• May 19, 2022

Five Signs Your Enterprise Needs a Modern DevOps Solution, and What to Look for in One

Customers and employees today are demanding increasingly higher quality digital user experiences. This means modern DevOps teams need to deploy applications efficiently and securely. Most enterprises have a process in place for their IBM i application development, but as their organizational needs become more complex, so do the DevOps processes they require. For instance, web and mobile interfaces require multi-platform development, meaning multiple processes. As complexity increases, processes need greater oversight to ensure that all necessary steps are taken before code is promoted and released. Plus, regulatory compliance requires maintaining fully documented and auditable processes.  

Considering all these factors, the risk of delays, failures and productivity loss is at an all-time high. These challenges can only be met successfully with a modern DevOps solution that automates workflows to reduce errors and increase productivity while maintaining audit tracking and compliance reporting. To be sure your DevOps process is meeting your business needs, here are five warning signs to consider when evaluating your current solution, and what to look for if you decide to switch. 

1. Siloes Between Web and IBM i Development 

Web and mobile developers typically follow agile DevOps practices where new capabilities are delivered in shorter cycles. Some teams are evolving past agile and into continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) which entails near-constant cycles of iterative development, testing and deployment. On the other hand, IBM i developers often use a waterfall approach, prioritizing completeness over faster iteration. How can these two ways of thinking work effectively together to deliver the best applications? 

A comprehensive DevOps solution accounts for asynchronous schedules to ensure that every team member knows their responsibilities and deadlines before code is promoted. If your solution doesn’t have this capacity, you run the risk of having to back out changes – assuming your solution has the ability to do this – and spend more resources fixing the problem. This leads to wasted time and money, so aligning web and IBM i development teams is critical. 

2. Manual Deployment 

Deploying multi-platform applications can be complicated and prone to errors. It involves multiple developers across disciplines who must all complete their processes and managers who must approve the completed work. If organizations resort to writing and executing complex scripts, they end up hoping all activities are accounted for. Others opt for manual deployments, which creates a high risk of human error. Either way, it is taxing, and unnecessary, for development teams to do these processes without automation. 

An effective DevOps solution should enable employees to automate the deployment process from managing deliverables to automatically requesting approvals. With automated processes, there is significantly lower risk of introducing errors at multiple points during the process. This increases productivity, protects service-level agreements (SLAs), and improves usability. 

3. Lack of Flexibility 

Every organization is different, and a DevOps solution that forces your company to comply with predefined development and deployment processes will hurt your team’s productivity and effectiveness. If your solution requires a significant time investment to learn and use, for instance, the time it might save in application delivery may be offset by resources necessary to ensure implementation. 

Instead, your DevOps software should be flexible enough to adapt to the demands of your team, the applications they are creating and the processes in place. Time saved versus time spent is an important metric for any DevOps administrator. A useful DevOps solution should be easy to implement, easy to configure, and easy to use. If your solution is too rigid and complicated to customize to your team, it’s time to switch. 

4. Time Consuming Compliance Reporting 

If you are part of a development team, you understand the frustration of time and money spent on compliance reporting and audit preparation. That is time lost to work that doesn’t specifically drive revenue or improve user experiences. If teams are still writing their own reports, mining data, keeping months of email history and archiving paper copies, the current system is costing much more than you realize. 

A modern DevOps solution provides automation and reporting of your software development and change processes, helping you to track, view and monitor everything necessary to satisfy ITIL, COBIT, SEI/CMMI, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, PCI, Basel II and other regulations. Best practices are enforced without having to think about it, ensuring separation of duties at a granular level. Comprehensive DevOps solutions also include special report templates to give auditors exactly what they need. Rather than scrambling to pull reports together at the last minute, your team can stay focused on building quality software. 

5. Outdated Features 

As technology and approaches evolve, your DevOps solution needs to meet those changing needs. If your current vendor seems unable to embrace new industry trends, doesn’t respond to customer input, and rarely releases new features, it’s a clear sign that they aren’t committed to their product’s future–-and a lack of investment in their product means a lack of investment in their customers. 

No one can predict what the future holds for their business or for the technology landscape, especially in our constantly evolving environments. That’s why it’s critical to choose a software partner who responds and adapts to changing markets and the associated requirements. 

Find a Future-Proof Change Management Solution 

Rocket’s DevOps solution, Rocket Aldon, adapts to the way you do business, not the other way around.  With support for IBM i, Microsoft® Windows®, Linux, Unix, web, and mobile development, Rocket Aldon ensures that your development teams can focus on project deliverables, continue to operate within their preferred environments, and avoid unnecessary disruptions. To learn more about Rocket Aldon, visit our site and get in touch with our team. 

Rebecca Dilthey 12 Posts

Rebecca Dilthey is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Rocket Software.

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