A DevOps enterprise is a mid-to-large sized organization that embraces and implements the DevOps approach to developing and delivering software applications. The DevOps approach emphasizes close collaboration among development and operations staff with the aim of increasing both the speed and the quality of software releases. Through the adoption of DevOps practices, culture, and tools, a DevOps enterprise gets new applications and feature to market faster while maintaining confidence that the software meets objectives for reliability and performance.
DevOps enterprise culture and organization
In a DevOps enterprise the traditional cultural and organizational tension between development and operations staff – with the former oriented toward cranking out new features and the latter oriented toward not jeopardizing the stability of the production system – gives way to a conception of Dev and Ops as a single team with the common aim of quickly getting dependable software to market.
The DevOps enterprise brings about this cultural and organizational shift not instantly but over time, through measures including:
- Physical integration. The DevOps enterprise will often retool physical workspaces and meeting membership to foster collaboration and communication among developers and operations staff.
- Hiring and training. Hiring and training practices in the DevOps enterprise aim to produce developers who understand and actively support operations objectives, and operations staff with the coding skills needed to automate application and infrastructure deployments. Some organizations will also hire or train up individuals for roles with oversight responsibilities across the full DevOps lifecycle from development to testing to release and operations.
- Alignment of incentives. The DevOps enterprise will take care to have incentives structures that align individual rewards with the success of the DevOps team as a whole in delivering high quality software to market in a timely manner.
DevOps enterprise practices and tools
A core practice in today's DevOps enterprise is continuous integration, with some enterprises going further and also practicing continuous delivery. The difference in continuous integration vs. continuous delivery is that while continuous integration calls for the full application to automatically be built and subjected to unit and integration tests upon each new code check-in (or at minimum, at least once a day), continuous delivery goes a step further and aims to have development and testing proceed in such a way that the latest application code is always ready to be deployed to production at a moment's notice. Some DevOps enterprises apply the same principles to back-end database development, by implementing database continuous integration and delivery.
Continuous integration and continuous delivery best practices in the DevOps enterprise have evolved toward an increased focus on application performance and scalability. Consequently the answer to the question of what are DevOps tools now includes DevOps-friendly application performance monitoring technologies such as Dynatrace APM. Dynatrace APM provides developers, testers, and operations staff with a shared toolset for evaluating application performance across the entire delivery pipeline, from code check-in through to production and user experience.
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