SecOps. DataOps. NetOps. Reading these terms, you get the sense that the key to IT efficiency is to make IT Ops work with everyone else. But that’s a mistake, because it leaves developers out of the picture.
It’s no secret that the DevOps movement has generated a number of other *Ops initiatives, including those listed above. The driving idea behind all of them is that IT Ops teams should work more closely with security teams (in the case of SecOps), data analytics teams (in the case of DataOps) or networking teams (in the case of NetOps). These are only a sampling of *Ops movements; the list could go on.
To be sure, there are advantages to gain by having IT Ops collaborate more closely with other parts of the organization. But there are an equal number of advantages in doing the same thing with developers.
To optimize security operations, you need developers, IT Ops and the security team to work together. If Dev is left out of the picture, it’s much harder for the other two parts of this equation to make sure that the code the organization deploys and manages is secure.
For similar reasons, DataOps, NetOps and almost all the other *Ops you can come up with work well only when Dev also participates. The people who actually design and write the applications are important.
Why does this matter? My point is not merely that terms like SecOps and DataOps are misleading because they don’t mention developers.
On the contrary, giving equal weight to developers is important because if you don’t, you risk isolating developers. Some are already complaining that DevOps is “killing” them. The trend of defining new *Ops practices that don’t mention developers is not helping.
So, maybe we should start mentioning and thinking about developers more prominently when we are talking about ways to extend the DevOps philosophy to other parts of the IT organization. This is already being done somewhat in the case of SecOps, which you sometimes hear called SecDevOps. But Google lists nearly 13.5 times as many results for “SecOps” as for “SecDevOps.” The numbers are similar if you search for “NetOps” as compared to “NetDevOps.” And I’ve never heard anyone say “DataDevOps.”
The takeaway is this: Developers are as important as IT Ops to DevOps. Don’t leave them out.