Internal Developer Platforms (IDPs), a type of software platform, are playing an increasingly important role in modern product development, delivery, and management lifecycles. IDPs give businesses an opportunity to streamline workflows, increase efficiency, and improve collaboration.

Internal Developer Platform, an open community dedicated to gathering, sharing, and synthesizing technical and business knowledge and experience around building IDPs, describes IDPs as consisting of “many different technologies and tools glued together in a way that lowers the cognitive load on developers without abstracting away context and underlying technologies.” (1) 

IDPs are not a methodology, process, or program in the traditional sense but rather a set of tools and technologies designed to enhance the development and deployment process. IDPs can be extremely powerful for creating improved developer experiences and more effective engineering teams. 

An IDP platform sets the organization’s infrastructure’s baseline configurations, templates, roles, and permissions. This allows developers to self-serve their infrastructure needs, giving them more autonomy and control over their work as they deliver capabilities directly to the apps and into the supporting business processes and workflows via shared APIs.

Revolutionizing DevOps with IDP

When appropriately implemented, IDPs can streamline the operations workflow, reducing inefficiencies and automating application configuration and infrastructure management. IDPs also allow for increased autonomy and flexibility for developers to handle their work from start to finish without relying on the operations team. This allows enterprises to build and deploy applications faster with improved quality and maintainability.

Streamlined workflow: IDP provides a self-service layer on top of existing engineering tools, allowing developers to autonomously configure, deploy, and spin up infrastructure. This helps to automate the operations workflow and reduces inefficiencies in infrastructure management. The same can be achieved for that collaboration area with security integrated into the IDP.

Autonomy for developers: IDP allows developers to handle their work throughout the CI/CD process. By using low-code and drag-and-drop functionality with pre-built templates and images, businesses can quickly create applications to meet their specific needs without the need for extensive coding knowledge for standard features and capabilities. This reduces error, delays in delivery, and resources while increasing productivity and improving outcomes.

Enhanced collaboration: By setting baseline configurations, templates, roles, and permissions, IDP helps to standardize the organization’s infrastructure and improve collaboration between the operations and development teams. This leads to a more streamlined and efficient app development process, with faster and better business outcomes.

Avoiding common IDP implementation pitfalls

While an IDP can bring numerous benefits to an organization, without proper planning and execution, it can also lead to pitfalls. The following are five common mistakes organizations make when embarking on an IDP program or project:

Lack of clear goals and objectives: Organizations may need a clearer understanding of what they want to achieve with their internal developer platform, leading to unclear project scope and ineffective solutions.

Insufficient resources: Organizations may not be able to allocate adequate resources, including budget, personnel, and time, to support the internal developer platform program.

Resistance to change: Organizations may encounter resistance to change from employees accustomed to traditional development methods and reluctant to embrace new technologies and processes.

Integration challenges: Integrating an internal developer platform with existing systems and processes can be a complex and challenging task that requires careful planning and execution.

Lack of governance: Organizations may fail to establish proper governance over their internal developer platform, leading to operational silos, fragmented solutions, data privacy and security issues, and a lack of standardization.

Getting started with IDPs

If you’re interested in implementing an IDP within your organization, the first step is to work with a trusted DevOps partner that can break down the CI/CD silos commonly found in most organizations. The team at Taos has the knowledge, staff, and experience to help you understand the capabilities and limitations of IDPs and how they can fit into your specific business needs. We can guide you through the process to get your IDP up and running quickly, so your engineers, security, and operations teams can start enjoying the experience of a more streamlined and efficient DevOps workflow.

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  1. Internal Developer Platform, What is an Internal Developer Platform (IDP)?, accessed February 10, 2023