As departmental silos continue to present difficulties for enterprise IT, limiting the flow of communications between teams and reducing collaborative opportunities, decision-makers in a range of industries are seeking techniques to lessen the severity of these barriers. One increasingly popular method used to chip away at the limitations of silos has been the implementation of DevOps, a tool set that diminishes gaps between the free-form work styles of development teams and the more regimented schedules of operational and maintenance staff. According to a recent article from ZDNet, outsourcing IT projects has become a less prominent strategy as DevOps strategies allow for focused collaboration and code review among disparate internal teams.
"Insourced" operations drive innovation
By bringing software development back within the walls of the enterprise, business leaders are finding their IT staff better able to work together toward innovative breakthroughs, largely due to the team-based approach to coding that DevOps provides. As cloud services allow more processing power and hard disk memory to experiment with, companies are less apprehensive to leverage more cutting-edge initiatives that merge the creative mindsets of development squads with strict and structured operations personnel. ZDNet also pointed out that many organizations are switching out their traditional large-scale cloud contracts for specialized systems that allow for greater levels of customization and an emphasis on network visibility, giving internal teams more precise control over their tech resources.
Another advantage afforded by DevOps methodologies is the ability for executives to cut redundant systems and personnel from their payrolls, allowing budgets to open up and funds to be allocated toward more innovative strategies. In a rapidly evolving tech landscape, any opportunity to gain a differentiating edge over competing firms must be pursued without hesitation, and leaner IT teams grant businesses much-needed agility to rise to the occasion when given the chance. As ZDNet reported, Steve Shah of NetScaler explained that companies are realizing they may need "just a few people with a higher level understanding of business needs and the insight to convert ideas into automation scripts."
Cross-platform technologies get a boost
Since cloud architectures have become the go-to environment in which developers create and refine new software projects, the demand for peer code review processes has risen along with a revitalized attitude toward experimentation. According to eWeek, IT leader Microsoft is at the cutting-edge of serving these exact needs, offering a DevOps experience as a part of its Azure cloud services to be used in conjunction with its development platform, Visual Studio. With an increasing corporate focus on mobile device management and heightened security measures, coding consoles protected by private, off-premise cloud networks can be just the ticket for many companies to tap into the innovate potential of their development teams and make strategies such as bring-your-own-device a profitable reality.
"Developing for a mobile-first, cloud-first world is complicated, and Microsoft is working to simplify this world without sacrificing speed, choice, cost or quality," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president at Microsoft, eWeek reported. "Imagine a world where infrastructure and platform services blend together in one seamless experience, so developers and IT professionals no longer have to work in disparate environments in the cloud. Microsoft has been rapidly innovating to solve this problem, and we have taken a big step toward that vision today."
With the introduction of Visual Studio Online and other cloud-based tools designed to workshop new ideas in a secure setting, developers can reach new levels of creative inspiration that could lead to the next big breakthrough for their companies, and the IT world at large.