A Positive Outlook
There is no shortage of industry research that paints a positive landscape for DevOps. For instance, the recent nationwide case study presented by IBM DevOps indicated a 50% increase in code quality and 70% decrease in downtime. A key attributable to this success was the development of a collaborative culture, where IT and business began to come together as a closer knit team to deliver products effectively (“Nationwide,” 2016).
Without a Strong Foundation
Although industry practices like Nationwide are paving the way for organizations to experience the benefits of DevOps, fundamental questions such as ontology and nomenclature behind DevOps have yet to be answered. Where are the primary principles of DevOps grounded in previous theory and practice that have stood the test of time?
Research on DevOps exists in various circles. However, the theoretical development of this movement has much to be desired. Studies are beginning to consider some of the deeper meanings behind DevOps and scholarly investigations have begun. For example, certain literature in academia has begun to explore DevOps from a meta-model standpoint (Wettinger, Breitenbücher, Kopp, & Leymann, 2015). Wettinger et al. (2015) engineered and tested a framework that allows a more integrated approach to deploy and investigate prototypical application schematics. A central dimension of their research looked to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). The OASIS standard Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) was leveraged to help integrate various DevOps artifacts as part of their framework development (Wettinger, et al. 2015).
Indicates a Need for Deeper Understanding and Meaning
Despite the latter efforts and others, it remains important to also investigate the underlying philosophical implications behind DevOps. Greater meaning and purpose could help develop the richer collaborative culture that case studies like Nationwide have heralded (“Nationwide,” 2016).
A Chance to Give Back
If you would like to contribute to ongoing theoretical development and have practiced DevOps at an organization on the Forbes Global 2000 list, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a survey link that you can distribute to your teams for participation in our study. Thank you for your contributions to the advancement of DevOps!
Nationwide. (2016, July 20). Retrieved from http://www.ibm.com/ibm/devops/us/en/casestudies/nationwide.html
Wettinger, J., Breitenbücher, U., Kopp, O., & Leymann, F. (2015). Streamlining DevOps automation for cloud applications using TOSCA as standardized metamodel. Future Generation Computer Systems. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.future.2015.07.017