According to our partners at Hosting.com, the quest to find more time to innovate is helping drive the adoption of DevOps — a software development approach that breaks down traditional barriers between Development and Operations to shorten release cycles and improve business agility. According to a 2016 RightScale survey, 74% of organizations report planning to adopt DevOps — up from 66% in 2015.
Automation takes the advantages of DevOps a step further. AWS features a range of automation tools in its offering — simplifying DevOps to the degree that an idea hatched in the morning can be deployed into production by day’s end.
DevOps Breaks Down Silos
In traditional software development environments where development and operations work in separate silos, there’s often a lot of back-and-forths involved with various pieces of the delivery package — which can make the overall process unnecessarily long and costly.
DevOps better reflects the software development process in its ideal form. Instead of treating development and operations as discrete, DevOps recognizes that software development is a cycle.
The team develops and deploys a new product. When it’s released, the team receives feedback on how well everything works and leverages that feedback to make improvements. The software is tweaked based on this feedback and deployed again in its enhanced state.
DevOps automation in AWS makes all this even faster with tools to address different parts of the process. The AWS CloudFormation tool; for example, enables you to provision, configure and manage the AWS infrastructure with codes and templates. In subsequent steps, AWS CodeCommit automates asset versioning.
Approaching AWS DevOps Automation
When considering a move to DevOps automation in AWS, it’s important not to cut corners. Stelligent recommends a 2-step approach.
1. Evaluating team and organizational readiness for automation.
Before you can implement automation tools effectively, you need to determine how ready your organization is for the shift. You’ll need to look not only at tools and technological infrastructure but also your organizational structure and processes. Some questions to consider include:
- How does your organization manage resources for developers?
- What are your procedures for different stages in the development process? (Production, testing, deployment, etc.)
- How do you use AWS now? How many accounts do you support and what is the purpose of each.
These questions are just a sample; but based on your answers to these and many others, you can develop a plan of action to take you through the transition to DevOps automation.
2. Creating a game plan.
When developing a roadmap for moving to automation, your first step is to envision your desired automation state. From there, you can work backward to create a blueprint for implementation.
When Stelligent works with companies to implement DevOps automation with AWS, they offer a roadmap with specific steps. For example, they describe the steps you need to take in order to automate version control usage. Tasks are ranked in terms of how you should prioritize them and how much effort is required to implement.