Spurred by the hypercompetitive global business market and tough economic climate,
many enterprises are rethinking their traditional business processes. Whether their goals
are to increase productivity, improve quality, hasten time to market, reduce costs, or
enhance customer satisfaction, it’s increasingly likely that the cloud will play some role in
the solutions they adopt.
In this paper, we define DevOps and examine how the new process can benefit not only
developers but IT operations. We look at the concept of “patterns,” introduced by IBM
as a basis for automating labor-intensive development and deployment processes. We
also assess how IBM SmartCloud Application Services goes beyond standard development
tools to provide a robust platform that streamlines the end-to-end process and ongoing
management of applications.