How ECS Digital makes implementing DevOps easy

ecs-admin 8th September 2015

DevOps is a fast-growing term in the IT world, driven by the industry’s never-ending need to deliver faster, more efficiently and at a higher quality. But adopting DevOps can be intimidating from both an operational and financial perspective as it’s at odds with traditional organisational structures. Implementing the necessary changes can be a complex task, as can ensuring that the changes you’ve made are beneficial to your organisational structure and processes. As a provider of Continuous Delivery and DevOps solutions for over ten years, ECS Digital provides strategy, consulting and training services that provide real value to our clients. Where we have helped deliver DevOps transformations, our clients have experienced results that include up to 90% reduction in errors, 1000% faster deployment times, greater visibility and transparency. So what makesECS Digital’s way of doing things different?

ECS Digital provides consultation and training services for a holistically valuable service.

The consumerisation of IT means businesses today are expected to operate faster, smarter and more efficiently than ever before. DevOps and Continuous Delivery make it possible to reduce the time to market for new and improved services dramatically.  Benefits include a reduction in the man-hours required for everyday tasks, improved consistency and significantly reduced test cycle errors. But with so many processes at play in the modern business, deciding how to go about implementing automated systems can be daunting, to say the least.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach in our line of work, and we do our best to tailor our solutions to what works best for each individual client. We have a growing list of technology partnerships and tools such as DockerVagrantAnsibleAutomic ARAAppDynamicsAWSCloudBees Enterprise Jenkins, Puppet and Chef are commonly used in our implementations alongside the leading Open Source tools. We run workshops with each of our clients to understand their current state, identify the challenges they face, their desired state (if known) after implementation, and any constraints whether organisational or regulatory, etc. The output of the workshops shapes the solutions we recommend, with our software-agnostic approach ensuring that we only use the tools that are best for you. As part of our consultancy service, we help our clients get to grips with potentially huge and complex process-chains and build a strategy that is effective from initial rollout through to adoption on an enterprise-wide scale.

What does partnering with ECS Digital mean for your business?

For ECS Digital, DevOps is an overarching principle that encompasses the journey from individual islands of automation through linking those islands together to create continuous delivery and deployment pipelines, to the pinnacle of maturity where architectures are designed to support a unified Development and Operations culture of shared objectives and accountability. Our delivery methodology is tried and tested, and enables our customers to achieve their desired results within time and budget. By its nature, DevOps is a diverse discipline that touches many other areas. As such, it necessitates a wide spectrum of knowledge across multiple subjects and industries. At ECS Digital, our team is made up of professionals with many years’ experience across several industries and a wide range of technical expertise. Our DevOps consultants help transform your culture and implement practices including Continuous IntegrationContinuous Delivery and Deployment, and Infrastructure Automation.

Some of our success stories include:

  • Self-service and on-demand business service provisioning with VSphere and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager for Denmark’s largest bank.
  • Continuous Delivery pipeline for a leading AirBnB rival.
  • Orchestrating software releases from build to production using Jira for one of the largest Online Gaming companies in the Europe.
  • Automated provisioning of virtual classrooms for students at a leading US University.
  • Automating back-end business processes such as swapping sim formats for new iPhones for a UK Mobile operator.
  • Dynamic instantiation of development environments using Docker and Vagrant with automated testing for a leading Connected Device Management company.

What happens after I’ve implemented DevOps in my organisation with ECS Digital?

When we work with a client, we see our partnership as a two-way relationship that thrives on mutual learning and advice, and we are committed to keeping in touch with our clients long after the initial implementation is complete. Continuous improvement activities are a key component of DevOps. When implemented properly, DevOps solutions are self-improving, and we only think of a job as complete when the organisation we’ve partnered with is able to maintain and enhance their implementation independently. We understand that successful DevOps transformations are dependent on organisation-wide buy-in, and with our wealth of industry experience we aim to make that process as easy as possible. We also understand that, at the end of the day, the people that make up your organisation are your most important assets – what makes ECS Digital different is that we commit as much to the development of your human resources as we do to your technological and organisational ones.

If you’d like to know more about how DevOps can bring new levels of productivity and efficiency to your workplace, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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