DevOps, DevSecOps, Federal Government

DevOps: Driving IT Change


DevOps has been showing that it has very real implications for Government IT. From reducing the heavy lifting of monolithic architecture to creating IT shops that are built with agility in mind, DevOps seems to be the way of government technology’s future.

DevOps is the shortened form of Development and Operations; it’s a practice of software development that emphasizes communication and collaboration between software developers and the wider IT operations team to enable the quicker and more effective release of technology.

The practice is also closely tied to the practice of agile development, which is replacing the traditional waterfall methodology in many areas of government IT. Therefore, DevOps is also becoming more commonplace in agency’s IT mindsets. While evolving to DevOps requires a huge and powerful cultural shift for government IT teams, the practice is an inevitable step in designing the IT departments of the future as users are demanding new apps be delivered quickly and cost effectively.

To quickly help facilitate the shift to DevOps, Red Hat is working with government customers to ease the transition and make the IT shift a repeatable process. Their e-book explains how IT teams can deliver apps more quickly and efficiently using DevOps principles. Additionally, at their recent Government Symposium, Red Hat provided recent public sector reference cases showing how IT teams within DHS and the Navy are making the shift and outlined the results they are seeing.

Overall, the move isn’t easy, but it is necessary. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, just one of the many agencies and organizations that need to move to a DevOps approach, found that the immovable system for electronic case management they set out to build in 2012 was out of date by the time it finally deployed. After this initial attempt, the agency moved to using multiple contractors who worked in coordination to deliver functional software on a weekly basis. From there the agency was able to more quickly and efficiently build the system they needed to process the six million applications they receive yearly.

USCIS found greater flexibility, decreased production and launch time, and increased cost savings by adjusting their IT approach to DevOps. For more information on how your agency or organization can recognize these same savings, check out these recent DevOps events.

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