SAP Value Creation on the Public Cloud: Implementing DevOps

Sean Donaldson

Chief Technology Officer

DevOps has long been emerging as the software development methodology of the future. But there’s something essential I’ve learned in my own experience implementing DevOps and exploring how it can be most effective — primarily, that there is much more to DevOps than its technological definition.

Here’s one DevOps definition that I think captures the essence of what it means today:

“DevOps emphasizes people, culture, and collaboration between development, operations, and other stakeholders to improve the delivery of customer value.”

During my recent webinar, Selecting the Right SAP Opportunity for Value Creation, I discussed this facet of DevOps and why it’s becoming so important to the modern enterprise (as well as other key public cloud topics, like migration vs. modernization and cloud FinOps).

In this final of three blog installments recapping the webinar, we’ll cover why DevOps is so much more than software development, what it looks like in real-world practice, and how SAP organizations can use it to unify business and development teams, achieve new capabilities, and continuously improve.

Quick Takeaways

  • DevOps first emerged in response to a need to align development and business teams.
  • While it was once a competitive advantage, DevOps has now become an imperative.
  • Software tools like Git, Ansible and Terraform democratize the DevOps automation process so everyone at the organization can contribute.
  • Shared code repositories power greater innovation and collaboration, as well as end-to-end automated processes (such as disaster recovery and patching).
  • With DevOps-powered automation in place, developers and IT employees can refocus on revenue- and growth-driving initiatives.

A Quick DevOps Recap

To understand the expanded vision of DevOps I described above, it’s essential to remember its roots. It first emerged in the late 2000s, when IT professionals recognized that the new speed of business and required levels of organizational agility meant that siloed software development models — in which developers operated totally separately from the business enterprise — were now outdated (and holding companies back from reaching their full potential).

Early champions of DevOps knew that IT and business alignment was necessary now that technology was no longer simply a business enhancer, but at the foundation of how companies operate and communicate.

Software development was now threaded with business, and aligning the two was an obvious competitive advantage. Today, it’s become a competitive imperative.

In modern practice, DevOps is about making a foundational change to the way an organization operates. It means breaking down the barriers that exist between traditional business units to achieve a truly collaborative culture.

The original vision of DevOps — the integration of the technical and strategic — has now expanded to encompass every part of the business.

It’s been great to see Protera and many of our clients achieve using tools like Ansible and Terraform that make DevOps and automation a cross-functional and fully democratized part of overall operations.

The DevOps-Driven Business Opportunity

Organizations that fully embrace DevOps have operations, automation, development, and even application teams that all work together seamlessly to automate basic tasks.

Shared code repositories for projects democratize the idea of automation and allows everyone to contribute, creating the benefits of both a shared cross-functional understanding of the business and greater innovation capabilities (more minds thinking creatively equals an entire organization leveling up its innovation potential).

Organizations can then execute automated end-to-end processes — including everything from refreshes to patching to disaster recovery (and more). Not only does this significantly decrease overall IT risk, it allows your IT teams to refocus away from manual but low-ROI tasks and more on strategic initiatives that drive revenue and growth for your company.

Start Your DevOps Journey with Protera

For more insight on DevOps and SAP-specific ways to drive value using this (and other cloud powered strategies), don’t forget to check out my full webinar on SAP value creation.

If you’re ready to get started with a new DevOps strategy (or enhance the one you already have), Protera can help. Our DevOps managed services model helps clients deliver value quickly and without disruption in a variety of ways, including:

  • Automating disaster recovery solutions in the cloud
  • Rapidly deploying B2B and B2C applications
  • Building servers that ensure security, compliance, and governance
  • Maintaining and leveraging shared code repository
  • Solving individual business problems with DevOps principles

Learn more here about Protera cloud managed services or contact us to begin your DevOps strategy.

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