What is DevOps?

As defined by the DevOps Institute, DevOps is a culture and mindset shift which prescribes the union of people, processes, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to end-users. The contraction of “Dev” and “Ops” refers to replacing siloed Development and Operations to create multidisciplinary teams that now work together with shared and efficient practices and tools. 

In a DevOps world, product owners, development engineers, QA testers, IT operations professionals and the InfoSec teams break down siloes by working together to ensure the organization succeeds. Working towards a common business-aligned goal enables the planned work to flow quickly from production to completion while achieving superior stability, reliability, availability, and security. 

What DevOps is…

What DevOps is NOT…

A Practice

A Culture

A Mindset


Agile Operations

Software Approach for Operations

Fast IT Service Delivery

Ø A Permanent Team

Ø Siloed Teams

Ø A Profession

Ø Just a Software Tool

Ø Just Code Infrastructure

Ø A System Engineer

Ø Standard IT Service Management

Source: DevOps Institute 

Why DevOps? 

There are many reasons why organizations turn to DevOps to deliver more value more consistently. DevOps can help organizations: 1 

  • Improve Deployment Frequency by 200x 
  • Reduce Recovery Times by 24x 
  • Lower Change Failure Rates by 3x 

Organizations that adopt DevOps can expect:2 

  • 63% experienced an improvement in the quality of their software deployments 
  • 63% release new software more frequently 
  • 55% noticed improved cooperation and collaboration 
  • 38% report a higher quality of code production 

According to DOI, DevOps can help businesses realize both higher-quality output and more reliably, at a faster pace, resulting in: 

  • Accelerated time to market 
  • Improved experience for customers 
  • Increased revenue  
  • Enhanced collaboration and communication 
  • Faster development and delivery processes  
  • Streamlined delivery features, fixes, and updates 
  • A closed communications gap between developer teams and IT operations 
  • Rapid delivery of solutions that best match the needs of both the customer and the business 

Which Sectors Use DevOps? 

According to a recent DevSecOps Community Survey report, DevOps is gaining traction in sectors that require a high level of availability, reliability, and security — particularly healthcare, government, manufacturing, and banking services.  

DevOps shows strength in Banking, Communications, and Retail

Source: DevSecOps Community Survey 2019 

Which Companies Use DevOps? 

It’s no secret that some of the biggest names in Technology and the Fortune 500 are relying on DevOps to revolutionize their development, operations, and InfoSec practices. Here are a few businesses that have adopted DevOps in the last decade:  

  • Web Pioneers: Amazon, Netflix, Etsy, Facebook, Salesforce, Google 
  • Financial Services: Capital One, Bank of America, Barclays, Wells Fargo, ING Bank, UBS, American Express 
  • Entertainment & Media: Disney, Sony Pictures, Hearst, Verizon 
  • Insurance: Nationwide, Travelers, Kaiser Permanente, Hiscox 
  • Manufacturing: Apple, LEGO, Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover, Adidas, Nike 
  • Retail: Target, Nordstrom, Sherwin Williams, Macy’s, Walmart, Starbucks 

Where can I learn more about DevOps? 

Ready to embark on your DevOps career path or take your current DevOps role to the next level? Learning Tree is here to help with a full suite of DevOps training available to you: www.LearningTree.com/DevOps  

Learning Tree partners with DevOps Institute to bring you cutting edge DevOps training and insights from today’s leading DevOps experts.  

DevOps Institute Certifications

About DevOps Institute 

The DevOps Institute’s community of recognized thought leaders foster a workplace culture that stresses communication, collaboration, integration, and automation to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals. DOI is the continuous learning community around emerging DevOps practices, setting the standard for competency-based training and certification. Their comprehensive offering builds on the foundational knowledge to provide in-depth, job-role specific training. Learn more at: www.LearningTree.com/DOI  

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