"You've got to get people on both sides to accept that there's a different way of doing things and the other guy is not the enemy -- we're in this together," O'Donnell says. He adds that process improvements are also key to devops: "You need automation to get people out of the equation."
Tools to open the devops flow
Also helping address the devops conflict are technologies that automate application releases "essentially at the click of a button," O'Donnell says. He cites automation tools such as Puppet Labs' Puppet and Opscode's Chef provision servers. Additionally, cloud computing supports automated provisioning, with the extra benefit of not running on IT's production systems.
Chef is an open source systems integration framework for cloud automation. Developers and systems engineers can use it to deploy systems quickly in a dynamic environment, Robbins says. Puppet is similar, providing a systems management platform to standardize how IT staff manage infrastructure in the enterprise and cloud. As a result, more time can be spent on software updates, transparent auditing, and business needs, Kanies says.
Another company pitching wares in the devops space is Electric Cloud. Its ElectricCommander has the software development team define its procedures and tools, then automatically provision those resources from the IT side, says CEO Mike Maciag. Zend also positions its Zend Server PHP 5.5 application server as a devops tool for automated provisioning, says CEO Andi Gutmans.
Old habits die hard, but they need to
Progress is being made in devops, says Forrester's O'Donnell, but "it's going to be a while before we can overcome some of these organizational conflicts." Old habits die hard, he contends: "Some organizations may never make that transition, and they're probably in some serious trouble."
It can be tough to get people to move beyond old ways of doing things. But organizations that can make these changes and get on the same page can set a course for growth rather than stagnation, and thus improve the bottom line for people on both sides of the devops equation, O'Donnell says.
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