The ultimate goal of DevOps isn’t just to make the process more efficient, it’s to make the organization more successful. And that’s really what drives our interest in helping clients to initiate and use DevOps best practices.
Research from Forrester has found that development teams that consistently deliver at the fastest cycle times enjoy the highest business and customer satisfaction. Not only were those teams able to deliver new applications the fastest, they were also creating the highest-quality software.
DevOps was born out of Lean and Agile development principles and is about building trust and collaboration between the engineering and operations teams. DevOps success starts with the business objectives, then looks at the best techniques and technology to use to accomplish those goals.
The list below provides some examples where Crosslake has facilitated the implementation of DevOps processes:
- Reduce testing costs and duration and increase quality
- Improve quality and shorten feedback cycles with smaller batches of work
- Move to the cloud coupled with continuous and automated deployment
- Consolidate product development practices to improve efficiency and reduce costs
The Crosslake Team collaboratively works with your management team to identify the opportunities that are best suited for DevOps.
Opportunities: It starts with a review of the projects and teams that could benefit the most from DevOps. Recommendations in areas such as organization, software architecture, continuous integration, test and deployment automation, and production monitoring are defined and prioritized based on business impact. We typically start with a smaller project or team where DevOps has a high probability of success and can provide a foundation for further efforts throughout the organization.
Roadmap: A plan is derived including a high-level schedule with resources, responsibilities, and measureable outcomes to ensure gaps are addressed and the future state is clear.
Execution: Industry best practices are implemented with consistent and regular measurement of results to refine and maximize the benefit of the changes.
Below, you’ll find details that outline how Crosslake has helped clients identify and execute DevOps processes.
Improved update efficiency
An oil and gas company had a multi-day, error prone, manual process for creating updates for their customers. Crosslake worked with the technology teams to implement an automated build-deploy-test process to dramatically increase the quality of updates with minutes of elapsed time instead of days.
Automated test environment management
An insurance technology company’s IT team was spending hours per week bringing up and tearing down test environments at the request of the development team whenever changes needed to be tested. Crosslake helped recommend solutions and put the plan together to leverage a cloud-based infrastructure provider to automate the process and allow fast testing of changes using true continuous integration. Additionally, we trained and coached the team on best practices in refactoring and unit testing to support the DevOps initiative.
Reduced test costs and duration
A Fintech software services company had a multi-week regression test duration that resulted in delays to deployment and revenue for new features. Crosslake worked with the team to streamline code commits, implement agile test practices and rethink its test and deployment automation strategy, including folding the DevOps role directly into the Agile teams. This resulted in a 50% reduction in the test duration and $2 million reduction in test automation costs.
Implementing DevOps best practices is a long-term process that should be thought of as a journey, not a destination. An organization doesn’t really reach a state where they can say they’ve achieved DevOps. It’s an iterative process improving the integration between the development organization and operations that ultimately delivers better business results.
To Get Started
If it’s time to think about incorporating DevOps practices into your organization, we can help. Are you ready to take action? Getting started is easy. Simply contact us.