What is DevOps? with Donovan Brown

Jay Gordon

“DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users.” – Donovan Brown. Why we do “DevOps” comes down to that one big word Donovan highlights… value. Our customers want the services we provide to them to always be available, to be reliable, and to let them know if something is wrong. These are the same expectations we should all take when working together to deliver the application or service our end user will experience. By producing an environment that values a common goal amongst our team, we can see greater productivity and success for our users.

Donovan Brown opens the “Deliver DevOps” event at the Microsoft Reactor in the UK by taking us for a lap around Azure DevOps concluding with the announcement of a new UK geo to store your Azure DevOps data.

Slides: http://donovanbrown.com/page/slide-decks

What is DevOps? This is a question that seems to be constantly debated. Is it automation? Is it culture? Is DevOps a team? Is DevOps a philosophy? All great things to ask.

By looking to DevOps, teams are able to provide the most value for their customers. In this video, Donovan Brown, Principal DevOps Manager at Microsoft, gives us what the Microsoft definition of DevOps in just a few minutes.

Why We Do DevOps at Microsoft

Martin Woodward leads a whistle-stop tour of Microsoft’s seven-year DevOps journey, explaining why the company embarked on this transformation and what benefits it has already seen.

More DevOps Learning

These are just a few basics on DevOps from Donovan. From here, you’ll need to embark on your DevOps journey at your organization to practicing DevOps at your organization or even on a project you are just starting. Here you can find a number of links to some important documentation and free “at your own pace” learning from Microsoft Learn.

DevOps Resource Center – This center combines our resources on learning DevOps practices, Git version control, Agile methods, how we work with DevOps at Microsoft, and how you can assess your own DevOps progression.

DevOps at Microsoft – This center will keep you current on how we continue to adopt DevOps at Microsoft. We’ve selected the best videos and articles from both public conferences and internal training sessions.

What is DevOps? – A guide on what DevOps is and how to get there.

What is Continuous Integration? – Continuous Integration (CI) is the process of automating the build and testing of code every time a team member commits changes to version control.

What is Continuous Delivery? – Continuous Delivery (CD) is the process to build, test, configure and deploy from a build to a production environment.

What is DevOps Culture? – DevOps culture stresses small, multidisciplinary teams, who work autonomously and take collective accountability for how actual users experience their software.


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