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Customer Stories

Transforming the delivery process

Standard Bank transforms its software delivery process to provide new features at velocity.

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Too Slow, Too Many Silos

Planning the DevOps Journey

Realizing that the old way of doing things had to be changed, Standard Bank brought in Chef to help them. People from development, operations and business met with Chef to pick a pilot project, map out their DevOps journey and level up their skills.

Guiding Principles and the Team

The planning group decided that their guiding principle would be to move quality to the left. The new way of doing things would have quality built into it, would be repeatable, and would be automated. The multidisciplinary team that would implement the pilot project was called the Chop Chop team.

About Standard Bank

Standard Bank is the largest bank in Africa. An established institution with a long history, it has a 40-year technology legacy and an IT organization with multiple silos. Creating an environment could take weeks.

The part that’s powerful is when I can spin up a pre-configured and certified environment that’s ready for my entire Internet banking solution to run on it. That’s what Chef does.

Dawie Olivier Executive Head of Group Technology Build, Standard Bank

Testing Infrastructure

Standard Bank had never tested its infrastructure before but they were determined to ensure quality from the outset, catching errors earlier rather than later. Not only that, but they adopted test-driven development, writing the tests before they wrote the infrastructure code.

The Future

Standard Bank’s pilot project was a success. Now there’s enthusiasm for DevOps on a broader scale. With the right culture, everything is possible.

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