DevOps, Agile, and Cloud Computing: How Are the Three Musketeers Related?
DevOps methods, Agile development, and the cloud work together in unique ways to enable fast-paced innovation and customer satisfaction.
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In the world of development and innovation, DevOps, Agile, and Cloud have finally broken through the hype and gone mainstream. This post emphasizes how the three musketeers combine to form an almost-holy threesome.
We are passing through an entire 360-degree transformation as the world continues to digitize at a faster pace. Over the past decade, our personal and professional lives have been profoundly affected by technology, all thanks to entrepreneurs developing successful digital businesses with the help of DevOps practices.
A few years back, let’s say in 2013, agile methodologies started gaining popularity among the vast majority of software developers. As a result, time management between software development and other operational teams turned into a major bottleneck for deployment. Right from that moment, the two sides came to war.
One side involved developers who were eager to deliver applications quickly while on the other hand, operational managers struggled to maintain business procedures at the same pace. What happened next? The two teams were isolated by their own needs and not the needs of the overall business.
DevOps is the offspring of agile software development that emphasizes bringing both teams together by automating software velocity through agile methods. As soon as the approach began taking off, a major transformation was seen in the application lifecycle management. Building, testing, and delivering software has completely changed under DevOps. In addition to this, applications can be synonymous with innovation, due to which new business opportunities have been created and customers receive updated apps in no time. In fact, by shifting operations and management in the DevOps tool chain, more and more companies have started experiencing success.
Continuous software delivery.
Quick resolutions to problems.
Productive teams become happier.
High employee engagement.
An increase in professional development opportunities.
Quick delivery of results.
A more stable operating environment.
Improved communication and collaboration.
More time invested in innovation.
DevOps and Agile
Many software development companies believe that the agile methodology can vastly improve the customer experience, while DevOps can increase revenue from new sources. At its core, agile development is a belief system that’s all about software. For example, a software must reflect the needs of the businesses and must be developed as well as tested on a rapid basis, etc. In short, the software must better reflect the challenges and realities with which the business is dealing.
Similarly, DevOps is like another belief system, a set of technology, methodologies, and disciplines that turns out to be a more holistic approach to the end-to-end software development cycle. It ideally extends agile development practices by simply streamlining the movement of software change with the concepts of continuous delivery, continuous testing, continuous feedback, and collaboration.
DevOps and Agile practices are better off together than apart. Strategies on these separate bases bring value to software and IT development teams, but when taken together, they can be beneficial in numerous ways, such as:
Employee satisfaction- Two strategies in conjunction can increase employee satisfaction to a great extent. Team members happy with their work can create a more productive environment and stay on the payroll for a long time.
Customer satisfaction- Happy development teams often lead to an increase in productivity and engagement. Hence, more and more businesses make use of Agile and DevOps to stay ahead of the competition. As a result, the higher quality output can increase brand loyalty while attracting new customers.
DevOps and Cloud
One of the major bottlenecks for any development life cycle is infrastructure and application deployment/updates. Cloud computing has changed the world of IT infrastructure forever. By using cloud providers like AWS and Azure, you can have a basic infrastructure up and running. Over the past few years, Cloud has become a practical reality and came into widespread use, giving rise to cloud-based and cloud-oriented ways of doing software development. On the other hand, DevOps turns out to be near-perfect fit for the role of cloud-oriented development and IT methodology.
Why is DevOps and Cloud called a marriage made in Heaven? First, the centralized nature of cloud computing provides DevOps automation with a standard and centralized platform for testing, deployment, and production. Earlier, due to the distributed nature, enterprise systems couldn't match well with the centralized software deployment but with the help of cloud platform, many complexities can be solved.
Second, DevOps automation is becoming cloud-centric day in day out. Many cloud computing providers have started supporting DevOps on their platform. The tight integration has led to a reduction in cost associated with on-premises automation technology. It is much easier to control things centrally via cloud instead of bringing various departments under control.
Third, cloud-based DevOps lessens the need to account for resources leveraged. Moreover, it even leverages user-based accounting which tracks use of resources by application, developer, user, data, etc. Traditional systems were unable to provide such services whereas leverage cloud-based resources make it easy to track costs of development resources and make adjustment as required.
How Does Cloud Match Up With Agile and DevOps?
Hybridizing cloud, DevOps, and agile continues to prove their collective value for enterprises. Further, it enables rapid and effective provision of services with flexible pricing that completely offsets the total cost of ownership of managing development and runtime infrastructure in-house. Besides, IT organizations that work in regulated industries instead of doing their own custom development simply needs pliable infrastructure to adopt cloud and DevOps practices.
Cloud computing, Agile development, and DevOps are the three musketeers reshaping the entire IT industry. If Cloud is an instrument, then DevOps is the musician that plays it. Together the triumvirate help the industry to shift its emphasis from asking “How long can we go without an outage?” to “How often can we deliver new functionality? “or “How quickly can we deploy a new service?”
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