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The Importance of DevOps in the Workplace

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The Importance of DevOps in the Workplace

Definition of the DevOps model, its culture along with the primary principles and working methods of automating workplace.

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It is a well-known fact that automation is extremely important in the digital workplace. It helps to save time, resources, and finances. One of the most efficient enablers of process automation includes DevOps which is known for delivering apps and software faster, allowing companies to release them sooner with a more reliable end-product. 

What Is DevOps?

According to Amazon Web Services, the DevOps model is a list of practices, tools, and philosophies combined to deliver services at high speed with good efficiency. DevOps, compared to other software development and management process systems, is considered to be more useful in terms of evolving and improving products. 

DevOps, with its software release cadence and constant delivery, plays an important role in the company's operational strategies. It helps to automate many processes like testing, configuring, development, and production. DevOps, with the help of digital infrastructure, enables a smooth application running and transitions maintenance. 

DevOps speeds up digital-related services, helps with improvement and enhancement of operations, their flexibility, and is highly beneficial in terms of process automation. 

DevOps Culture 

Rick Stewart, Herndon software technologist, believes that DevOps is not only about development. DevOps is, first of all, a cultural movement that is focused on establishing a clear understanding between existing developers and ongoing operations, defining responsibility for the services they provide. 

DevOps is a helpful tool towards increasing development transparency, better communication, and more efficient collaborations when conducted properly. Those companies who have already implemented DevOps have a certain attitude towards organizing and managing operations. They strive for constant improvement, enhanced efficiency across all the work-related processes, delivering secure, flexible, and highly resilient services.

Manual operations make the overall process of software development slow and inconvenient. Hence, process automation is mandatory when it comes to deploying software with the ability to deliver services on time. Every operation, conducted manually, is inclined to human mistakes which might cause unnecessary delays and bottlenecks. Automation eliminates hitches and allows expansion of workforce resources. DevOps has been called an infinite loop due to its ability to address any inefficiencies in repeated activities and correct them in the next iteration.

Another important thing is the ability of DevOps to grow customer satisfaction by increasing the company's chances to deliver a seamless experience and provide them with all the required features with the help of resilient infrastructure. 

The Main Principles of DevOps

To implement DevOps, companies need to consider a few important principles that will ease the process and ensure a better transition.

Encourage Collaboration

DevOps, in general, is about combining two teams, responsible for the development and operational sides of the project, and making sure there is enough communication between them to work together and bring effective results. The more they collaborate, exchange ideas and tools, brainstorm, the better the end product. When aligning teams towards a certain focus and giving them enough resources and place for collaboration, the company, therefore, creates the right environment for a productive workflow.

Impose Responsibility 

In the DevOps model, people in the development department and those in operations, work together and are both accountable for delivering the results. If before, developers wrote the code, while operations deployed it, DevOps has made certain adjustments. To avoid any inefficiencies, both teams should control services and take responsibility from the very beginning to the very end.

Motivate for Improvement 

DevOps is always focusing on constant improvements, setting the goal to optimize cost, delivery speed, and enhance performance. Teams, by the means of optimized and automated processes, strive to provide continuous integration and delivery. Such an approach ensures efficiency in terms of application deployment and its further release within a short amount of time.

Automate Processes

To implement constant improvement with the ability to effectively respond to client’s feedback companies need to make use of automation. The good news is there exists quite a vast majority of upgrades in terms of useful tools for automating processes. Automation, according to George Miranda, DevOps engineer at PagerDuty, is key to continuous development and delivery along with timely software release. 

It can be implemented towards systems planning, software implementation, functionality and security verification, and many other processes. On the other hand, the DevOps team is also able to come up with their automated operations. As computers build and install software faster than humans, people need to embrace all the steps which are required for a safe modification of the running services. Through automating the steps, computers can be programmed to install faster and way more reliably.

Focus on the Client

DevOps sets a specific task for the companies to constantly innovate, abandon an outdated strategy, and develop features that deliver maximum consumer satisfaction. Brands need to follow the current trends and aim to meet all the needs of the constantly changing requirements of their clients. The data, received from the automated operations, have to be thoroughly checked to meet the targets in terms of performance.

George Miranda advises starting from the basic information and moving from there: checking the error rate when setting the production of new software, or the gap between recovery and mean-time every time service interrupts, etc. However, despite the importance of metrics, it is important to focus on specific data, the one that is crucial for the brand and its users.

Learn From Mistakes

When companies accept failure, they foster an auspicious climate for learning and further improvement. Such an approach has a positive impact on the whole company’s culture and motivates people to turn failures into great learning opportunities. Collecting feedback, checking reviews, and correcting things that do not work well for the common goal empowers brands to transform and improve.

Combine Expertise

DevOps teams, as a rule, are involved in all the processes of software development, including planning, creating, deployment, testing, and releasing. Every team member should have in-depth knowledge and possess the required skills. Since it might be difficult to find such an IT professional, companies should encourage their teams to share tasks and related responsibilities. In that case, brands get combined expertise, where each member of the team shares responsibility for the success of the end-product.

Streamlining the process of software development, deployment and management have become easier, more reliable, and vastly efficient. By adopting a culture of DevOps, brands are now able to meet the demands of the evolving market and bring up the level of customer satisfaction.

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