White Paper – The Sense and Nonsense of DevOps

Over the past years, we have seen a host of hype words appear: Agile, Scrum, Big Data, BYOD, Lean IT. “DevOps” is probably one of the most enigmatic of them all. This word is used more and more often without it really being clear what it means. In this White Paper, we unravel the sense and nonsense of DevOps and identify its benefits. The term DevOps emerged in a series of “DevOps Days” held in Belgium about five years ago. The aim of the events was to bring together IT experts from both the development side and the operations side of organizations. And that puts the term DevOps in its context: a multidisciplinary team that is fully responsible for the continuous operation and development of a service. Google and Amazon are examples of companies that use a combination of DevOps and continuous delivery to release dozens of changes every day.

The definition of DevOps on Wikipedia is interesting: DevOps (a portmanteau of development and operations) is a software development method that stresses communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and information technology {IT) operations professionals. DevOps is a response to the interdependence of software development and IT operations. It aims to help an organization rapidly produce software products and services. The key point here is that, in this definition, DevOps is about producing software rapidly. This completely ignores the real value and aim of DevOps. What is the real value of DevOps achievable with a DevOps approach used to its full extent?

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