What Constitutes a Successful DevOps Strategy
What Is DevOps?
You are probably continually on the lookout for dynamic new ways to streamline your software productivity. In your research, you might have come across the concept called DevOps and wondered what it’s all about and how you can make it work for your team.
As a software development company in today’s highly competitive marketplace, where just about every business needs a mobile app and other proprietary software, you need to constantly search for ways to add speed and efficiency.
The best way to keep the edge for your business is to understand that, while development is crucial to your goals, operations is essential to the means of delivering a high-quality product on time.
In its essence DevOps uses simple, lean, and agile methodologies to improve and streamline the relationship between application development teams and operations teams. The ultimate goal of DevOps is to break down the silos inherent in development teams and operations teams to get everyone on the same page and working toward the same goal, according to CIO.
What Are the Benefits of DevOps?
DevOps offers a wide range of benefits for organizations that want to better serve customers. A few of the most important benefits associated with investing in DevOps include the following:
Increased productivity and efficiency through automation between development and operations teams
Less time spent troubleshooting and putting out fires
Faster resolution of problems that do arise
In addition to the more technical and profit-based benefits, there are cultural gains to consider within the organization. DevOps.com notes that DevOps also improves employee engagement, further stating that it is "neither a method or a tool, it's a culture!" The increased communication, productivity and operational efficiency fosters an atmosphere of continuous learning and collaboration between cross-functional teams to work as one unit, leading to higher performance levels and more cohesive teams.
What Are the Different Approaches to DevOps?
Just like any exciting new technological process, implementing a successful DevOps strategy relies on the right approach for a given business. There are certain approaches to DevOps that work wonderfully for most businesses while others are definitely not for every organization.
The following are just a few of the most effective approaches to DevOps:
Type 1: Dev and Ops Collaboration
In this topology, each team specializes where they need to and come together for knowledge and resource sharing when needed. Such a model likely requires substantial organizational change and a large degree of leadership competency in the technical management ranks. However, with such cooperation, the two departments stand to realize a new level of collaboration, productivity and success.
Type 2: Shared Ops Responsibilities
With this topology, both the development and operations teams tightly focus on a shared purpose. DevOps Technologies notes that this as an extension of Type 1 topology, featuring key differences that include having team members from both development and operations teams working closely together, complementing each other's strengths to achieve goals for different features of delivery and operation, according to Info Q.
Type 3: Infrastructure-as-a-Service
DevOps can be highly effective when relying on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). Using cloud-based providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) is perfect for clients who need to rely on smooth collaboration between Dev teams and Ops teams to increase productivity and achieve core goals like automating the DevOps pipeline.
Which Companies Can and Should Rely on DevOps?
These days, even businesses that aren’t primarily software development companies sometimes need to develop software, such as a mobile app for their brand, and they can definitely use all the help they can get.
Essentially, according to Forbes, any company that uses software—especially businesses that develop apps—to innovate in development and operations should consider adopting and implementing a DevOps culture.
What To Do Next
Are you ready to adopt and implement a successful DevOps strategy in order to further streamline your business processes? Send us a message so we can help you find the DevOps approach that best suits your company and start working together to blend two of your most important departments to improve efficiency and software delivery.