Where did DevOps come from
Is DevOps just another techy buzzword? No, sir! However, the market is still often confused when it comes to understanding what it is. DevOps is not a new concept, but only recently has catalyzed into a trend that continues to gain grounds. And since the topic is broad, changing dynamically and involves numerous different tools, practices and technologies, its impressions are often contradictory. Let’s start with a clarification!
The story behind the origin of DevOps is twofold. On the one hand, Agile and Lean approaches are applied to both software development and operations work. On the other, it resembles the growing trend of understanding the value of collaboration of both these teams, throughout all stages of software development life cycle. It is also emphasising the importance of operations in today’s tech world.
Hence, DevOps is accurately and practically described as the methodology or practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle. This mindset of cooperation should be fostered from day one up to future support.
Why is DevOps important for your Company?
The approach underlying DevOps ideals is simply extending the practices of agile software development by empowering today’s cross-functional teams and streamlining their work. At its core, DevOps is an approach focused on collaboration, communication, automation and integration of two worlds. When done right, it results in improving speed, agility and quality of software development.
DevOps brings much more to the table. Stakeholders can benefit from facilitated deployment frequency, which is translating directly into faster time to market, the shorter lead time between fixes and improved time to recovery. Hance, DevOps is a crucial role in IT projects, as all the members of both supplier and buyer teams rely on it and benefit from its skills.
DevOps Tools and Technologies
But what does it mean daily? Actually, a lot! When it comes to responsibilities, the work of DevOps engineer translates into:
Researching, suggesting and implementing new technology solutions related to infrastructure, architecture, tools, standards and practices.
Implementing best practices and managing release processes that are driving effective delivery of high-quality IT apps.
Supporting the team with designing, deploying, setup and maintenance of relevant Continuous Integration and Continuous Development environments.
Designing and developing automated cloud deployment solutions.
Translating complicated processes into the simplest tools to improve the speed and transparency of software development.
Introducing and maintaining the balance between a high level of security and daily work convenience of the team members.
With that in mind, DevOps harnesses the following skills and technologies:
Continuous Integration and Continous Development tools such as Jenkins, GitLab, Azure.
Administrating and architecting Cloud environments (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) and IT operating systems (Windows, Linux).
Mastering Container Management solutions using Docker and Kubernetes.
Scripting skills using for example Bash or Python.
DevOps gives you a competitive advantage
As a mature combination of tools and approaches, DevOps increases the business ability to deliver at speed and scale. Thanks to that, organisations can introduce products and solutions to the market at a faster pace to better serve end customers. Not to mention DevOps significantly facilitates adapting to quickly changing and agile markets.
With shorter and more reliable development cycles comes faster innovation, but also increased security. Approaches such as Infrastructure as Code and Policy as Code introduce compliance with the highest security and quality standards whilst still moving quickly.
Moreover, DevOps supports businesses with the scale of both development and infrastructure processes. With a focus on automation, it is much easier to efficiently manage even the most complex and rapidly changing systems, at the same time minimising the risks. Repeatability and efficiency are the direct benefits of adopting the DevOps mindset in the project.
Last but not least, DevOps means better communication. Since it’s a cultural model of collaboration, emphasizing the values of trust, accountability and ownership, it supports cooperation within the team, sharing responsibility and combining work. Teams with DevOps in place are more productive and are focused on high performance.
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ASPER BROTHERS – your DevOps partner
For sure, DevOps is one of the most challenging fields in the world
of modern technology. To do it right, mastering tools is not enough.
At ASPER BROTHERS, we are aware that to be a great practitioner,
it requires an in-depth understanding and true adoption of
foundations, values, processes and principles of DevOps.
We understand that software is no longer just a business
supporter, but rather a crucial and integral business enabler.
When delivering IT projects for customers worldwide, we use
DevOps techniques to remove barriers between traditionally
siloed teams of development and operations. We work together
towards a shared goal, focusing on productivity, efficiency,
quality, communication and collaboration.
At ASPER BROTHERS we foster the mindset of ownership and accountability. Our teams are always responsible for entire development and infrastructure lifecycles, as we continue delivering subsequent releases. And it shows in the results of our work!
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