July 11, 2017

DevOps Digest: Conclusion


For those of you who have been following the DevOps Digest for the last year, we hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much as we have enjoyed working with (and writing about) this incredibly important topic.

We’ve built specific machinery to illustrate Continuous Integration (CI) techniques, and we’ve covered the most important strategies and tools for Continuous Testing (CT) and Continuous Delivery (CD). The path hasn’t always been easy, but hopefully you’ve found some shiny nuggets worth mining along the way.

Maybe it’s a little late in the summer for the commencement analogy, but let’s run with it anyway. As milestones go, we’ve now reached the end of this series. We’re graduating. It’s not the end, it’s the beginning. The subject of DevOps will continue to be a central topic for us, because it’s become an indispensable part of our customer’s product development workflows.

Perforce Helix has been transparently working in the background during this series, as it often is in our customers’ many and varied processes.  But let’s not take it for granted; you can’t achieve the benefits of automated testing, continuous integration, and automated deployment without having a robust version control system that supports all production artifacts. Helix is uniquely suited to fulfill this role.

DevOps has a blockbuster value proposition for small and large organizations alike, but the larger your organization and/or your product portfolio, the more you will benefit. DevOps allows teams to significantly reduce deployment pain while increasing performance and decreasing change failure rates.

Helix scales, and so do the benefits. Companies with large numbers of developers, multiple geographic locations, lots of repos, and lots of files — including artifacts, dependencies, large graphic arts files, movies, and sound — stand the most to gain. You won’t outgrow it, and in many cases it will simplify your workflow by allowing you to eliminate the need for multiple systems.

Thank you for giving us some of your valuable time by reading this series. In the constantly changing DevOps world, we can expect a lot of exciting new technologies and processes to emerge in the near future. We will continue to explore these topics here. Although we’re at the end of this series, it is truly the beginning, the commencement. Stay tuned for more!


John Williston