DevOps has become a buzzword in the IT industry and, like most emerging trends, it’s heaving with myths and misunderstandings. It stands for development operations and merges two broad IT functions: software development and systems administration.

Developer tasks traditionally include:

  • Creating code and applications
  • Updating code

In the past, developers couldn’t perform system administration tasks like:

  • Including servers in their code
  • Deploying apps
  • Updating code quickly and independently

DevOps frees system administrators so that they can manage multiple servers and create their own environments. It also shares the load among more people so that administrators no longer have to handle all on-call needs.

The Importance of Communication

If there’s one element that keeps DevOps functional, it’s trust. If developers and administrators are unable to communicate, connect, and rely on one another, the entire system corrodes.

Tools

Too often, the industry thinks of DevOps as little more than a toolkit populated by configuration management software programs, but none of these are even required. Communication, and not tools, is the soul of DevOps in much the same way that creativity, and not brushes, is the soul of art.

Tools are the oil that keep DevOps moving, but they can’t replace human connection. Automation gives everyone involved more time to spend on aspects that require a human touch. Tools can automate tasks, deploy and update code, leaving developers and IT workers to focus on more advanced collaboration.

DevOps as a Goal

DevOps is essentially an approach to integrating and setting up repetitive projects in a way that reduces reliance on silos and team projects. In the past, developers would build and the IT team would maintain. DevOps can efficiently build, test, and release projects in quick succession using Lean, Agile approaches. It links operations and development engineers across the service life-cycle.

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