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Let's Summarize DevOps!

Introduction

The computing arena has witnessed significant revolutionary changes since the advent of the Internet. The cascading effect of technological advancements has resulted in the development of collaborative cultures, as we see DevOps, an amalgamation between development and operation. It is the union of organizational practices and programming tools to increase an organization’s ability to deliver applications faster. DevOps is an extension of the Agile Model, is a progressive and dynamic approach for a faster, collaborative, and feedback-driven method of delivery.

Does Your Business Need DevOps?

More often than not, we see Organizations struggling with the question of implementing new technologies. Even though they want to implement, they have trouble knowing “where” to implement. Some pointers to note if DevOps is right for you:

  • If the requirements of your projects are ever-evolving,
  • If the project pipeline lacks the support for a batch delivery of improvements,
  • If automated QA tests do not compromise your security.

DevOps, however, is a cultural and organizational shift. It breaks the traditional norm of ‘siloed’ departments of development, testing, and operations. DevOps aims at bringing them together, dissolving the organizational barriers between engineering and operations, thus, promoting communication and collaborations, further facilitating quick responses to production issues and customer feedback. These teams automate processes that were otherwise manual and slow, using a technology stack and tooling. With DevOps, Engineers can independently accomplish tasks, like deploying code or provisioning infrastructure.

Implementing DevOps

Implementing DevOps depends on the technology an organization wants to deploy, which leads to the question, “what type of organization wants to deploy it?” Not a tongue twister, of course, but it is not just any other technical exercise. Different business units come on board to discuss the requirements. Requirements like DevOps and Cloud are not inextricably linked, but together they form a great partnership.

Not every organization’s software department needs rapid iterative development, but for organizations striving for digital transformation, DevOps is integral.

The Roadmap for Implementing DevOps

Determine the Need to Implement DevOps Practices

• The need should be business-driven, should not be installed because it is the latest trend. • Alignment of IT goals with business goals

Encourage Collaborations among Different Departments

• DevOps demands to remove functional silos among various disciplines of the IT department. • The philosophy of DevOps is the integration of different departments of development, operations, and other functions, enabling people to work closely for better accessibility of information, helping them further in better decision making, and fetching better output and ideas.

Putting End-users Satisfaction at the Center

• Organizations need to adapt to the ever-changing demands of customers, provide customized solutions, and exceed their expectations in terms of functionality and performance. • The above-mentioned is possible if organizations focus on team efforts, transparent communication, and commitment to customer satisfaction. • DevOps would be successful only if there is decent participation of all stakeholders. Defining the requirements, developing the prototype, and from its testing to deployment, requires the involvement of everyone.

Start Small, and Then Scale Up

• Taking away the silo structure from the IT culture would require trust and confidence. • In the beginning, the DevOps approach should be applied with faster and smaller release cycles and then at scale. • Some early successes also boost the confidence of the employees and assure acceptance of the DevOps culture.

Automation

• For faster execution throughout the software development life cycle (SDLC), automation is necessary. • Employing automation for code development, middleware configuration, database, and networking changes, and essential testing saves the time and effort of developers, testers, and operations personnel.

Compatibility of Tools

• The tools selected for automation in the DevOps approach should be compatible, i.e., the toolset compatible with your IT environment. • The tools that the organization chooses should be from a single vendor because they are closely integrated. Furthermore, tools from a single vendor reduce the conflicts that they possibly create between development and operations.

Defining Performance Reviews

• The performance reviews should be such that it judges the teams’ ability to meet development and deployment goals. • As the efforts put in are collaborative, it requires the evaluation of a team and an individual.

Real-Time Visibility into Projects

• The better functioning of cross-functional IT teams requires project management tools that provide real-time visibility into projects and applications.

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

• ‘Continuous Integration’ enables the developer to develop the software in small regular steps by immediately detecting defects and providing feedback. • Continuous delivery, an extension of continuous integration, ensures every revised requirement is rapidly and safely deployed to production with quality by delivering every change to a production-like environment. And make sure it’s functioning as intended through rigorous automated testing.

Monitoring and Feedback

• Continuous monitoring is essential to ensure the applications are performing at the optimal levels and designing necessary updates.

Benefits of DevOps

Faster Deployment

The process of development ans deployment will take lesser time, when different departments work together. Thereby, resulting in faster delivery of updates, consequently satisfying customers.

Better Office Morale

DevOps improves interpersonal relations among colleagues, bringing positive vibes. The more employees communicate and work together, ensures better quality and faster delivery of the work

More Time for Innovation

When both maintenance and new updates are provided under a broader single umbrella, effectively cuts down the management and production costs of different departments.

Improved Customer Experience

When their grievances are met quicker, new updates are rolled out from time-to- time with lesser friction, it leaves lesser space for disappointment.

Minimal Cost of Production

When both maintenance and new updates are provided under a broader single umbrella, effectively cuts down the management and production costs of different departments.

Transparency

With the promotion of collaboration, allows easy communication, leading to easy access of information. Significant clarification of the code infrastructure. Paves the pathway for more specialization. Lesser dependence on the documentation

Better Technical Stability

The system is configured in a flexible manner to be able to increase the resource consumption and also scale it down when the load is lesser

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Wrapping Up

From improving business efficiency to encouraging employee collaborations, communication, and customer experience - DevOps is proving to be an indispensable tool to stay on top of things in the fast-paced competitive market. DevOps methodology matters as every project to be a success, strive for order and clarity.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Komal Prabhakar

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