Article by Kenny
It is no news that the tech industry is a very fast paced industry. So it is not surprising to find out that new concepts, tools or technologies come up every now and then. While this is a good thing, it takes some form of investment to get up to speed. Sadly, not all of them stand the test of time.
Such volatility causes a lot of doubt when something new comes up in tech. Hence, DevOps, like every new technology introduction, needs to prove its benefits and usefulness over a long period. Thankfully, DevOps has a lot of benefits and is being practised by many companies. In this 2018 survey, 24 percent of 1091 respondents indicated that their companies just started their DevOps journey. Since then, the DevOps methodology has become more popular which can only be a sign of the benefits that come with it.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Bridging the Gap Between Development and Operations
- Seamless Development of Product Features
Bridging the Gap Between Development and Operations
Before DevOps, development and operations worked as different teams of the IT department. Where one (development) is only concerned about building applications that work on their end, then throw it over the fence to the other (operations) to deploy these applications as a service to the end users.
This silo working style happens to be very unproductive, as it gives room for one team to not take responsibility for an app failure. A common scenario is one where an application can’t fit into the operations architecture. However, the dev team believes they’ve done their job and leaves it to the ops team to figure out deployment.
With DevOps, both teams begin to work as the one big unit they are supposed to be. They engage better, have a better idea of how everyone does their job and everybody’s goals are aligned towards getting great software out, not just doing what is needed for the dev or ops team.
Key benefit: Both teams are responsible for development, testing, deployment and maintenance of software as one unit.
Seamless Development of Product Features
User needs are constantly changing. Hence, a company needs to find a way to get their product to adapt to these changes. For the development team, the main objective is usually to build amazing features consistently that serves the users’ needs.
However, without a DevOps system in place where the dev team is constantly engaging the ops team, the developers won’t have the freedom to make the changes that they really need to make. This is because they can never be sure what feature will break the deployment of the entire product.
By implementing DevOps, developers can confidently work on features and know that their new features will behave as expected in production. Such confidence increases productivity and translates into the development of great products.
There are also non-technical benefits to implementing DevOps. Some of them are:
- Improved productivity
- Better communication between all teams including business, HR, testing, development and operations
- Improved customer experience
- Saved time through product automation
DevOps is one of such concepts and ideas that leaves companies wondering how they survived without it. It is beyond just the tools and technology, it is a concept that brings the company together to achieve the greater goal of providing great user service.
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