The Evolution of DevOps


Understanding the impact and expanding influence of DevOps culture, and how to apply DevOps principles to make your digital operations more performant and productive.

A few years ago, I wrote that DevOps is the movement that doesn’t want to be defined. That’s still true, though being cryptic doesn’t help executives who need to understand what’s going on in their industries, or who want to make their digital operations more productive. You may already have people in your company who are “doing DevOps,” or who want to. What are they doing? What do they want?

Let’s start with origins. Back in 2007, a Belgian engineer named Patrick Debois became frustrated by the friction between developer and operations teams. As a developer and a member of the Agile community, Debois saw an opportunity to use Agile methodologies to manage infrastructure management process, much like developers manage development process. He initially described this concept as Agile Infrastructure but later coined the phrase DevOps, a portmanteau of development and operations.

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