DevOps- unlock your high-performance
Becoming a high-performance organization is not an option nowadays. It is critical to regulate functioning at full throttle. One of the key elements of a high-performance organization is DevOps.
DevOps is a strategic methodology. This methodology has built a new mindset regarding development and operational processes. Basically, it collaborates both development and operational team.
A big misconception prevails that DevOps is a tool. However, it is not a tool, and comprises various steps, for example, plan, develop, etc., to automate software delivery and deployment.
DevOps has advanced over years and has given a way to organizations to step up from traditional approaches.
Traditional approach to software development
When DevOps was not born, development teams were unclear about who would do what, what they had to deliver, and what the end product should be. They just knew how to write codes.
Case study how waterfall ruins your business.
President of Prescient software engineer, Bill Holst, worked on two projects. One was an electric project, and another was a gas project. The scope of both projects were president and principal consulting software engineer for Prescient Software Engineering, managed two projects for Colorado Springs Utilities — an electric project and a gas project. Both projects were distribution design systems very similar in scope. Holst contracted out the development work and used the same team for both projects. The electric project was a fixed price bid and was done using a traditional waterfall approach. The gas project was done next with the same development team — a team that was new to Agile — with T&M (Times and Materials) pricing. In both cases the customers of the project were field engineers.
Then where is an operation team herein?
Operational teams were nothing but administrators, for example, sysadmins, network admins, database admins, etc. They had knowledge of infrastructures.
They worked on resolving software issues, while developers were accountable for new features, new versions, and bug fixes.
Cons of traditional approach to software development
- Lack of communication
- No gathering of requirements
- Upfront changes
- Revise of budgets due to changes
- Poor delivery of product
- How DevOps changed software development
How DevOps outshines traditional approach.
DevOps brings together developers and operations, and unite them into a single team, and so that they can work together, providing support to each other through the lifecycle of software development.
One of the major differences between DevOps and traditional approach is you can deliver software faster by performing minor iterable changes by shifting to DevOps.
- DevOps makes you competitive, as your clients will actually experience new features while receiving updates.
- Elimination of outrages is there. As Development teams and operational teams will be working in close liaison, changes will be easy to do, in minutes. As the development process get streamlined, software quality is likely to be beyond expectations.
What is Softobiz’s approach to DevOps to make you a high-performance organization?
Infrastructure as code:
is a way to configure all servers automatically. A server infrastructure is like an abstract concept. As servers are cloud based, we can easily deal with them.
Softobiz precisely describes the configuration of servers in a configuration file. Therefore, we are able to configure tons of servers really fast, while using the same code for all configurations.
architecture is a recent trend in software development that involves the division of application into parts.
Consider you have an e-commerce app and want to turn all functionalities, from voice calls to bots, into individual applications.
We can easily do this using a gateway called KONG.
Kong is a gateway to empower APIs. It acts an intermediary between your API-based applications and computing applications. It allows the deployment of an array of features, for example, authentication, security, traffic control, serverless, analytics & monitoring, request/response transformations and logging.
Why do we prefer KONG to other API gateways?
Kong comes up with so many features that are probably hard to find in other API gateways.
- Radically Extensible
- Immensely Fast
- Open Source
- Platform Agnostic
- Cloud Native
- Simpler to use
Kong has the capability to store various configurations, such as plug-ins, registered APIs, etc., as it encompasses an external datastore. Moreover, plugins can store bytes of data, from rate-limiting data to Consumer credentials.
Kong eliminates a database roundtrip by maintaining a cache of data.
Benefits of automation
- Comprehensive testing
- Deploying of test infrastructure
- Running end-to-end tests
- Deploying the code
- Collecting metrics from production
- End-to-end orchestration of the DevOps pipeline
How does Softobiz ensure Automation?
Automation is part of our day to day operations. Our developers take into account integration technologies or tools and use them in different phases of the DevOps cycle like BMC Remedy, Rally, Jenkins, Hudson, etc. After integration, we always define an end-to-end automated DevOps process to keep up the sync among the teams.
What you will experience being a high-performance organization?
As I have explained our automation process to you, you must be wondering how you will become a high-performance organization.
You can avail yourself a number of benefits by having an automated infrastructure. Some of them are mentioned below.
Faster time to market:
Automated deployments and effective communication allow you present your product to the market in the best way.
Elimination of unwanted development phases as the whole process gets automated.
Developers can easily do unit testing, code quality analysis and then commit to the SCM for build from an IDE- all in an integrated tool setup without switching between the systems.
Delivery manager can have a production-ready environment with all the latest fixes to be delivered on demand.
Project leads can access real-time reports and dashboards for continuous update on change requests/defects getting fixed and subsequent releases to customers.
Development engineers and IT help desk managers get automated notifications in the event of defects/change requests getting raised; development fixes being planned, executed, and reported to customers.
Risk factors due to human error decrease to a great extent.
Process management becomes less expensive as the overheads generated due to manual interventions get eliminated.
More focus on improving the business:
Teams can solely concentrate on improving core business which adds to the final productivity.