3 key benefits of DevOps
Technology projects require maintenance throughout the entire lifecycle, from development to deployment and monitoring. Maintaining a project from version to version can become a very manual and strenuous process. Special considerations must be taken at each stage to ensure smooth rollouts. Failure to do so can result in extended release planning cycles to make sure the software is ready for use by end users.
Development and IT Operations teams can end up spending unnecessary cycles supporting and fixing buggy software. And even worse, failed software releases can impact a company’s financial performance through operations inefficiencies, lost sales, and customer attrition. For some industries, failure to maintain working software can impact SLAs, regulatory compliance, and can result in fines or legal action.
Successful organizations have adapted and created a set of best practices to use for governing projects, called DevOps.
What is DevOps?
DevOps aims to create a common culture that brings together the people, process, and technology to deliver value (i.e. working software) to end-users.
It has also come up with procedures for automating many manual maintenance steps in order to reduce the time it takes to develop, test, and deploy software. Many companies are rushing to implement DevOps in their organization to avoid the high costs associated with manually maintaining projects.
What can be gained by implementing DevOps?
If you’re asking this question, keep reading. Outlined below are three key benefits of implementing DevOps in your organization.
1. Improved quality
- Standardized tools and processes (i.e. Azure DevOps and Agile Project Management) help keep quality consistent across projects and releases
- Quality control implemented through source control branching, code reviews, environment management, release management, etc.
- Reduced fire-drills and break-fix measures as a result of following DevOps best practices
2. Reduced effort
- Fewer manual processes and interventions through improved automation
- Lower effort to support/maintain because solutions have gone through the appropriate governance and management processes
- Leverage templates for common infrastructure builds/configurations to accelerate new projects going forward
3. Increased collaboration
- Agile project management structure encourages frequent collaboration among team
- Improved communication channels enable the team to identify, track, and manage risks as they arise
- Clear direction and prioritization through collaboration between stakeholders, developers, and end-users
Hopefully, this helps you better understand some of the benefits that implementing DevOps can bring to your business.
Implementing DevOps is a journey and is not as easy as installing a package, flipping a switch, or buying new technology. Neal Analytics specializes in helping our customers through the process of implementing DevOps, no matter what their current maturity level is. Neal Analytics can provide strategic planning, technology assessments, proof of concepts, as well as the technical resources to get you started on your DevOps journey.
Interested in learning more about how Neal Analytics can help you implement DevOps? Please contact us for additional information from our experts.
If you want to learn more about the key concepts behind successful DevOps implementation check these articles:
- What is DevOps? (Microsoft Azure)
- The Secret to DevOps Success (Gartner)
- 8 Step Guide to Get DevOps Right (Infographic, Gartner)
Resources for managing your DevOps tools and practices:
- Azure DevOps (Microsoft)
This article was also published on LinkedIn.