DevOps, as a practice of merging the processes of software development with IT operations into one continuous function, has gained a firm foothold in the IT industry. It was born out of market demand for increased delivery speeds of new software releases and timely updates. Powered by cloud infrastructure and microservices architectures, DevOps helped provide responsive software that is better coordinated by IT teams by increasing the efficiency, decreasing response time. In that sense, DevOps has been a natural progression from two decades ago when software delivery wasn’t required to be very fast and most the applications were based locally.
Riding the mobile wave
The phenomenal rise of mobile computing and apps starting after the launch of the first iPhone and the mobile revolution that followed required companies to deliver software for multiple environments like PCs, iOS and Android phones. This too crystalised the need for branched out delivery pipelines.
Adoption and popularity
A recent survey reveals that 86% of 1,400 IT leaders surveyed see DevOps as part of their future IT strategy, and 77% plan to incorporate it into their software development and delivery. The following could be summarised as the benefits of the new methodology:
— DevOps allows organizations to create and improve products at a faster pace than they can with traditional software development approaches.
— Implementation of DevOps practices provides IT companies to have the scope for future expansion built into their infrastructure and architecture.
— It provides versatility. Products built using DevOps consist of small, independent and easily configurable modules or microservices, which developers can quickly replace, change, or add whenever the need arises.
— DevOps allows companies to quickly react to users’ feedback and emergencies.
7 Top DevOps practices
— Version Control for all production areas
— Continuous Integration and Deployment
— Automated Acceptance Testing
— Peer Review of Production Changes
— High-Trust Culture, Shared Goals
— Proactive Monitoring of Production Environment
— Win-Win Relationship For Dev and Ops
DevOps tools in vogue
Constant reskilling and training in DevOps is taking place in the industry, given that its rate of adoption is increasing by the day.