No matter where you are on the DevOps journey, the time will come when it makes sense to consider a DevOps platform. Most companies move into DevOps like any other tech effort: slowly and often with cobbled together solutions and a strong DIY game. Anything that gets DevOps started is great, but eventually it becomes clear that tight integrations are critical to achieve fast deployments.
If asked, “How many toolchains does your team use today?” the answer is often “too many.” Disparate toolchains not only don’t communicate well, but they take time to integrate and maintain as well as staff effort to support and upgrade.
By moving to a unified DevOps platform, teams can see what’s happening, what needs to happen, what’s going wrong, and how and where to intervene. Visibility, improved communication and collaboration, time savings through automation…the list of DevOps platform benefits is lengthy.
So if it’s time to consider a DevOps platform, here are 10 “must-have” features to look for:
Metrics/visibility: A complete DevOps platform will allow teams to optimize software delivery by giving them visibility and data around the entire value stream.
Planning: No matter the methodology (from waterfall to Agile or Kanban), planning is key, so opt for a DevOps platform that has flexible portfolio planning tools built-in.
Distributed version control: The most efficient way to create software is through a single distributed version control system that can scale and iterate to support the business needs, so don’t skip this functionality.
Automated testing with integrated feedback: Because there is no such thing as too much testing, a DevOps platform needs to not only support automated testing but also offer devs the ability to get those results within their work space (IDE) of choice.
Package management: Apps, their many dependencies, and containers need to be managed as part of modern software development so it’s important this feature is available.
Built-in security: Anything that can streamline security is critical in today’s breach-filled world, so choose a DevOps platform offering SAST and DAST scans as well as dependency and container scanning.
Automated CD: Teams want to get software out the door as quickly as possible, so a DevOps platform needs automated continuous delivery on board and ready to go.
Flexible infrastructure: DevOps often requires teams to pivot on a dime so having a configurable infrastructure – preferably one seamlessly tied in to Kubernetes – will be a key requirement in a DevOps platform.
Incident management: Problems arise regularly but a DevOps platform should offer complete visibility with fast and flexible incident management.
Future-proofing: You don’t want a DevOps platform that’s unable to work with cutting edge technologies like containers, microservices, cloud-native solutions or even artificial intelligence or machine learning. Make sure to consider advanced technologies as you make your choice.
Learn more about DevOps platforms:
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