What is DevOps?
DevOps is the practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support. Simply put, it is the combination of software development and operations to emphasize communication, collaboration, and cohesion between two traditionally separate teams. DevOps focuses on the interdependency of both departments, enabling organizations to deploy software more frequently, while maintaining service stability and gaining the speed necessary for more innovation.
DevOps at its core has 3 primary practice areas that are usually discussed.
Faster Lifecycle: Automated rapid provisioning and automated self-operation support
Better Service: Consistent quality delivery in building, testing, and deploying apps in a standardized and quick manner.
Supports Cost Reduction: Simplify processes with automation and having better platform utilization.
The Benefits of DevOps:
Shorter Development Cycle/Increased Release Velocity
The collaborations and communication between the development and operations teams shortens timeframes to move form engineering code into executable production code. This means that there are more development cycles within a time period. The increase of development cycles fosters continuous development and deployment.
Shorter development cycles allows for continuous feedbacks. This allows business to keep up with customer needs and adapt to a fast-changing market environment.
DevOps not only allows businesses to deploy more often and deliver faster, it also allows the business to develop stable software. Because of the rapid deployment, businesses are seeing the problems more frequently, allowing for an early fix. “Higher performers recover from downtime 96 times faster when compared to competitors.” DevOps focus on continuous innovation, reducing waste, and avoiding unnecessary processes. “As a result, high –performing companies spend 22 percent less time on rework or unplanned work, having a positive impact on IT-related costs.”