The rise of agile and ability to deliver faster
Over the last decade, the software development industry has opted for Agile methodologies as a major development approach. The iterative and incremental approach seems to be working. Be it Scrum or kanban whichever forms you opt to implement agile the most important thing which has changed is the way we deliver. The ability to deliver incrementally and deliver faster is much more needed.
The challenge of delivering quicker and accepting changes simultaneously makes it even more complicated. The need to deliver multiple releases in a month is a very common thing when you are using agile. The manual deployment and delivery process comes to a test when it comes to frequent changes and releases. The automation of deployment and managing the releases make this process better and saves a lot of time.
DevOps- deliver faster, better and with confidence
Combining the two verticals Development (responsible to code) and Operations ( responsible for deployment & maintenance) in an organization and making a smoother automated process has led to coining the term DevOps. In short, DevOps defines a set of processes that bring development and operations teams together to complete software development. The set of definitions includes continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) and some notifying and collaborative services. The definition could be multiple popularly known as CI/CD pipeline can run in parallel or in sequence.
Here are the top 5 reasons why one should opt DevOps:
1. Faster & hassle-free delivery
DevOps implementation improves delivery time as its all automated. The moment code gets pushed to the repository the CI/CD pipeline is triggered and completes the deployment. In case of failures, the notifications are triggered. The hassle of one team is running after the other is almost zero and your delivery is up and running in no time.
2. Reduced failures
The CI/CD pipeline is already tested hence there are very fewer chances of failure. The major deployable units are already set up and tested so the only chances of failure could be at the code level which the dev team can quickly fix without running after the operations team.
3. Collaborative services but decoupled & Independent processes
The complete DevOps process runs as a collaborative service but still, each pipeline stage could be tested beforehand and limits the risk of zero-hour tantrums.
4. Optimized and Cost-efficient
The pipelines are written once and stored as yaml statements or integrated tools and hardly need any manual interventions on repeated executions. Hence it needs fewer man-hours which means increased productivity and cost-saving...A win-win for both clients and development teams.
5. Process Improvisation & better collaboration
Organizations do pillar to post to improve their process. The DevOps is for sure a better process compared to manual deployments raising the standards of delivery. All the stakeholders are added to the notification channel that makes the information channel flow smoother.
Conclusion: DevOps is already getting a good response from the market. Most of the companies are switching to DevOps using open source tools. Github, Gitlabs, Buddy, Jenkins, and many more have already provided multiple options to make the process easier. My suggestion is to always choose a development team which offers DevOps enabled services....