Modern businesses are moving forward really fast. So, there was an issue of lack of communication between the customers who have the requirements and the team that develops the product. This often resulted in the incorrect design and wastage of both time and resources. Then came the agile methodology, which had a continuous feedback loop between needs and development, but its maintenance was not done. So, with that, DevOps came and became an effective way of software delivery that teams use to build, test, deploy, and monitor applications with speed, quality and control. But what is DevOps? DevOps is a combination of software ‘Development’ and IT ‘Operations’, but it means something a lot bigger. It shortens the time taken to develop software and provides continuous delivery with high software quality.
In this, operations and development engineers work together throughout the project; starting from the design and development process to release the production and support. The aim is to improve the communication and understanding of work and to avoid problems among teams. It also helps in the continuous release of software or product by implementing code frequently. After code is put, testing is done to know whether it is fulfilling the business requirement or not by configuring automation tool in a DevOps environment. Sometimes, there are also releases of new codes, when needed, to fix critical issues or add new features. As a result, continuous-release and deployment are got by automating the procedure. For this continuous release and deployment, operation team uses monitor tool to find problems and report to the development team to fix it.
The most important advantage of using DevOps is that it breaks down the Silos as due to the organized approach of work, the development team and operation team works together. It provides speed in delivery of products as DevOps follows Agile Principles. There is team cooperation in working towards a common goal and in focusing on communication, transparency, inspection, adaptation and integration. It is reliable, secure, and it is straightforward to identify risks and manage them.
Now let us have an eye on certain advantages of DevOps:
*Set goals: Don’t get lost in making sure that the tasks are being performed correctly without thinking of why you are doing it and without thinking of the whole organization. Move from one thing to the next, improving in each step, so the system catches speed and efficiency.
*Break down the pressure of the IT sector: Application development work is usually taken as a pressuring job due to the workload and pressure of fast delivery of apps. So, IT managers have started to form IT into DevOps teams which are a mix of all IT disciplines, with each team getting responsibility for a particular category of apps.
*Start with small projects: It should be made sure that newly made DevOps groups should take up projects that have a surety of success. This helps the team to grow faster, and it also encourages them, builds their belief and cooperation in the new methodology.
*Teamwork: Always implement DevOps as a team. Managers should take care that no specific team of a DevOps makes any problems for the whole organization.
*Security of job: Practicing effective DevOps means changing the way that the development team and the operation team works, not eliminating either one. So do not be worried about losing jobs.
*Sharing of information: For proper communication among all levels, share all information and progress reports to the whole organization. Sharing status updates and failure notifications, if any, among everyone will help the organization to know everything that is going on and to work on increasing the productivity and the speed of working.
*Learn from your mistakes: Regular feedback from development, design and product management is essential to maintain and achieve successful DevOps. So, learn from all your mistakes from the feedback and try to improve and achieve success
*Good relationships: Maintain a good work relationship with everyone. Work collaboratively to make a change. Effective change management process is essential to every project because the efforts of many teams are brought together.
*Don’t forget the users: Don’t forget that you are working for the betterment of the customers. So try your best to keep them satisfied.
So, these are a few of the things to keep in mind while working on DevOps. As we can see from the above-given illustrations, DevOps satisfies all the specifications issues by a user. This, in turn, has become a swift and effective way to capture our requirements efficiently without any desire for distress.