DevOps Is: (AWS) Amazon Web Services

AWS says DevOps is

“the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organization’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed enables organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.”

Important points: Speed, Culture, Tools, Process, Customer Focus, Competitive

AWS has been a key enabler of DevOps practices. As one of the first (the first), to provide API based provisioning of cloud infrastructure, they have enabled teams to shift how they think about, pay for and invest in infrastructure. By enabling pay as you go pricing models with no upfront commitment, teams are able to experiment independently of one another, allowing a single team to make important breakthroughs without burdening the entire organization. Additionally the pay as you go nature has made infrastructure accessible to the masses, enabling key innovation by teams that otherwise might have been priced out of the market by upfront infrastructure costs.

With AWS’ definition of DevOps we see the same recurrent themes of DevOps combining culture / philosophy, process / practices and tooling together to create organizational change. AWS also references the advantages of speed, reduced time to value. They also add to the mix the idea of DevOps as a competitive advantage. This takes the ideas expressed by others and takes it to the next level of business value. An organization can be more competitive if they invest in a clear and complete DevOps strategy but creating long term cost savings, increasing levels of experimentation and rapid user validation / disqualification of new ideas. This allows teams to abandon bad ideas more quickly and prove out the merits of the rest in a reduced time frame.

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Get another opinion from Wikipedia on what DevOps is in our next article in this series.