3 Questions to Ask a DevOps Consulting Firm

By: Christine

questions to ask Devops

If you’re reading this, congratulations! You are open to exploring how DevOps can help your organization achieve more in less time. By defining a road map for increased operational efficiency and low-defect systems, you can align department goals and work as a team to tackle big, scary development projects.

If your company’s development team is overworked or lacks the technical skills for your latest initiatives, consider engaging with an experienced DevOps consulting firm. Here are ten key questions you can ask these companies to help you select a vendor:

  1. Have you worked with companies in my industry before?

Industry expertise can offer you more than just development support. Firms with deep industry knowledge can uncover pain points that you may not have realized yet. This added benefit can bring the team a higher rate of successful deployments and more innovative functionalities.

  1. How will my company benefit from adapting the DevOps model?

Most DevOps models are built on a continuous cycle of development and testing. This drastically improves the quality of the software delivered and reduces the amount of time to deliver it. DevOps allows the team to test the product in bite-sized chunks and allows the developers to easily pinpoint and fix any code issues.

  1. Can you describe the transition to DevOps? What takes place? Who is involved? How much time is involved on both ends?

A successful transition to the DevOps model will typically occur in a well-planned, phased approach. Consider starting in a small part of an organization or on a specific project rather than rolling out to the entire company. Have a steady feedback loop and evaluations at each step of the way to ensure a smooth transition. Managers, engineers, and consultants with prior experience in DevOps will greatly help.

Prepare the people: Break down the barriers between departments and teams prior to starting. Consider rolling out new roles, titles, and shared responsibilities. Cultivate trust in the process, the technology, and (especially) in the people by capturing and sharing raw knowledge between teams. Emphasize a goal that spotlights the business service.

Foster a process change: Nurture the collaboration between the development team and the operations team with clear expectations at the start and feedback loops at each stage. Improve and automate the handoffs as much as possible. Identify bottlenecks and test solutions to these constraints.

Line up at the start: Adopt an agile delivery methodology with code sprints and testing. Employ automated and repeatable software development and deployment. Automate testing. Continue the cycle of development and testing.

Companies that already understand the value of outsourcing their software development projects will consider a DevOps partner as a natural next step. The companies that want to embrace the benefits of DevOps but have not yet committed to this model should strongly consider contracting a qualified DevOps outsourcing company.

If you’re considering partnering with our team to implement DevOps within your company, get in touch with our DevOps consultants.

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