How DevOps can help your organisation collaborate effectively

Most businesses, large or small, have access to a wide range of skills within the employee base. Pooling those resources will help to make the overall project a real success. As projects grow ever larger, and are distributed across teams, departments, buildings and even countries, collaboration between key players becomes of paramount importance.
A strategy that allows designers, developers, project managers and operations staff to communicate effectively, share ideas, and embrace a cross functional approach, will lead to increases in quality and productivity across the whole company.

Of course, encouraging employees to share problems and work through ideas together doesn't just improve productivity; it also helps to cultivate a sense of community around the workplace and, through the process of collaboration, staff can build new relationships and even make new friends... leading to a happy workplace!
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Collaboration in the Online World

Now that companies of all sizes are setting up bases across the globe, embracing the possibilities offered by online technologies is becoming more and more vital to the process of communication.
Rapid internet connections, in combination with new advances in technology such as cloud computing, allow the exchange of vast amounts of data, and in today's digital workplace, colleagues, clients and leaders alike can share, communicate and collaborate with very little delay or challenge - allowing the organisation as a whole to operate effectively.

An introduction to DevOps and CHEF

The term DevOps relates to a group of concepts that are becoming increasingly popular throughout the technical community. It has emerged from the combination of two related trends, known as Agile System Administration and the Enterprise Systems Management movement.
Essentially, it involves both operations and development engineers working together throughout the entire service lifecycle - beginning with design, and continuing through the development process to production support.
It's also characterised by operations staff utilitising many of the same processes and techniques as developers to complete their tasks. These techniques might include testing, source control, or using an Agile development process.
DevOps is very much a blanket term, encompassing a wide range of sub-disciplines including systems engineers, system administrators, network engineers and security professionals, as well as the many different roles involved in developing the product.

CHEF software to help collaboration

Another very useful tool is CHEF, a configuration management system that streamlines the process of server configuration and maintenance, while also offering integration with cloud-based platforms in order to automatically configure new machines.
CHEF was originally developed as a tool for a consulting company, however the potential for this new project was quickly identified and the present company was formed. The user is able to write "recipes", which will determine how the software will manage and configure server applications.
A wide range of server types, utilities and platforms are supported, so this package is a useful addition to any organisation looking to streamline their processes and maximise efficiency.

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