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Every business faces challenges that can serve as opportunities for growth, if approached through efficient process optimization models.
One of these models is DevOps, a system that removes barriers between departments to create space for high quality product delivery.
What is DevOps and How is it Implemented?
DevOps is a model that connects development and operations departments within a company. By integrating the teams, the entire product lifecycle becomes synchronized: from development and testing stages, to production and quality control. This allows for more agile improvements of products and services compared to traditionally managed companies.
To adopt the DevOps model, companies need to implement significant changes to their processes, but also to their culture. The model creates the atmosphere of shared responsibilities between departments, as well as improved communication.
The DevOps Principles
The DevOps model relies on three main principles that yield the greatest benefits for organizations.
The first principle is rapid product iteration. The teams update the product regularly by implementing small changes for continuous improvement and innovation. Rapid product iteration reduces the risk of big product launches, while offering customers new features more frequently than what would be the case with the traditional software development practices.
The second principle is using microservices architecture, which allows the teams to divide complex systems into smaller, independent projects. Each project is based on a specific function of the product or service, and is operated, improved upon and managed independently of other parts of the system. This speeds up the improvement cycle and makes coordination of the entire system much more streamlined.
The third principle is continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD), which allows the teams to deploy updates quickly and reliably. Frequent micro-releases can prove to be challenging, but CI/CD takes the risk out of the numerous deployments by making them regular, small and manageable.
Finally, all of these principles are part of continuous performance tracking to ensure productivity and responsiveness.
What Benefits Can Businesses Expect from Implementing DevOps?
Firstly, the organization becomes more agile in adapting to ever-changing market needs. Businesses that rely on the DevOps model get to develop innovative products at a much faster pace than traditionally managed companies, therefore answering to consumers’ needs more promptly. It also allows for frequent improvements, continuous innovation and quick debugging when needed.
DevOps promotes automation of a significant portion of the application development process. By streamlining all of the elements of application development — initial design, testing, deployment, monitoring and iterations — the organization can handle large and complex projects without great risk.
Finally, the team members themselves benefit greatly from the DevOps model. The change in culture promotes accountability, team work and reliability across departments, since employees with different skill sets need to collaborate to achieve the set goals. The result is improvement in productivity and less time being spent on handovers and communication mishaps.
Taking Your Organization to the Next Level with DevOps
The DevOps model fuses different teams within an organization into one well-functioning unit that encompasses all of the crucial steps of the application development lifecycle (development, operations, security and quality control). Implementing DevOps can take some effort to change current practices and principles in the company, but as a result it turns the entire system into a more agile, innovative and reliable product development machine that really can take the business to a whole new level.