For IT companies, surviving in a severely cut-throat competitive world is as difficult as walking on a tightrope. If they want to gain the benefits of being an early entrant in the market, they know how important it is to develop products faster and cut down on release cycles. That’s precisely where DevOps – with its ability to automate companies’ delivery pipelines – can become a silver bullet for IT companies. Contrary to the traditional ways of functioning where Dev and Ops used to work differently, DevOps stimulates collaborative efforts that break the silos. That’s what makes it organizational and cultural rethink of how software-driven organizations can become agile and innovative.
The Actual Meaning of DevOps:
Coleman Parks Research has defined DevOps as the culture, practices, and automation needed to facilitate closer collaboration among development and other IT-related functions to ensure faster delivery of high-quality software. Basically, it has stemmed from the need to apply agile software development to IT operations. Generally, it comprises of practices like continuous integration and continuous delivery, automated testing, proactive monitoring, automated configuration management, and agile development.
Clearly, it’s more than a niche development approach that touches the technical, cultural and commercial aspects of an IT organization. It improves business agility by providing the necessary atmosphere of mutual collaboration, communication, and integration across globally collocated teams in an IT organization. The report from Puppet, whose findings have been displayed in the following image, testifies it. It’s then hardly a surprise that 25% of Global 2000 organizations are currently using DevOps.
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How DevOps Actually Help Companies
A) Improvement in The Build Quality:
Due to the collaboration of development and operations, DevOps gives rise to the culture of knowledge and information sharing. As a result, it brings together both dev-centric attributes such as features, performance, and reusability and ops-centric attributes such as deployability and maintainability to uplift the overall code quality. If we take into consideration the distribution of deployment frequency, deployment leads to time and mean time to recover (MTTR), DevOps helps in driving not only a better initial code quality but also improved testing. Through this continuous delivery improvement, eventually, this collaboration leads to better code quality and stability.
B) Improved Recovery:
Companies have to live with the lingering threat of IT failure. This is bad for the reputation of companies; especially if the customer-facing side of the business is affected. Internally, they can damage the bottom line. The Puppet survey shows that DevOps reduces failure rates while recovery times are 24 times faster. This is mainly due to DevOps’ incremental and ongoing development approach, which allows possibilities of changes in case of disaster. If you are releasing hundreds of changes in one large deployment, you are closer to the failure and bad recovery. Simply because you will have to reinvent the wheel again by starting to code and deploy from the scratch.
C) No Conflict Between Stability vs. New Features:
The conflict between releasing new features and stability is common in non-DevOps environments. That’s mainly because development teams are measured on the updates they deliver to users while operations teams are measured by the health of the system.
In the DevOps environment, the entire team is involved in ensuring new features and stability. The combination of a shared code base, continuous integration, test-driven techniques and automated deploys expose problems earlier in the process, as the code isn’t hurled towards the operations team at its end. Besides, access to real-time data allows DevOps engineers to quickly understand the impact of application changes. As there is no need for team members to wait for a different team to troubleshoot and fix the problem, resolution times are on lower sides.
D) Better Economies of Scale:
Along with the effective collaboration, DevOps also bring sound automation. Companies can leverage this feature to automate repetitive tasks without getting worried about errors. For instance, regression and performance testing can bring about a small change in a rapid manner. Development can become more robust and stable through frequent backups and rollovers. If all these functions get automated, companies can curtail large manual costs. If the scope of a company is large, this can seriously mean significant monetary savings.
E) Accelerated Application Delivery through Agile:
Traditionally, the development team first builds the code and then tests it in an isolated environment, where the operations team takes over for production. This non-alignment between the two teams throws up lots of misunderstandings, as they aren’t on the same ground regarding infrastructure, configuration, deployment, log management, and performance monitoring. In turn, it slows down the production process.
As DevOps bring synchronization among all the IT related teams, companies can actually accelerate delivery and cut down the release time. Moreover, it allows early detection of errors that keep code in a releasable state all the time. Due to the cumulative effects of all these factors, companies can go to market in desirable time and reap the benefits of competitive edge.