It’s hard to imagine a modern business working without software support. In turn, the field of software development can hardly exist without DevOps operations today. Every enterprise would probably benefit from jumping on the DevOps bandwagon and implementing this practice.
With the help of Google trends, we can trace the growing interest in the concept for the last five years.
DevOps Google Trends 2013-2018
But can everyone clearly understand the concept and, what’s more, create a solid DevOps implementation plan? That hardly seems to be the case.
Well, let’s find out as much as possible about the phenomenon of DevOps.
Why Is Implementing DevOps Required?
Statistics prove that the adoption of DevOps in workplaces is growing. If in 2017, only 10% of respondents said that their company had fully embraced the practice, and in 2018, the number has almost doubled.
The extent of DevOps adoption by software developers worldwide in 2017 and 2018
What Is DevOps?
This hybrid term brings together the best of software development and IT operations. It represents the overlap of software engineering, technology operations and quality assurance, meaning that these processes should interconnect instead of running in isolation.
DevOps is not only about numerous tools; it’s about the general culture of communication within a company. We can name it a philosophy based on the agile methodology, automation and a strong partnership between all teams involved in the creation of a product.
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The philosophy implies that a solution is being continuously created:
- Continuous integration (every developer saves all changes in the common production copy; an automated program traces changes and starts building a project after every alteration and testing it; this helps instantly reveal bugs; a developer gets notifications on whether everything is working or not)
- Continuous delivery (since the code is constantly tested, it is ready to be released at any moment, providing readiness to deliver pieces of software at the client’s request and be sure in its quality)
- Continuous deployment (the actual deployment of updates and fixes in the appropriate environment so that customers can use them)
When employees work in separate teams (as in the traditional waterfall methodology), it takes them much more time and effort to solve problems that arise and to achieve the desired result. In the case of DevOps, no silos exist and employees from different teams are able to cooperate. Hence, they can implement new ideas and address issues much easier and faster. This enables DevOps to introduce innovations and increase business effectiveness. Also, our team has created a powerful PaaS — SaM CloudBOX that is based on DevOps best practices and streamlines project development.
Benefits of DevOps
Implementation of DevOps practices generates benefits both for enterprises and customers.
In a DevOps organization, employees adhere to the system thinking, which means they are working within a culture of shared responsibility, transparency and quick feedback. These factors are the foundation of mutual understanding, trust and, consequently, effective collaboration.
Visibility and common goals form dependencies: everyone is aware of how their actions will affect all the teams involved in the process, and they, therefore, do not steer away from problems. Moreover, DevOps teaches to set priorities and not to assign blame to a particular person or team for an error, since everyone is responsible for the outcome.
The teams practicing DevOps are able to significantly increase their performance. They launch releases more frequently without compromising the quality of software.
This is possible because of agile methodology, which helps address issues much faster, reduce the error rate and avoid serious downtimes.
Companies can experience the following performance improvements:
- 160X faster recovery from failures
- 60X lower failure rate
- 30X higher frequency of deployments
- 22% less time spent on unplanned work and rework
If you do not fix the key problems in the shortest possible time, customer satisfaction can plummet. Open interaction provided by the collaboration philosophy allows the development and operational teams to solve problems together, resolve incidents faster, and put the release pipeline into action.
In addition, customer requirements may frequently change while the project is ongoing, and the teams must be flexible to easily switch to unscheduled tasks. DevOps continuous integration and delivery facilitate such flexibility and ensure meeting all customer demands, as well as launching products on time.
Hurdles to DevOps Adoption
Like any other innovative idea, DevOps adoption can be met with some difficulties. The most probable pitfalls are:
- Lack of skills (the solution is to hire a DevOps engineer/consultant who will manage the teams and teach them to communicate with each other, building a culture of interaction with common goals; another option is to use DevOps as a service)
- Budget (you will have to pay for numerous tools, their implementation and support, which may eventually cost a pretty penny; consider these practices only in case they are truly valuable for your business)
- Infrastructure complexity (it is quite a challenge to create a common infrastructure out of numerous apps and services deployed in isolated environments and used by different teams in a large company; the problem can be addressed by leveraging microservices)
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DevOps Implementation Best Practices
Transformation of legacy enterprises into collaborative teams is a long journey that requires a precise DevOps implementation strategy. We offer you some DevOps best practices that help organizations achieve smoother operations and better efficiency.
Focus on Needs
The stages of DevOps implementation should begin with an understanding of your company and customer needs. Remember that DevOps implementation roadmap should be justified by business requirements, not by the fact that it is trendy. It is also important that all the shareholders agree with the forthcoming changes and are ready to adopt a new culture.
Your business needs should align with customer requirements such as expectations regarding the frequency of releases, time-to-market, functionality and performance. Put your customers with their ever-changing demands at the center of the process, and you will succeed.
The very essence of DevOps is cooperation; therefore, there should be no barriers between employees. Try to eliminate both physical boundaries (e.g. create open spaces) and moral boundaries (don’t allow situations in which subordinates feel nervous or uneasy discussing work issues with superiors).
It is also recommended to conduct mutual training courses and thematic meetings for developers, QA engineers, business analysts so that everyone involved will get a chance to share experience, discuss the problems they face and explain their vision. This will help them better understand each other and see the full picture.
Choose Tools and Build a Common Infrastructure
The basis for tools selection should be their compatibility with your legacy environment and with each other. It is advisable to adopt tools from a single vendor to ensure their smooth integration.
The DevOps toolset builds a common infrastructure to which every employee has access. Keep it constantly updated, and trace the versions of programs to be identical across the departments. This helps reduce conflicts between teams and eliminate the occasional bugs.
And one more piece of advice: automate whatever possible, form middleware configuration to testing. We all know that automation is the main enabler of the development speed, and one of the core DevOps goals is faster execution. Due to automation tools, loads of data can be processed much faster, saving personnel time, effort and total costs.
|Read also: The Role of Testing in DevOps|
For more detailed steps to implement DevOps in your company, you should discuss them with a vendor.
To Sum Up
DevOps brings fundamental cultural changes to a company and promises significant benefits. You must carefully consider this practice and decide whether it will help you get the most out of your business.
If the answer is “yes,” SaM Solutions can act as your outsourced DevOps team. We provide DevOps as a service to ensure high availability and reliability of your software. We adhere to AWS DevOps, as it provides 24/7 infrastructure availability and the flexibility to enhance agile software deployment.
SaM Solutions’ competencies include:
- Consulting (assess the current delivery pipeline, create a roadmap, make recommendations on further actions)
- Deployment automation (integrate customer departments involved in software development to achieve delivery automation and eliminate lapses and downtimes)
- Deployment management (introduce customer infrastructure as a code for convenient management and rollback deliveries)
SaM Solutions’ comprehensive services allow companies to perform more of their tasks in less time and enjoy the following benefits:
- Better time to market
- Improved quality
- Faster bug fixing
- Immediate response to changing customer needs
- Scalable infrastructure to manage complex systems at minimum risk
- Enhanced team collaboration
- Compliance with the IT landscape requirements
- Reduced production costs
Our programmers use a stack of advanced tools for ongoing integration and delivery, monitoring and logging, and infrastructure as a code. This lets our customers stay ahead of the army of companies that still make deployments and changes manually. Automate your software deployment with SaM Solutions to win your customer loyalty.