Although some ten years ago DevOps was nothing more than a niche development approach, it has since morphed into a robust methodology, with 25% of Global 2000 organizations currently using it. Indeed, the 2017 State of DevOps report just proved the efficiency of DevOps in the frequency of deployments, the change-related failures and the time required for modifications and recovery.
The influence that this development model has on a company’s performance is much more profound. The benefits of DevOps adoption for businesses concern all areas of an organization’s activity: technical, commercial and social ones. Together, they add value to businesses.
Technical Benefits of DevOps
The fusion of development and operations that goes hand in hand with agile and lean development methodology have drastically changed the process of software creation. This shift cannot but entail various positive technological fallouts that significantly improve the efficiency of the DevOps-powered development process.
The technical advantages are closely related to the following DevOps adoption trends:
- The explosive DevOps growth goes hand in hand with the advancement of continuous integration, continuous deployment and continuous delivery
- A range of fundamentally different DevOps automation tools will be created
- Containerization is gaining ground
- A number of software service providers turn to microservices in application development
- The importance of continuous and automation testing continues to grow
- The popularity of such tools and platforms as Amazon Web Services, JIRA and others will increase
Sustained Software Development
The specifics of a DevOps organization helps reduce silos between the development and operational teams, which is key to the continuity of a software development process. Indeed, this approach penetrates all stages of software development, which enables non-stop delivery, deployment and integration. In such a manner, companies that opt for adopting DevOps minimize delays and gaps between software creation and releasing, as both teams participate in the production process coherently.
However, not only does the cooperation of devs and ops enable sustained development: the operation team is aware of the developers’ work scope and specifics and vice versa, which encourages a more seamless software delivery.
Faster Issue Addressing
Quick fixing of issues in software performance enables seamless software delivery. A non-stop development allows reducing the gap between the creation of software pieces and their deployment. That is why the teams may reveal possible errors and bugs in its operation within a much shorter time as compared to a traditional development approach.
The early detection of bugs and defects allows for their quick settlement, which contributes to a significant reduction of mean time to repair.
The closer the teams cooperate, the easier they are to manage. DevOps streamlines the administration of the development process as it does not necessitate the governing of two siloed groups. Instead, the teams work in close cooperation and share common goals and challenges, significantly facilitating the management of the teams.
Social Benefits of DevOps
Unlike traditional software development, which implies that every team defends only its own interests, this approach unites devs and ops. DevOps culture indispensably entails a change in workflow management and mindset, and lets companies enjoy the related advantages.
Increased Employee Efficiency
In DevOps, the two teams work in close collaboration, which is why the procedure demands their equal dedication to the meeting of goals. Groups of employees that base their work on a traditional development model usually face isolation and indifference on the part of the other team. Under such conditions, every department is only concerned with achieving their own objectives and not of the overarching business ones.
DevOps eliminates the silos between the two groups. Indeed, under a traditional model, employees perform their work and then transfer the ready piece of software to the other team, which means the end of their mission. In DevOps, the teams are fully engaged in application development throughout the process, as they work together. This forces all of the team members to strive to meet the project’s requirements and does not let them pass the load onto their colleagues. As a result, employees perform more efficiently and in a more responsible manner.
Also, DevOps encourages industry-specific projects, as devs and ops are equally up to speed on the domain’s aspects and requirements. As a comparison, in a conventional development model, operational teams are unfamiliar with industry peculiarities, which usually diminishes the knowledge of domain-related software specifics.
Enhanced Employee Engagement
A traditional software development model stipulates that team members have their own scope that includes clear-cut tasks and duties. However, this is not typical for DevOps, which demands employee engagement throughout the entire development process.
That is why they perform duties that go beyond software development or its operation, and their duties are intertwined with the other department’s responsibilities.
Greater Possibilities for Professional Advancement
The alliance of development and operations compels employees to see into the scope of the other team’s work. Developers thus get acquainted with the specifics of software deployment, which helps them consider it when they write code and avoid possible software failure in the future. The operation team is familiar with the development process, which is why they will not take out critical features that require special consideration.
A conventional software creation model distinctly separates the development from its going live, which is why the employees’ competencies are strictly limited to coding or operations.
Also, the analysis of many employees’ feedback has uncovered the fact that the possibility to raise the level of professional qualification significantly contributes to a greater income.
Enhanced Communication and Collaboration Within a Team
DevOps removes the barrier between devs and ops and encourages the teams to work in close collaboration with each other to pursue mutual goals. That is why the development and operational departments share the same concerns and easily communicate throughout a project. Also, it does not take weeks or months to receive the operational team’s feedback.
Commercial Benefits of DevOps
Within the context of an enterprise, DevOps not only changes the way that teams work together and brings technology-related advantages, but it also has a wider, business-scale impact.
Nowadays, digital transformation is around the corner, which is why an increasing number of companies go for the digitalization of their workflow. A step that succeeds the automation of business processes, digital transformation rests on technological innovations to enhance the services that companies deliver. This allows for an improved customer experience and an enhanced employee performance.
The best practices of DevOps help companies make this transformation faster and more efficiently. This development model brings the required agility, speed and quality into the software development process to establish a brand-new approach to conducting business.
Better Time to Market
Improved collaboration between development and operational teams contributes greatly to the reduction of time required for software building and bug fixing. Being proactive shortens production cycles and leads to a better time to market, which is of particular importance if a company delivers software to extremely competitive markets.
A company’s ability to deliver software to its customers prior to its competitors opens the door to seizing a larger market share. It not only helps a company make a profit, but also delivers benefits to end-users: they receive a required application within a favorable time, which increases user satisfaction.
For a company that develops an application purposed for its internal use (for example, a CMS or a CRM), a better time to market means a quicker software launch. This contributes significantly to a faster shift to more efficient business operations and quicker positive changes in a company’s workflow.
A continuous collaboration of the two teams on the same piece of software lets them reveal possible aberrations in its quality and eliminate them quickly. Also, the intertwining of devs and ops prevents a buggy piece of code from being released, as it reveals possible malfunctions when an application is set into operation.
Improved Customer Experience
DevOps is a tool that allows to gear up software development, making it possible to respond promptly to changing market conditions and customer requirements. This development model helps companies create or modify applications that meet user needs. It empowers companies to deliver software before it becomes outdated or superfluous and add features that customers expect.
These features of DevOps create or enhance positive customer experience and satisfaction, which is key to winning markets.
Aligning Business and IT
Companies that decide on DevOps as a centerpiece of their IT systems enjoy the eliminated struggle between a quality software and a quick delivery of new features. Unlike the traditional software development model, DevOps efficiently fuses the principles of continuous integration and test-driven development with the shared code and automated deployment to deliver robust software in a timely manner. To make the best use of DevOps best practices, we have built SaM CloudBOX PaaS – a ready-to-use solution that relies on the combination of development and operations and helps businesses streamline their projects.
This provides businesses with a wide range of technical, social and commercial benefits. All of the advantages of DevOps adoption taken together allow adding value to business operations and running companies at a whole new level.