Enterprise DevOps and Oracle
Various organizations dread the traditional development execution cycles because applications take longer time to deploy, become more turbulent, and continually get worse. IT operations are mired in firefighting mode all the time. DevOps is the perfect blend of the software development and IT operations.
Organizational Stakeholders have different needs on their minds. Management demands faster time to market and quicker turnaround, Operations team ought to have ease of operations and flexible environments, Developers and Testers are constantly striving for efficiency and visibility.
DevOps is the most appropriate answer to satisfy these stakeholders with a Continuous Delivery Approach.
DevOps offers - Seamless Environment, Build, Continuous Integration On-Demand, and Scalability Quality & Compliance with its three building blocks- People, Process and Tools.
Let us understand this journey of DevOps -
1. PEOPLE - Change Culture:
Siloed setup, narrow thinking and resistance to change among the organizational staff is one of the biggest area of concern. We all understand that 'People' are the most important building block.
People are capable of:
1. Focusing on the Business Value and Solution Perspective
2. Fostering a team of peers to resolve issues
3. Improving continually by setting up a feedback mechanism
Organizational Change Management is a transformation exercise where understanding human impact is very critical in order to be proactive rather than reactive. This exercise would require creation of a Change Roadmap, setting the correct expectations, identifying and mitigating the risks by reducing misinformation and putting up a proper communication mechanism. Enabling the users to fully leverage the capabilities of the new system thereby increasing the chances of adoption.
2. PROCESS - One Development to Operations Cycle:
Process is the part that sets the wheel in motion. Having a common unified SDLC process and automating for consistency all across the organization can lift the big stone off your chest. It is important to measure hence have a metrics driven control and improvement loop. An organizational level approach is needed to optimize the processes to derive business results. This systematic approach would result in maximizing the productivity of the individual participants which in most cases are the employees.
Processes defined need to follow iterative and incremental approach of having a standardized development methodology, clear communication and documented processes. It should stand on the strong pillars which bring in agility and provide greater availability to the enterprise's IT infrastructure.
3. TOOLS - Deploy:
Tools act an as an enabler for all that we have talked about till now. Coherent tool chain supports the people and the process. They establish integration, automation and traceability.
There are various processes/tasks that developers often have to perform like Customizations, Automation, Interfaces, Integration, Patching, Cloning etc. Tools can provide the developers a standard automation solution to schedule for an Export or Import task once.
Oracle offers an array of products that could help you in your enterprise DevOps journey. One such example is the Oracle Cloud Developer Service is a Development Platform as a Service. By creating a new project you get access to git repositories, Apache Maven and Ant processes, Hudson Continuous Integration and various project templates. It also fosters a culture of sharing project information among the members of your team.
Another one is Oracle Enterprise Manager which offers the users a single pane view of the Private and Public Clouds. It supports devops by offering application performance and application quality management capabilities. It also simplifies Weblogic Management.
Top of the charts Oracle product would be using Oracle Exalogic for devops. It offers benefits like enhancing the performance of middleware and applications. It is built-infrastructure for you focus on developing and deploying.
DevOps standing tall on these three pillars enable businesses in phasing out the Back-office applications which are nearing there end-of life and are rigid and the DevOps Principles apply to all softwares in general. Most importantly DevOps focus is on the entire delivered Service rather than the Code.