DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable
continuous delivery of value to our end users.
I am very deliberate in the terms used in this definition. I
choose value over software. DevOps is
not just automating a pipeline so we can quickly deliver software. Our goal is
to deliver value. The term end users was
also very carefully chosen. The value we
produce must reach our end users. If the
value only reaches the Dev and QA environments but is held up before reaching
production where it can be realized by our end users, we are still failing.
It is very important to realize that DevOps is not a product. You cannot buy DevOps and install it. DevOps is not just automation or
infrastructure as code. DevOps is people
following a process enabled by products to deliver value to our end users.