Visualize the scenario – a software developer hard at work, putting the finishing touches on phase 6 of 6 of her client’s shiny new software application. Only after toiling completely through each phase, beginning to end, is she ready to pass off the entire project to her operations counterpart who will then coordinate its testing and conveyance to the client after the entirety is finalized. Does this sound like your company’s work process? Has the project exceeded the time estimate? Is the client still enamored with Phase 2? What if Phase 4 works beautifully but somehow interrupts or damages the proper workings of Phase 3?
Now imagine a revamped process using a sophisticated DevOps model. In general terms, the software development team (Dev) and the network operations team (Ops) are no longer separate entities, but instead paired closely to produce rapid deployments that accurately match customer needs. The software development team no longer operates independently with the sole goal of releasing a completed package. And the operations team no longer works independently with the sole goal of testing and delivering at the very end of the progression. With a DevOps model they work in unison (or often the same person) to ensure that product testing is conducted in smaller increments, clients are brought to the table sooner, and deliveries are faster and with increased automation. In other words, the right hand is now working in conjunction with the left.
Compass Consulting utilizes DevOps with phenomenal client success. Compass team members possess tremendous experience and expertise, but with the nimbleness and “Agility” to float between processes. Nowhere is this more evident than with our client relationship with the leading cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) provider. With thousands of nation-wide customers over 30 states, this Client is the medical leader in providing customers with cloud-based electronic health records regardless of user location or smart device. Client was seeking a strategic partner with the expertise to support a network infrastructure as well as maintenance, management, and consulting to meet their Information Technology (IT) needs. With this degree of complexity, the traditional “Waterfall” process would be sluggish and slow responding. DevOps, on the other hand, allows Compass Consulting to be lightening quick with development as well as deliverables.
How can Compass Consulting help with your company’s specific DevOps needs? Some believe that additional hires are needed to reinforce an internal IT department. Likewise, some may also believe that multiple firms must be employed to successfully complete a robust software or network development project. Both notions are false. Compass Consulting can provide staff augmentation services to organizations with in-house IT that want to receive guidance on how to change internal operations. Similarly, Compass Consulting staff developers and engineers are intimately familiar with the DevOps methodology and means, a benefit allowing one special company to assume the role of numerous specialty firms. We would love to hear your company’s unique story.