The Venue.sh approach to DevOps
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The Venue.sh approach to DevOps
31st January, 2024
31st January, 2024
Struggling to keep your developers happy with your current DevOps strategy? Venue.sh is the solution.
As any simple internet search will tell you, there are endless ways to interpret DevOps. Since the inception of DevOps in 2009, its meaning has become confusing.
DevOps started as a way to bridge the gap between software development and technical operations, but it has evolved significantly. The evolution of DevOps has resulted in new techniques like cloud-native and platform engineering.
Fast forward to today, and everyone has their opinion on DevOps. So, what is our approach to DevOps? In this blog, we will explore how Venue.sh approaches DevOps differently. Interested? Keep reading.
Collaboration is essential to the success of DevOps
DevOps breaks down silos between development teams and operations by improving communications between both teams. It helps organisations to improve their agility, speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness, creating a more efficient way to work across the entire development and application lifecycle.
The DevOps approach is not just about implementing and improving processes; it involves a major cultural shift. And collaboration plays an essential role. In DevOps, collaboration creates alignment between your development and operations teams, reducing handoff friction and getting everyone working towards the same goals and objectives.
How does DevOps support the cloud-native approach?
A cloud-native approach—the software approach of building, deploying, and managing modern applications in cloud computing environments—is not only beneficial to the way an organisation operates but is quickly becoming essential. Gartner estimates that 85% of organisations will embrace a cloud-first principle by 2025 and will not be able to fully execute their digital strategies without the use of cloud-native architectures and technologies.
Cloud-native application development reduces costs as you can scale resources more efficiently, support faster software shipping, and align with business goals. Plus, reducing dependencies on a single application or service enables your teams to iterate faster, freeing them up to innovate.
Building, testing, and deploying applications from the cloud also helps development and operations teams work more collaboratively, which can help you get the most out of DevOps. Ultimately, it results in better software delivered faster.
How does platform engineering support DevOps culture?
For many organisations in the era of cloud-native, the cognitive load is one of the main obstacles to achieving good developer experience. When cognitive load exceeds a developer’s working memory capacity, they struggle to complete their tasks. As you might expect, this harms developer productivity.
A recent Gartner report found that platform engineering improves developer experience by building Internal Developer Platforms (IDPs) to reduce cognitive load and repetitive manual work. Essentially, it provides a path of least resistance for day-to-day tasks.
Humanitec’s 2021 DevOps Benchmarking report shows a correlation between using IDPs and an organisation’s degree of DevOps evolution. They also improve productivity and performance across key DevOps metrics like mean time to recovery and change failure rate. IDPs also increase deployment frequency and reduce lead time.
The challenges of DevOps
The central concept of DevOps is the bringing together of development and operations. It’s about gaining alignment between all software development lifecycle participants on the DevOps trinity – people, processes, and tools.But these days, that's where the agreement ends. DevOps has evolved significantly since its inception in 2009.
DevOps doesn’t prescribe many key elements; for example, how you should use tools or approach development.It means grassroots efforts from teams, who tend to be of high-level maturity, determine these elements. They will conjure creative ways to do it themselves, meaning it’s challenging to set a standard or percolate a standard method through your organisation.
Sometimes, an organisation may choose to implement or force change via a top-down approach from management. Security is a key example of this, as there is usually a lot of mandating involved, and it can have negative consequences for your developers, who want to develop better so that they can work more efficiently.
How Venue.sh approaches DevOps
Venue.sh takes the good stuff that comes from DevOps grassroots innovations and efforts and gives it structure and portability so that all teams in an organisation can use it. The design of the platform is to enhance the experience of all those involved in the development process, enabling teams to work collaboratively, in symphony.
The platform is an amalgamation of years of experience and expertise working in the field with brands across The Adaptavist Group. We have distilled our experience into a set of frameworks and tools you can use inside Venue.sh. Tools are an important part of enabling developers to work. But development is not about managing tools; it’s about providing code.
“As a developer, you care about the development process, and the more your tools fade into the background, the better. It’s about enhancing the way you experience your craft. Our focus on integration and developer experience is a key part.” - Rasmus Praestholm, Principal Product Strategist, Venue.sh.
Tools are important, but we like to think of them as secondary. Our main focus is developer experience.
Collaborate effectively and increase customer experience
We focus on the experience of the developer – and Backstage, is the portal where it all happens. In Backstage you can unearth all the key components that help a developer work, be it code like pull requests, metrics, and analytics to your environments. It’s a one-stop home for developers.
However, Backstage is not just for developers; it’s for anyone involved in the development process. And we’re focused on the experience of everyone who uses Venue. Managers and executives can log in to Backstage and immediately get a high-level overview of what’s going on – which means no more digging around in written reports or individual dashboard apps.
Templates are one of the cornerstones of Venue. They contain your developer settings, preferences, frameworks, and experience, and you can include security requirements. You can fold in top-down requirements and create a standard method to distribute across your organisation.
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