What is DevOps?
DevOps is a combination of the two words “Development” and “Operations.” In 2019 DevOps expert, Patrick Debois, came with the term DevOps and since then it is being used. According to some, there was a change in IT culture during that time and DevOps represents this shift change. The word DevOps describes the operation of a team collaborating throughout an entire programming production process – from the design till the development stages. It includes the combination of tools and philosophies that increases the team capability to produce results at high efficiency. DevOps is more inclined towards Agile methodology.
With DevOps approach, team tends to finish the projects faster. The miscommunications, improvements and other changes required can be done at a much faster pace. This encourages collaboration between the operations and the development teams. This would result in the company’s business growth.
Business Benefits of DevOps
- Faster, quicker deployment: After the successful launch of DevOps, next level, deployment process, begins. With the use of right approach, an organization can be benefitted by deploying their new systems in a more enhanced, efficient manner, while keeping the efficiency intact. Through this, innovation and continual deployment becomes synonymous with each other. Therefore, making the deployment easier and quicker.
- Agility: Transformation within a business can be achieved through Agility. With DevOps, even the big organizations can transform their business to have more scalability. In other words, for everyone it is a Win-Win situation.
- DevOps translates into money: DevOps helps in automation of repetitive tasks without worrying about errors/issues. More “robust and stable” process can be achieved through frequent backups and rollovers. With automation, an organization can benefit by saving on manual costs, which gives monetary savings.
- Silos no longer exist with DevOps: “Innovation is the key to perform better”. As a result, Silos is a thing of past. Previously there was no link between developers and operations, all innovation was carried out in seclusion, thereby making things more elusive and secretive. As time have changed so is the process of innovation, there is now more interaction between teams (development and operations) as a result they give excellent output to their collaboration. With DevOps, old process can be broken, while more interactive and organized process can be followed and be implemented.
- Faster development: Two main pillars of DevOps are collaboration and communication. As these features are enhanced, there is an automatic improvement in the development cycles, making it a success story that it deserves to be.
- Continuous delivery: With lower time consumption in development, codes are deployed to production quickly. The short comings between requirement gathering and issues are reduced significantly, causing higher releases to production in short span of time. Through this, synchronization of production cycles with IT mechanisms is achieved to make them more streamlined and effective. To achieve this, DevOps mechanism is often needed to create a robust method of efficiency.
- Bye to defects: The worst enemy in an application production environment are “defects”. With DevOps, defects become next to negligible. The defects are minimized due to better collaboration, modular programming, and iterative development, making a fool proof mechanism to handle defects. By minimizing defects, efficiency can be increased within every vertical of the organization.
With multiple benefits of DevOps, it can be said that DevOps is the future of production cycles. With the correct implementation, a lot can be achieved in short span of time. Thus, making production of apps more effective and error free.
DevOps is something that teams should have hands around. And adopt to it at the earliest if they are not working in DevOps space. They need to be skilled to use the better of it and scale themselves. As the world is moving at a fast pace organizations must implement the same model as they can’t remain in their silos. They must follow the same legacy processes, and then achieve excellence. Excellence will be achieved at all grounds as the organization will be benefitted and the business will grow at a faster speed as improvements / new features are readily available. Certainly, there is more work at ground level for those who will be starting from scratch. They need to manage the cultural change, establish key metrics, implement automation, and most importantly, integrate Quality Assurance within the SDLC to run parallel to the development.
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