DevOps Architecture and Tooling landscape

Overview

DevOps is all the rage. If you’ve had your ear to the ground, even a little bit, in the technology community, you’ve heard of DevOps. In software and web development, you’d practically have to be living in a cave to not know, at least, a little about it. You can probably define it as “the bridge between development and operations,” but do you really know what it’s all about?

At the end of the day, DevOps helps businesses to ensure the frequent and continuous release of quality tested and user approved software for their organization or a larger audience of users. To do that, enterprises with a DevOps approach have dumped other, clunkier models of development for what is arguably the most agile way to release new software.

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DevOps architecture companies have learned to produce software releases better and faster. In the following article, we are going to explore what DevOps architecture is and how it may benefit your enterprise business.

In a perfect world, DevOps architecture creates a high collaboration, silo-free environment for operations and development to thrive and build on requirements obtained with relative ease. However, we all know that no two DevOps organizations are the same, and things rarely go perfectly.

Still, building your organization on the principles of DevOps architecture is proven to make your business more productive with better delivery along with more frequent and consistent results to your customers. For these reasons, implementing a DevOps approach to software design has become an instrumental trend in enterprise businesses that is not likely to go away.

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Best Practices

You’ve probably come to realize that DevOps is treated differently from company to company. That’s partly because of its ability to scale for both large and small organizations. But there are a couple of best practices that can be applied universally:

A traditional approach to development might look something like the waterfall method of project management, whereas one team completes a project and then the next team picks up the torch, and so on and so forth until you reach the base of the waterfall. DevOps chucks that concept out the window.

In DevOps architecture, all necessary teams work simultaneously and cyclically providing a tracked feedback loop along the way. The DevOps project management approach is based on a foundation of achieving greater agility through communication and collaboration.

The outlook for DevOps jobs is excellent right now, as it should be. Enterprises looking to implement this approach effectively should ensure they have the right people in the right positions to do so.

Here are a few positions enterprises should seek to fill if they are making a switch to DevOps architecture for software releases:

  • DevOps Architect
  • Release Manager
  • Automation Specialist
  • Integration Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • QA Tester
  • Database Engineer
  • Project Manager

Benefits

Of primary concern for businesses is operational cost, DevOps helps organizations keep their costs low. Because efficiency gets a boost with DevOps practices, software production increases and businesses see decreases in overall cost for production.

With shorter development cycles and streamlined processes, teams are more productive and software is deployed more quickly.

User experience, and by design, user feedback is important to the DevOps process. By gathering information from clients and acting on it, those who practice DevOps ensure that clients wants and needs get honored, and customer satisfaction reaches new highs.

DevOps simplifies the development lifecycle, which in previous iterations had been increasingly complex. This ensures greater efficiency throughout a DevOps organization, as does the fact that gathering requirements also gets easier. In DevOps, requirements gathering is a streamlined process, a culture of accountability, collaboration and transparency makes requirements gathering a smooth going team effort where no stone is left unturned.