DevOps: why the methodology is so important for IT?
DevOps is a methodology that integrates the development and operations areas.
The DevOps solution involves automating IT governance and is even more effective with in application of agile development.
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Why DevOps became a protagonist
After all, why is DevOps the hot topic in IT departments? We are experiencing intense transformations in the digital age, which reshape entire markets overnight. To make quick deliveries and satisfy a more demanding customer, companies need to eliminate red tape and bottlenecked processes.
In the DevOps environment, teams can share code transparently, integration takes place continuously and automation helps to detect problems while still in the development phase.
This does not happen in a traditional environment, where code is simply “released” to the operations department at the end of the process.
Think of a traditional assembly line. Each piece is placed one by one and at the end of the process we have a complete product. In the traditional IT model, we only test the viability of products when production ends. In DevOps, the operations team receives continuous feedback from programers.
In short, with this methodology it is possible to:
- create cohesion between teams;
- divide responsibilities;
- reinforce feedback;
- increase the security of the production environment;
- accelerate the development of new applications.
Where DevOps fits
Automation is one of the things DevOps is best known for.
Through automation, it is possible to reduce costs, allowing you to take advantage of increasingly smaller workloads.
Smaller batches of work are easier to understand, commit, test, and review, as well as know when they are completed. These smaller batch sizes also contain less variation and risk, making deployment troubleshooting and recovery easier, especially when something goes wrong.
When automation is combined with a solid agile mindset, it is possible to obtain resource development very close to the flow of each step, providing value to customers quickly and continuously.
Traditionally, DevOps is understood as a way to break down the barriers between development and operations teams.
In this model, development teams create resources, while operations teams keep the system stable and running smoothly.
Normally, friction occurs because development resources introduce changes to the system, increasing the risk of an outage, for which the operations team does not feel responsible – but ends up dealing with it anyway. DevOps isn’t just trying to bring people together, it’s more of an attempt to make frequent changes safely in a complex environment.
Benefits of DevOps for your business
Below are some the advantages that your company will realize when implementing a DevOps strategy.
DevOps shortens the development cycle
Traditional organizations usually take months to launch a new solution or application. The great advantage of DevOps is the abrupt decrease in the development cycle, which can be carried out in days or even hours.
All of this occurs due to the constant integration between development and operations, in addition to the automation of several processes. With this method, it’s possible to operate with the idea of continuous development.
Creates an environment for innovation
In the traditional molds of development, the IT department is often more concerned with solving and correcting problems than with developing innovative solutions.
This is because the operations team is out of place and takes a long time to put new applications into production.
As the environments are integrated and the cycle is accelerated, we can concentrate efforts on innovating, instead of putting out fires.
Optimized company resources
Investing in the DevOps model also means optimizing the organization’s resources. After all, automation is a way to reduce the costs and time needed to finish processes.
In addition, production capacity increases, since employees are not “trapped” in the same projects for a long time.
Improved user experience
Providing a good user experience is one of the main priorities in the digital age. For that, we need applications focused on user needs that work flawlessly. DevOps is the solution to making quality deliveries.
As we have seen, the development team will be free to write new code, while the operations team will spend less time getting the new applications into production. In short, we will have a more reliable and stable solution.
Matures the organizational culture
In most organizations, development and operations are experiencing a real war. There is an invisible wall dividing departments and in some cases, the climate of hostility between them is real, which affects productivity.
With the integration of these teams, we provide an environment and organizational climate that is more friendly and harmonious
Finally, always remember that DevOps describes a culture and a set of processes that bring development and operations teams together to complete software development. This “philosophy” allows organizations to create and improve products at a faster rate than they can with traditional software development approaches.
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