If used right, in the dynamically changing market scenario DevOps, can turn out to be quite a helpful tools and process.
Emerged as a buzzword, the term has succeeded in becoming a legitimate course for infrastructural development.
Since the dawn of the internet, demand for data centers and IT organizations are increased to a great extent. As of now, the top priority has become to avoid all actions that introduce risk to these emerging systems and their associated business services. If simply put, any attack should never bring the system down!
Earlier, traditional IT departments incorporated methodologies that were notoriously SLOW and seemingly unresponsive. Even the large organizations took years and tens of millions of dollars to deliver new or also updated software to the market. Initially, everything was planned to the finite level of detail and redone every time there is an adjustment to strategy throughout the process. As a result, specific projects could never take off from the planning stage.
Today with the speed of the market and innovation, these traditional models aren’t merely sustainable or competitive.
With the introduction to DevOps, the slow and unresponsive IT department seems to be eliminated entirely. Zero defect, no- downtime mantra, is its core benefits. In short for software development and operations, DevOps approach now enables business leaders across the globe to take quick advantage of market opportunities and rapidly respond to customers’ needs.
In addition to this, engaging with your end customers’ demands social media and mobile applications, mean businesses must deliver innovative solutions to win in the marketplace. By constantly listening to customer feedback, analyzing data, and anticipating market shifts, you can provide a compelling experience.
For that, you need close collaboration between the business, IT, and operations, in short DevOps!
Now have you ever experienced a situation where a new system performs well in user-acceptance testing, but if gone live; it shows poor result?
I am sure you did!
Incorporating a DevOps environment that advocates development and testing allowing both the teams to keep a close eye on how a new application will affect the overall environment and respond accordingly.
Downtime is something no IT company can afford these days. The DevOps approach automates processes to enable deployment to production with minimal or no downtime. Work all day and all night long with a dream of making new services an instant hit is no joke. It does require some adjustment and fine-tuning before it really takes off. Which means each area of your business needs access to customer feedback, in regards to sales, delivery, development, and operations.
Most organizations do monitor the operational performance of the production environment, but with DevOps, the application’s behavior and performance automatically get tested before it goes live.
The ‘evergreen’ perks of DevOps
If you ask me to reduce the goals of DevOps to one singular purpose; I would say automation. Irrespective of what industry you are in, you will be facing some kind of automation in the upcoming years. DevOps will continue to grow:
- More consumers and businesses rely on cloud software – spending on both private and public clouds has increased at a significant rate. Since their emergence and these factors continue to grow. Cloud-hosted software requires fast, responsive deployments. This is something that makes them keep up with consumer and business needs without interrupting service. And that’s the reason why user adoption of the cloud continues to rise, DevOps demand will likely rise with it.
- Businesses strive for higher efficiency – DevOps implementation has provable, impressive results. Deploying code becomes faster than ever before, and that too, with fewer to no errors – all because of new automated standards. If adding a single position to the company can improve productivity by double-digit figures, what company wouldn’t jump at the opportunity?
- Tech competition increases – with more and more companies institute DevOps practices, it becomes even more important for their competitors to institute similar (or preferably, better) practices. And the best part is that this ratcheting effect will likely push demand forward indefinitely.
Change, we all need
To survive and thrive in this new world, developing a continuous testing culture across our function, complimenting, and supporting a wider continuous delivery culture has become a must-do a thing. In today’s scenario, we need to foster the approach of collaborative work and joint problem-solving.
This should bring what we have long sought – involvement right from the outset. Typically adopted in this modern delivery world, the wider culture emphasizes on trying new approaches and tools and discarding those things that don’t work/add value. Something that can help us in testing to also be more innovative. We can, and perhaps should, become more comfortable in experimenting with new techniques and ways of working in the quest to improve quality.
With the advent of DevOps, a plethora of opportunities seems to work more closely in regards to operation. We share goals of protecting production and the customer from poor quality and resulting outages. Often those areas that the operations team are concerned about and want to see closely monitored are areas that we should be focusing our quality lens on too. On the flip side, the instrumenting and tools we utilize in testing may also deliver benefit to our operations colleagues.
It has been suggested that what is required to deliver solutions. Firstly, they have their specialism, perhaps in development or more likely in our case test automation, exploratory testing or test data management, but then secondly, they must have the overall end-to-end delivery focus required. This means we will have the opportunity to develop new skills, become more technical if we have the aptitude/desire, but certainly move closer to the other functions.
So, that’s all for now!
Kibo Hutchinson is working as a Technology Analyst at Tatvasoft UK. She has a keen interest in learning the latest practices in the development, so she is spending her most of the time on the Internet navigating the unique topics and technology trends.