DevOps: How to Make It Work for Your Business
DevOps makes it possible for developers and operations teams to have more oversight of the entire development lifecycle, increase efficiency, and create better, more reliable software. Check out this high-level view of it and see if you think this methodology could be the answer for your organization.
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With business agility emerging as a key requisite for staying ahead of the competition, enterprises have adopted agile methodologies to deliver high-quality digital experiences that delight customers, rapidly and at a lower cost. However, these initiatives sometimes fail to deliver the desired benefits, mainly because of the existing organizational silos, processes, and technologies and missing collaboration among IT, development, and testing teams. This necessitates the needs of DevOps to help businesses build better-quality products and services quickly and with greater reliability.
Let's pause for a minute and think about what DevOps is and how businesses are creating value out of it? DevOps is associated with a collaborative set of practices that aims to break the silos between developers, testers, release managers, and system operators. The products and tools developed in this area focus on maximizing predictability, visibility, and flexibility, while maintaining stability and integrity.
So, for an organization trying to adopt DevOps, what does success look like? Of course, adopting the right (processes, technology, automating, and testing) is fundamental to successful DevOps, but it also needs the fundamental tenets to establish a successful DevOps environment.
Steps for Success
Culture... Not Just Tools and Processes
Often, when people talk about DevOps practices, they emphasize source code repositories and other tools. But, DevOps is really about influencing company culture—replacing traditional development and operations silos with collaborative teams.
The DevOps way of working establishes a culture that focuses on fostering collaboration to achieve shared goals and eliminate hierarchical interactions. It also promotes open communication and encourages feedback. In addition, such an environment motivates teams to ask questions and find answers, encourages knowledge sharing, and brings the development and operations teams together, thus ensuring continuous deployment.
Don't Make a New Silo
Much of the talk in DevOps circles is centered on breaking down the silos, specifically those of product development and testing. While this is a good silo to break down, it often skips operations teams and non-IT stakeholders. To gain maximum advantage from a DevOps approach, businesses need to think beyond the silo and lead from a business-centric rather than a product-centric perspective.
Use Software Automation Where You Can
Automation tools are imperative for delivering high-quality software applications. The goal is to make changes, updates, and enhancements quickly and safely while minimizing the scope of errors. It is always considered best to fix an issue on the developer’s desktop. Moreover, you can deploy automation tools and conduct pre-production tests like regression testing and load testing prior to deployment. Shifting away from a reliance on heavy manual testing automates the process and removes the risk of human error, improving test accuracy and software quality.
In most cases, the operations and development teams are siloed. There isn't enough communication between the two teams because they're only worried about doing their own jobs. When everyone knows what everyone else is doing, it fosters open communication and collaboration, which can improve overall outcomes.
Enterprises today need be more agile and responsive to the changing needs of the business, while keeping costs under control. One way for IT to respond is to accelerate the software development lifecycle (SDLC) and embrace DevOps culture. By instilling the DevOps way of working into agile environments, enterprises can become more successful.
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