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DevOps no longer optional, say developers

Joseph Carpenter
DevOps Specialist

Does DevOps save you time?

According to a majority of software development managers, it does.

More than four-fifths of software development managers said in a recent study that they consider DevOps to be a time-saver when it comes to their workflows.

Source: about.gitlab.com

It’s clear that this mode of working is now embedded in software development culture - and older, subtly different software development methodologies, such as Agile, are perhaps losing ground.

So let’s take a look at what this means for the software development world and where the future of DevOps lies.

DevOps: the journey

DevOps has been around for a long time, but for a while, it was seen as either an added extra or a less desirable alternative to Agile methodology tools.

But the findings from a report by Git-repository manager GitLab suggest that the many appeals of a DevOps approach - such as the prioritisation of automation techniques over project management tools, and the predisposition towards integrated teams over scrum calls - now appear to be winning out.

An essential ingredient

Success, it seems, now inevitably lies in the integrated and speed-oriented DevOps approach.

The report found that 45% of software high-performing development teams also had a DevOps culture embedded into their organisations (more than twice that of low performing teams), suggesting that the benefits of DevOps are driving forward software development goals.

A major highlight of the DevOps culture for a developer is the stronger sense of collaboration.

“With the implementation of DevOps, there is faster collaboration, faster feedback to identify mistakes, which indirectly saves cost.”

Gopal Singhal says.

94% of developers said that it is important to be a part of a culture of collaboration, and this is made all the easier when developers and managers are aligned – a hallmark of the DevOps culture.

Automation, meanwhile, continues to be a major part of the appeal, with 71% of software development teams using DevOps telling the report that this was one of the system’s main appeals.

The simplified team communication function of DevOps is particularly valuable to distributed workers, too, with just over 40% of remote teams saying their DevOps culture was strong.

But the continued popularity of DevOps, however, is likely to lie in the fact that it’s the decision-makers who most value the benefits it can bring.

81% of software development managers see DevOps as a crucial way to prevent wasted time, for example, while just under two-thirds of developers said the same thing.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as you may have read in a previous article, the DevOps culture needs to be implemented from the top and company-wide.

"A single team can never implement true DevOps, its a collaboration between all teams, it should come from top to bottom. If your team is an entirely independent team you can implement DevOps within your team but as a company, it should [implement] across all teams."

Charith Lokubogahawatta.

Is a lack of talent holding DevOps back?

The simple answer is, yes, there’s a severe shortage of DevOps practitioners on the market and so DevOps is being held back – but only for those who aren’t acting.

DevOps is an internal culture, and the industry and the tools for DevOps will continue to move forward, but the only thing holding back your business is not getting involved as early as possible.

“There is no shortcut that I know of to get there, but in my experience, it comes down to an organisation realising that it is going to be more painful not to change than to begin implementing the change.  It has to be understood that change hurts, it's inevitable, but it comes down to which hurts less.  Established organisations will always find it difficult and the market is full of such organisations trying to take a shortcut and hoping that a tooling solution will sort all their needs. They are only putting off the pain to a later date.” 

Aidan Gustard.

In my market in Berlin, we find that 88% of the DevOps candidates are ‘passive’, they’re not looking for opportunities and often work with us on an exclusive basis to find the best opportunity for them.

For this reason, hiring managers need to cultivate a strong internal culture of collaboration and offer DevOps practitioners all the tools required to make an immediate impact.

You can get further insight into DevOps in Berlin from our Berlin Market Update.