It is important to understand that DevOps is not hype. In our earlier articles, we discussed about Basics of DevOps, Analysis of Docker in DevOps, Analysis of Jenkins for DevOps and finally the article before this one – DevOps and Containerization Tools. The linked articles are enough descriptive to provide an idea about DevOps to a beginner.
There are different advantages which can be gained from adopting a DevOps strategy. DevOps helps development, IT Operations, and also the Business. The relationship between the company, customers and employees become transparent. Adapting DevOps usually outperform traditional system in terms of software management with fewer failures.
In this context, we must touch Agile. The slow Waterfall model forced birth of Agile. Agile delivered a shorter release cycle which helped the development team to work on client feedback and bug fixes in the next release. While Agile SCRUM approach brought agility, it was short on Operations. Lack of collaboration between Developers and Operations Engineers disturbed the development process and releases. Of course, DevOps is basically the application of Agile principles, but it is improved. DevOps was born for better collaboration and faster delivery. DevOps enabled the continuous software delivery with lesser problems and shown path of faster resolution of problems. Agile software development methodology focuses on the development of software but DevOps is responsible for development as well as deployment. We can list the advantages as :
- Better operational support
- Faster fixes
- Good processes across the team
- Increased flexibility and agility of team
- Self-improvement & self-learning
- Better collaboration
- Identification of talent
- Maximized automation
- Implementation of microservice architecture
- Security improvements
- Enhancing the competitiveness
- Digitalization of process and record
We can divide the advantages in to Technical Benefits, Cultural Benefits, Business Benefits and others. Within the scope of Business Benefits, there are:
- Faster delivery of features
- Stabilization of operating environments
- Improved communication and collaboration
- Increased time to innovate rather than fix and maintenance
Identification of talent is one of the interesting point to a business. DevOps focuses on a number of tools for each of its stages which simplifies the work and automate them. Employees are relieved from the excessive workload. True innovative mind likely to be identified faster.
It is not wrong to say DevOps is about enabling the business. Outsourcing providers are in possession of an entire staff of recruiters working on finding DevOps professionals. They have working knowledge of recruiting and HR techniques aimed at attracting and retaining the high-quality talent. While DevOps salaries start at higher rate, outsourcing will help salary decrease. Most of the software inclined companies including IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Google improved the business performance while reducing the cost of support. Although they may not use the term “DevOps” to indicate internal workflow, DevOps transforms IT to deliver innovation and agility. With better collaboration, automation and process improvement IT become a strategic business. With the introduction of DevOps, defects become next to negligible.