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DevOps Optimisation & Services

DevOps Optimisation & Services

We won’t sugar-coat it; successfully adopting DevOps practices is not easy. Business no longer has months to deliver software, it’s weeks and even days. Meeting customer expectations on time, every time, is a successful DevOps outcome.

Planit’s DevOps services, built on decades of successful automation and process expertise, enables customers to improve software quality and deliver product faster.

DevOps Principles

An environment where innovation is encouraged, automation is expected, and continuous improvement is business as usual. Software development requires collaboration where everyone is a stakeholder, with tools to support team visibility and traceability.

  • People to cultivate team collaboration

  • Process to accelerate and innovate

  • Tools to automate and provide team visibility

 

DevOps Pipeline

Planit views DevOps in six critical segments. Before embarking on a DevOps journey, it is important to measure current capability in each area and establish or validate a future state.

Since DevOps isn’t a one size fits all solution, customers only need to adopt relevant aspects. This includes:

  • Planning & Definition
  • Developing & Building
  • Testing
  • Releasing & Deploying
  • Monitoring & Reviewing
  • Continuous Improvement

Plan & Define

Planning sets the tone for an effective software development lifecycle. Visibility and traceability are key to accurate estimation, which is a catalyst for trust and collaboration.

  • Visibility

    Project team visibility. From stakeholders to release engineers to operations – everyone is a part of the team.

  • Collaborative Planning

    Planning is a team effort. Balance exists between business need and technical bandwidth.

  • Retrospective

    Each iteration is followed by honest evaluation. What worked, what didn't work, and what can be improved upon.

  • Traceability

    Business requirements are traced to user stories, coding tasks, builds, tests, and deployments.

Develop & Build

Building quality software starts with standards and well-defined processes. It is critical to automate wherever possible so that developers can focus on developing.

  • Standards

    Standards and processes define how product is securely built, tested and deployed. They ensure software is maintainable and extendable.

  • Version Control

    Every change is controlled, visible, and traceable throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Continuous Integration

    A practice of workflow that enforces developer collaboration to enable a shift left testing strategy.

  • Tools

    Fit for purpose tools and frameworks are leveraged to support your requirements, processes and technologies.

Test

Product quality is measured almost instantaneously when your test assets support a continuous delivery model.

  • Functional

    Testing of user stories at the client UI validates the business needs have been met.

  • Integration

    Testing of the interfaces between system components validates total application integrity.

  • Performance

    Validates the downstream components of the client app respond within stated response times.

  • Service Virtualisation

    Shift left, test early. Use intelligent stubs to validate an application when components are missing.

Release & Deploy

Frequent releases are critical to getting product into the hands of your customer, and the driver of the continuous feedback loop.

  • Visibility

    If the DevOps pipeline is not visible to the team, you are not ready to deploy software.

  • Feedback

    Information is immediately available to the team for issue resolution and process improvement.

  • Automation

    “It worked in my environment” is not an acceptable statement. Consistent tools and processes are required in the delivery lifecycle.

  • Continuous

    Consistent and repeatable processes enable safe and reliable product deployments.

Monitor & Review

Infrastructure and application monitoring provides performance and early warning indicators, which are critical to protect and improve the customer experience.

  • Rapid Diagnosis

    Continuous monitoring and reporting of infrastructure health enables rapid identification of issues and timely remediation.

  • Metrics

    If it can’t be measured it can’t be improved. Metrics promote learning, repair and prevention.

  • Performance

    Validate performance of system and application behaviour against required SLAs.

  • Customer Experience

    Rapid diagnosis, metrics, and performance are the key drivers of a positive customer experience.

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a culture that evolves through successful DevOps implementation.

  • Innovation

    Software must address customer needs while responding to market demand.

  • Experimentation

    Mistakes are part of the improvement process, experimentation is encouraged.

  • Technical Debt

    No band-aids, fixes occur at the source and flow through the product lifecycle.

  • Continuous Everything

    Predictability is achieved through repetition.

DevOps Process Optimisation (DPO)

Planit DPO is a low risk, low cost, high value program that follows a proven process modelled on success.

DPO: Roadmap for DevOps Success

DevOps has been around long enough to show the path is littered with false starts or failure to meet expectations. DPO establishes the right path for a successful DevOps journey.

  • #1

    Review

    An independent assessment of maturity, capability, readiness and awareness of DevOps practices.

  • #2

    Findings

    DevOps maturity scorecard of current and desired target states, and detailed findings of opportunities and primary barriers to overcome for success.

  • #3

    Roadmap

    Plan, actions and priorities to achieve the target state, timeline for adoption, and key automation and process enablers.

  • #4

    Recommendations

    DevOps adoption approaches and efficiencies to be realised.

  • #5

    Implementation

    Adopt relevant aspects of the DevOps journey with Planit as your trusted implementation partner.

Maturity Assessment

DevOps Maturity Model: Initial, Managed, Defined, Measured, Optimised

 

DevOps Services

In progressing on their DevOps journey, Organisations often need an experienced partner to implement process change and Agile transformation, deliver end-to-end automation, and enable continuous improvement.

  • DevOps Planning and Definition

    Planning sets the tone for an effective software development lifecycle. All stakeholders must participate when prioritising work and planning iterations because value is not realised until product is delivered to the customer.

    Planit’s DevOps solutions, which include our industry-leading Agile coaching, training and iSQI certifications, help customers organise, collaborate, and more precisely plan and define work.

  • DevOps CI/CD Toolchain

    End-to-end automation of the software delivery toolchain is required for DevOps success. Continuous integration and deployment automation reduces risk, saves time and cost of product delivery, and provides team visibility and traceability.

    Value is achieved when an automated deployment pipeline defines process and enforces a path to production.

    Planit’s DevOps teams specialise in toolchain implementations, which include best-fit recommendations, configuration, validation, and process adoption.

  • DevOps Test Optimisation

    Test automation complements a DevOps CI/CD program by building appropriate tests into each stage of the product lifecycle. A shift-left offering, continuous integration and test optimisation drives a test-early/fail-early/correct immediately set of practices.

    Quality improvement is enabled when unit, functional and performance tests are part of the defined process, with visible results and gated controls.

  • Application Performance Management

    In a digital first world, Application Performance Management (APM) is vital to protect organisations from unforeseen outages and a poor customer experience. APM enables infrastructure and full-stack application performance monitoring to measure, conduct root cause analysis and resolve problems before the business and customer experience is impacted.

    Planit’s DevOps specialists provide customers with comprehensive APM solutions, including maturity and capability assessments, APM roadmaps, best-fit tool recommendations, configuration, implementation, validation and adoption.

Did you miss our DevOps Toolchain Webinar?

This recorded webinar provides a technical demonstration of an integrated DevOps toolchain showing the right type of automation to support DevOps process improvement and cultural transformation.

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“Our knowledge and time was limited within the development team when it came to testing and integrating this into our complete Continuous Integration solution. The Planit solution gives our developers fast feedback into the code quality and in turn, ensures a stable and testable application.”

Harry Christodoulou, Panviva

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