4 Stages Of DevOps Maturity


April 4th, 2018   |   Updated on May 31st, 2018

DevOps or developmental operations can have many different stages, but here are four stages which you should be aware of:

1. Waterfall

This is an initial phase of development where programmers or writers might be individually creating approaches or methods. When put together, there might be errors, duplications and contradictions that need to be resolved.

This phase can go quickly, or it can be very slow. It’s not an efficient phase, but it can be the level at which breakthroughs and new developments happen.


1. Continuous Integration

This is not a new term and doesn’t apply solely to computer programming. Continuous integration is where new code or new ideas are worked into an existing program to correct errors, problems, and to create innovative ways of meeting needs.

Implementation doesn’t require taking down the entire system (usually) to apply the changes. Automated updates can incorporate continuous integration, allowing almost seamless application.

2. Continuous Delivery

This is right on top of continuous integration and includes automated testing and implementation so that by the time the integrated piece of programming is delivered to the main program, it’s user-ready or nearly so.


3. Continuous Deployment

Sometimes referred to as “DevOps nirvana”, continuous deployment takes new code through the steps of integration, testing and pushing it out to users without human intervention.

Almost no companies actually do this – it requires advanced algorithms and has a high chance of something going wrong, but when it can be applied it is the dream world of computerized operations.

Netflix, Google and Amazon are three big companies that employ this method. The method is also used by Etsy, Pinterest, and Flicker. As the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. It’s not hard to see the successful application of the method going on here.


4. DevOps Consulting

Few small companies have the expertise on board to lead their team or their computers through these phases. That’s where DevOps consultation comes in. The DevOps consulting team has the knowledge and expertise to help you set up your systems to implement these conditions, and can be called upon when something doesn’t go quite as planned.

Consultation allows you to have experts on tap without having to maintain your own DevOps department on a continuous basis. It’s the economical answer for businesses that would like the convenience of DevOps nirvana but that have no need for an in-house team.