DevOps Implementation in Manufacturing Sector: Meet the Culture-Driven Approach!
Ability to build a collaborative culture makes DevOps the most-sought IT practice for every industry, irrespective of size.
Alongside core technology firms, DevOps is growing in popularity among industrial processes, especially the manufacturing sector.
In fact, DevOps suits more for manufacturing sector considering the sector’s busy process chain that keeps running round the clock.
Moreover, the market’s run for rapid expansion, faster delivery and fueled innovation is demanding an all-new approach in the manufacturing chain, driving the demand for DevOps in manufacturing sector.
How Important is DevOps in Manufacturing?
Streamlined communication and increased collaboration define DevOps significance in the manufacturing sector.
Success through DevOps means achieving robustness in three core areas, namely:
These three areas together result in increased communication and seamless flow among teams, thus resulting in faster delivery and reduced time-to-market.
Let’s look in detail into each of the three core areas!
The most common challenge that many firms face is the ‘lack of collaboration’ among the internal teams. More than a process, this is a culture that many are looking for and not able to achieve with ease. This is where DevOps plays crucial by bringing together Development and Operations teams.
Saying a goodbye to the siloed approach, DevOps bridged gaps between Dev and Ops teams making them aware of each other’s tasks. This results in quality check at every step coupled with necessary testing, making the product all-ready at the end of the process chain. All this is means a strong collaboration.
This is one word that’s wrongly understood by many ‘as a machine-based replacement to human workforce’. But it’s not completely. Automation, by definition, means applying automated solutions for time-consuming tasks. Considering the level of automation already in modern manufacturing processes, achieving robustness in this area means a lot for any manufacturer. And, DevOps can help you!
Assured results in quality and production naturally minimizes majority of pressure coming from the product development life cycle, thus leaving space for innovation. Innovation plays a very important in giving you a competitive edge in the market. DevOps gets you all possible ways to drive innovation. By minimizing the time taken for process execution in its own way, DevOps lets the business decision-makers to think of new ideas by handing over the existing processes to internal teams.
What Makes DevOps Different?
The key difference that DevOps makes over traditional software development model lies in its dealing with code.
DevOps approach to software lifecycle is purely based on its core concepts: Continuous Delivery and Continuous Integration (CI/CD cycle).
In the traditional approach, multiple developers work on various components of an application and finally merge the code at the end. Here, bugs in the code demands a complete rework. This naturally causes delays in bug detection and manual integration.
Whereas, DevOps makes a big difference with its CI/CD cycle by making developers deliver code updates at a faster rate and more frequently into a shared repository like GIT.
In doing so, each developer will check the code in small units followed by regular compilation. And the automated build (including testing, security, UI, etc.) checks every piece of code as and when its moved into the repository. This naturally results in early bug detection and faster recovery, thus increasing developer productivity.
Releases from the CI phase are automatically fed into the release pipeline, where functions like copying files, stopping and resuming services, and deployments are taken care of leading to Continuous Delivery.
In a nutshell, CI/CD pipeline is the heart of DevOps success!
In conclusion, adopting DevOps literally means adopting a new culture altogether. Where, there will be no gaps among internal teams and all focused to single goal of success!
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