In an enterprise climate where speed and scalability are key, traditional IT models are challenged to keep up with modern organizational, network and end-user requirements. On top of this challenge, siloing software development and IT teams can hinder progress, dilute results and prevent each department from having a strategic impact on business. These trends are leading to a rise in the concept of DevOps.

DevOps is a clipped compound referring to a business methodology where traditionally siloed development and IT operations teams are combined into an integrated unit. A DevOps concept helps organizations innovate faster by automating and streamlining maintenance tasks like software and infrastructure management while empowering teams to address more big-picture network goals and strategy. While adopting DevOps methodology requires a shift in organizational culture and mindset, it can offer key advantages to companies’ network speed, innovation and reliability.

Improved Speed

The DevOps model lets organizations develop applications and solutions at highly improved speeds compared to traditional models. For example, the practice of continuous integration within the DevOps model allows teams to quickly find and address software quality issues, as well as cut down the time spent implementing and releasing new software updates. Considering that traditional ops are 41% more time-consuming overall, transitioning to a DevOps model is a great way to remain competitive in an industry where getting ahead of the curve is crucial.

Faster Innovation

Speed isn’t the only advantage offered by the DevOps model. Efficient application development is essential to driving innovation. Reducing handover periods and other internal inefficiencies by eliminating traditional op models will increase business gains overall. Dev and Ops teams that collaborate closely, share many responsibilities and combine workflows are better geared to deal with the industry-wide shift towards a focus on being an internal service provider.

Increased Network Reliability

With a DevOps model, you can ensure higher quality application updates and infrastructure changes faster with a more consistently positive end-user experience. With processes like continuous integration, DevOps teams can focus on internal innovation rather than reactively putting out fires. The DevOps model is more reliable overall, allowing IT teams to act as sources of proactive network solutions.

The rise of the DevOps model is indicative of an industry-wide change away from traditional models that can prevent networks from meeting end-user demands and IT teams from making a strategic impact on business goals. The DevOps shift allows for IT teams to streamline the application development process, and focus on optimizing application consumption, which allows for increased innovation and a proactive approach to network solutions.

Learn more about what steps its takes to transition from a traditional model to a DevOps model by talking to the experts at NEF.

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