DevOps – the why
What is DevOps ?
DevOps is a group effort between IT operations, OT operations, data scientists, the business and software development teams that promotes collaboration, communication and integration.
For DevOps to be an effective part of your organization, software development can no longer operate in isolated silos.
Instead, application and backend development and releases are divided into stages — delivering reliability, integrity and high availability.
DevOps benefits & Advantages
Connectivity & Collaboration
Different team members aren’t pigeonholed into one role. Everyone plays multiple roles, allowing each team member to operate cross functionally. And utilize their experiences and skills. And learn new ones.
Improved IT Operational SPEED & Efficiency
In a world where people have learned to be impatient, DevOps can help you speed up your delivery.
People expect sites to load in under three seconds. Every additional second could mean a few thousand (or even million) dollars in lost revenue.
It’s critical that sites and applications load quickly.
DevOps offers a leaner, faster, more efficient and secure development method
The essential elements of DevOps
– faster deployments
– easier remediation of coding errors
– faster deployment cycles
This is how DevOps has captured the attention of organizations globally
No More lost silos
When teams work separately from each other, using a step-by-step-it’s-your-turn-now sort of “waterfall” approach, you don’t have a lot of interaction or collaboration between teams – especially global and remote teams. Lack of real innovation and best practices is the result.
In fact, in most cases support is painfully slow and the end product suffers because of the lack of communication and teamwork.
The DevOps approach favors total transparency and a work culture that encourages, harbors and values opinions from members of each team involved in the process.’
DevOps breaks up the massive roadblocks that silos create.
So how does DevOps really work ?
Hierarchical organization may help provide structure and direction, but it also constructs massive roadblocks to getting things done on time as you wait on input and approvals from people who may or may not be intimately familiar with your current project.
Such delays reduce delivery efficiency and can make you lose customers in the long term.
The Agile approach embodied in DevOps ensures that small teams self-organize and communicate with each other, making it easier for them to reach their goals. Especially business goals.
The traditional approach separates software delivery from operations. As a result, the customer experience often gets put on the backlog.
With DevOps, customer service and UX get the front seat.
Software development teams are expected to deliver on quality software on a consistent basis. But when lots of projects pile up, it’s hard to focus as much on quality. Before you know it, cutting corners becomes the norm.
Not with DevOps. With unplanned and unscheduled work thrown out the window, consistent delivery and optimization become the primary focus, helping you reach your targets and optimize delivery to market timing.
Agile design thinking development
DevOps & a design thinking philosophy helps a business achieve the scalability it needs without compromising on agility – with fewer errors and missteps.
Saving you time and money
Disaster recovery, Backups and rollovers help automate the workflow and design process, putting an end to many time-consuming (and payroll-consuming) manual processes.
Instead, teams get to optimize their time, working on things that bring money to the table, such as coding, design and configuration.
The benefits attributed to DevOps far outweigh the associated costs. It creates a fundamental shift in how IT and operations teams work.
Collaboration between teams and in-tandem development provides a holistic approach to software development.
DevOps helps your own organization with:
- On time and continuous Software delivery
- Problems are re-mediated quickly, approximately 250 times faster than other approaches
- Features can be delivered quickly
- Robust operating environment helps execute deployments quicker
- Improving your work culture and fostering team spirit leads to innovation
Do we really need DevOps ?
DevOps will …
- Eliminate a lot of hassle and frustration
- Reduce communication delays and miscommunication to nearly zero
- Reduce problems that result from delivery delays from software developers and operations teams
- Streamline workflow between teams
- Boost efficiency
How does DevOps accomplish these amazing feats?
DevOps is about people, process and culture first and then about using technology to achieve your final results.
One of the central philosophies of DevOps is about applying the core concepts of Agile methodology to both software development and operations.
Making this cultural shift gets operations and development engineers working together, eliminating hassle and opening up lines of communication.
Gartner predicts ...
A Gartner report revealed that organizations using DevOps benefit from:
- Fast cycle times
- Fast realization of business cycles
- Improved release success rates
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Faster resolution rates
- Fewer defects
- Less time spent dealing with unwarranted incidents
A survey by IT Revolution Press and Puppet indicates that services are restored 168 times faster with organizations using DevOps than at non-DevOps organizations.
A strong factor in that faster recovery time is that the procedures and tools used for development and production are the very same tools used for recovery.
Automation tools in the DevOps environment are again used to quicken recovery and prevent service interruptions.
The disaster recovery environments can also double up as modules for testing the code, allowing coders to deploy their work on virtual computers and test them on the cloud before finally shipping them.
Companies like Google and Amazon have been able to scale themselves to the size we see today because of the innumerable number of deployments they’re able to carry out. DevOps offers a new structural change to the way a company can operate and execute ideas and strategies, aligning the development and operations teams and merging them to one.
Considering everything, DevOps is truly transforming the IT world and business as a whole, enabling faster decisions and shipping for software products while raising efficiency and customer experience.