We Put the Dev in Devops: What does this Mean?

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You might have heard of DevOps in recent years, and there’s good reason for that. DevOps is a way to bridge the gap between development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops). It helps companies deliver software faster and more reliably. And it’s not just for big players in tech – DevOps can benefit companies of any size, especially those in West Michigan. So, why should companies in the area be jumping on the DevOps bandwagon? Let’s talk about the benefits and opportunities DevOps can offer.

What is DevOps?

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The gap

We just described DevOps as a way to “bridge the gap between development and IT operations”, but what does that mean? What is “the gap” it’s trying to close?

Essentially, there used to be a huge disconnect between the development and IT operations teams. Development was all about getting new software and features out the door, while IT operations was focused on making sure the technology was running smoothly. These two teams had very different goals, and they often worked in silos, which led to problems like slow software releases, low-quality code, and frustrated customers.

DevOps bridges that gap by bringing development and IT operations teams together and promoting collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement, so they can work together to deliver high-quality software quickly and efficiently.

Principles of DevOps

There are three key principles of DevOps: collaboration, automation, and continuous improvement.

1. Collaboration

Working together, hand in hand

DevOps is all about teamwork between development and operations teams. By breaking down silos and fostering a culture of collaboration, DevOps enables cross-functional teams to deliver software faster and more effectively.

2. Automation

Making processes smoother and quicker

Automation is another key component of DevOps. By automating manual processes and workflows, DevOps helps teams to speed up delivery and reduce the risk of errors. This allows teams to focus on more strategic initiatives and continuously improve their processes.

3. Continuous Improvement

Always getting better

The continuous improvement aspect of DevOps is about learning and growth. Teams are encouraged to regularly assess and improve their processes, identify areas for improvement, and implement new tools and technologies that can help them work more effectively. This helps organizations to keep delivering high-quality software, improve user experience, and stay ahead of the competition.

Benefits of Devops

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Tangible benefits of DevOps implementation

DevOps enables faster time-to-market, improved quality software, and better collaboration among teams.

Faster time-to-market

For starters, DevOps allows companies to get their products to market faster. Instead of waiting weeks or months to receive feedback on a change or feature, DevOps can help companies get feedback in days or even hours. This means that companies can move faster and stay ahead of their competition.

Improved software quality

In addition to faster time-to-market, DevOps also helps companies create higher quality software. By streamlining processes, automating tests, and continually monitoring performance, DevOps makes it easier for teams to identify and address any issues that might arise. With DevOps, companies can reduce the risk of bugs and ensure that their software is reliable and stable.

Better collaboration

Finally, DevOps improves collaboration among teams. By introducing automation and standardization, DevOps helps teams work more efficiently, so that they can focus on the bigger picture. Plus, DevOps encourages teams to communicate more, which can help prevent misunderstandings and improve the overall quality of the software. In short, DevOps is a must-have for West Michigan companies looking to get ahead in their industry.

Business Value with DevOps

When a company implements DevOps, there’s a whole host of business benefits that come along with it.

Increased Efficiency

DevOps streamlines the development and operations processes, so your company can get stuff done faster and more effectively. That means your teams can focus on higher-impact tasks, instead of getting bogged down in manual processes and red tape.

Lower Costs

By automating and streamlining processes, DevOps helps you save time and money. When you’re able to get things done faster and more efficiently, you can put your resources to better use, rather than pouring time and money into fixing problems and fixing mistakes.

Improved Customer Satisfaction

With DevOps, you’re able to get your software to market faster, which means you can meet customer needs more quickly. Plus, with improved quality software and better collaboration, you’re delivering a better product, which leads to happier customers. Happy customers mean a more successful business.

Implementing Devops in your organization

Implementing DevOps can be a complex and time-consuming process, especially if you are new to this approach. The first step in adopting DevOps is to find the right team and resources. This involves identifying the skills and expertise needed to support your DevOps initiatives and finding the right people to fill those roles.

But, of course, that is easier said than done. It takes quite a bit of time and money to find, hire, and onboard new staff. Nobody has time for that. But that’s what Electric Pipelines is here for. We’ve got a team of experts who can do the DevOps, so your team can focus on everything else. We offer a range of DevOps services:

By outsourcing these tasks to Electric Pipelines, you can benefit from our expertise and experience in implementing DevOps, without having to worry about finding the right team and resources to support your efforts.


To wrap up, let’s go over what we covered in this article. We talked about what DevOps is, and the benefits it can bring:

  • Faster time-to-market
  • Improved software quality
  • Better collaboration
  • Increased efficiency
  • Lower costs
  • Improved customer satisfaction

With all of that, it’s a struggle to get the right people for the job. But we’re here to help.

If you’re in West Michigan and looking to improve your software development processes, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can take care of the DevOps so you don’t have to. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make DevOps work for you!

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Jenkins build in progress
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