Anyone following tech trends today may have noticed the term DevOps popping up often. The surge of the popularity of DevOps is due to its sound approach to improving business infrastructure through interdepartmental partnerships.
In a DevOps-minded company, the integration between departments and functions creates a continuous and smoothly operating machine of excellent applications and services. Customers are more satisfied, revenue blossoms, and the company substantially improves its growth potential.
What is DevOps?
DevOps is about cooperation and collaboration within an organization. When the development and operations departments form a partnership as part of the Software Development Life Cycle, the software produced is powerful, well constructed, and solves problems in a much more elegant way than if programmed in a silo.
Four key elements rule the majority of decisions and strategies in a DevOps organization: speed, quality, control, and cost. Without all of those principles in place, the whole will fail.
It’s been a common theme for the past decade that companies have to “do more with less” and produce results just as fast as when they were fully staffed. Efficiency is essential and all projects are conducted with the objective of completing new applications as quickly as possible while still meeting requirements. The CEO and upper management’s strategy soon becomes tied into the CIO’s strategy, which can be a very pressure-driven situation.
At Coda, we have seen that by looking at the needs of the business through a DevOps-colored lens, companies can find items to automate and virtualize so that manual handling becomes a thing of the past. Our approach can reduce the time to do mundane tasks from months down to hours, cutting massive chunks out of a project’s life span without sacrificing testing time.
Effective collaboration allows better quality development to take place from the beginning, with fewer missed requirements and less confusion over features to be included. The shift in strategy can aid in improving testing processes and identifying bugs early to avoid a last-minute bug smash at the end. The complexity of a software development project is significant on its own without adding in unnecessarily time-consuming tasks and hurdles to overcome.
Data is a valuable asset that must be protected and simultaneously accessible to authorized personnel. Controlling risk exposure and reducing unnecessary points of failure is a critical task where sensitive data is concerned. One way to provide better protection is by paring down the number of redundant copies of data that exist. Incorporate audit functions and integrate other security tools to help lock down data. Simplifying wherever possible saves overhead and lessens the chance of a security incident.
Everyone in an organization worries about the price tag, especially where technology is concerned. We see DevOps as a way to streamline IT spending through improving efficiencies, data virtualization (saving on both hardware and labor expenses), and getting products to market faster. Effective collaboration cuts down on quality issues, resource time, and delays.
DevOps is growing for good reason. The potential it holds for optimizing a company is immeasurable. Accelerating delivery and driving down costs without compromising quality provides a business with a competitive edge and helps ensure a positive future. For more information on how our DevOp-timized delivery approach can impact your business, contact us today.