17 Ways to Define DevOps - Part 2
What Does DevOps Mean to You?
November 18, 2015

DEVOPSdigest asked experts from across the industry to define what DevOps means to them. The goal is to show just how many varied ideas are connected with the concept of DevOps, and in the process learn a little more what DevOps is all about. The second installment covers how Dev and Ops work together.

Start with 17 Ways to Define DevOps - Part 1

4. TEAMWORK

Some people write code while others make sure it's always running smoothly. DevOps is everyone working as one team.
Eyal Keren
CTO, Rollout.io

DevOps is a software development practice in which development and operations teams work together, taking the intelligence of how an application runs to inform and improve how the application is being built, in a rapid iterative process. It embraces the concepts of continuous development and continuous integration, and requires a strong discipline around performance optimization, monitoring and automation.
Gerardo Dada
VP, Product Marketing and Strategy, SolarWinds

5. DEV AND OPS AS ONE ORGANIZATION

DevOps is a philosophy that dictates that the application developers and application support be part of the same organization and share the same goals. It’s an idea long overdue where the silos are finally broken down. Forward thinking companies that adopt this methodology have their developers and app support personnel both focused on providing the best application experiences possible. DevOps team members must be highly agile and often utilize open source software, customized to their specific needs.
Charley Rich
VP Product Management, jKool

6. UNIFYING THE WORKFLOW FROM DEV AND OPS

DevOps is the unification of the workflow from development to production. Previously, this was an opaque process between developers and operators, but today DevOps brings transparency, collaboration, and insight to a technical organization.
Kevin Fishner
Head of Customer Success, HashiCorp

7. IMPROVING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEV AND OPS

In his famous manuscript "The Art of War," Sun Tzu, considered war a necessary evil to be avoided whenever possible. DevOps helps in this way, where IT, Dev and business teams collaborate to deliver the absolute best services and features we can to customers as quickly as possible while still increasing reliability – and in return eliminate war rooms, improve business results and spend much more time innovating. Think win-win, not internal wars and blamestorming.
Brett Hofer
Global DevOps Practice Lead, Dynatrace

DevOps acknowledges that there are risks and bottlenecks that can sabotage any good software project and team, and sets to lay all the issues out on the table and take a holistic approach to tackling them.
Kevin Dunne
VP of Strategy and Business Development, QASymphony

Read 17 Ways to Define DevOps - Part 3, highlighting the impact of DevOps on both Dev and Ops team members.

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