Understanding Development Operations (DevOps)
The world is becoming smaller with ever-increasing digital reach. Today, businesses heavily depend on cloud-based platforms and an efficient software could increase the business’ outreach manifolds. And, choosing the right DevOps tools can help you make the most of your business.
What is DevOps?
DevOps, literally a combination of ‘software development’ and ‘IT operations’, is a collaboration that can help organizations employ agile business strategies. The practice of DevOps spans the entire service lifecycle, across design, development process and production support. DevOps enables faster deployment of new processes, systems and applications; helps improve customer service, and automate and integrate different processes to ensure reliability and coherence.
Why consider DevOps?
Generally, it would take a long time when a system is being developed and operated by different teams. DevOps brings the teams together, so that the output can be achieved faster, allowing a business time to brainstorm, innovate and develop new ideas. It also becomes easier to detect defects, reduce their frequency and offer better solutions with DevOps. Reduced number of people required in DevOps results in increased efficiency too.
When compared to traditional approach, the market launch of an application made with DevOps, and the shorter development cycle involved, is 60 times faster.
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Reduces cost of development
Since DevOps requires fewer members and delivers innovations faster, the cost of development can be reduced significantly, resulting in better profits for a company.
Based on collaboration
The basis of DevOps lies in pooling resources from different processes to collaborate on one project or product.
With the right mix of DevOps software, one can achieve an end result that is perfectly reliable and efficient without compromising on security.
In a constantly evolving market, it is important for businesses to keep up with the changes and update their software accordingly. The DevOps team focuses on staying ahead of this race, which result in an improved productivity.
The principal aim of DevOps is automation. It starts at code generation and moves on to integration, testing, and deployment of an application, whilst monitoring its performance. It connects the entire process, from infrastructure to application, and focuses on quality improvement.
Increased return on investment
The rapidly growing movement of DevOps has given room for many specialised professionals, consultants and agencies to emerge. You can benefit from whoever you choose and make peace with the cons that come with some pros. But if you plan on meeting with someone who understands exactly what your business is and what it needs to become better, we’re right here.
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Faster release time
In an attempt to make the software development process quicker, DevOps steps in and automates the process whilst aiming at continuous feedback and delivery. The automation of process allows for a smoother flow and provides room for releasing it into the market faster than traditional approaches.
Better customer satisfaction
With a well-equipped DevOps, business can enjoy an increased rate of deployment, recovery time, and a decreased failure rate. Every new release establishes a stabler and more reliable platform which performs seamlessly, resulting in greater customer satisfaction.
Improved defects detection
DevOps run mainly on collaboration and harbours room for a team with different processes. It constantly monitors and tests the code in order to detect any defects in real time. This helps in an improved and early detection of possible defects, which are then, quickly resolved by the team.
Stable environment of operations
When making use of DevOps, it is inevitable to test for quality assurance over and over again. This practise ensures that code runs smoothly to deliver seamless output and also results in an increased productivity of the teams involved.
Instead of going over the same code and problem continuously, DevOps makes room for development. It streamlines the process with efficacy and delivers efficient results, maintaining a steep curve of improvement and scope to work on newer innovations.
The basis of a competent DevOps is based on the tools used to deploy or innovate. These are tools that make automation and manage other complexities with ease. By following the correct approach, a business can make the most out of DevOps.
- Planning – This helps the team in knowing what needs to be tracked and worked upon. If it needs attention or further change, DevOps can quickly develop the code and integrate it without much delay.
- Testing – Tools like Jenkins, Circle CI, GitLab CI help in minimizing the time and effort that goes into testing the code without interrupting the user experience or quality of it.
- Monitoring and logging – Without a constant watch on the software, after its production, DevOps cannot maintain a steady level of performance. This may negatively impact the customer satisfaction.
- Tools for better delivery – Once the software is in the market, the rate of deployment and testing needs to be rapid to avoid any wrongful occurrence. Tools like Terraform, Chef, Puppet help in ensuring the consistency of development and release cycles.
DevOps constantly needs to be updated with an improved code to keep the software running efficiently and developed to the market standards. Here are some of the effective DevOps methodologies that help in doing so.
- Scrum – It is an agile framework that not only helps in developing and delivering a software but also helps in research, sales, marketing and advanced technologies.
- Kanban – This tool can be used by teams to reduce the hassle and avoid overburdening. It is a system made for managing and scheduling product creation. It helps in delivering the best output continuously.
- Scaled Agile Framework – Commonly known as SAFE, it is a platform that guides DevOps in scaling lean and agile practices.
- Lean Software development – It is process of production which starts at the manufacturing stage and optimises the production by offering a framework that is value-driven and meant to provide great experience.
- Extreme programming (XP) – A method to develop the quality and responsiveness of software which change from consumer to consumer.
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The ngX framework consists of the following steps:
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