Many IT managers make mistakes in the adoption of DevOps automation. This article will highlight on last 4 of the 8 biggest mistakes IT managers make in the adoption of DevOps automation. Part 1 of this can be found here if you missed it.

DevOps is an emerging term coined from two words: Development and Operations. DevOps basically refers to the collaboration between developers and operations throughout the service life cycle of a product.

With the changing needs and technological trends, many companies are adopting the DevOps philosophy in order to adapt continuously. While adopting DevOps is an entirely valuable idea, the exponential growth of technology puts a certain amount of pressure on IT managers and they are sure to incur some difficulties.

This article looks at the major mistakes IT managers are likely to make in Adoption of DevOps Automation. This is the Part two of this article and I will list the remaining four of the eight mistakes.

4. Only Testing at The End of The Development Process

Most IT managers believe that heavy tests and load balancing should be done at the end of the development life cycle. This is wrong and will only lead to problems. Some products may not work as expected due to problems at integration level.

A workaround is to allow individual teams to write their own testing tools instead of waiting for another team to write the performance test tools. Modern tools are also available for developer driven performance testing. This is beneficial as it forms the basis for automated integration and post-production tests.

5. Not Running Tests in Parallel

The whole point of DevOps automation is to make software development processes faster and efficient. However, IT managers make the mistake of thinking that tests should be run one at a time. When you combine all the time spent on the individual tests, that is a significant amount of time wasted. Modern testing tools are automated and can run small tests simultaneously hence saving time to spend on other tasks.

6. Only Automating What the Company Already Had

IT managers make the mistake of only considering automating what the company already had. While this is a good idea, it will only reduce efficiency and hence productivity in the long run.

By only automating what the company already has, it means putting the focus on speed and not quality. IT managers should rather consider improving what they have as they automate to increase productivity in the long term.

When automation is done correctly, it frees up time for other tasks that will add value to the product.

7. Assuming Certain Tools Are Not Compatible

Since open-source tools are readily available, their use and dependability is common among developers. Some developers even have a list of tools they have mastered and use consistently.

While this is the case, IT managers assume that these open source tools may not be compatible with the tools of the company or organization.

Many frameworks are emerging which are compatible with a variety of tools, hence this should not be the case. When a developer uses a tool they are familiar with, they get more work done in less time which is beneficial to the

8. Forgetting About the Database

A database is critical to any application being developed. While the type of database management system may not be a major issue, the back-end logic is crucial to the overall performance of the application.

IT administrators who put more focus on the application logic and forget about the database code are likely to experience unforeseen problems when the product is launched.

This is because the database code may not have been automated and hence a bottleneck to the well-structured application logic. If the database is considered from the beginning, such problems will be detected and fixed during testing.

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