A strategic overview of DevOps methodology

A successful implemented DevOps strategy will help you to release things faster and maintain high quality at the same time. 

43% of companies that are implementing DevOps want to strengthen their time to market. DevOps helps them arrive at the right time in a new market or launch an innovative product before market shares are taken by competitors.

What is DevOps?

DevOps (an acronym for Development and Operations) is the work culture of software engineers and at the same time a set of practices aimed at integrating the development process and the process of implementation, maintenance, and service of the product into one process focusing on the continuous delivery of value in the product directly to the customer. The most important part of this approach is the organization’s focus on shortening the time from the idea for new functionality to its installation at the customer’s site with expected quality. 

DevOps is designed to stimulate collaboration and innovation throughout the software development process. This is associated with educating employees in all IT areas that standard procedures enable achieving the intended goals easier, faster, safer, and more effectively.

DevOps also introduces an iterative work model, consistent with Agile assumptions. In practice, this means multiple iterations and releasing the product (working code) as early as possible. An essential element is also the automation of processes, i.e., building a work environment that performs functions that previously required time-consuming, manual work (e.g., automation of implementations).

DevOps extends the scope of independent development teams’ activities working in an agile manner to administer the system they create. For this purpose, it uses the Continuous Deployment paradigm, which says that the team builds and tests software in an environment identical to the production environment. This means that any change introduced and tested by the development team can potentially be installed at the customer’s site. This requires the use of tools that can continuously and quickly build a product from the modified code, introduce it to the system, automatically install it on target devices, perform functional tests of the finished solution, and then have the potential to be installed at the customers’ premises. If a bug is found in any of these steps, the change is rolled back, and additional development work is done on improvements.

DevOps may seem like a technical issue, but it is a business problem that contributes to creating a competitive advantage for the enterprise. This is because the company gains the ability to deliver value that exactly matches the customer’s expectations (by keeping it in the feedback loop during product development) and to bring the technology to the market earlier than the competition (thanks to the reduction of time from idea to production).

Why should you consider DevOps in your company?

First of all – saving money. DevOps will help you cut the release cost for one application up to 97% by automating some parts of the process. Secondly – saving time. The time of releasing one application can be reduced by 89%, which brings another benefit – the staff required to do it is decreased even up to three-quarters. According to research, high-performing DevOps organizations are twice as likely (compared to other companies) to exceed profitability, market share, and other financial goals. 

The DevOps leads to 30 times more deployments made for 60 times fewer incidents and 440 times less time to deliver. According to the State of DevOps Report 2019, companies experienced 106 times faster lead time from committing to deploy stage, 2604 times more rapid recovery from failures and unexpected incidents, and seven times lower failure change failure rate. 

DevOps can improve your organizational works. It helps you with you in a better estimation of operational costs (up to 6 times) and minimize time on unplanned work and rework by 22%. This is not only a way for time and money savings in your company, but it also brings real value to your customers. DevOps allow you to achieve two times more employee satisfaction and an 18 percent improvement in customer satisfaction.

The biggest problems of IT companies

According to a study conducted by IDC and AppDynamics, companies can lose $8,580 to $686,250 per hour due to infrastructure dysfunction. On average, companies facing downtimes lose $163,674 per year. You need to take into account the time as well. 35% of responders claim to spend 1 to 12h to repair production incidents.

Hourly application downtime costs can range from $1.25 to $2.5 billion for a Fortune 1000 firm, and that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour. That’s why high-performing organizations are able to save an average of over $91 million per year

Summary

Half of the companies claim that they reduced spend, time-to-market, and rise of revenue with DevOps implementation. Thanks to this, they can respond better to market needs. This strategy, although more and more popular, is still implemented in a few companies. However, due to the enormous benefits, it should be expected that it will be a necessity in all companies from the IT sector in the future.

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