5 Devops myths

DevOps is the new slogan and the internet is flooded with articles related to it. To remain success in today’s competitive world, delivering innovations with speed and quality are crucial. DevOps assists enterprises to be agile and lean enough to respond quickly to changes such as customer demands, competitive market conditions, or regulatory requirements. Most organizations have either adopted DevOps or yet to start their DevOps journeys.

The term DevOps was originally coined in 2009, where devs focus on innovation and ops focus on stability and control. While they are two completely different issues in which to focus on, it can’t be denied that one does not work without the other. An efficient, reliable output is feasible only if there is proper integration of the teams.

According to Gartner’s definition of DevOps, “DevOps represents a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture), and seeks to improve collaboration between operations and development teams. DevOps implementations utilize technology — especially automation tools that can leverage an increasingly programmable and dynamic infrastructure from a life cycle perspective.”

However, as the term and concept has gained increasing popularity across a variety of fields and industries, naturally there are misconceptions and confusion surrounding the question “What exactly is DevOps?” Is it a tool? A skill? Is it about collaboration or is it restricted to specific teams? The answers are unclear. The fact that many people are still looking to properly explain what DevOps is, demonstrates how unclear DevOps remains to the general public.

To straighten this out, we thought we’d debunk the top 5 DevOps myths here:

Myth #1: DevOps is a tool

Those who have recently adopted DevOps believe they can instantly achieve the benefits of software delivery simply by following a checklist of tools to implement within their team. Their assumption is that, if they purchase and implement a monitoring service like “Librato” or a configuration management tool like “Chef”, it will make them DevOps!

This isn’t quite the case, and “DevOps is not a tool”. A DevOps approach is not restricted to setting up the right tools. It’s about understanding customer needs in a proper and efficient way. DevOps tools do exist, and they simplify and support developer flow, continuous integration, automation and monitoring. Bottom-line, DevOps is a methodology and requires a cultural shift beyond simply implementing a new set of tools

A DevOps approach is not confined to setting up the right tools. It’s about understanding customer needs in a proper and efficient way. Then, typically reducing overhead throughout the development process.

Myth #2: Going to conferences will help implement DevOps

Attending conferences to learn new concepts, and innovative tools is important in every industry. A lot can be gained by simply checking out one or two conferences or workshops each year.  

But the fact that you have been to dozens of conferences doesn’t mean you can then implement DevOps. Attending these events have exposed you to a lot of thoughts and ideas. This has helped you learn fill a variety of things more quickly than you otherwise would have, but only one person—you alone– isn’t the keystone in DevOps. An organization can implement successful DevOps strategies without anyone ever setting foot in an event or conference center. DevOps is more of a cultural shift in an organization that requires support, understanding, and empathy from everyone.

Similarly, attending local events in your own area, where people like you are getting together regularly to discuss DevOps, has proven to be a great way to start absorbing key ideas.

Myth #3 – The Cloud is needed to do DevOps

There is often a tight coupling with “the cloud” and DevOps practices. First of all, DevOps is not restricted to a particular infrastructure or business type, hence, this coupling is completely fictional. A public cloud, private cloud, or any virtualized environment is not required to implement DevOps practices. The benefits of the cloud, including spinning up an infrastructure within minutes, can be fully enjoyed and comprehended while using a DevOps approach. However, that does not create a DevOps/cloud-only limitation. DevOps can be implemented given that an organization has organized processes for procuring resources for deploying and testing application changes.

Myth #4 – DevOps is Continuous Delivery

We know it’s true that continuous delivery of software does signify that an organization has established key elements of DevOps, but DevOps does not just deal with automation and they both aren’t immediately coupled to one another, and they definitely aren’t the same thing.

DevOps works to improve the culture of team building which also includes the sales and marketing groups; maintain well-defined software, infrastructures and processes; create a better collaboration between development and operations, which ultimately aims to achieve Agility.

Myth #5 – DevOps is only for engineers and operators

Originally, DevOps was proposed several years ago, to bridge the gap between engineers and operators, while non-technical teams also benefitted from this. Companies quickly began to understand that DevOps principles extends far beyond the engineering scope. In several companies, DevOps principles are being applied to sales and marketing groups, consulting engagements, and leadership teams. By bringing additional teams into the DevOps bubble, even greater advances are found deeper within the organization’s culture. In essence, DevOps deals with collaboration and communication directing towards a common goal, not a specific technology or task.