Team Communication + Close Collaboration = Successful DevOps Implementation

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two-women-looking-and-pointing-at-macbook-laptop-1569076.jpgTeam communication and close collaboration bind DevOps teams with technology and processes in a seamless manner. To build a productive and mobile workforce, IT organizations with globally distributed teams need to have active collaboration and communication strategy in place.

Gartner predicts that “through 2022, 75% of DevOps initiatives will fail to meet expectations due to issues around organizational learning and change.” They further stated, “people-related factors tend to be the greatest challenges — not technology.”

The most common challenges that occur during DevOps implementation are operational inefficiencies, including:

  • Communication gaps between development and operations teams
  • Numerous disparities in the handoff of responsibilities
  • Lack of automation; excessive emails
  • Redundant meetings

Moreover, most of the DevOps implementations fail because:

  • Insufficient efforts are made to bring the entire dev, ops, and infrastructure teams on-board with new DevOps practices
  • DevOps and Agile initiatives are launched too quickly without proper technical know-how
  • No team-like culture and poor coordination between stakeholders and I&O teams

All of these lead to delayed deliverables and security loopholes. Hence, it is essential to break down the barriers and build a synchronized atmosphere where every individual understands the importance of teamwork.

Before jumping to the key benefits of integrating a communication and collaboration solution, let’s understand why selecting the right toolset is essential for improving DevOps processes.

Selecting and integrating the right DevOps toolset

For a successful DevOps implementation, it is essential to pick out the right toolset or platform for uninterrupted communication across the entire organization. Companies grappling to bring in new DevOps changes need to disrupt their traditional ways of collaboration methods and not their teams. To make the cut, using just instant messaging or email apps is not going to help. Enterprise-grade collaboration platforms like Micro Focus Vibe make fragmented interdepartmental coordination effortless by provisioning social intranet for local, as well as global, teams. With such transparency and increased collaboration, they focus more efficiently on core business goals.

Apart from Vibe, Micro Focus offers a wide range of collaboration and communication tools to harness the efficiency of teams. Leveraging Filr, enterprises encouraging the collaborative culture can drive efficiency from their remotely working groups with secure, easy file sharing.

Outlined are the advantages of embracing a modern collaboration and messaging platform that accelerates your DevOps practices:

Fast enterprise communication and team collaboration

Effective time management isn't only about improving processes. It also involves working smart and communicating right within and outside the team. Centralized project knowledge not only increases team productivity but also facilitates better collaboration through team interaction and online project management. When all the business-critical information and processes run through a single point of truth, teams realize significant time savings on manual coordination. Having an all-in-one enterprise collaboration solution not only accelerates communication flow but also optimizes the value stream by speeding up application development.

MicroFocus Enterprise Messaging enables employees to work smarter with real-time chats, interactive remote conversations, scheduling, secure email, and compliance-driven archiving. Besides, it provides exceptional security against inbound-outbound threats, viruses, spam, DDOS attacks, etc.

GroupWise is another enterprise communication platform that facilitates the efficient management of emails, tasks, and contacts. It offers easy scheduling and mobile access to critical information (appointments, emails, reminders,etc.) with an intuitive, dynamic interface.

Secure information sharing

Many businesses use enterprise messaging that needs authentication from multiple desktops and mobile platforms to safeguard data from viruses and spam while dynamically sharing sensitive information. When users access corporate resources, multifactor authentication is vital to keep endpoints compliant with security mandates.

Many collaboration platforms offer filtering capabilities that eliminate junk mail and restrict offensive content to keep systems safe from unknown email viruses and ransomware. These platforms reduce downtime with quick failovers, backups for email data. This way, the organizational data remains safe in the event of a natural disaster or hardware failure.

Micro Focus' Secure Messaging Gateway secures messaging systems and enterprise networks with multi-system support and customizable notifications by type of content, keywords, attachments, and more. It also provides inbound and outbound system protection to eliminate emerging threats, including advanced antivirus, antispam, and role-based access control.

Another platform, GroupWise Disaster Recovery, provides one-click recovery and immediate restoration of email messages either in cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid environment. Its Collector/Server architecture enables faster disaster recovery with minimal processing power and space for backups.

Streamline the process with adequate visibility

An overwhelmed team with a massive amount of tasks results in hindered DevOps efforts. Besides, it is challenging for interdepartmental teams to be on the same page when they do not have proper visibility into each other's responsibilities.

Micro Focus Open Workgroup Suite helps enterprises to establish a transparent working environment with complete visibility into who is responsible for what. The suite provides a secure, cost-effective, and flexible collaboration toolset of seven different Micro Focus products for a tight, streamlined DevOps ecosystem:

  • Open Enterprise Server
  • Filr
  • GroupWise
  • Micro Focus iPrint
  • Vibe
  • ZENworks Configuration Management
  • ZENworks Endpoint Security Management

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Conclusion

The importance of close communication and team collaboration can't be stressed enough. It's a vital component of DevOps culture, and organizations must embrace the cultural shift — put together the right skills across functional areas and march towards a common goal.

With the right blend of communication and collaboration, DevOps and product teams can:

  • Surf through the value delivery roadblocks
  • Improve their application code quality
  • Reduce redundancy in their tasks

It is vital to invest in training individuals for teamwork so that they are well-aligned with end business objectives.

Micro Focus offers the required flexibility to collaborate through effective communication. Build a productive workforce with better communication, team collaboration, and secure access to data from anywhere. Learn about the Micro Focus collaboration platform. 

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