[ZDNet] What is DevOps and why does it matter?

Many of us have heard of DevOps but far fewer could define it. So just what is it?team-cogs-fotolia-290px.jpg

According to Wikipedia, DevOps is “a portmanteau of ‘development’ and ‘operations'” and is “a software development method that stresses communications, collaboration, integration, automation and measurement of cooperation between software developers and other IT professionals”. If that doesn’t do it, try this: “One way to understand DevOps is through the acronym CAMS- Culture, Automation, Measurements and Sharing.” That comes courtesy of Patrick Debois, an independent IT consultant who has been one of the leaders in the field of DevOps from the start. Still too complex for you? Some think that complexity is one of the most appealing features of DevOps for, as Debois pointed out at a seminar held last year, the most popular T-shirt at the event said simply: “Keep DevOps Weird”.

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