Why is DevOps Adoption a must for any Enterprise to Survive?

Written by Subhendu Pattnaik, Director, Marketing, Cigniti Technologies

Enterprises operating across sectors need to ensure that they maintain an effective balance between speed and quality. They must rush ahead and beat the competition to tap the right consumer segment. However, this has increased stakes and has made the market scenario much more complex and demanding. With faster time-to-market, even the software quality requirements have hit the roof. Practically, there is no room for error, knowing that it can tarnish brands and lower business value. Enterprises are encouraging development and testing teams to implement contemporary tools, frameworks, and methodologies to boost efficient deployment of software and applications.

Correspondingly, DevOps has evolved as a software and testing approach over the years, and has been a preferred practice due its intrinsic benefits and features. The idea of DevOps is to bring Development and IT Operations together and encourage more and more collaboration between various functions. Hence, it’s not merely a practice that confines itself to a project or application development process; it can be an absolute game changer for the entire organizational set-up. It is a key reason for DevOps emerging to be a chosen approach and gaining significance over the years.

What are the core features of DevOps?

As Gartner states in the context of DevOps and its growing popularity, “Interest in DevOps and agile development methods continues to be fuelled by business demands for IT to be delivered faster and with greater agility.”

DevOps has emerged from the idea of Agile development and addresses the intense need for frequent releases and a fast changing market scenario. While more collaboration is critical, the role of DevOps is to enable Continuous Development and Continuous Delivery. Consequently, this results in faster time-to-market, shorter lead time, and consistent delivery of releases, and ensures that the application is ready for a release anytime during the development cycle.

Automation and constant monitoring at every level in software development is a growing need and the DevOps movement strongly advocates the same. Factors such as continuous testing, continuous integration, and continuous deployment are intrinsic to the DevOps methodology. It enables shorter development cycles, accelerates deployment frequencies, and makes the software release process more and more dependable. DevOps ensures that the quality of the software release is consistently maintained and is intact, thereby supporting enterprises to meet their set business objectives regularly.

The overall DevOps process cohesively works towards facilitating teams with Continuous feedback and improvement even in production, enables automated release testing, Continuous Integration testing, and Continuous Planning. In the Build and Test phase during Agile sprints, DevOps effectively supports automated tests for front-end, middle tier and backend validations. In this way, quality check-gates are created and maintained at every stage of the software testing cycle.

Cigniti has helped clients achieve quality benefits by providing services that comprise automated and continuous quality monitoring, automated provisioning of virtualized test environments, standardized processes, templates, and guidelines & checklists for DevOps.

Reasons Enterprises cannot ignore the trends in DevOps

Diego Lo Giudice, Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals at Forrester states, “Testing lies at the heart of the Continuous Delivery pipeline. That’s why I use the term “DevTestOps.” You have to automate unit tests, functional tests, process tests, performance tests—and code gets kicked back if expectations are not met.”

2016 observed some considerable rate of DevOps adoption and QA transformation. Market challenges and the need for digital transformation substantially revolutionized the application development process. Consequently, organizations had to adopt new practices to bring profitability, sustainability, and innovation. DevOps supports businesses to adapt to such rapid changes and at the same time ensure performance. By adopting the same, businesses sustain and stay upbeat in the competitive market scenario.

DevOps methodology has been implemented across diverse industry domains: for building financial applications, ecommerce shopping sites, banking applications, for developing software to support a logistics firm, and much more. Performance is a common demand, and the practices of Continuous Testing and Development are much needed factors.

Moreover, it is important that organizations imbibe more and more agility and flexibility in their development process to ensure speed, quality, and innovation. It is unimaginable that DevOps can operate without the required flexibility.

DevOps roadmap puts forth some compelling aspects that organizations need to be harnessed to stay competitive in the challenging market scenario. It offers an exploratory roadmap where software development and testing can experiment in various patterns and keep on improvising the mechanisms. For instance, software applications are broken down into fragments for development and testing, followed by integration. This speeds up the overall development cycle and ensures faster time-to-market with required quality standards.

There is a simple formula that DevOps adopts: Fail-First, Fail-Fast, and Fail-often. This has been helping teams to experiment more to derive the required outcome. A gaming application cannot be built without failing frequently and testing consistently. In a way, Continuous Testing and Deployment powers the application development process and brings more agility.

In a Test-driven Development (TDD) scenario where there are shorter test cycles and failure is the solution for robust code development, DevOps is an essential approach to consider. Businesses are pushing for agile and software-based methods for infrastructure operations. DevOps and Open-source software are expected to support organizations to programme their infrastructure and even develop products concurrently. Eventually, this will give way to the concept of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) in the DevOps scenario, which can be an absolute enabler for quicker deployment of software.

The adoption rate of DevOps will increase, as it will reduce the turnaround time and the role of operations will subside in the near future. This will help enterprises to expand their digital experience and bring down the costs. On similar lines, there are discussions happening around testing, security, and quality metrics that will intensify in the DevOps scenario.

Perspective on DevOps that enterprises must consider

IDC believes that DevOps will be adopted (in either practice or discipline) by 80% of global 1,000 organizations by 2019.

Applications are getting more and more complex, which means there are added risks and security concerns to be considered and tackled. The vulnerability of the code in the virtual world will only increase. Enterprises will continue to adopt DevOps to bring more flexibility in the code development process and ensure quality. DevOps will support organizations to test the applications in a modular pattern and minimize the risks against any malicious cyber activity.

Automation and early testing will become a norm that cannot be ignored by enterprises. Enterprises will also have to adopt hybrid structure for development and testing, which also involves Cloud infrastructure, testing frameworks, tools, and IP-led platforms. DevOps will help enterprises to adopt these diverse trends and practices to deliver as per market expectations.

Cigniti’s CI testing experts boast of a rich experience in Continuous Integration testing and can configure and execute popular CI tools such as Agile GO, Cruise Control, Chef, Puppet, Microsoft TFS, Jenkins, Bamboo, Hudson and so on, helping the DevOps teams of its clients.

DevOps as a process is growing in complexity, and it has forced many organizations to employ tools that enable more control and transparency of the various metrics. However, there are definite chances that this will change with more consolidation and evolution of DevOps implementation tools.

All things considered, DevOps will only grow and mature as a methodology in the coming years. There will be an intended focus on monitoring its metrics and exploring factors that are intrinsic to the ideology. While the industry continues to redefine DevOps, it will be adopted and preferred for the business value it brings to the table.

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