DevOps Capabilities: A 6-point Principle that Drives Business Success
Before they met, an IT environment was a complete nightmare. Heated discussions, hundreds of codes running across multiple screens, while a hundred errors found in the code, extended deadlines and the end result a malfunctioning application!
Fast forward to today, everything from above seems like a bad dream that disappeared at the wake of the morning.
With six core capabilities as the center of their functioning, Dev and Ops teams work to deliver the success stories of every company, the process serves!
Let’s take a look!
- Continuous Integration
- Continuous Testing
- Continuous Delivery
- Continuous Monitoring
Before we move ahead, let’s go back on a quick recap of their role and their commitment to delivering efficiency.
Dev and Ops were two separate entities with different cultural backgrounds until the need for their collaboration was felt. Now, it is utterly necessary that when one is working, the other chimes in. When production is live and while Dev works on code, Ops should be there to ensure the expected outcome and address any workflow glitches, along a common framework.
But more than their collaboration and the effectiveness of their efforts, it is the goal of developing a well-tailored app.
1) Collaboration: We’ve come far from the day when Development and Operations teams worked in their own cubicles to produce an application for the common good of a company. This intelligent process has the capability to go beyond the developing company’s boundary. It encompasses everyone involved in the delivery of an application development, QA and the receiving organization.
2) Automation: DevOps is deeply reliant on automation for which you need tools. Not one, two or three but an entire toolchain, not only to automate but to connect the disparate teams and the other people involved in the process.
3) Continuous Integration: The CI concept exposes the agile nature of the DevOps process. Continuous integration provides room for immediate testing and fixing through immediate feedback. This way the community of developers remains on the same page as to who introduced which code into the delivery chain and if that code hinders or facilitates the development process.
4) Continuous Testing: Many DevOps professionals are coming to realize that the testing process is a critical piece in the larger picture. Earlier, testing was restricted to the concerned team but now it’s everyone’s call-to-action. When development experts pass the correct code to testing teams, they also provide them with test data sets that help these test engineers be on the same page as the production environment.
5) Continuous Delivery: Continuous delivery is an extension of continuous integration except that the latter never makes it beyond the testing lab of DevOps. And the end result of continuous delivery? Individual releases are less complicated and are delivered much more frequently. Some software developers take the risk of carting developer codes to the end-users and depend on their feedback to watch the real-time performance and minimize any glitches.
6) Continuous Monitoring: There is no way to assure a step-by-step DevOps process, its very nature demands that the different elements talk to each other across the development framework. So how do you deal with failures? You find them and fix them immediately, that is what continuous monitoring is about. And the advantage that entails, the same tools used for monitoring can be used to identify problems before they reach production.
These are the characteristics that present DevOps as the ultimate solution while working to create a smart and friendly application. This DevOps Before & After Scenario will help you understand how the six main capabilities and many similar others work to give you a positive DevOps experience.