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David M. Karr | Wed, 05 Jun 2019 22:21:31 UTC

The DevOps notion is very popular in forward-looking large and small enterprises, for good reason. Another theme that is very prominent is security. Unfortunately, there's at least one way where these two notions work against each other. Typically in large enterprises, it is common to carefully define the role of each employee and even audit how well those limitations are followed, to prevent people from having more access to systems than they need to. If someone is a developer, they're not allowed to have access to operations. Managers are not allowed to see code in repositories (much less change it).

If these rules are strictly followed, any benefits from a DevOps approach will be severely diluted. You certainly won't see developers being allowed to troubleshoot or implement operations changes, and it's unlikely that operations personnel will have a very good perspective on what developers need to do their job.

These rules might not prevent "communication" across the divide, but what is the point if neither side really has much to do with the other?

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