DevOps is important because it’s a software development and operations approach.
It’s enables faster development of new products and easier maintenance of existing deployments.
The IT industry is undergoing constant changes and developments. One of the many new, popular trends that companies have taken up is DevOps. In the simplest of words, DevOps is the coming together of the development team and the operations team in the service lifestyle and looks into all processes closely. From designing to providing production support, the two teams participate together and perform all necessary functions in sync.
While testing is often ignored when it comes to DevOps – it may actually prove to be a major blow to your dream of achieving true success. At Skystop Technologies, we help you realize the gains that DevOps can bring with a proper automated testing framework in place. Integrating automated testing with your DevOps is the best thing to do if you want to save on time and money, while increasing quality and time to market.
Why do businesses need DevOps?
1. Faster delivery time: The main principles of DevOps – automation, continuous delivery, and quick feedback cycle – aim to make a software development process faster and more efficient. Being an evolutionary stretch of the Agile methodology, DevOps utilizes automation to ensure a smooth flow of the SDLC. By promoting a collaborative culture, it offers the scope for quick and continuous feedback so that any glitches are fixed in time and the releases are done faster.
2. High collaboration between teams (Business/Dev/Ops): Today, more than ever before, development teams need to break down their inter-departmental silos and collaborate and communicate in a dynamic, round–the–clock environment. DevOps paves the way to improve business agility by providing the much–need atmosphere of mutual collaboration, communication, and integration across globally–distributed teams in an IT organization. The earlier set boundaries based on roles are getting blurred in such an encouraging DevOps environment. All team members, together, are responsible for meeting the quality and timelines of deliverables.
3. Greater customer experiences: With DevOps, organizations can improve their deployment frequency by 200x, recovery times by 24x, and lower change failure rates by 3x. By automating the delivery pipeline, it becomes possible to ensure the reliability and stability of an application after every new release. When the applications perform flawlessly in production, organizations reap the benefit of greater customer satisfaction.
4. Early defect detection: The collaborative DevOps environment fosters a culture of knowledge sharing across the teams. The automated, continuous monitoring and continuous testing of the code help improve the overall build quality. Teams are empowered to share their feedback with each other so that the defects are detected early as well as resolved early.
5. Continuous Release and Deployment: Today’s software development practices require teams to continuously deliver quality software, reduce go-to-market timelines, and adapt shorter release cycles. DevOps enables this through automation. Automated CI/CD pipeline allows the Dev and Ops teams to develop and integrate code almost instantaneously. Further, when QA is embedded and automated, it takes care of the quality part of the code. Thus overall, DevOps promotes better efficiency, higher quality, and faster & continuous releases.
6. Innovative mindset: DevOps streamlines processes, propagates efficient releases, and ensures quality builds. This means the deployment phases are more relaxed, the teams are better rested, and there is immense scope for bringing an innovative approach for resolving issues.
DevOps is about much more than automation and pipelines. It is about developing a culture where organizational agility leads to Continuous Value Creation.
As a business manager you spend the working day focusing on everything from sales figures and customer satisfaction to employee experience and product range. You’re probably also keeping a close eye on the online sales conversion rate, delivery process, and accompanying marketing costs. But, are you taking enough interest in the value, quality and development of digital services?
There are many different types of quality: speed, reliability, flawlessness and scalability for different devices. Is quality the sole responsibility of the IT or marketing department? It really should not be, especially when we discuss online sales. And what sales or purchasing process does not begin with an online channel these days? Potential customers go through their decision making process as they get to know the service providers. For this reason the development of digital services becomes particularly important when the product itself is a digital service.
DevOps is intended to automate IT service functions related to software development, testing and maintenance. It is important to note, however, that automation does not mean that costs are automatically reduced. The DevOps model enables two things that are crucial to a business manager: quality improvements and fast value delivery, also known as Zero Day Delivery.
With DevOps practices the process linking the development environment to the production environment can be automated. That said, the organization’s culture may still want to add manual steps to the delivery process. Ideally, used services are integrated and insights of changes and their effects are traceable and everything can be rolled back, although it’s better to go forward and fix the challenges. The main challenge is to agree with the business on how to verify a change automatically, using a well designed delivery pipeline, so that everyone has confidence in the software quality.
If everything is automated doesn’t that reduce costs? Yes, in the long run. Developing automation takes time and money, but as manual work is automated the re-loops of various activities become cheaper.
The role of the tester starts tending towards automation, but unfortunately manual testers rarely develop into automation testers. Nevertheless, there should be skills, or at least interest, in coding or scripting and manual testers will be good at defining how the system should work from a workflow perspective. Team members agree on development practicalities that support best development practices and that decreases manual work.
The customer starts to benefit from automation as the project becomes more transparent, changes are deployed to the production, and it is known which features are being used by the end users. The development team can focus on their work, challenges can be fixed quickly, and releasing a fixed version does not require additional work.