Collaboration is essential in any company between departments and even between different organizations. If your developers are not in sync with operations, then it is inevitable that there will be problems. This is where DevOps comes into the picture. This is a system that allows more collaboration that removes many bottlenecks and errors that arise from poor communication.
However, there are some issues that arise even when using a DevOps system. This means that you have to be aware of what they are so they can be avoided at your own company. Sometimes this can require a change of corporate culture, but other times it’s simply a matter of implementing a new strategy. In this article, we will cover some of the issues that you may face when converting to a DevOps system.
1. Changing processes
There are ways of doing many things in a company that is difficult to change. This makes it something of a barrier to efficiency and can even be difficult to change, even though it is against the principles of DevOps.
For instance, observability is usually better than monitoring when it comes to project management. However, many companies are focused on monitoring which only helps when you have a known set of common errors to watch out for. Observability is better since it helps you identify all types of errors and even identify when one is most likely to occur.
It’s important to make sure that the general culture of a workplace changes to allow for new processes to be considered for DevOps to function as intended. If your workplace takes a long time to make these types of changes, then that signals that it is ripe for change and desperately needs to adopt DevOps.
2. Using new tools
It is ironic in many ways that there are a lot of relevant tools that come with a DevOps system, yet, many of those tools go unused. Those tools will help streamline the processes of your company and should be used to the fullest. Since they might not even be known, the tools go unused, and the DevOps system ends up not working as intended.
It’s important for staff to be properly trained so that everybody understands how things work and what the possibilities are. Unfortunately, this is the challenge since you’ll need to make sure you have the right people doing the training so things work the way that they should.
3. Cost of migration
Probably the biggest barrier to implementing a DevOps system is the cost of abandoning the current processes and migrating to new ones. It does cost a lot to start a new system, especially when using a legacy one for many years.
There are two reasons why it is worth the cost, however. One is that you will end up making more money by being more efficient going forward. The other is that it is going to cost money anyway when your old systems are hopelessly out of date and will need to be replaced anyway.