UncategorizedHow DevOps and Agility result in a Multi-Speed IT

December 31, 2020by CloudGen Admin

IT companies rely on top-class infrastructure to manage their services. They develop, maintain, and modify cutting-edge software and systems. But the main objective is to satisfy the client companies and their customers, who have varying demands. This goal can be achieved only by ensuring reliable business output over time.

When demand increases, the companies scale up their operations. They expand the business and put pressure on the IT teams. So, innovation and optimization have become necessary due to the dynamic nature of demands. DevOps practices are now the solution for these hurdles, according to experts.

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The IT systems and services have to deliver business value. The managers rely on constant, consistent, and speedy feedback for innovation. They improve business interactivity to come up with better solutions. The customer support team or business planning team will have a long list of features that attract the clients. However, the business should focus on modifying the business process to offer those features to the customers.

  1. Velocity – The speed at which the new project reaches the customer
  2. Cost-effectiveness – Automation allows rapid testing and releases at a very low cost.
  3. Agility – This paradigm ensures continuous deployment even for complex projects. 
  4. Innovation – AI and ML technologies facilitate exciting experiments and distinctive features.

What are the bottlenecks?

Superior capabilities require sophisticated tools, careful planning, and execution. But many enterprises fail to comprehend the complexity of tasks at hand. The common hurdles along the way are

  • Legacy systems

Existing systems and services involve manual tasks and slow testing capabilities. They impose architectural constraints due to the poor quality of automation.

  • Diverse methodologies

DevOps involves iterative processes, scaling agility, and professional focus. But the IT teams in the company pull in different directions due to diverse practices and myriad approaches.

  • Ineffective compliance

Inept workflows and authoritarian governance lead to regulatory issues. Lack of communication and inadequate tracking mechanisms slow down compliance in the chain of command.

  • Silo mentality

Development and services teams have conflicting, diverging priorities. Their fragmented outlook leads to inefficiency, higher expenses, and one too many “incidents.”

  • Change resistance

Organizations lack flexibility and do not display the motivation to adapt. Their IT teams with an engineering mind-set become hostile to cultural changes.

What are the solutions?

Agile development and rapid deployment of products and services depend on DevOps transformation. The IT departments have to show a willingness to experiment and avoid resource wastage. Lean principles can add value, improve workflows, and ensure higher compliance.

DevOps can bring about a complete change in the organization through these best practices:

  • Generate and communicate new ideas to the production team with speed.
  • Ensure that software engineers and their surrogates implement these ideas.
  • Facilitate rapid feedback to deploy software and IT infrastructure.
  • Modify the delivery processes to achieve enterprise-level success.
  • Balance the innovative and continuity requirements through Multi-speed IT.

Multi-speed IT           

The idea behind Multi-speed IT is to design and implement flexible processes. The application group has to ensure velocity and agility to bring in rapid innovation. But the development teams also have to optimize stability and business continuity. A bi-modal continuum that focuses on functional independence is a viable strategy. It is an approach that ensures more efficient adoption of DevOps for delivering on both innovation and optimization.

The bi-modal continuum refers to two different categories to handle core competencies as well as the innovative edge. In the former mode, business capabilities get assured by the IT services through an industrialization approach. They focus primarily on customer satisfaction through continuous operations. The company’s intent, orientation, and vision do not get compromised in these practices.

The innovative excellence is plausible through well-designed experimentation. CloudGen’s IT team emphasizes the need to deploy cutting-edge products and services. They also identify and develop the necessary systems through Agile techniques, Hybrid Cloud, and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

On the other hand, the team also focuses on core capabilities, which combine legacy systems and Cloud facilities. They deliver using Waterfall models with an emphasis on predictability and stability. The IT group also relies on Lean pipelines, hybrid environments, PaaS, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

What can we achieve here?

  1. Innovation delivers minimum viable products (MVP) at a rapid pace.
  2. The industrialization core is made leaner, efficient, and scalable.
  3. Innovative products get industrialized when they serve a core function.
  4. The core adopts DevOps/Agile practices and hybrid resources with minimal disruption.
  5. The functionality gets delivered faster by decreasing inter-dependence and friction.

CloudGen will guide you in making DevOps a reliable, modular, and adaptable functionality into your IT environment.