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Does Your DevOps Department Need More Attention

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How much time do you spend analyzing your DevOps department? If you’re like many companies, you probably don’t think about it—unless something goes wrong. But when things are going wrong is when things might have gotten to the point where they’re bad, and will take a long time to fix.
There are some helpful check-ins that you can use to make sure that your DevOps isn’t running into problems. For one, you need to monitor your server divergence. It’s a source of bugs and missteps that can harm the day-to-day operations of your company.
There are a host of other issues to reconcile to make sure that your DevOps department runs like a finely tuned machine. And because it’s the tech world, there are a host of open-source, free software options that can help you out, too. To learn more about the healthy maintenance of DevOps and the options to address issues, check out the information in this graphic:

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DevOps is becoming the standard for many IT organizations – the programs at many IT Service Management and Technology conferences are a testament to this. But this environment will not thrive and provide its full potential to any business if it is not nurtured and managed effectively. Take the time to look at your own initiatives – are they working? Do the people working in these environments feel they are able to provide value? Do your customers understand what you are trying to achieve? Are you “doing” DevOps because it fits with your business, or just because you think you should?

It is not for every business, but for those that it fits, a DevOps way of working can provide real business benefits, but make sure you are giving it the attention it deserves and needs. Then you will truly reap the value of this way of working.

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DevOps Problems

There are some helpful check-ins that you can use to make sure that your DevOps isn’t running into problems. Monitor your server divergence. It’s a source of bugs and missteps that can harm the day-to-day operations of your company. Automation is the solution to most DevOps problems. With automation, you remove manual intervention (and possible human error). Change is often a problem for DevOps – if a version upgrade takes weeks of manual work, there’s something wrong. No piece of software should be manually installed on a server. Administrators should largely write and correct software in repositories, not fix them on servers.

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Josh Symonds

Josh Symonds is Director of Infrastructure at M1 Finance and founder and CTO of Symonds & Son. He is a security and devops expert, specializing in cloud infrastructure and cluster administration.

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