DeveloperTown’s three-step approach to DevOps encapsulates a process grounded in progressive, realized benefits: assessment, migration, and acceleration. At each step in the process, we explore new ways and processes to best fit your organization, and make your developers’ lives easier. Learn why our approach has repeatedly worked for companies large and small alike.
During assessment, we strive to provide a comprehensive picture of your organization’s IT and personnel needs. DeveloperTown begins with a thorough examination of your DevOps team structure, processes, and infrastructure technologies, both physical and virtual. Once we have produced a clear picture of the present state, we integrate your organization’s short-term and long-term goals into an implementation plan that fully accounts for known constraints and the capabilities of your team.
Initial discovery entails a complete survey of your as-is infrastructure. We want to get a clear picture of your current state and processes, such that this step becomes the foundation for thorough documentation. In addition to the current state, we begin discussing the goals for your organization as they relate to Development Operations, from both an equipment and process perspective.
Once discovery has occurred, we move to the documentation phase, which outlines all of the findings from discovery and the goals of the DevOps effort in totality. We account for existing physical and cloud systems, and their relationships and interdependencies. We detail their structure, such that we are able to easily identify next steps in the recommendation phase.
Lastly, we use the recommendation phase to propose strategy and implementation details. From a strategic perspective, we suggest role allocations and structure, match tools to fit the documented needs, and highlight techniques that will provide solid return-on-investment. From an implementation perspective, we talk about the transition period, what training needs to occur, and how to create lasting processes that can be refined as the organization matures. Taken together, these recommendations form the basis of an action plan and a path forward to continued excellence in development.
Along with IBM (formerly Red Hat), DeveloperTown was chosen to modernize a major car re-marketing company’s software delivery and hosting practices in one of its largest business lines. We introduced new tools, infrastructure as code, version control systems, and immutable infrastructure. These changes directly helped our client:
After assessment, we transition into the migration phase of our three-step approach, looking at virtual images and harnessing the power of an infrastructure-as-code implementation. We help streamline operations and redeploy critical team members to higher-value tasks, increasing stability at minimal cost. We also take advantage of virtualized computing and configuration management tools, such as Terraform and Ansible.
Take your infrastructure to the next level. You can keep individual servers when necessary, but also adopt newer technologies, including containers, microservices, and serverless functions. These increase reliability, lower costs, and allow quicker recovery time in a failure event, giving you peace of mind and the stability to excel in your business.
Scaling up and scaling down based on need not only makes sense, but can dramatically reduce recurring costs. With a modern auto-scaling approach in a serverless architecture, you can realize immediate savings and provide a stronger foundation for your developers and end-users alike. A right-size approach doesn’t just fit your business, it fits everyone who interacts with your business as well.
Maintenance can be a time-consuming and costly affair, especially as systems continue to age and technology advances beyond an initial implementation. With an upgrade to your DevOps environments and processes, you can reduce the need for ongoing maintenance, freeing up valuable resources and allowing for higher uptime.
In the final phase of our approach, the acceleration stage ensures a streamlined application delivery model. Not only does this help your initial application quality through automated testing and peer review, it also helps ensure your code adheres to current standards through machine code analysis. Once the structure and practices are in place, your organization achieves faster feedback loops with consistent and reliable build to deploy processes.
We work with your organization to optimize source code management, including two key practices: merge strategy development and dependency management. Developing a merge strategy to re-baseline the local environment to a common branch helps your development team move forward together, and ensures a level playing field for all of the various features and functions you need. Managing dependencies through tools that resolve cross-program library reliance helps to illuminate inherent crossover, while making sure nothing flies under the radar to be addressed from a code perspective.
We help you resolve conflicts fast and pass tests efficiently so you can get your code in front of stakeholders as quickly as possible. Your team can catch bugs sooner and resolve design and requirement mismatches earlier in the process, which leads to improvements that expand as your code grows. Now able to speed up iteration as new features are developed, your business quickens its maturity right alongside your codebase.
Pushing changes into a production environment requires more control than development environments. We help you build the right process that supports both delivery speed and required controls crucial to your business. Promotion to production should instill confidence and a sense of accomplishment, and with the right checks and balances, you can be sure your code is up to the task.