Is DevOps right for your Organization?

The concept of greater speed, agility, and cost savings across development and operations sounds great. But what is it and how can it work for your team and applications?

  • There are dozens of vendors saying different things about DevOps tools, processes, and offerings. Some of the vendors are the biggest names in technology, while others are brand new and little known.

  • There are hundreds of tools: traditional licensed software, Open Source, and vendor-customized Open Source.

  • A given mix of tools may work for one organization but not another. They need to be the right fit for your organization and application portfolio.

What is DevOps?

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DevOps is a different approach to how you manage and conduct development and operations in your organization. Adopting DevOps in your organization is about changing the way you approach development and operations of code. People are organized around applications and their full life cycle needs, instead of organizational units based on work functions.

DevOps is about new ways to leverage tools and automation across development and operations. A plethora of tools are available to automate nearly all manual process steps from development to operations. The right mix of tools can dramatically speed up the process, increase accuracy, and eliminate the necessity of having duplicative groups of people to support an application.

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With DevOps, teams pay attention to the entire end-to-end process at all times.

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DevOps is about handling roles and responsibilities and segregation of duties between developers and the operations team differently. DevOps removes walls that have risen over the years between development and operations. DevOps is not about losing the concepts of segregation of duties or defined roles. Instead it changes the way they are achieved.

DevOps is about taking advantage of the Cloud infrastructure opportunities.

The Cloud provides a number of opportunities for scalability, performance, and elasticity. It also provides a new model for how we build and run applications. Cloud Native applications are designed and built to take full advantage of what the Cloud has to offer.

Looking past the marketing hype
— what can DevOps mean for you?

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DevOps is a different way of approaching application development and operations. It focuses on managing applications across their life cycle with seamless processes and reduced manual efforts.

DevOps is about getting from idea to production faster and more effectively. It covers delivery from development through operations, implementing tools and practices designed for speed and agility for high-quality code that meets business objectives.

DevOps processes help handle new levels of application load demand and change management. It makes Continuous Delivery and Operations possible without compromising controls or ability to manage risks. DevOps positions the organization to take advantage of Cloud Native approaches that provide additional opportunities for cost management, performance, agility, and security for your applications in the Cloud.

NCG helps ensure that there are compromises on controls and managing risks; just reduction of non-value producing elements…

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DevOps can improve the overall value proposition from your applications.

Better & More Effective Controls

Get rid of things done in the name of controls that don’t provide value. Use automation to eliminate user error and costly manual efforts.

End-to-End Risk Management

Greater speed and agility should not mean more risk. With a better managed life cycle, risk management can be more effective and current.

Improve Quality

Leverage processes and tools to develop better code that meets its intended purpose.

Manage & Maintain Compliance

Improve monitoring, data collection, and analysis to maintain or address compliance requirements.

NCG's Approach to DevOps

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Understand your current development and operational processes and teams.

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Understand your application base and technologies.

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Develop a roadmap to address people, processes, procedures, tooling, and technologies.

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Define and implement a framework to start, manage, and sustain your DevOps efforts.

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Helping you make sense of it all

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With news tools coming along on nearly a daily basis, different levels of abstraction opportunities (infrastructure, platforms, functions, and containers), and a wide range of terminology, it can be very hard to figure out what everything is and what you need. 

We help you sift through the different tools, platforms, and offerings to understand what makes the most business sense for your organization and application portfolio. 

More importantly, we also help you develop frameworks to keep your tooling and patterns up to date as new offerings and technologies become available. This allows your teams to take advantage of the latest tools and technologies in a thoughtful and managed way.

Integrating DevOps into your Corporate Culture

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Corporate culture is not something you can simply create, but an organization should understand how its actions and processes influence it.

The corporate culture is an important element in fostering new ways of doing things such as DevOps. Management actions do foster how the corporate culture develops. Our Team has helped organizations understand the influences and drivers of their corporate culture so that they can influence the integration of DevOps throughout. These efforts include reward and incentive structures, messaging, and reinforcing actions across application owners, developers, operations personnel, and project management teams.

We develop programs to help organizations influence their corporate culture and measure progress. By having effective evaluation and measurement, efforts can be refined to ensure maximum value.

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Developing Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Capabilities

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The concept of Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) tears down the walls that have been built between development and operations people and processes. The purpose is to deliver better software faster and on an as-needed basis into the production environment.

When code is updated by a developer, automated testing runs to find any errors. If the tests pass, processes run to build the needed artifacts. Automated integration, acceptance, performance, and load testing are run. If everything is in order, it deploys to production without any downtime.

Applications need to be designed and built to take full advantage of CI and CD.

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Targeting Cloud Native Applications

We help chart your course to Cloud Native that makes the most business sense.

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The Cloud offers tremendous value and scalability potential. Applications that are designed to take advantage of all that the Cloud has to offer are called Cloud Native.

Cloud Native applications depend on DevOps and concepts such as continuous delivery, micro services, and containerization.

Determine what parts of your application portfolio should target a Cloud Native environment with seamless and on-demand:

  • Provisioning
  • Deployments
  • Scale and performance
  • Trouble shooting
  • Upgrade and currency updates
  • Firewalls, load balancing, and other network services
  • Middleware and database resources
  • Failover or recovery

Creating Roadmaps for your DevOps and Cloud Journey

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DevOps Services

Services for Implementing DevOps in your Organization

We help organizations sift through the different components of DevOps and determine what path is best for you. We help build the roadmap for getting there and provide the support to help you be successful. Our DevOps services scale for any size organization to enhance and evolve existing processes, or build new ways of doing development and operations.

DevOps Program Development

NCG develops tailored programs to help your organization adopt and operate under a DevOps approach. This includes processes for evaluating and selecting the best tool set, and the framework to evolve toolsets and technology stacks over time. NCG crafts policies and procedures specific to your team, organizational structures and corporate culture.

We implement processes to classify applications for how they can work with DevOps and create patterns to guide them. We apply processes to measure progress and use those measurements to refine efforts.

DevOps Training

NCG provides DevOps process training at your facilities in classroom and interactive workshop formats. We also provide informational workshops for key stakeholders: information security, internal audit, compliance, and risk management partners.

DevOps Roadmaps

NCG offers detailed roadmaps to guide the primary areas of the organization (developers, operations personnel, project managers, and application owners) working on DevOps to get from the current state to their targets.

NCG roadmaps give your organization the path and initiative level details to get things done and make the business case to support the effort.

Cloud Roadmaps

NCG develops detailed roadmaps to guide migration to the Cloud. Our roadmaps help detail the transition process from administration, support, security, and development functions.

NCG roadmaps help you account for changes in run rates and how specific savings are recognized. We detail the progression of process changes and use of hybrid functions.

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