Why “DevOps” is famous now ?
I have some questions in my mind, Why “DevOps” is so famous now ? Is it something new ? Is it something new to software/IT industry ? Didn’t we practice this before ? So, when I have research about these questions, I have found lots of information related to this topic. Here I have like to share some of the stuff…….
Is “DevOps”, something new ? Answers is NO.
Before go into, why it is famous now? Let’s have a look of the industrial growth or change in the world. Today we are in a digital era. we can able to do almost everything using our mobile phones in few minutes… we can pay our bills… we can order foods… we can book cabs…we can easily do money transaction…. There are so many card less payment methods… we can have connection with our loved ones using several social media… quickly we can able to learn/get new information… etc. Economists are saying we are living or moving into Industry 4.0, Basically Every business or industry is transforming in to new model using new digital technologies. Business models are changing rapidly.
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We can understand there is a huge opportunity for us to invest on technological business or knowledge. Because industry 4.0 is closely merge with technologies (Social , Cloud, AI, Big Data and Advance analytics , Mobility etc). So, there is a heavy competition between technology/IT Companies to take part on transformation journey. Now “Speed” is becoming one of the key factor for all the tech companies. That’s where “DevOps” is becoming more important topic.
Let’s Look, what is “DevOps” and how it is helping for digital transformation ?
“DevOps” is a cultural practice by unifying below three factors,
People : Generally Software engineers, Quality engineers , Technical architect , Project managers, Business analyst ,IT operational engineers and other subject matter consultants will involve on software development or technological implementation project. Since there are so many people involve, there are more conflicts and the responsibility is getting “Question mark” .
So “DevOps” is defining a mindset change in to this team. There are no so many roles. We call them as “DevOps” team and every one of them responsible for the product or service. This change is leading into more collaboration between different talented people and accelerating the innovation. “DevOps” encouraging the team to fail fast and learn something new. Since it has more team work approach, employees feel safe to try innovation. Also “DevOps” team has “Automation” mindset. “DevOps” team should always think, how we can automate this work.
Process : In order to “Go to market” quickly, we need proper process in place. So “DevOps” team mostly follow Agile methodologies. Based on the project they can choose the Agile frameworks (eg :Scrum). These process closely consider about “eliminate waste” , “increase efficiency” and “Continues feedback” . So proper process is helping deliver the value faster. Also leading in to cultural change at organization. Process defines some great policies to manage the application life cycle.
Tools or Platform : We need solid “DevOps” tools or platforms to manage the application life cycle. Tool will cover the planning, Source control, continues integration, continues deployment, testing and continues delivery. There are so many tools available in the market. Tools give end to end visibility about the project. There are some best practices that we have to follow to improve the “DevOps” practice. Infrastructure as code (IoC), writing scripts to manage the deployment environment is one of the key principle on DevOps.
If I have summarize, “DevOps” is helping to improve the techies as more innovative, collaborative, good learner and delivering the product or service faster by automating the development process and adopting the right tools.
This fast value delivery will help lots tech companies to stay on market and take part on digital transformation journey. Also there is a huge opportunity for the individuals who has “DevOps” experience.
So, “DevOps” is not something new to IT industry. We have practiced this for long time. But now we have more focus on automation and the cultural change in our day to day work and improve the quality of the service by continues learning.