The Rise of DevOps:
With IT–driven innovation ruling the roost, the critical differentiating factor for organizations, irrespective of the size and the type, is agility in delivering IT solutions and how to run them cost–effectively and reliably, leading to the rise of DevOps culture, and consequently, the big demand for it.
The demand can be attributed to the fact that DevOps helps overcome the barriers and priorities that are at odds between operation and development teams including application, project costs, functional and performance requirements in software engineering. DevOps helps in team collaboration, reliable, safe and rapid production by delivering systems and to operate, manage and support them more efficiently than before. DevOps is a more a culture that creates a collaborative working culture and promotes adoption of overlapping objectives aimed at delivering IT services, offering value to any business.
DevOps is closely interlinked with a set of techniques commonly called ‘Continuous Delivery’ which is a combination of different concepts: continuous deployment, continuous integration, and lean production. The main feature of DevOps is to push automation and monitoring at all levels of software engineering, from integration, releasing, deployment, testing, and infrastructure management.
DevOps is characterized by increased deployment frequency, shorter development cycles, faster time to market, consistent quality approach, more dependable releases, and elimination of manual processes replaced by automation tools, closely aligned with business objectives.
The key advantage of the DevOps approach is to align the two transparency–contained siloes. This means faster business operation through system delivery, lowered risk of production changes, thanks to shorter development iterations and automated non–functional testing. Over and above, operational objectives are supported by automation of service management and a thorough understanding of the various levels of the production environment stack that help mitigate risks and fix production problems.
IT service delivery is no different than a production line – the delivery speed and the product’s finished quality is generally determined by the most vulnerable link in the chain. Until we find career progression and tech education catching up with both the sides – technical and operational, IT companies need to hire experienced DevOps experts. It promises and delivers much, but should be reinforced by the right mix of skills sets.
In recent times, there is an urgent need for an innovative and highly DevOps SMEs especially in fast paced business environment who can ensure stability, reliability, and quality of all production services and services whilst employing the best practices of DevOps.