Every company is a software company
Years ago, in a galaxy far far away, Steve Ballmer (former CEO of Microsoft) delivered a notorious, infamous, and sweaty rallying cry that in the 20 years since, he is still explaining during interviews…
Then, as now, developers are a beloved group of people with a unique set of skills. They imagine the innovation of tomorrow and create it using their remarkable talent. They are critical to the success of every company – because today, every company is a software company.
Our love of developers continues…but life is complicated!
Today we find ourselves still in love with developers, but for many in only an abstract way. Most customers of today’s business-value driving applications only see the end product, the app. Rarely do they comprehend the unique skills developers employ to build these applications or the complicated briar patch of tools and processes they must use to bring those applications to production.
Even more, today’s customer of these apps expects them to be constantly updated, impenetrably secure, endlessly relevant and improving, and don’t really care how hard it is to achieve that.
DevOps as a concept seeks to solve many of these things. By synthesizing development and downstream processes of testing, quality, and ultimately deployment, the thought was that by shifting more left, we would achieve automation, and the world would become an app-driven happy place where everyone’s needs were met.
Did we miss the mark with DevOps?
DevOps is a somewhat nebulous concept which promises endless fluidity from development through to production. While companies are making progress, many continue to stall out in their efforts and even in the Enterprise, don’t achieve the automated nirvana we expected. Why?
- DevOps requires a complex ecosystem of tools and point solutions: Ignoring for a second the process and cultural changes required, DevOps still requires a vast and growing set of tools that address a specific part of software creation or delivery. Point solutions must be integrated, and powerful integration is rarely out of the box.
- DevOps requires unique, hard to find skill sets: These tools require specialization, and unique coding skills and subject matter expertise of their own. Companies seeking to realize their full value must either build a team that can do this, tapping into an extremely high-demand talent pool, or invest substantial services dollars in to standing up these tools and also, maintaining them over time.
- DevOps and Automation are not turnkey solutions: Automating all of this remains an elusive and challenging goal. Automation must be built, then maintained. Automation requires an understanding of the underlying process that needs to be automated, and rarely are these processes, decision gates, or organizational handoffs well-defined, let alone are they fully optimized and ready for automation.
Innovation requires tough trade-offs…
All of this leaves companies with a difficult choice and an ongoing balancing act. Do you invest in innovation and bringing the ideas you have to deliver value to your customer to life, or do you invest time in operating and automating the last mile of bringing those applications to life by bringing them securely to production?
It’s an impossibly difficult decision, made even more challenging because the people capable of doing all of these things are challenging to attract and hire, and difficult to retain (for soooo many reasons).
Hello, from ShuttleOps!
ShuttleOps no-code approach helps bridge the gap from the developers’ work product (the code delivering innovation) and its deployment to the cloud (where your customers will consume the app). We take away the complexity of defining and maintaining a complex DevOps toolchain, deliver on-demand pre-built but customizable automation that avoids operational complexity and management. We integrate with powerful DevOps tools simply. And we give you visibility across your application estate to allow you to optimize your use of cloud resources.
You bring us your application code and we package, build, and deploy it for you, using a friendly UI which folks of any technical skill level would find intuitive, understandable, and easy to use.
ShuttleOps gives time back to developers so they can focus on the innovation and the fun stuff, not the effort of bringing it into production.
ShuttleOps lets developers be developers!
And as more time shifts back to development and innovation, I cannot wait to see what new problems and challenges we will overcome. There is huge opportunity for every company to be successful right now.
Watch our blog for more from our extremely awesome group of DevOps engineers who, in the coming weeks, will be posting helpful how-to code, best-practice architectures, and opinions about things like the nature of micro-services.
ShuttleOps puts time back in the hands of the developer and lets developers be developers. We are here to help!
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