconnected operations processes are making the painful discovery that the value gained from agile development will be lessened without agile delivery to support it.

Recently, DevOps has emerged as a way to bring down the invisible wall that has traditionally separated development and operations, and replace it with automation and collaborative workflow. According to research from Carnegie Mellon University, the leading causes of application failure are directly related to issues that development and operations teams must solve together—including failed software upgrades, inability to scale to meet unforeseen demand, resource exhaustion, configuration errors and poor diagnostic support for application errors.

In this white paper we’ll look at how Dev and Ops professionals can work collaboratively to embrace agile approaches, and bring innovations to market faster.

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