• Robin Walker

Digital Transformation: Is Your Company On The Verge Of A Modern Day 'Natural Selection?'

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

For five weeks in 1835, Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands, which are located nearly 58 miles out in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. In his book, Origin of Species, he wrote about how these islands are in essence a “closed system” where “natural selection” took place among their inhabitants over hundreds of years.

Fast-forward to 2018, businesses are experiencing the same fate as the species who were responsible for the term “natural selection.” In other words, businesses today are struggling with their well-established corporate cultures of independent workflows and non-collaborative environments. What’s the solution? The answer may surprise you. Agile methodology and scrum frameworks don’t go far enough to change a company’s established culture of a non-collaboration environment with non-automation infrastructures and workflows. They are unprepared for measuring deployment to market given unexpected downtime for software fixes, which adds to long delivery times for buyers’ products. The change must come from top down—CIO level down to the newest entry level-staff for a DevOps cultural mind-shift transformation to be effective.

To help visualize this process, a lifecycle graphic of scaling DevOps methodology across a business to improve product delivery performance is shown below.

Source: “6 steps to devops success,” by Adam Bertram,

Contributor, CIO | OCT 18, 2017 3:00 AM PT

Now that you have a visual of what DevOps means to the success of a business, what are the five easy steps for best practices for adopting DevOps’ techniques companywide?

Step 1: Continuous Planning

Step 2: Continuous Delivery

Step 3: Continuous Testing

Step 4: Continuous Deployment

Step 5: Continuous Feedback and Monitoring

Now, more than ever, established businesses are implementing DevOps principles and techniques in their workplace to achieve better cooperation between departments and become more efficient in operations for a stronger competitive edge. DevOps is a state-of-mind – a cultural shift from top-down management not just a system of pipelines to follow.

According to Adam Bertram, a well-known author of DevOps concepts and a long-term IT professional, he sums it up best for making the move to a DevOps cultural shift ---“Moving from traditional software development to DevOps is challenging, as it involves a significant change across the organization. The key is to assign the right people for the right processes while equipping them with the right tools. As long as you follow best practices in creating a delivery pipeline with continuous integration, continuous testing, continuous delivery and continuous deployment, a switch to DevOps should reap significant rewards for your organization.”

In summary, ask yourself “What would a 21st-century Charles Darwin say about evolution if he had encountered DevOps culture today?” Visit us at www.MetroStarSystem.com to sign up for an in-depth business system review from our DevOps experts before your business is on the verge of a modern-day “natural selection.”

Tags: #DevOps, MetroStar Systems, IT Management, Cloud, Charles Darwin, Natural Selection, Lifecycle of DevOps, Software Development, IT Strategy, Agile Methodology, Scrum Frameworks, Digital Transformation #metrostarsystems #originofspecies

Blog Post Author: Robin Walker, Digital Media Professional for 10 years, December 17, 2018, 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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