DevOps best practices and cases

Why it is important to find a middle ground, or how specialists play with technology for your money

   The DevOps industry has many technologies and their amount only increases with the flow of time. As a result of every year more and more open-source startups appear on market. Of course, not all technologies are worth attention, some of them just copying software they already exist. But part of the new technologies is good and can significantly help the company in solving various problems. When new technologies appear, specialists want to test them. They probably will come to the CEO or director, who has the money, and tell him that this is the game-changer for them, Amazon or Google is using this technology. As the result, businesses spend money because technology is new and popular, instead of focus on the effectiveness of certain tools.

Main reasons

   So, specialists can play with technologies for the company’s money. It can influence the project and in the worst scenario, can lead to financial problems and the closing of the company. Also, new technology can be cheap, but it now always can solve issues, and as a result, we receive longer problem-solving and lower quality for customers. Why does it happen and how to avoid unnecessary technologies? Below, we explained some reasons for it and avoided these traps.

Lack of experience as a director

   Lack of experience is one of the crucial reasons for spending money on unnecessary technologies. The chief manager does not have to be skilled in technology, but it is important to understand general trends on the market as well as understand the needs of its own company. In case the director does not have appropriate competence, it will be easier for developers to convince him of the importance of some technology. Also, lack of experience leads to misunderstanding os some processes that can happen inside the company, for example, ineffective use of resources, or wrong task assignment.

Desire to make all «modern and progressive» 

   In some cases, the company tries to follow the trends. New popular orchestration tools can appear and become popular, some businesses will try to catch up with other companies, to be on the edge of technological progress. It is possible to state that new technologies can significantly increase the productivity of the team and make it more progressive, however, the cost of its implementation can be considerable. As the result, we receive vastly increased operational costs and slightly increased productivity. As the result, the return on investment became worse.

Focus on the biggest on the market    

   From time to time, big enterprise companies reveal the technological stack they are using right now. Companies from the same sector of the market often take it as the basis for their activity. Yes, some of the methods from the leaders of the market can be implemented in small businesses and can make it better, however, during the implementation, it is important to consider the scale of the company. In the case of implementing enterprise solutions in small companies, operational costs can be too high. When someone tries to implement new approaches from the enterprise segment, it is also important to adapt it to small or medium businesses.

How to avoid them

   To avoid these issues and do not let specialists play with technologies for your money it is important to have a general understanding of processes in the company and the situation on your market. For a chief manager, it is important to understand the scale of the company, the size of the project they can handle. It is important to avoid misunderstandings in methods implementation from big companies and leaders of the industry. Another important issue is that the director has to increase his competence in technical areas, it is important to receive a general understanding of technologies and their use. It will give the possibility to make a constructive dialog with the technical staff. It will allow finding some middle ground in the usage of technologies. And there is no need in following trends and installing every software that is trending right now. It would be useful to research use cases and find how exactly the developers maintain their product. Another good way to avoid this type of manipulation from specialists is to hire outsource consultants. They will have enough expertise to explain what technology or methodology will be better and why.

   To conclude, the IT industry has a lot of technologies and to follow up with all of them is very complicated. So in some cases, specialists can play with technologies, test them. It can negatively influence a company's financial state. As a result, a business can lose money without receiving any visible advantages. To avoid this, the chief manager has to know general trends on the market, understand the importance of some technologies, and be able to find a middle ground. If you want to increase your expertise in DevOps, or you would like to help us find a middle ground with your specialists, contact us and we gladly assist you.