DevOps has been quickly integrated into the life of software development companies. Enabling to receive quality products faster and with strong team cohesion, DevOps practices have gained high popularity in the technical environment.
What is DevOps
The term DevOps was originally mentioned by Andrew Shafer and Patrick Debois in their talk on “Agile Infrastructure” at the 2008 Agile Toronto conference. From 2009, DevOps methodology became a mainstream through a series of “devopsdays”.
Recently, many app development companies have realized the need for DevOps and started adopting the practices in their work.
DevOps is a software development culture and a set of practices aiming at the unification of development (dev) and operations (ops). DevOps is based on monitoring of all stages of app development process, from deployment and integration to product design, testing, and release.
Another important thing is to build a strong collaboration and achieve a high level of synergy – by creating a dialogue between all specialists involved in the working process, including designers, project managers, programmers, QAs, business analysts, and even customers.
The main goals of DevOps
The main objectives of DevOps practices are to speed up the processes between IT specialists, build a culture of strong cooperation, and make software product development cycle faster and without quality loss.
Coming up in the working process with team cohesion, automation, and constant monitoring and improvement, DevOps provides app building process flexibility, agility, and transparency.
DevOps goals also include:
- Shortened time lead between fixes
- More successful app releases
- Improved maintainability of operational processes
- Enhanced product quality, reliability, and security
- Faster time to product recovery in case of app (new release) crashes
With DevOps practices integrated, mobile and web app development companies get a deployment frequency increased, project management improved, errors minimized, and issue resolution accelerated.
What’s important, all kinds of organizations can take advantage of DevOps integration. Otherwise, those businesses that don’t (or can’t) overcome the gap between development and operational teams are much more likely to lose above-mentioned benefits and fail in the competition with other companies.
Developers that practice DevOps deploy 30x more frequently, have 60x fewer failures and recover 160x faster. – Puppet Labs 2016 State of DevOps Report
The principle of Continuity
DevOps helps accomplish many objectives in record times, making the app development process faster and raising the product quality.
At the core of DevOps is the principle of continuity, that touches all software construction stages and improves collaboration around it.
In DevOps, the principle of continuity is realized in the processes continuous delivery, continuous testing, continuous integration, continuous monitoring, and continuous feedback and optimization.