Devops – Transforming The Ecommerce Industry
While Agile and Lean methodologies improve software development through extreme programming, when it comes to improving IT performance in order to give organizations a competitive advantage, there is a need for a new way of thinking, a new way of approach to improve production, operations and management processess for a quality driven faster delivery of the project.
This is the reason why, businessess are opting for a new culture, which integrates agile methods, principles of lean, and includes social psychological beliefs for motivating workers, continuous integration and improvement of services to satisfy the clients as well as the development team. This corporate philosophy and way of working is known as Devops.
What is this Devops?
As Gartner defines, "Devops is a culture shift designed to improve quality of solutions that are business oriented and rapidly evolving and can be eaily molded to today's needs"
More of an integration of different ways of working with the different ways of thinking, thus improving the relationship between business units by promoting better collaboration and communication.
The influence that this model has on the performance is much more profound and the benefits concern all the areas of an organization.
Reforming Traditional Thinking
Driving a cultural change with a purpose to automate & optimise delivery of software, while encouraging teamwork across various professionals, Devops helps organizations focus on a shared objective: To Deliver Great Software, Fast.
By removing barriers, complexities, bottlenecks and unplanned work, Devops allows the team to deliver small pieces of software very quickly, and to a high standard. With automation being the central approach, it ensures that the features that have been written and added, are delivered on time. With Devops, constant software updates, addition of new features and achieving continuous process improvement are quite easy as all members of the teams constantly receive a feedback from each-other, thus driving a continuous integration.
Sustained Software Development
By reducing silos between the development and the operational teams, Devops helps in maintaining the continuity of a software development process. This approach enables non-stop delivery, deployment and integration by minimizing delays and gaps between software creation and releasing, encouraging a seamless software delivery.
Faster Issue Addressing
Based on a common set of principles of collaboration, iterative delivery, continuous improvement & transparency, Agile & lean have a set of practices that are focused on delivering customer values. Instead of focusing on which one of the two is better, when we combine both the methodologies, the operational efficiency, project excellence, producr & service quality and a great working culture, gives a competitive advantage.
Today, more than ever before, the development teams need to break down the inter-departmental silos in order to collaborate in a dynamic environment. Devops paves the way to improve business effeciency by improving transperancy required for effective decision making. It provides an atmosphere of mutual collaboration, communication and integration across all teams.
Improved Customer Experience
With a primary goal to provide high-quality software to end users, Devops encourages teams to strive to meet project requirements. A continuous collaboration of the teams on the same piece of software prevents a error ridden code from being released, thus driving top-line benefits around improved customer experience and increased revenue opportunity.
Stability & Security
With continuous delivery, comes reduction in the severity of potential problems. This in turn results in a more stable & a secure operating environment. A survery also found that organizations that use Devops recovered from a down-time 96 times faster than the ones that did not implement Devops.
When an organization thinks about quality and cost, there is a common notion that they are opposing forces. However, with Devops, great results can be achieved while reducing the costs. The entire perception of quality is transformed because results are more clear, adding new features is easy and quick and the secret behind maintaining high quality all the time is Devops. Most of the industries around the world hgave known this for sometime now, but IT has by far taken a long time to catch up.