Establishing A Business Case For DevOps

It’s safe to say that DevOps is what drives innovation, efficiency and, ultimately, ROI as traditional IT no longer becomes fit for purpose and the companies practicing are dying out.

Everyone working in IT knows that and it’s in you and your organisations interest to ensure that upper management and decision-makers such as CTOs and CIOs know this.

Why Do We Need A DevOps Business Case?

To understand why, we need to explain why illumination a business case for DevOps is important in the first place. Most of the conversation around DevOps has been technical heavy carried about only among technical people. However, the concept of DevOps has been around since the late 2000s, but it has remained limited mostly to technical circles of IT practitioners since that time.

As a result, you need to be part of that technical circle in other to know what it is and how it can help bring value to your business.

The Business Case for DevOps

To help change this common occurrence, you need to assist business decision-makers who don’t necessarily have strong technical backgrounds understand the value that DevOps will bring to the entire organisation. Some key talking points include:

  • DevOps makes better use of staff time

Methods like continuous delivery ensure that your developers are not wasting time which would be boring for them and costly for the business because their time is being wasted.

  • DevOps keeps frameworks flexible

DevOps emphasises the avoidance of vendor lock-in and embraces the use of open source tools. That translates to cost savings because it means your business is always free to use the technologies that best fit its needs and budget.

  • DevOps encourages open, extensible tools

DevOps engineers take full advantage of community-developed open source tools, like Kubernetes and Ansible helping your organisation save money and keep operations lean.

  • DevOps helps attract the best talent

Excellent developers tend to be attracted to companies that’ve adopted DevOps due to it’s way of working that enhances productivity and increases efficiency allowing developers for example to deploy high quality code multiple times a day with minimal to no risk at all.

Good programmers are in high demand, and they can command top pay no matter where they choose to work. Attracting the best IT talent therefore requires more than just shelling out high salaries. You also need to provide developers with the toolsets they want to work with. Today, that means DevOps-oriented pipelines. Skilled developers will shy away from jobs that force them to use outdated tools, or grapple with needless inefficiencies to do their work.

  • Everyone’s doing DevOps

DevOps at the moment isn’t just limited to startups or tech companies. As more and more organisations and enterprises adopt DevOps, if you want to keep up with the competition, you need to leverage DevOps efficiencies.

DevOps Effectiveness Metrics

Now you’ve managed to convince decision-makers. But in order to make sure they really understand how much value DevOps brings to the organization, it’s important to be able to quantify DevOps’s benefits by establishing and tracking metrics that allow you to measure how much more agile and cost-efficient DevOps makes the business.

  • Time between code deployments

Track how much DevOps tools and processes such as continuous delivery are helping to accelerate development.

  • Time to feature release

Measure how long it takes you to get a new feature from planning to production in order to understand how DevOps speeds up your development cycle.

  • Number of software defects pushed to production

The frequency of defects in your apps reflects the stability and agility of your development processes.

  • Time to resolve defects

You should also track how long it takes, on average, to fix a bug. Practices like continuous delivery and “shift-left” testing help to mitigate the time loss and costs associated with fixing bugs.

  • Infrastructure utilisation

DevOps helps you strike the ideal balance by giving you flexible tools and processes that can scale seamlessly as your needs change.

  • Infrastructure costs

Track total infrastructure costs (for on-premises as well as cloud-based resources) and note how they go down as you replace legacy infrastructure and tool sets with more agile, modern tools, like Docker and the cloud.

Conclusion

By establishing a business case for DevOps, and helping to track the business value of DevOps practices, you can make your organization more agile, save money, and tremendously improve the efficiency and productivity of your IT staff.

If you need help with implementing DevOps at your company, feel free to reach out to us at AltoStack.

At AltoStack, our experts can maintain your DevOps platform and be responsible for day-to-day operational issues, allowing you to develop and ship your product without the need for internal DevOps hires.