IT professionals gather in Boise to discuss the latest news with DevOps every spring. There are many different IT branches, so what makes DevOps worthy of its own conference? I talked to Paul Remeis, Senior VP at In Time Tec and one of the organizers of Boise DevOps Days, to find out the event's history and what it takes to put the event together.
The term “DevOps” has been around for well over a decade, but there’s still quite a lot of misunderstanding about what DevOps is exactly, who can implement it, and how. In simple terms, DevOps is a methodology that merges two different disciplines: development and operations. In a traditional system, software development is begun by developers and then handed off when deployed to operators – often a company’s IT team. This separation of processes can cause miscommunication, bottlenecks, and unforeseen issues that cost money and delay software release.
As companies grow, there are demands for features getting to the market faster and pain points generally emerge when this happens. Developers often break each other's code when the changes conflict and code also gets complex, so the process of getting it out to production takes time. DevOps allows companies to do more, do it better, and do it faster.
DevOps allows companies to rapidly develop and deliver high-quality applications to end-users. Currently, there are no DevOps training programs in universities or code camps. To be a DevOps engineer, someone has to take interest in it and learn it themselves.