It’s no secret that empowered teams are happier, create better products, and allow product leaders to spend more time on product discovery and strategy. Most organizations today aim to create autonomy among their teams by establishing shared goals. This allows managers of product teams to solve the biggest and most urgent problems seamlessly. But it is easier said than done.
Software delivery teams often need to consider many factors when creating a developer-centric model and enabling them to deliver software at the speed of the business. For instance, addressing complexities of deployment such as-
-Failing to adapt to cloud-native architecture and migrating to the cloud
-Inability to reduce deployment complexities
-Failing to scale deployments safely
-Inability to ensure the security of delivery workflow from code check-in to multi-cloud deployment
-Not having enough end-to-end visibility
Let’s take a look at some of the best practices that can help businesses overcome each of the challenges.
Best Practices to Overcome the Challenges of Transforming Continuous Delivery
When speaking to our customers and prospects at OpsMx, we often hear them experiencing the above-mentioned challenges. Once enabled, autonomous development teams, help businesses in many ways by not only increasing the deployment frequency and reducing lead time for changes but also helping to enforce organizational best practices and policies and lowering administrative costs.
Here are a few best practices that can help.
How to adapt to a cloud-native architecture?
As DevOps teams increasingly migrate existing apps and microservices to the cloud, DevOps teams must aim to make the deployment simpler.
For example, deployments that don’t require a lot of manual restriction or the need for developers to understand the intricacies of the cloud environment in various environments can empower them.
How to reduce deployment complexities?
An increasing number of microservices also means that dev teams are plagued with complex deployments. One way to make deployment safe is enabling dev teams easily select safe deployment strategies such as Canary and Blue/Green.
How to scale deployments safely?
Having the ability to scale software delivery on-demand is crucial for infrastructure and dev teams. However, scaling deployments can often become a bottleneck if there’s no safe way to ensure that the deployment is successful or not and rollback if required. This is where deployment strategy like blue-green or canary comes in.
How to ensure the security of delivery workflow from code check-in to multi-cloud deployment?
Adhering to security and governance policies is important for organizations when delivering software. But this must not be a constraint for DevOps teams and adversely affect their productivity. So companies must find an easy way to ensure that the artifacts being deployed in the production environment are certified by security scans and that no changes are made after the tests are completed. For example, managers must ensure separation of duties in application administration, and deployment by maintaining access control to the cluster and also the secrets. This will help them improve the security posture, ensure better security controls and adhere to compliance.
How to improve the visibility of DevOps into continuous delivery pipelines?
As delivery scales in volume and velocity, DevOps managers must gain improved visibility into continuous delivery pipelines. For instance, by gaining real-time visibility into familiar DevOps and IT operations tools such as Jenkins, Jira, SonarQube, developers are empowered to choose their own toolchains without going through a lengthy approval process.
Empower Product Teams and Developers with Spinnaker
The open-source Spinnaker is a powerful CD tool for any software delivery team. It already provides a base for DevOps to adopt a self-service onboarding model. But for organizations looking to scale their software delivery, OES or OpsMx Enterprise for Spinnaker is a perfect plug-and-play CD tool that simplifies software delivery. It empowers DevOps teams by automating and orchestrating the end-to-end process workflow from code check-in to safe multi-cloud deployments. It is an indispensable tool for organizations that want to adopt a decentralized control model and enable their autonomous teams to run CD pipelines. By allowing developers to build a model deployment, it enables them to get a true self-service experience. So this is the goal of decentralized management.