The initial plans for agile processes were to break down the barriers among coders, users, and testers in software development companies. DevOps is an emerging set of practices that automates the process between software development and IT teams in such order that they can build, test and release the software comparatively faster and more reliably. It’s a set of practices for collaboration, communication and integration between IT operations and development that assists in making an organization more agile.  

Why DevOps?
DevOps is more like a culture, a philosophy, a movement; at its essence. It ensures increased trust rate, faster software releases, capability to solve highly critical issues quickly and better management of unplanned work through automated processes connecting IT development and operations teams in a software house.  

It is often very hard to bridge the gap between development and operations, but DevOps gives us relief by breaking down the barriers between the two, and providing a consistent framework for managing IT projects.

With these so many benefits, many custom software development companies are adopting DevOps to solve the disconnect between development and operations by looking at the current processes and finding ways to ease out the tension between both domains in a more harmonious and effective way.

However, there are a few stumbling blocks preventing IT firms to adopt it. Outlined below are few of those barriers to adopting DevOps and how to cope with them.   

Difference of Company Culture :
Outsourced software engineering is quite common with most companies. In such scenario, development teams have a very limited knowledge about operations team because of the very difficult and limited communication. Being in different time zones, coordination between product owners, developers, quality assurance experts and IT operations team become really difficult.

Developers usually aren’t inclined to understanding operational challenges, but to focus on codes, builds and final product launch. This way, the culture of two traditional teams and mindset can limit automation to high extent.

To overcome this issue, DevOps is the right solution. If both development and operations personnel are somehow working in different environments than they have to overlap time zones to facilitate deployment and continuous integration. They can use audio and video conferencing systems for seamless communication. A strong company culture helps in not only realizing the real business value, but also encourages strong synchronization between teams.  

Lack of Executive Buy-in :
Apart from the coordination factor, software development companies need to have a strong buy-in from all the stakeholders to adopt a new technology or culture. Sometimes, there is no buy-in from management while other times, development team and operations team don’t want to do anything out of their comfort zone. To them, DevOps would mean stepping out of their familiar work environment and expertise in order to learn something new. To overcome this barrier, promotion of cross-functional working environment and addressing various reasons for lack of buy-in will do the job. A look at how other companies work and does DevOps successfully can also help in removing this barrier.

Legacy Systems :
Furthermore, legacy systems and applications are another possible DevOps barrier. On older systems, installing and running any new type of hardware or software proves to be no lesser than a challenge. They might not be very complex and take a lot of time to refactor into a better fitting architecture. 

Since continuous delivery, integration and automation are the key factors of DevOps, system or application needs to be fit for this type of architecture. To avoid complications, considering some architectural changes is a must to keep up with the demand of modern software development services, involving DevOps.

Budget Limitations :
At the end of any new invention’s day, it all comes down to money. The cost of any type of initiative matters the most and so will happen with adopting DevOps. Introduction of new tools, implementing the architectural changes, developing new skills and new structures need to be set. All of these actions cost money as well as there will be a visible drop of productivity.

But to overcome this barrier, one must have to look at the bigger picture, which in this case are long term benefits. Shorter release cycles and higher quality in addition to better customer satisfaction guarantees to gain much more than the initial cost you will invest in the transformation process.

Final Thoughts :
There are a lot of other challenges which you will face while trying to adopt DevOps but you must keep it in mind that there will always be ways to handle them. If only you will lay out a proper strategic roadmap, you can overcome almost any barrier you face. At ArhamSoft (Pvt) Ltd. we keep our client’s satisfaction top priority through successful implementation of the latest technology stacks and project management expertise wherein DevOps help our IT experts use best-in-class practices to manage end-to-end engineering processes involved in custom software development.