A development operations team proved invaluable for one of our customers, a financial services company with a development department composed of dozens of small teams dispersed around the globe. Because the development operations team was able to recognize the disparate needs of IT and developers, and assign ownership, the company was able to tackle the problem in a way that gave everyone the results they were looking for.
This development operations department implemented a private development cloud that enabled self-service for all of its teams and a fully automated software development cycle. The result is that the company’s developers now have access to exactly the resources they need, when they need them, and the automated process allows IT to precisely manage the entire development cycle, while keeping the whole system on a private cloud behind the company’s firewall allowed them to maintain the tight security required in the financial industry. This private development cloud has proved so effective that the company’s development teams have overwhelmingly adopted it voluntarily, with no corporate mandate.
This kind of progress is only possible with a dedicated development operations team that understands the needs of both development and IT, combined with technology that enables development on the private cloud. As more organizations recognize the inherent value of development operations and the potential of the private cloud, we can expect to see more success in bridging the gap between development and IT in 2011.
About the Author Mike Maciag is CEO of Electric Cloud, Inc. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Mike was vice president of marketing and business development at MS2 (acquired by Agile Software (AGIL)), an enterprise software company he founded in 1998 where he established a new application category Product Lifecycle Automation (PLA). Prior to MS2, Mike played an essential role in establishing new markets at Electronics for Imaging and NetFrame Systems, Inc., which led both companies to successful public offerings. Mike also served as executive director of corporate development for Informix Software (acquired by IBM) where he managed the corporate venture fund, mergers and acquisitions, product marketing strategy and venture community relationship management.