DevOps, what is it and how can it improve your software development?

18.06.2019 426

Forget about the Waterfall Model and jump on the new train – DevOps. It is a new trend in software development. It saves a huge amount of development time. It is scalable and will leave your clients happy! Do you want to know more?

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a holistic approach to software development and IT operations. The name comes from development – Dev and operations – Ops. It unites culture, practices, processes, and tools that increase the speed of development and promote better communication between the two departments.

The idea is simple, instead of using the traditional process – request, design, implementation, verification, maintenance, where it takes forever to deploy a new software, you can make it in bite-sized chunks. There’s no need to wait for the whole software to be 100% ready, before the testing starts. Do a small part, test it, integrate it. Piece by piece in a constantly improving chain.

Benefits of DevOps

Speed

If you implement DevOps, your production line will be faster and you can adapt to the market changes nimbly. Your customers will be much happier too. They will get more frequent updates and better quality.

Reliability

Your software will get updates on specific parts. The operation team can focus on the new component and investigate it deeply, before deploying it. This guarantees better control.

Scale

DevOps is designed for scale. Automation processes will help you manage different configurations, small and large.

Better Collaboration

As we mention in the begging, the whole idea is to improve the connection between the developers and the operations team. They can even become one team for closer integration. The goal is to improve the workflow.

DevOps and CALMS

Culture

It is not a simple tool; it is a complete culture. It solves both software and human problems by creating an environment of collaboration. The employees don’t just focus on their department but on the whole picture.

Automation

Automation of processes, removing the repetitive manual labor. One of the first steps is continuous delivery. The new code is thrown through automated tests, often made by cloud-based servers.
The other important part is configuration as code. The idea is to create modular software, which is more reliable and easier for maintenance.

Lean

This term is associated with continuous improvement. It is not about creating perfect software from the first time. It is about understanding the mistakes and improving. Every team can make errors and that’s ok according to the DevOps philosophy.

Measurement

This is a part of the control. There are many small changes happening all the time. We need to know everything related to the duration of the implementation, cost, bugs found, client acquisition or loss. With a solid data analysis, you will be able to respond more quickly and be more agile.

Sharing

Sharing data, communicating, sharing responsibilities. The developers and operators stick close together through the whole process.

DevOps conclusion:

It sounds great, doesn’t it? Give it a try now! Go read some more on the official site of DevOps and apply it in your organization.

Sources:
https://devops.com/
https://www.atlassian.com/devops
https://aws.amazon.com/devops/what-is-devops/