The Era of DevOps

The DevOps movement was created in 2009 by a Belgian IT consultant, Patrick Debois, and the concept is now widely used across internet, Over the Top (OTT) and gaming companies. Mainstream companies started to embrace DevOps in an attempt to emulate the infrastructure of internet companies and the agility of OTT and gaming companies.

Today, one comes across a large number of definitions of DevOps, all of which differ slightly: a common description is that the silos between development teams and operations teams must be broken down and that agility in software development and enhancement needs to be enforced.

DevOps, like most software development-related topics, is not a senior management hype topic like cloud computing, IoT or artificial intelligence, which is why developments progress at a slightly lower pace but with more substance in the first run. Today, DevOps, in combination with other agile software development methodologies like Scrum and/or Kanban, is used by user organizations of all sizes and all industries to support the dynamics needed within the lines of business and vis-á-vis the customer.

There are a lot of tools in the market to support the various DevOps tasks, the most popular of which being open source; but also the larger vendors of software development tools have adapted their portfolio and created viable DevOps tools. It is important to understand that DevOps is not about tools or tool chains but rather about communication, organization and processes – the tools are just a means of helping speed up the processes and encounter fewer manual errors.

By now, most IT service providers (application and infrastructure/cloud) have established DevOps in their portfolios to help customers increase their agility. In PAC’s view, DevOps will turn even more quickly into the software lifecycle model of the future for systems of innovation as well as differentiation, while legacy systems will stay in the more ITIL-oriented, traditional waterfall world.

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