DevOps- A blend of technology and the human element, less understood

Posted By : Aby

07 Apr , 2022

DevOps Development Services

Formed by the combination of Development and Operations, DevOps is more than just a term that represents the approach to the tasks carried out by the application development and IT operations teams in an organization. It also implies a philosophy to promote better communication and collaboration between these two departments in an organization. Narrowed down, it involves repetitions of software development, automation, deployment of programmable infrastructure, and maintenance. Also accounted for are the cultural changes that involve building trust and bonding between the stakeholders (read developers and system administrators) and orienting technological projects to business requirements. Almost everything-software delivery chain, services, job roles, IT tools, and best practices can be changed by DevOps.

DevOps is not a technology by itself but is centered around the developers, those who write the software as a matter of livelihood, and the operators whose responsibility lies in maintaining the software.

DevOps addresses the challenges faced by the development and the operations team and brings about changes to offer a more practical approach to customer problems.

Release iterations help companies in rolling out a lower number of features to their customers, instead of releasing a large number of application features at once. The advantages, of a system like this, are many like better software quality, quicker feedback from customers, and so on. These, in turn, ensure high customer satisfaction.

To ensure that these objectives are achieved, companies must lower the failure rate for new releases, enhance deployment frequency, achieve quicker mean time to recovery in the circumstance that a new release crashes the application, and also shorten the lead time between fixes.

DevOps Development Services help in the fulfillment of all these objectives and also in seamless delivery. DevOps is adopted by organizations to achieve performance levels that remained dreams a few years ago. Today, the number of deployments has catapulted to high levels and at the same time, has facilitated the delivery of reliability, stability, and security which are cutting edge and world-class.

DevOps attempts to address a variety of problems that resulted from the adoption of earlier practices where

  • Development and operation teams worked in isolation
  • Testing and deployment as isolated phases were done after design and build thus requiring more time than the build cycles
  • Team members spent excessive time in testing, deploying, and designing instead of focusing on the core aspect of creating business services
  • Manual code deployment led to errors in production
  • Development and operations teams were on a separate and asynchronous timeline, which caused additional delays.

The DevOps life cycle is identifiable base on the adoption of certain common practices that include continuous planning, collaborative development, continuous testing, continuous release and deployment, continuous monitoring, and continuous feedback and optimization.

A DevOps Development Company thus provides a collaborative environment that facilitates the working together of the development and operations teams with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) as a milestone.

DevOps has many other benefits that include,

  • Predictability: where there is a lower failure rate for new releases.
  • Maintainability: where effortless recovery is enabled in the event of a new release crashing or disabling the application.
  • Reproducibility: wherein numbering or versioning the code enables earlier versions to be restored as and when needed.
  • Higher quality: wherein incorporation of infrastructure issues enhances application development quality.
  • Time to market: wherein streamlined delivery of software reduces time to market by as much as 50%.
  • Reduced risk: were incorporating the aspect of security into the software lifecycle reduces defects across its lifecycle.
  • Cost-efficiency: wherein driving cost-efficiency in software development gratifies the  senior management
  • Resilience: wherein the software system is more stable and secure, and changes are auditable.
  • Disbanding:  wherein DevOps is based on the agile programming method that supports breaking down larger codebases into smaller and more manageable slices.

DevOps is thus not a technology by itself but is more of a process that is customer-centric, facilitating a safe, secure, and faster delivery of services.

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