As the DevOps movement grows, organisations are starting to think about culture, collaboration and all the components that allow for better teamwork, the break-up of silos, and long-term results in an efficient and pleasant manner. As beneficial as DevOps is to an organisation, it isn't the easiest transition. This is because there is no simple wrong-to-right solution - DevOps is a process of cultural change that involves working together, communiciating with everyone in the organisation and not just your own department, sharing ideas, expressing concerns, and working in a collaborative manner to get things done better, faster, safer.
You may be thinking this sounds too idealistic and more "unrealistic," but implementing DevOps is very possible, and companies like Facebook, Amazon and Netflix are living proof that DevOps can take you to successful heights.
While there are a lot of technical components to DevOps, like continuous delivery, continuous integration, and automation, a huge part of DevOps and what it actually means to "do DevOps" is the cultural shift that happens within an organisation. DevOps fosters the relationship between development and operations, encourages constant collaboration, and as a result, the culture of an organisation grows together and becomes a hub for sharing information.
One hurdle that companies can face when thinking about DevOps is the change factor. Not everyone can adapt to change nor do they want to. And this often has to do with the fact that employees have been working at the same company for years, and are comfortable with the current organisational structure.
So, how do you bring on a new idea as big as DevOps, that could impact and influence a company's future success? A huge and highly beneficial first step should be to hire millennials.
Everything that DevOps stands for is everything that millennials look for in a company. This generation knows what they want, and office culture is a huge selling point for them. If the organisational culture in a company nurtures and empowers employees to work together and share knowledge, millennials are more inclined to want to work there.
One of the biggest DevOps challenges is simply having employees on board with the DevOps movement, and establishing that trust that this is the way forward. But if you start integrating millennials now, your organisation will slowly but surely shift to a more DevOps way of operating. It's a win-win for everyone - millennials are constantly learning from their more experienced colleagues, and everyone else gains on a cultural level, making their DevOps transition easier and less daunting.