Deploy business agility with DevOps

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The IT industry is continuously changing and emerging with new trends. To be secured, it urgently needs to meet the new demands in the business to bring their products or services to market faster with high quality, reliability and security. Unfortunately, bad teamwork between business owners, operations team and development teams makes this difficult to achieve. Also there is often tension between introducing new features and stability to these products or services. Since the operations and development team is taking care of the stability and features of the system, a lot of time is occupied making the organizations failing to deliver their service at a faster pace to the market.

Adapting DevOps will be a good strategy for boosting up your IT services to meet the future business environment. DevOps is incredibly powerful when implemented correctly. Some key factors of implementing successful DevOps are:

a) Continuous Planning

The first step towards adapting to DevOps is permanent/continuous planning. Plan a long term strategy, without that we won’t be able to outline a roadmap for the project. At the time of planning, include developers, business analyst, testers and operation teams to prepare a proper release plan. This proposed plan helps management to trace the project activities like design and development activities including testing. Also, this helps the management to smoothly plan the budget, timeline and allocate resource for the project.

b) Continuous Integration

Continuous integration is a key component of Development practice. This is probably the most commonly known DevOps practice. For making continuous integration to work, the developers have to communicate more and make sure that their work includes changes from other developers that may reflect/ impact on the code they are working on. Here the main focus is to have error free builds/code with the best practices and version controls followed by your organization. The failure of the build can be detected easily by the periodic integration.

c) Continuous Testing

The other important part of the development life cycle is testing. This is the most important part of making the DevOps thing successful.

Continuous test is the process of checking the code/build continuously and automatically. Moreover, automation alone does not enable continuity in testing, but help to provide a qualitative assessment of risk. The main concept is more than automation; it represents continuous, consistent validation that keeps the DevOps process performing successfully.

d) Continuous Delivery

Taking the concept of continuous integration and continuous testing, the next comes continuous delivery. At the end of every continuous testing the build is delivered to the next stage of the application delivery life cycle. The main goal of the continuous delivery is to get the new features developers are developing out to users or clients as soon as possible. All the build/code that go through testing do not go for delivery, only those that are ready in terms of functionality and stability are delivered to the users.

e) Continuous Monitoring/Feedback

Continuous monitoring/feedback are the last step of DevOps process. The DevOps team ensures that the application is performing as required via continuous monitoring and collects the feedback from the clients on application functionality and behaviour. This feedback can help to improve the application itself.

Benefits of Using DevOps

When implemented successfully, DevOps can create value for both employees and customers. The biggest advantage in adopting DevOps environment is that, there is one team which include developers, business analyst, operation teams and testers. This cross-functional team can bring many benefits to the business environment. Some of the benefits that DevOps brings are:

  • Small number of complex problem to fix
  • Continuous software delivery
  • Delivering features very fast
  • Stable operation environment
  • Faster problem solving
  • Save time and money