While there is widespread agreement that federal agencies should capitalize more broadly on cloud computing, the best route to wider adoption is still a subject under vigorous debate. Within commercial markets, the idea of aligning and integrating development and operations more closely is gaining steam. Known as DevOps, the idea is to accelerate software delivery while improving cloud manageability.
DevOps is a software development and IT management method that integrates software engineering, quality assurance and IT operations to manage the full application lifecycle collaboratively. There is significant buzz within the federal IT community over how DevOps can help agencies deliver public service for the future.