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Transform your Enterprise to DevOps


Guest Author: Bert van Rij, IT Strategist, HP Helion


The “New Kid on the Block” of the maturation of the IT industry is the “DevOps” concept. And organizations are quickly jumping on the bandwagon without taking all of the proper steps. There are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration to define how DevOps can be utilized in your organization.


DevOps is a software development method.

The DevOps concept is a software development method and should be treated as such. The purchase of DevOps Software enables the implementation of DevOps, but focusing on the installation of software will not have any effect if the software development process doesn’t evolve to embrace the DevOps methodology.


It is not the creation of a Devops but transforming to DevOps.

The IT industry is dominated by project management techniques that are focused on creation. From application development to the introduction of a new data center, technical experts are creating new functionality.


Unfortunately, similar to the transformation to a service-based organization, a successful DevOps introduction is highly dependent on recognizing the fact that there is always an existing organization and an existing Modus Operandi that need to be modified. The detailed Gantt Charts that are in use for the creation of a machine are no longer useful as the starting point of the transformation—because it is undefined. People also change in a dynamic way and these behavioral changes are from a dynamic nature. It cannot be captured in a detailed list of activities and products.

Progress can only be monitored at a high, conceptual level using Gantt techniques.


The right way  to transform to DevOps is to:

1) Set a goal

2) Define the current state

3) Develop a transformation roadmap  

4) Remove the biggest obstacles one by one on the way to reach that goal


In order to accomplish this, you need to first develop 10-20 sub models to document the desired end state in all its aspects. Then develop a transformation model to measure the current state against. Finally develop a dependency map of obstacles so you can focus to eliminate the biggest obstacle first.


I recommend that you develop a detailed understanding what DevOps is and what it looks like in real life. Without the help of experts that “Have done it before and earned a T-shirt”, the transformation to a DevOps way of work is a very risky business.


HP has many years of experience in helping organizations to go through this transformation. HP can help you define what your organization should look like, what’s needed and how to get there. By working together with HP you will experience a cost effective transformation and reduce your business risk of introducing DevOps as your preferred software development method of the future.


Learn more about HP DevOps in these blogs:

·         DevOps: Get your application integration on... continuously

·         DevOps and the increasing speed of business

·         Increase your understanding of DevOps in 15 minutes

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I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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