An IT expert and an average app user would both agree on one thing: the development of technology has increased its pace. It seems as though people used to have more time to marvel at wonders of technology but nowadays a useful app or tool is sprouting every few months.
While that is all fine and dandy, this also puts an enormous amount of pressure on the companies in the IT sector. These businesses need to produce software updates and new software as soon as possible since the clients expect them to finish a project in a blink of an eye and for its quality to be up to par. To provide both quality and speed, segments such as development and operations need to function in a tightly-knit manner because that is the only manner to achieve superb results. So, if your IT business is not leveraging the power of DevOps, then this is your mission for 2020.
DevOps is not a technology
Let’s start with defining DevOps, for those who are not completely familiar with it. It represents a set of practices that connects development and operations, that is, software development and information-technology operations. Adopting DevOps means shortening the systems development life cycle and also providing continuous delivery while leveraging quality.
However, it is clear that DevOps is not a technology but something much more. To be able to adopt it fully, these two departments must collaborate seamlessly. As a business owner, you need to prompt them to observe and learn more about each other’s tasks and practices to be able to be more understanding in terms of procedures but also to appreciate the other group’s effort more. What could help is point out that they have a lot of common goals and the same clients – people whose need they need to cater together. Sharing both failures and successes can strengthen team cooperation and bring better results.
Automation is the key
One of the biggest perks of DevOps is that it uses automation to tend to the recurring portion of work. Automation is considered a blessing in different industries because employees can leave such tasks to software solutions and focus their time and skills to some pressing matters or assignments that require more creative effort.
And how DevOps fits into this picture is that it applies automation on repetitive tasks such as code deployment, new environment deployment, and infrastructure configuration. Continuous integration tools are there to help you achieve efficiency. Being able to detect integration errors on time makes your project more flexible and aids your teams with getting the results more rapidly. By increasing overall efficiency, you are cutting costs and redistributing precious employees’ time to other tasks. Meaning, the results come quicker and the employees will thank you for the time DevOps saved them.
Speeding things up
As mentioned, if it were up to the clients, they would ask for the deadline of the project to be tomorrow. Time is of the essence in the business world but speed is sometimes closely connected with making errors which is something you must avoid. If you deliver the product quickly but fail to make sure it actually works, you will seriously endanger your reputation. Regardless of the industry, a bad reputation is not easy to change.
A small part of software building task used to sometimes take weeks but with DevOps, the time needed to accomplish it has decreased significantly. Since DevOps adoption also demands a cultural shift within your company, when the teams get used to close collaboration and to the tools, the assignments will need even less time to be completed. Projects that take ages do not only take a toll on your business’s budget but can also be discouraging for your employees because it may seem that their efforts are not producing any valid results.
It takes time
Last but not least piece of advice for business owners adopting DevOps is to be persistent. While DevOps motivates outstanding results rather quickly, before it is able to help your business in this manner, it needs to be fit into seamlessly. No business can benefit from solutions that are half-finished and half-implemented because their results can turn out the same way.
If your business wants to benefit from DevOps, you need to take it step by step. If you need to convince stakeholders that you need it, come up with a detailed plan that involves all the attitudes, policies, and practices you may need to change. Also, your teams need to be acquainted with all the details in advance so that you can get them fully on board. Knowing what lies ahead will help them prepare better and the transition process will go much smoother.
The most important thing you need to know about DevOps by 2020 is that your business needs it! It can improve many aspects of your business operations, among which is an improvement of cooperation between your teams. This means that you will be able to deliver your results quicker, which will greatly satisfy your clients. DevOps can also increase the level of quality of your software products which makes it the ultimate recipe for success.
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