DevOps Implementation as a Foundation for Digital Transformation Webinar

DevOps Implementation as a Foundation for Digital Transformation Webinar

By Flux7 Labs
October 22, 2019

FANG, four companies so powerful that they have their own acronym, comprise about one-eighth of the S&P 500. Yet, Facebook (‘04), Amazon (‘94), Netflix (‘97) and Google (‘98) are all relatively young companies given the powerful position they hold. These organizations are often looked to as examples of DevOps done right and of the positive outcomes experimentation and innovation can drive for business success. However, not every business needs to be Netflix or Amazon. Knowing the best path forward for your business and how a DevOps model can help you get there is the subject of a new Webinar with GigaOm research analyst, Jon Collins and Dr. Aater Suleman, CEO and co-founder of DevOps Consulting firm, Flux7.

While we highlight in today’s blog a few of these thought leaders’ points about DevOps automation, innovation, and experimentation, watch the recorded Webinar to get their full insights.

Experimentation 

Experimentation is the lifeblood of successful organizations; it is fundamentally what sets them apart. Dr. Suleman shared the story of the OODA loop (observe–orient–decide–act) that was developed by John Boyd during the second World War. A military strategist and Air Force Colonel, Boyd used the concept to act as quickly as possible in constantly-changing battle conditions. Similarly, in today’s volatile business world, conditions change fast and the ability to move through the OODA loop quickly is critical. In this sense, initial conditions and plans matter less than the ability to observe, orient, decide and act rapidly.

Experimentation helps move through the OODA loop by testing hypotheses that allow you to decide and act quickly. Moreover, observation and orientation can help your organization avoid pursuing technology rat holes that solve less-relevant problems, keeping solutions focused on business goals and objectives. 

 
Data-Driven Innovation

We are in an era where conviction is less important than data-driven decision making. Data scales; conviction does not. Using tight feedback loops, organizations can optimize experiments, creating a cycle of continuous iteration and continuous improvement. For example, you might consider soft-launching a product, gathering feedback and honing areas where there is room for improvement. 

DevOps is Not the Goal

Ultimately, DevOps is only a means to an end. It is a methodology that can help you achieve experimentation and innovation that solve business problems. It helps improve communication and collaborate, facilitated by automation that allows teams to run the OODA loop faster. And, the faster you run, the more successful you will be. 

 

DevOps tools and the OODA loop help organizations achieve a key goal: the ability to effectively and efficiently look for threats on the horizon, orienting and reacting with business goals in mind. In today’s environment, that often translates into a digital transformation that facilitates better partner and customer experiences. Doing so with agility is where DevOps comes in. 

 

DevOps Case Study

We work with a leading insurance provider who still relies heavily on insurance agents to quote coverage and sign contracts, a process that takes a week on average. Yet, a majority of consumers seek immediate quotes and full policies online — without the help of an agent’s interaction. With new market entrants and new digital offerings by existing competitors to take advantage of evolving customer expectations, the CIO knows that they need to adapt. Agile DevOps is giving this established company the opportunity to catch-up to today’s customer expectations while growing their ability to compete.

 

DevOps plays a foundational role in helping organizations achieve digital transformation. As with any vehicle for change, DevOps shouldn’t be seen as all or nothing, but rather like a dimmer switch in which automation is continually added, leaving systems for the time being that are lower in priority. As Jon Collins notes, “you can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want.” Prioritization is key. 

 

Listen to the full webcast to learn how you can end up with a strategy and a starting point for a way forward with DevOps as your foundation for digital transformation and business success.

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Written by Flux7 Labs

Flux7 is the only Sherpa on the DevOps journey that assesses, designs, and teaches while implementing a holistic solution for its enterprise customers, thus giving its clients the skills needed to manage and expand on the technology moving forward. Not a reseller or an MSP, Flux7 recommendations are 100% focused on customer requirements and creating the most efficient infrastructure possible that automates operations, streamlines and enhances development, and supports specific business goals.

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