DevOps Stage 2 – Three Ways DevOps Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

DevOps Stage 2 – Three Ways DevOps Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

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Journey to Enterprise Digital Transformation: Part II of IV

Ed Keen, Burwood Group

DevOps Stage 2 – Every organization wants to be more agile and respond to changing conditions to no longer be a barrier to change. Along those lines—combining IT development and IT operations into unified DevOps can accelerate your organization’s digital transformation. 

While adopting DevOps can be a daunting prospect to many organizations, the shift to cloud can help you adopt agile DevOps, and taking a DevOps approach can accelerate your move to the cloud. The two go hand-in-hand and can benefit your organization in three significant ways. DevOps methodologies promote automation to support faster and more reliable work and the Cloud provides the platform for building with automation and scaling as quickly as the business needs.

Three Ways DevOps Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

Infrastructure Modernization

One of the most transformational ways DevOps can radically transform your business and operations is through Infrastructure as Code. This approach leverages rich sets of APIs across multiple cloud and virtualization platforms to define and automate new infrastructure environments. Physical infrastructure refresh cycles are no longer a limiting factor. Using tools like Terraform you can create and provision new infrastructure environments with push-button ease by treating the whole process as a customizable code. Infrastructure templates are checked into Source Control (SCM) for version tracking and easy collaboration, and the code doubles as the reference documentation for the infrastructure. Container-based technologies, like Kubernetes and even more PaaS-like services like Google’s CloudRun and Cloud Functions, provide the framework for self-healing, autoscaling infrastructure and services.

Software Delivery Acceleration

Developing anything can be an arduous process, but adopting new agile methodologies can allow you to implement continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) to accelerate the delivery. Taking advantage of cloud-native CI/CD with tools like GitLab and Spinnaker, supported by technologies like Kubernetes and GitOps processes, you can take full advantage of both infrastructures as code to extend your software delivery to infrastructure and your operations team. Taking this DevOps approach to software delivery is accelerated development cycles that are no longer bound to physical infrastructure refreshes or environment provisioning. 

Application Modernization 

Applications that run your business can be both a blessing and a curse. They are critical and customized to your exact needs—yet because they run on physical infrastructures, they limit your ability to adapt and transform. A goal of DevOps is to modernize these to more a cloud-native architecture, and utilize Cloud platform services such as Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and Cloud Functions, to deploy and operate these with less resourcing needs from infrastructure engineers.. Your end game is to build and run scalable applications in dynamic environments using containers and microservices. Rather than building and delivering your applications and services based on monolithic architectures—you can use loosely coupled and independently deployable microservices to gain more agility through rapid adoption of new features or fixes, as well as more reliability through simplified dependencies and testing.

Embrace Change with DevOps

While these three critical areas are where DevOps can make immediate impacts on the digital transformation journey by taking advantage of the cloud, they are hardly the only ones. For a deeper dive and more insights into how DevOps can modernize and transform your organization, watch the detailed webcast version of this blog post. You’ll hear expert advice from Burwood Group, who have helped businesses digitally transform by adopting agile DevOps practices and building robust cloud platforms. The result? A more adaptable and secure organization able to gain true data intelligence for better digital transformations.

DevOps and cloud go together with modernizing your organization. By focusing on three key areas, DevOps can leverage the cloud’s power to accelerate the digital transformation journey.

Next Steps

Take a closer look at all aspects of digital transformation by reading the next article in this four-blog series covering best practices for digital transformation in the enterprise. 

  • Part I: Building a reliable and governed cloud foundation <blog hyperlink>
  • Part II: Adopting DevOps culture and tooling <blog hyperlink>
  • Part III: Secure the cloud with DevSecOps <blog hyperlink>
  • Part IV: Gaining new insights with data intelligence <blog hyperlink>

Do you prefer video? This blog series is based on a four-part webcast training hosted by NADOG and Burwood Group. View each webcast on YouTube using these links: Cloud Foundations, DevOps, DevSecOps, and Data Intelligence.

Like any journey, taking the first step is the most important. When it comes to your organization’s digital transformation journey, that first step needs to be building a strong, secure cloud platform.

Next Steps

Take a closer look at all aspects of digital transformation by reading the next article in this four-blog series covering best practices for digital transformation in the enterprise. 

  • Part I: Building a reliable and governed cloud foundation
  • Part II: Adopting DevOps culture and tooling
  • Part III: Secure the cloud with DevSecOps
  • Part IV: Gaining new insights with data intelligence

Do you prefer video? This blog series is based on a four-part webcast training hosted by NADOG and Burwood Group. View each webcast on YouTube using these links: Cloud Foundations, DevOps, DevSecOps, and Data Intelligence.

Ed Keen is Director of Cloud and DevOps at Burwood Group. Ed has broad experience across software development, operations, and cloud computing. He leads Burwood’s Google and Azure cloud practices, encompassing cloud enablement, application modernization, and migration. In complementary fashion, Ed leads Burwood’s DevOps tooling and practices to help Burwood customers evolve from traditional infrastructure to a software-defined approach to technology delivery. 

When away from his computer, Ed enjoys brewing beer, running, and riding bikes around North Carolina with his wife and two young kids.

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