Anyone can build a place to live, but most of us don’t want to live in a tent. The best houses start with an architectural and design vision and a team of experienced builders executing a plan.
The way you build enterprise applications really should follow a similar methodology. You wouldn’t want to think about the foundation once you put on a roof. Today that’s what’s happening because business leaders want speed and agility that bypasses some of the best practices in design, development and deployment of software.
C-level decision makers only start noticing the foundation when serious failures become a problem, meanwhile ignoring the minor failures and inefficiencies of building apps without best practices applied. There are significant hidden costs to cutting corners, and in reality you can’t have speed and agility while ignoring the DevOps plan.
Organizations have often times taken a maniacal prioritization to agile development (scrum), project management (black belt), and compliance (SOC, ISO), but not DevOps. Leaders have driven these approaches to achieve better outcomes, decrease compliance risks and improve operational efficiency. Building a DevOps practice is the next way to impact your business. Don’t make the mistake of relegating building DevOps to the bottom of your list. The hidden killer of projects is delay and failure to stand up the solution, but generally no one wants to admit this is a problem.
In my last company, if deployment or upgrades struggled, business leaders who had doubts about the project now had reasons to say no. Generally we found that technical resources on the client side became exhausted when the failure to deploy became an issue. The root cause was sandboxes that were out of sync, changes that weren’t tested against the same environment and teams exhausted from making the same mistake without realizing that fixing the foundation would set them on the right path.
The emotional toll, lost hours and demotivating impact of a team unwilling to deploy out of fear of another all nighter ending in a browbeating should encourage leaders to pause to think about the foundation. Finding the path to DevOps Nirvana starts by recognizing that anyone can be successful with a decent plan and an adherence to sticking to best practices.
I’m on a journey to show people you can realize transformation with Salesforce. More than a decade after I started, with hundreds of projects completed and tens of millions of licensing dollars sold, it’s clear to me that Trust is the greatest single value in software. Keeping the trust means building a plan to never lose it. DevOps is your foundation.
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About the Author
CEO | Copado
Ted Elliott is the chief executive officer of Copado. Before joining Copado in November 2018, Ted spent 18 years as the CEO of Jobscience, one of the first 5 ISV partners to Salesforce, until the company’s acquisition by Bullhorn. During his time with Jobscience, Ted experienced the challenges of releasing innovation on the Salesforce platform, and now strives to transform customers’ DevOps processes with Copado, the #1 DevOps platform for Salesforce.