Manage Project Lifecycles More Efficiently with DevOps
Half of enterprise organisations are expanding their DevOps. Can you afford to be left behind when others are rapidly innovating?
The dynamic nature of the modern technology environment has forced enterprises to shift their focus away from monolithic software design to continuous integration and delivery. By contrast, the typical cycle of writing code before sending it in for review and publishing it according to a schedule leaves a business unable to adapt when it most needs to. DevOps became the development framework of choice.
DevOps refers to a software-development framework based on a group of concepts that grew out of a need for continuous integration and delivery of software products. Given the rapid evolution of technology, it’s often referred to as a service that has developers, quality assurance teams and operations personnel all working together to provide continuous improvement of enterprise software solutions.
Short for development and operations, DevOps is a collaborative effort throughout the entire service lifecycle of a software product. This contrasts with the view of having developers and operations on separate teams with little or no communication between the two. As a cross-functional way of working, DevOps incorporates coding, integration, testing, packaging, release, continuous improvement and monitoring.
Stemming from the success of the agile development framework, DevOps is the next step away from monolithic software design. This is critical given the uncertain and ever-changing technology environment. Previously, it was the norm to have software developed only for it to become obsolete within a few years. DevOps practically eliminates obsolescence through shorter deployments and increased reliability.
Reduce Failure Rates
The quality and reliability of any service depend on its availability in the absence of error, or mean time between failures (MTBF) and how long it takes to restore it to an error-free state, or mean time to repair (MTTR). The collaborative nature of DevOps is such that faster feedback loops and deployment times greatly reduce failure rates while solving any problems that do arise much faster than was previously possible.
DevOps blurs the line between development and operations teams to help ensure that the result is what end users expect. As such, it’s a complete, end-to-end process in which stakeholders have complete visibility into the development, integration and ongoing maintenance of a software product. As a collaborative effort, it helps people learn new skills while breaking down communication silos.
With the conventional (and increasingly outmoded) approach to development, tasks are relegated to different teams. This ultimately translates into poor communications which, in turn, leads to software products that your employees or customers are less likely to enjoy using. Furthermore, DevOps empowers personal development while improving the end-user experience, both of which mean greater satisfaction.
Stabilise Operating Environments
In a traditional software-development environment, there’s often a fear that releasing new features will come at the cost of decreased stability. DevOps seeks to address these concerns by getting everyone involved in the process with a shared code base and continuous integration, among other factors. Combined with real-time data and automation technology, any challenges that do arise tend to far less complex.
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