What is DevOps?

DevOps creates trust between development and operations teams to increase deployment efficiency and reduce risk.

It’s a 4 step process: collaborate, validate, automate and iterate. In other words decide what you should have, validate that it is correct, automate it and then iterate.


  • Knowledge Capture: System knowledge from the entire IT team should be stored in one location to prevent misinformation.
  • Cross-Team: Team members need to be able to collaborate on system configurations to make the best use of subject matter experts.
  • Baseline: Define a reference architecture for your operating environment and baseline to create a 360 degree view of your infrastructure.


  • Quality Assurance: You should have continuous testing of your current state vs your desired state to prevent drift.
  • Audit/Compliance: Provide in depth audit and change information to satisfy audit and regulatory compliance needs.
  • Cross-Platform: DevOps is applicable to both legacy and modern systems.


  • Executable documentation: The documented system knowledge should be executable and serve as a configuration contract between teams. You should only need to write it once and be able to execute it multiple times.
  • Best Practice Templates: Re-usable best practice templates should be created to speed up the automation process.
  • Process Integration: Contrary to the popular belief, DevOps actually complements existing processes and methodologies such as ITIL, Agile and CMMI.


  • Reporting: Desired state configuration monitoring helps you to trace errors quickly. You should have a version controlled history of every test and configuration alongside performance metrics.
  • Environment Health: There should be detailed information on the health of application and infrastructure configurations of your internally managed or cloud hosted systems.
  • Improvement: Build on a well defined, validated baseline. There is no need to reinvent the wheel each time.

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DevOps Resources

Define the capabilities you need, then find tools that fit the job. To help with planning for large scale continuous delivery initiatives, we've created an eBook on the DevOps toolchain that explains what types of tools are out there, why you would need them, and what your options are.

Free DevOps Toolchain eBook