Smarter = Faster: Why DevOps Is A Modern Necessity
At their core, all businesses exist to serve the needs of a designated customer base. As a business becomes more suitable relative to the desires of the market, that enterprise grows, becomes more profitable and continues to improve its services or products.
This cycle is, in essence, the idea behind DevOps. Any scaling operation will, inevitably, encounter periods of adaptation in response to emerging conditions, internal modifications, various economic stimuli and a host of other factors.
In a properly regulated market, it’s the customer who ultimately guides the evolution of a company’s product (or service). As such, the speed at which an improved iteration can be posed, developed and manifested makes a colossal difference — especially when the product or service is digital.
Better Capabilities: the past year demonstrated, there’s a certain degree of unpredictability in the future business landscape. This raw potential, both good and bad, warrants the usage of improved operational processes. As such, DevOps involves a shared responsibility between development and operational teams.
The results of a survey presented by Puppet and DORA indicate that, when utilizing DevOps infrastructure, company change failure rates are lowered by 3x, recovery times are improved by 24x and deployment frequency is increased by 200x. In other words, many crucial processes occur faster.
The Process: While the semantics may differ, the DevOps methodology follows an endless circle of roughly four steps:
1. Plan: Teams clearly define ideas, improvements, features and other modifications.
2. Develop: This includes coding (e.g., writing, testing, reviewing and integration) aspects.
3. Delivery: After a concept has been created, that iteration must be reliably deployed along with the core product.
4. Monitor: After the release of the modified product, feedback regarding that deployment is gathered and organized for the next planning phase.
A Culture Of Progress: In a market where two entities offer similar products, the one with the faster speed has a huge advantage. As we work in retail, the consequences of small differences add up quickly.
Software development is an incredibly competitive space. There’s a continual need for infrastructure capable of adapting to increasingly higher loads. This translates to the necessity of implementing automation capable of withstanding scale — a process that warrants volumes of time and resources.
Fortunately, a particular ideology comes with the idea of DevOps. It’s the mindset that fast interactions with customer bases, research and development teams and other stakeholders result in more frequent product deployments. Those expedited releases are themselves subjected to critique, fueling additional improvements.
Improved Collaboration: When teams fail to work in concert, failures in communication and flow can result in reductions in business agility. Because various teams can become distanced from each other, DevOps uses processes that integrate departments within the software development sphere.
The implementation of DevOps also helps prevent feelings of workplace alienation. This is because team members will have both an increased personal investment and additional social interaction, particularly during periods of expansion in which the growing weight of each new hire can gradually strain collaboration between departments.
A Final Argument: The fundamental purpose driving DevOps is the desire to enact improvements quickly. The faster that feedback can be gathered (from customers, internally or elsewhere), the shorter the waiting time before an improved product can be tested, released and measured.
Along the way, teams improve their own understandings of the entire product lifecycle (and beyond). This culture of improvement, although beneficial within the DevOps spectrum, is also profoundly useful in application to other business areas.
This article originally appeared on forbes.com, to read the full article, click here.
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