Your company’s success is dependent on its ability to offer new and exciting products to customers faster than its competitors. This would require them to change their minds on how development and operations work. Enlisting staff for DevOps training would bring together the best of both worlds and make the team better able to compete.
What is DevOps? DevOps integrates development and operations teams in order to improve collaboration and productivity. It does this by automating infrastructure, automating workflows, and continually measuring application performance.
If development and operations teams were more DevOps oriented, they would do things differently. They would place more focus on automation. DevOps teams try to automate everything. From testing of new code to how infrastructure is provisioned.
DevOps teams would write software in small chunks that are integrated, tested, monitored and deployed in hours. This is different from the traditional way of writing large chunks of software over weeks of months. After that, that software would still require additional weeks or months of testing.
Plus, they would have the same development and production environment which would be based on the same configurations. Writing code in small chunks will allow them to increase the frequency of the deployments. This would improve the time to deploy the new code.
This process also enables DevOps trained teams to adopt an iterative process to monitor, measure and improve the code and operations on a daily basis. This would vastly improve their ability to react and respond to market needs, and other things that might impact software.
Instead of building and then configuring software plus infrastructure manually on an ad-hoc basis, DevOps teams would write Configuration Management Code that would describe how things should be built.
As a result of this process of thinking, they would have the ability to build infrastructure at scale to dozens, hundreds or even thousands of servers. The servers can be in multiple locations and even use different types of hardware.
Another change that a team trained in DevOps would do is to use a source control system. They use it to manage and document all of the changes to both the Application Code and the Configuration Management Code.
The changes that a DevOps oriented team would implement is the adopting of the discipline of application performance monitoring and optimization in near real time. This would allow the developers and the company to understand the performance impact of their changes.
The ultimate goal is to have a production environment that gives customers a great experience.
The benefits of having a trained team in DevOps are it will improve software delivery and improve the company’s time to market. It could reduce the time potentially from months and weeks to days and hours. This will be a huge competitive advantage.
It also allows them to maintain better business focus by automating their infrastructure. This would allow them to focus on things that improve the business and their online content. They can spend more time on the activities that add value to their business.
There any many tools available to automate your infrastructure. One of them is Jenkins, an open source DevOps tool for monitoring repeated job executions. The extensible automation engine lets teams integrate changes easier. They can also easily access outputs to quickly find any problems.
This article was previously published on Learn@ITB by Andini Nurfatimah