In this digital era, companies adopt digital means to reach the right customer which in turn makes them to innovate faster. And when it comes to launching a new product, the key focus is the time to market. To enable faster deployments with minimal errors which in turn speeds up the delivery process, DevOps plays a key role.  The main reason behind DevOps’ popularity is that it allows enterprises to create and improve products at a faster pace than traditional methods.

DevOps isn’t just about technology; it’s about a culture. A culture of collaboration, transparency, and commitment to excellence so a company can deploy software updates faster, safer, and with higher levels of quality than ever before. The organizational aspects of DevOps are critical for achieving success. If you can get your Business People, Developer, and IT operations teams aligned around the shared goal of practicing agile software development with a heavy focus on policy, self-service, testing, automation, and security – then you’ve achieved DevOps 

How DevOps Is Useful in Digital Transformation:

Automation at its best – DevOps encourages teams to embrace automation of processes and to trust the pipeline. Tasks that are repeated should be automated. Automation can save the team time and reduce the possibility of error.

Cutting down the cost – DevOps brings the development and operation teams closer, hence reducing silos and decreasing the number of handoffs. Because teams work closer together, there is more understanding and less need to rework features. While practicing DevOps, the project teams don’t have to wait long for the next piece of instruction to be made available. As a result, the amount of time that would be wasted is reduced.

Increase in Efficiency and time to market – DevOps puts an organization in a better position to experiment with new ideas. Such an experiment can help organizations learn about the patterns and practices that really work, making digital transformation more efficient.

Improvement in quality – Digital transformation, on the other hand, enables automation. By using automation, human error can be reduced in processes. Hence the overall quality of work is improved.

Innovate faster – automating repetitive tasks can save both the development and operations team a significant amount of time. Hence, the teams are more relaxed, happier, and better in mind to do more innovative activities.

In this blog, let me walk through in detail about:

  1. What is DevOps?
  2. DevOps and the application lifecycle
  3. Why are people adopting DevOps?
  4. What are the benefits?

  1. What is DevOps?

In a traditional software development model, developers write large amounts of code for new features, products, bug fixes and such, and then pass their work to the Operations team for deployment, usually via an automated ticketing system. The Operations team receives this request in its queue, tests the code and gets it ready for production – a process that can take days, weeks, or months.

DevOps provide developer services to sport team to plan work, collaborate on code development, and build and deploy application so that they can build and operate software in as streamlined and automated a fashion as possible. It is the ultimate blending of Development and Operations teams.

2. DevOps and the application lifecycle

DevOps lifecycle is a combination of different phases of continuous plan, software development, integration, testing, deployment, and monitoring. A competent DevOps lifecycle is necessary to leverage the full benefits of the DevOps methodology. Each phase relies on the others, and the phases are not role specific. In a true DevOps culture, each role is involved in each phase to some extent.

Plan

In the plan phase, DevOps teams ideate, define, and describe features and capabilities of the applications and systems they are building. They track progress at low and high levels of granularity—from single-product tasks to tasks that span portfolios of multiple products. Creating backlogs, tracking bugs, managing agile software development with Scrum, using Kanban boards, and visualizing progress with dashboards are some of the ways DevOps teams plan with agility and visibility. 

Software Development

Continuous development involves planning and coding the software. This process makes it easier for the DevOps team to accelerate the overall software development process. This phase is instrumental in mapping the vision for the entire development cycle, enabling developers to fully understand project expectations. Through this, the team starts visualizing its end goal as well. There are no DevOps tools required for planning, but many version control tools are used to maintain code. This process of code maintenance is called source code maintenance. Popular tools for source code maintenance include JIRA, Git, Mercurial, and SVN

Continuous Integration

Continuous integration (CI) includes different steps related to the execution of the test process. Along with this, clients also provide information to be incorporated for adding new features to the application. Most changes happen in the source code during this phase. CI becomes the hub for resolving these frequent changes on a daily or monthly basis. Building code is a combination of unit and integration testing, code review, and packaging. Since developers make frequent changes, they can quickly spot problems and resolve them at an early stage.

Continuous Testing

Continuous Testing is a procedure of testing early, testing regular, test everywhere, and automate. Continuous means undisrupted testing done on a continuous basis. In a Continuous DevOps process, a software change continuously moves from Development to Testing to Deployment. The This process helps us to find the risk, address them and improve the quality of the product.

Continuous Deployment

Delivery is the process of deploying applications into production environments in a consistent and reliable way. The deliver phase also includes deploying and configuring the fully governed foundational infrastructure that makes up those environments.

In the deliver phase, teams define a release management process with clear manual approval stages. They also set automated gates that move applications between stages until they’re made available to customers. Automating these processes makes them scalable, repeatable, controlled. This way, teams who practice DevOps can deliver frequently with ease, confidence, and peace of mind.

Continuous Monitoring

Monitoring the performance of a software product is essential to determine the overall efficacy of the product output. This phase processes important information about the developed app. Through continuous monitoring, developers can identify general patterns and gray areas in the app where more effort is required. Continuous monitoring is an operational phase where the objective is to enhance the overall efficiency of the software application. Moreover, it monitors the performance of the app as well. Therefore, it is one of the most crucial phases of the DevOps lifecycle.

3. Why are organizations adopting DevOps?

The true meaning of DevOps is all about delivering continuous value to customers. The results of adopting DevOps must be measured in relation to business objectives. DevOps teams align around these objectives and achieve them using short release cycles. These cycles allow agile response to the market and continuous learning through customer feedback.

4. What are the benefits?

Without DevOps, you have two crucially important teams working in conflict with each other. This happens because their goals are different and often contradictory. As a result, whenever a release is getting close, the tension gets almost palpable in companies that don’t have DevOps.

How can a business organization move ahead in the competitive market and become more efficient in delivering the best features to the end-users in the set time? Well, here are some of the prime benefits a company can enjoy after adopting the DevOps way of working:

  • Ensure faster deployment
  • Stabilize work environment
  • Significant improvement in product quality
  • Automation in repetitive tasks leaves more room for innovation
  • Promotes agility in your business
  • Continuous delivery of software
  • Fast and reliable problem-solving techniques
  • Transparency leads to high productivity
  • Minimal cost of production

Key differences before and after implementing DevOps:

Some of the most popular DevOps tools include:

  • Jenkins
  • Maven
  • Selenium
  • Git
  • Terraform
  • Kubernetes
  • Ansible
  • Docker
  • Nagios   

In my next Blog I will be publishing a detailed blog on Jenkins, Stay Tuned!

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