Pitfalls to Avoid When Setting Up a DevOps Centre of Excellence

Creating a centre of excellence (CoE) can help promote knowledge-sharing among colleagues and facilitate DevOps adoption. DevOps is rapidly gaining traction, but questions remain about how this relatively new approach to culture, automation, and platform design can deliver on its promises. “Many organizations continue to face challenges in implementing and scaling a DevOps practise.

 

 

 

With the growing popularity of hybrid and remote work, knowledge sharing among colleagues is unlikely to happen organically, and developers will revert to their preferred processes. Putting together a CoE can help you meet these challenges and promote DevOps adoption, but you must avoid these 6 common pitfalls.

 

 

 

  • Misunderstanding of the term “DevOps”

 

 

 

DevOps engineers, however, believe that the goal is to solve all DevOps-related problems, even though DevOps is about collaborating between developers and operators.

 

 

 

Developers must understand how their applications work in order to keep them running and potentially call support if they fail. Operations departments must learn how to scale and understand metrics in order to implement larger monitoring and surveillance strategies.

 

 

 

Hire experts who meet your specific DevOps experience requirements and allow people to learn other skills along the way. Hiring people who are eager to learn will assist you in assembling the best team for your organisation.

 

 

 

  • No Clarity in Task / Mission

 

 

 

Without a common understanding of its purpose, the CoE (Centre of Excellence) will struggle to identify objectives and will be forced to justify its work.

 

 

 

It is critical to define the scope and structure of the project. Consider the following questions in terms of scope: Will the CoE simply implement effective methods, or will an overhaul of DevOps tooling across the enterprise be in the works? Are there specific goals for the CoE, or will it promote innovation more broadly?

 

 

 

The structure of a CoE varies according to the enterprise. Some enterprises dedicate a full-time team, while others connect experts from various organizations to improve DevOps practices.

 

 

 

  • The Detached CoE

 

 

 

Although creating a CoE can ensure a team’s commitment to continuous improvement in the DevOps Process, find a way to keep the CoE. It may be difficult to integrate with the team at the same time. Some CoEs become an additional silo, potentially isolating themselves from the rest of the company.

 

 

 

Ensure the CoE stays attuned to the nuances of the DevOps processes used by teams across the organization by keeping them working on real-world projects.

 

 

 

  • Unplanned delivery

 

 

 

To shorten automated response and test cycles, developers will occasionally perform continuous delivery (CD) and continuous integration (CI) simultaneously. The practise of CI/CD has several benefits for quick software delivery. The danger is that the usefulness of automated testing before scaling is compromised by the delivery of improper code configurations to production settings without sufficient investigation of their impact.

 

 

 

Checking your code before it goes through the complete software delivery lifecycle is still crucial in our opinion. Developers should have access to staging areas (pre-deployment and testing tiers) where they can patch and address issues that might occur if they push their code straight to the production environment. Setting up monitoring before the code is provided to the user is also crucial.

 

 

 

  • Prioritizing speed over quality

 

 

 

Many businesses place a lot of emphasis on product delivery at the expense of product quality. It is simple for quality to deteriorate if the effort’s key performance indicators (KPIs) exclusively focus on time to production. Future versions will not include endpoints that could monitor performance, and because it was developed quickly, software that is not yet ready for production is seen as successful.

 

 

 

A key DevOps value is achieving gains in speed and quality. This is challenging to accomplish and calls for developers and operators to design tests in novel and enhanced ways. Hopefully, it will boost both speed and quality simultaneously.

 

 

 

  • Lack of measurement and demonstration of ROI

 

 

 

The CoE must show ROI, just like any other team, in order to convince key decision-makers of the value it brings to the company. If not, management might reduce the CoE’s budget.

 

 

 

To encourage maturity DevOps the benefit of the procedure, CoE Understanding the main metrics that must be tracked to demonstrate performance is important. They should be able to quantify the cost of maintaining or refactoring bad code and stress how code quality is rising. CoE It must demonstrate how his work’s return on investment can encourage future investment.

 

 

 

  • Conclusion

 

 

 

A successful DevOps program requires optimal CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) practices. Using Amvion’s Managed DevOps Services, you can deploy the software rapidly while facilitating a faster and more effective got-to-market process by delivering a continuous flow of code into production and fixing bugs as quickly as possible.

Docker & its Popularity in 2022

Docker is a new technology that enables development teams to build, manage, and secure apps from any location. Docker containers solve the software delivery and deployment issues that many organizations have been trying to solve for years. Since Docker emerged as the de-facto container standard, it has assumed an essential role in the containerization industry.

 

 

 

A Docker technology governs how system resources, such as CPU and memory, are used for a group of processes and namespaces. A namespace wraps a set of system resources and makes them appear dedicated to that particular process, thus segregating the processes so that they can run independently.

 

 

 

An application consists of several components: a web server, a database, and an in-memory cache. Containers are used to assemble these components into a single functional unit. Docker allows you to run multiple processes and apps independently of one another, allowing you to make better use of your infrastructure while maintaining the security of separate systems.

 

 

 

As DevOps adoption grows, more companies are looking into ‘Microservices Architecture’ to improve software quality and release it faster. Container orchestration is a proven method of applying containers – especially for scheduling, load balancing, and related tasks – as part of Amvion Labs’ Managed DevOps Services.

 

 

 

Docker Containers are terrific hosts for microservices that are self-contained, easily deployed, and efficient. Amvions’ Container networking is supported by Docker. It allows operators to create container-specific networks without having to touch a single router. Developers and operators can create systems with complex network topologies by using configuration files to define the networks. This also serves as a safety benefit. Containers for an application can run in their own virtual network, with ingress and egress paths that are tightly controlled.

 

 

 

Docker Container-based software delivery can also be more efficient. These can eliminate the problems associated with configuration variance when deploying binaries or raw code.

Achieving Application Stability with DevOps

When App development was first emerging, IT administrators and database administrators were entrusted with setting up the architecture and assets needed for day-to-day operations. These groups were frequently at odds with one another and often worked toward opposing goals, posing difficulties in efficient and effective App development. As the Agile software development methodology gained traction in the late 2000s, there was a push to end this separation. Combining development (Dev) and operations (Ops), DevOps is a culture of fostering continuous value delivery to customers through the orchestration of people, processes, and technology.

 

 

DevOps has an impact on the application lifecycle during the Plan, Develop, Deliver, and Operate phases. Each phase is dependent on the others, and each role plays a part in every phase to an impacting extent. Amvion Labs’ Managed DevOps Services’, ensures efficient and effective management of their customers’ code releases and infrastructure.

 

 

A holistic & controlled management enables the development team to deliver high-quality software solutions more quickly through integration and continuous delivery. DevOps Managed Services would manage, monitor, and maintain application infrastructure to ensure optimal performance for new developments and releases.

 

 

DevOps practices are essential to scalable growth and to ensuring a stable application environment. We, in Amvion, strongly advise you to implement DevOps in your organization if you aren’t already. You’ll quickly see the advantages of faster deployments, higher product quality, continuous software delivery, and a more stable work environment.