Many companies have to release versions of software very often. But, how to deliver these versions with quality and put them into production quickly?
There are several goals of DevOps practice that we can point out: speed and quality in delivering value, extensive use of automation for build and testing, reducing downtimes, eliminating friction between developers and operation, and reduced time to deal with failures.
But DevOps practice and tools allow this communication to be facilitated, completely changing the boundaries of responsibility and favoring the work of both teams, making the delivery of value in the technology environment within a company much more fluid.
In this article, you will learn how you can deliver value with DevOps in your team. Using GitScrum features will allow you to perceive a progression with speed results and efficient operations.
What is DevOps?
DevOps (a combination of the words “development” and “operation”) is a model that combines cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increase a company’s ability to deliver its services at high speed.
This is a software engineering practice to unite software development with the operation, that is, to integrate these areas and achieve greater quality in deliveries.
When these areas are not integrated, you can see communication failures between these teams, which can result in delays, rework, and poor quality.
One such practice is delivering more frequent but small updates. You get shorter development cycles, safer releases, and better alignment with business goals.
DevOps is now more prominent because of the continuous interaction and continuous delivery processes. These processes are very helpful in standardizing development, approval, and production environments, as well as helping to manage and control the environment and infrastructure.
Companies have problems in the process of releasing and deploying new versions because, most of the time, everything is done manually, without automation and, therefore, the number and frequency of errors are high.
What to gain with DevOps
To reduce the incidence of problems and increase flexibility and automation, it was defined that non-operational resources and environments that are not “in production” should be used.
Thus, the developer gains greater control over the environment, and the infrastructure, greater understanding of the applications. These changes will only be possible and feasible to implement with the simplification of processes.
Finally, DevOps integrations have as their main objective the delivery of products, the possibility of quality tests, the development of features, and maintenance releases to increase reliability, security, and rapid development with cycles.
The benefits of DevOps
Companies that are choosing to take advantage of the benefits of DevOps are experiencing gains related to operational efficiencies, smoother communication between teams reduced IT costs and increased internal and external customer satisfaction.
Integration between area
In addition to promoting a synergistic action between those who develop and those who put a solution on the street, DevOps allows greater communication with a demand of features to optimize businesses, as the vision becomes end-to-end and the purpose of delivering real customer value prevails.
This way of working nails some premises that allow making workflows less onerous and bureaucratic. One of them is the reuse of software modules, the flexibility in projects to adapt to changes, and the reduction of delivery efforts.
In the DevOps culture, manual deploys and other IT team’s attributions are replaced by automated routines.
As a result, teams that were previously allocated to the steps to upload new features or entire software are now dedicating themselves to learning, documentation, understanding recurring errors, and proposing continuous improvement.
Modernization of the company’s IT
The trend towards cloud computing is intrinsic to DevOps, as platforms, software, and infrastructure offered by third parties can be used to achieve customer goals.
Thus, it is possible to work with hybrid clouds that reduce operational costs and improve the company’s IT routine. They also add state-of-the-art technologies to the internal standard without the company having to invest in the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment.
The cloud has brought a new culture to organizations, in which people now have easier access to information and, therefore, assert themselves about their performance and their ability to contribute with suggestions and improvements.
In DevOps, this issue is enhanced by stimulating the integration between areas and the understanding of the solution that is being developed by all involved. With this, problems can be identified more easily and the answer to it, too.
Empowerment of IT teams
Acting in DevOps presupposes the involvement of strategic partners providing cloud solutions. And they only establish themselves in the market when they offer good levels of quality, scalability, capacity, and availability.
Elasticity and scalability
Cloud resource providers provide infrastructure and intelligence that understands the movements of the business and adapts to it.
This means that, by adopting DevOps, partners capable of expanding or contracting resources will come into play and will allow the contracting company to pay only for what it uses and have, always available, components as needed.
The importance of technology resources with DevOps
If you want to implement DevOps in your team, there are needs to be a change in the company’s organizational culture. Following a few steps, it is possible to better adapt the organization so that the methodology is successful.
Technology as an ally
The automation of repetitive tasks can be done by software, so professionals focus on more complex tasks and strategies. To increase security, the best bet is on cloud computing (cloud computing).
It’s simple to implement a solution that promotes data protection.
Integration in meetings
Another way to bring the two areas closer together (development and operations) is to hold meetings together.
In this way, it is possible to keep everyone informed about the goals to be achieved, possible problems, and points of attention.
To ensure they are always available, environments need to be dynamic. That is, they must be created whenever necessary in automated processes.
Development must have the ideal infrastructure for its work without operations intervention.
Also, integration plays a fundamental role in the application of the DevOps methodology.
Therefore, the use of innovative technologies and tools that assist in this process must be taken into account in your strategic planning.
The most important thing is that this moment is, as DevOps preaches, something collaborative.
That is the entire team together, already trained on the subject, with questions answered and clear processes in mind. In this way, it is possible to align expectations and show what change really means: a new organizational culture.
The tools, at this stage, fulfill an essential function: they will serve as true inputs to take the methodology off the paper and apply it in the team’s day-to-day work. Therefore, it is essential that each one understands their role, as well as using it them and also the reason for it.
Is it worth delivering value with DevOps?
A competitive company is the one that is best able to assimilate innovations into its core and modernize itself. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong. The key to success is change and Digital Transformation shows that.
For technology-focused organizations, this should be part of their values and DevOps makes it possible to embrace change rather than reject it, adapting to what modernity demands.
DevOps enables you to orchestrate your development and operations team, leading them seamlessly on a promising path to business success.
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