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Why DevOps?

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October 31, 2017 | Topic: software development  
Why DevOps?

DevOps is a term that encompasses a group of concepts, practices and techniques that although are not all new, are now being spread about much more by the software community.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a set of practices that automate processes between software development teams and system administrators so they can compile, test and publish software more quickly and reliably.

It comes from the need for communication and ensure interaction between the development area and systems and operations (Development – Operations). This enables teams to build software faster, with higher quality, lower cost and high deployment frequency.

DevOps maintains one of the core principles of Agile development, that people are above processes and tools.

DevOps aims to promote a team culture, as well as a company culture at different levels where there’s more transparency. For example, that development people know what makes systems and vice versa, and that the business has more visibility on into development topics.

In short, it promotes a culture of breaking down the barriers between departments, as well as encouraging more visibility and empathy between different areas within organizations.

What are the key benefits of DevOps?

Implementing DevOps has a range of benefits, including:

  • Collaboration and trust. Culture is the main success factor for DevOps. Creating a culture of shared responsibility, transparency and faster feedback is the foundation of high-performing DevOps teams.
  • Faster publications and a smarter way to work. Speed is everything in today’s world. The ability to rapidly create new features and new services means businesses can stay ahead of their competition, and respond faster to what their customers want. DevOps teams publish with greater frequency, quality and stability.
  • Accelerate resolution time. The team with the fastest feedback cycle is the team that thrives. With full transparency and fluid communication, DevOps teams minimize downtime and resolve issues faster than ever before.
  • Better management of unforeseen work. Unplanned work is a reality faced by all teams, a reality that almost always has an impact on team productivity. With established processes and a clear definition of priorities, development teams and operations can better manage unforeseen work, without neglecting planned work.

How can we implement DevOps to our work environment?

DevOps in a work environment

DevOps is not a culture in itself, but it does require a strong cultural and organizational change for a successful implementation. A cultural shift towards collaboration, communication, and ultimately complete integration between the old (usually quite stuck) areas of development and systems. This cultural change can be complicated to achieve in some organizations, which is why many people identify it directly with DevOps, but remember: DevOps is a methodology of software development, and a change of culture is not in itself a way to develop software.

Within the practices, there are specific techniques and tools used as part of the implementation of this processes, such as automation tools (Puppet, Chef), continuous deployment, monitoring systems (Nagios, Zabbix), and specific methods are used for processes to perform agile operations, such as iterations, Lean / Kanban, 5-minute meetings, etc. You can find out more about the tools for DevOps in our whitepaper.

DevOps in Belatrix

Currently, Belatrix has a DevOps laboratory dedicated to working on projects where this methodology is being implemented. The team helps organizations understand and implement DevOps. This team can help customers make deployments of any application in any infrastructure. Find out more about Belatrix’s DevOps services, as well as our Innovation Labs here.

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