Agile DevOps Adoption: The Advantages of Remote Delivery

By Flux7 Labs
December 14, 2017

We embrace the transformative opportunities DevOps provides and when coupled with agile practices, enables us and our customers to move quickly and drive innovation. One of the ways our team embodies agility is through remote service delivery. While this practice runs counter to how consultants have traditionally worked, we are often asked about the advantages of remote delivery and thought we’d share today the upsides of this approach and how it supports the agile DevOps model.

While we won’t dive into the various definitions of Agile and DevOps in today’s blog, let’s suffice it to say that we apply the best of Agile and DevOps process, to achieve optimal results for our customers. When coupled with cloud computing, remote delivery provides many benefits, regardless of the size of your organization, or project needs.

Best Resources When Needed

The number one reason we are fans of remote delivery is that it allows us to recruit and hire the most skilled experts on a variety of technologies from all around the world. And by extension that means we can offer these very skilled resources to our clients regardless of where they are located. Unlike onsite delivery services, where clients will often get the next available resource able to fly to them, remote delivery allows us to dynamically call in resources as they are needed. With remote delivery we bring in applicable consultants when needed, giving customers the right knowledge at the right time and access to a far bigger pool of experts from which to gain skills. In all, this means that we can start faster and work in a much more agile fashion, benefiting customers with greater innovation and a faster time to market.

Pay for Knowledge, Not T&E

Without the need to pay for travel, remote delivery is more cost-effective. Because we don’t need to spend time booking travel, on an airplane or driving to a location, we’re able to spend this important time working on our clients’ projects. Thus, saving them money on travel expenses, and skipping the downtime that inevitably occurs in traveling to client locations. This means we can start projects fast, regardless of a client’s location or timeline. By avoiding the cost of travel, we are able to improve quality of delivery. (And, it also means that our consultants haven’t spent all weekend traveling from one client site to another. They are fresh and eager to start your project!)

At Home vs Cubicle

Although on-site delivery is on-site, oftentimes these consultants are relegated to a far-flung, otherwise abandoned cubicle in the office. Conversely, remote delivery consultants often work from the comfort of their own home with their needed resources at their fingertips, helping make them both more agile — and frankly, happier. (We like happy consultants as it means they work for us for a long time and are just as eager to work on your project as they were to work on the project that preceded yours!)  This impacts remote delivery in that consultants are better able to provide you what you need, when you need it.

Increased Agility & Flexibility

As remote delivery frees us from being limited to the people working on a project, we can be more agile and adept in our approach to problem solving. Said another way, if a project takes a twist or turn that requires new skills, we can move people in and out of the project without being geographically bound. Whether a project progresses quickly and needs new resources for a next phase, or runs into an unforeseen issue, skills that address a myriad of situations can be brought to bear — with agility and for the amount of time needed as remote delivery allows us to bill for the project, not for blocks of consultant time that is defined by T&E budget requirements.  

DevOps Security

With all these benefits, we often get asked about potential roadblocks to remote delivery success, such as security controls that might require a consultant to be onsite. However, we find that the security requirements a consultant would require on-site are the same as what they would need off-site as we work in modern, cloud environments. Moreover, Flux7 is very focused on security by design, building security in from the foundation of our projects; automating security policies for continuous compliance; and security with agility that means build secure environments without slowing down the engineering teams’ work.

Relationship Building

From a customer relationship perspective, we set our sights squarely on delivering an agile DevOps adoption that drives specific, defined business outcomes. In the process, we’ve found that we forge long-lasting relationships with our customers that have resulted in them voting Flux7 to be a Modern Infrastructure Impact Award winner for three years in a row in the Best AWS Consulting Partner.

Remote service delivery is a consulting structure that supports Agile and DevOps best practices, helping to cost-effectively and efficiently increase innovation, speed-to-market, ensure scalability, and more. At Flux7, our DevOps team has found remote delivery to be a highly successful model that allows us to meet the evolving needs of projects with a wide variety of skill sets on an as needed basis. Moreover, with a pool of highly skilled consultants available to your project, we are able conduct knowledge transfer to your team that ensures their ongoing success. Ready to get started with your own Agile DevOps project? Check out our Enterprise DevOps Framework and Seven Steps to Successful and Sustainable DevOps Transformation. They are helpful guides in applying a DevOps methodology to your DevOps journey.

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