The DevOps movement continues to gain traction among large US enterprises, including Adobe, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

As TechRepublic’s James Sanders explains, DevOps—a combination of Development and Operations—is essentially a workflow “centered around integration and communication between software developers and IT professionals who manage production operations.” The idea grew out of the Agile methodology, and first gained attention at a conference in 2009.

Many IT departments are siloed between development, operations, support, and management, but a DevOps system seeks to integrate them all for better productivity and a smoother overall workflow. The system allows companies to quickly deliver software and security updates both internally and to customers, Sanders wrote. The ultimate goal is to bring products to market faster, deliver software and security updates more quickly, and make the entire process more reliable.