When you start a new project in your organization, is it clear which technologies you can choose? Which coding languages, or application servers? Which cloud providers can be used and how? How about delivery pipelines, is it clear how to get your stuff to the production safely? If not, keep reading, because Platform Engineering would be just for you.
Platform Engineering includes all work which is not directly related to the production code itself. Platform Engineers build Internal Development Platforms (IDP) which help developers to create value-adding work without hassle.
Internal Development Platform
IDP includes any work which makes developers' lives easier, like code, documentation, and processes. Typically, this includes Delivery Pipelines and environment handling in an Infrastructure as Code (IaC) manner. IDP offers golden paths for choosing technologies which can be used in the organization. These technologies are application servers, coding languages, Continuous Integration servers, and Infrastructure. Key in the IDP is strong automation.
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