Early adopters of DevOps, such as Etsy and Netflix, have often been called ‘unicorns.’ However, the development methodology’s ability to speed up application delivery and save enterprises millions of dollars is anything but mythical, and it is not just for Silicon Valley’s hottest startups either.
Last week at DevOps Enterprise in Burlingame, California, well-known brands and government departments from the USA and Europe came together to share their business-transformation stories. They proved that, in fact, DevOps isn’t just for unicorns.
Business leaders discussed how they re-organized their departments, streamlined their application-development processes, rebuilt their tool chains and, as a result, measured improvements by orders of magnitude. They reported that by implementing a DevOps development methodology they found ten times fewer application defects, a hundred-times reduction in the time between app updates and huge cost reductions from getting products out more quickly—not to mention impressive improvements in customer satisfaction. Some speakers even told stories of their initial DevOps projects that went so well that their companies didn’t believe the metrics at first. In most of these cases, the results were so compelling that large scale re-organizations are now underway, involving thousands of developers and operations people at each company.
For me, the most important takeaway was that DevOps isn’t just changing how companies organize their development and operations teams; fundamentally, it is changing how they approach and measure IT.
I was honored to participate in DevOps Enterprise as a member of the program committee. From reading over 150 presentation abstracts to seeing the end result, it was simply astounding. I’ve been to numerous IT-focused conferences and this was one of the best.
Videos and slides from the presentations will be posted here: http://devopsenterprise.io. If you want to understand the state-of-the-art innovations in enterprise-IT, take the time to watch the talks by Target, Nordstrom, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Capital One, Telstra, Raytheon, GE, Macy’s, Barclays, and The U.K. Government.