Effective Collaboration Is Crucial for DevOps

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Many companies have a hard enough time staying on the same page at the traditional, lethargic pace of business. In a DevOps environment–where everything seems to happen at once and projects are completed much more quickly–things can quickly spiral out of control if everyone isn’t executing the same plan. Communication and collaboration are essential. Wake thinks it has what you need to manage and maintain effective collaboration.

Effective collaboration is imperative to DevOps success. DevOps has many moving pieces working simultaneously and things happen fast, making it crucial that teams and individuals have an easy way to communicate and keep everyone on the same page. Wake is a collaboration tool that may help you do just that.

“Collaboration across the enterprise is critical for DevOps success,” I wrote recently in an article on the importance of effective collaboration. “Great code and development needs to make it over the finish line to production to benefit customers. The challenge organizations face is how to do that seamlessly and with as much speed and automation as possible without sacrificing quality or performance.”

“Just as open source is associated with cost savings and flexibility, DevOps is associated with speed and responsiveness,” stresses Jay Lyman, enterprise software analyst for 451 Research. “Enterprises are increasingly interested in initiating or growing their DevOps thinking and implementations, but they must be aware of the dramatic change it brings not only for technology and tools, but for people and process as well.”

Wake is a collaboration platform used by teams and developers at Facebook, Instacart, Zendesk and other organizations to communicate effectively and share work with others. Wake was created as an internal project at digital agency Bakken & Baeck by Chris Kalani, a former Facebook designer. Silicon Valley companies Medium and Airbnb loved it and begged to be able to use the product themselves, so it was spun off into its own company. When Wake launched last fall, 350 companies signed up in the first month, including Cisco Systems, OpenTable and Uber.

“Adjacent trends such as cloud computing, DevOps and containers are all speeding up the time it takes to iterate and deploy software and the movement of applications and workloads from test and dev to production, but the reality for enterprises is they cannot simply start fresh with a DevOps approach,” Lyman says. “Existing infrastructure, applications, people and process must be considered and integrated so that the transition to DevOps is not only less painful, but more realistic as well.”

Read the full post at DevOps.com: Wake Wants to Help Streamline Your Collaboration.

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Tony Bradley is Editor-in-Chief of TechSpective and Community Manager for Tenable. Tony has a passion for technology and gadgets--with a focus on Microsoft and security. He also loves spending time with his family and likes to think he enjoys reading and golf even though he never finds the time for either.

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