The Importance of DevOps Towards Digital Transformation

DevOps has become one of the trends in developing systems and work processes in organizations. Until now, there are still many people who are confused and do not understand what DevOps is and how it works. Digital transformation is one of the processes carried out by many large companies, DevOps is able to become a solution for better digital transformation efficiency. But what is the process? Check out the following post.
February 8, 2022

Along with technology advancements, several large corporations, such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, have chosen to adopt DevOps solutions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their product delivery processes. DevOps solutions have also been shown to have a number of advantages, including the ability to improve team collaboration, maintain product quality, and much more.

Despite the fact that huge firms are progressively using DevOps solutions, there are still many people who are puzzled and do not grasp what DevOps is. Some people consider DevOps to be a philosophy, methodology, or culture. Others believe DevOps is merely a methodology.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a word that combines the terms development and operations and refers to a collaborative approach to application development and IT operations teams. DevOps is a philosophy that encourages better team communication and collaboration. DevOps refers to the use of programmable application development, automation, and infrastructure deployment and administration in a technical sense. This word also refers to a culture that supports the integration of new development tools and best practices throughout the whole application development and delivery chain.

DevOps is an Agile method to organizational change that aims to bridge traditional and closed software or program development team gaps. Within a development team, DevOps also allows more cooperation with new tools and engineering techniques.

DevOps, on the other hand, is defined as a set of cultural concepts, processes, and technologies that improve an organization's capacity to rapidly develop applications and services. Traditional in-organization development via infrastructure management is thought to be slower than product development and improvement with a DevOps-supported company.

Any DevOps-based organization has the potential to provide better and more efficient service to customers in the marketplace. DevOps can be defined as a bridge between development (Dev) and operations (Ops) that brings people, processes, and technology together to provide objectives to customers on a continuous basis.

Company Issues Related to DevOps

The use of Devops is thought to be the key to businesses or organizations producing apps that can truly respond to changing client needs. However, according to 2nd Watch's  survey of over 1000 ICT experts at all levels, from manager to director, 78% confess that their organization still divides the infrastructure or operations team from the application development team. For example, 8 out of 10 respondents claimed that in application development, firms still rely on infrastructure-as-code technologies, automation, and CI/CD pipelines, which are not considered Devops.

The information presented above is pretty shocking. Because the application currently plays a significant role in the industry and is widely used as a commercial driving force. Several parties have even stated that we are now living in the era of the application-based economy. Some people even refer to it as ‘too much.' However, based on recent trends, this may not be an exaggeration. Simply start watching it as soon as you wake up. The first thing we usually do is check our smartphone, which, by chance, displays an application such as transportation, food delivery, or at the very least, a messaging app.

How DevOps Affect Digital Transformation?

Digital Transformation is a "necessary disruption" that requires a fundamental rethinking of how an organization employs Technology, Processes, and People (Culture) to improve business performance. To achieve the business need of Time to Value, this shift necessitates quick application development approaches.

When businesses employ a DevOps approach to their Digital Transformation Strategy to speed up the Time to Value of their products and services, they will trust iterative application development methods. This method aids in improving people collaboration, automating procedures, and transforming their digital services front-line using technology. This method also encourages innovative thinking and frequent releases, as well as consistent release quality, so that businesses may adjust quickly to market dynamics and satisfy ever-changing market demands.

DevOps is in charge of designing, creating, troubleshooting, and guaranteeing the proper operation of all applications. The team's duties and responsibilities are shown below.

  • To ensure compliance with established standards, monitor software or websites, as well as the equipment and methods employed.
  • Ascertain that the entire system is running well, that it is constantly monitored, and that it responds to any issues that develop.
  • To make work go faster, automate existing processes.
  • Problems in software or websites should be resolved as promptly and effectively as possible.
  • To speed up the process, design and implement automated scripts and test them.
  • Collaboration with a number of other technological divisions to discuss and develop solutions for existing software, applications, and websites.
  • Git, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, Kubernetes, Docker, AWS, and other tools are used to assist this profession.

DevOps can give a multitude of benefits to the product development process if done correctly. Some of them are as follows:

  • Companies have the ability to move swiftly.

DevOps principles allow you to develop and react fast to changing markets. As a result, this strategy can help businesses develop quickly.

  • Quick shipping

DevOps strategies can assist you in releasing goods more quickly. You will be able to stay ahead of your competitors in this manner.

  • Reliability

DevOps is a CI/CD (Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery) strategy that can help you ensure the quality of the goods you generate. You can, on the other hand, ship dependable products at a rapid rate.

  • Improved collaboration among the team

The development and operations teams will collaborate, share responsibilities, and merge workflows under the DevOps model. This technique can assist you in working more effectively and efficiently.

  • Safe

Using automated and integrated security testing technologies, you may implement the DevOps approach without compromising security.

Phases in DevOps

The DevOps pipeline is a set of processes that enable the development and IT operations teams to collaborate on building and deploying code to production environments. While each organization using this DevOps model will use various methods, the following phases of the DevOps pipeline will be followed in general:

  1. Planning

Before the development team begins developing code, this step entails designing for all essential workflows. Product managers and project managers will be critical at this level. They'll collaborate to gather client or stakeholder requirements and comments. This information will then be gathered in order to create a product roadmap that will drive the development process.

  1. Code 

After the strategy has been produced, the development team can begin creating the code required to build the product. To aid the development process, apply similar code styles, and avoid common security and anti-pattern flaws, development teams often install a standard set of plugins in their development environment.

  1. Build 

Once the development team has completed the required code, they will upload it to the shared code repository. The developer will submit a pull request, following which other developers will evaluate the changes. If there are no issues with the code, the developer will approve the pull request that was sent previously.

  1. Testing

The following stage is to conduct testing. If any problems are discovered during this phase, they will be forwarded to the developer team to be fixed.

  1. Release

The release phase is a critical step in the DevOps process. Every code modification has undergone a number of tests at this point, and the IT operations team has assured that any defects and regressions have been addressed.

  1. Deployment

The deployment stage is the next step. The most recent version of the development will be applied after the production environment has been created and configured.

  1. Monitor

The IT operations team will continue to monitor infrastructure, systems, and applications at this final stage. This is done to guarantee that the generated product or application runs smoothly. They also gather data from logs, analytics, and monitoring systems, as well as user input, to determine if there are any issues with application performance.

In conclusion, DevOps is a software development technique that emphasizes strong collaboration between software developers and IT operations personnel. Companies can improve customer satisfaction by aligning people, processes, and tools utilized in software development.

Written by Denny Fardian
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