DevOps is a term that is not new for the software world. However, it is certainly the magical wand which has really sped up the digital transformation. In a sense, the entire SaaS products story is written with the help of DevOps . In today’s VUCA world, digital services aren’t simply nice to have but are a basic expectation from consumers and enterprise customers alike. In the whole digital transformation journey DevOps clearly aligns well with the business goals, ensuring that the experiences they deliver form a seamless and customer-delighting part of the entire journey.
Continuous delivery and integration with magnificent tools have allowed the companies to create entire products as individual chunks. These individual chunks of functionality, captured by user stories, can be developed, and deployed into production in a day or two, not in weeks or months. That has really changed the game while we look at product development.
The Product Led Approach (PLA) driven by DevOps has created a culture in which the final goal has converted into the delivery of a fixed set of requirements, on-time, and on-budget scenarios. Scripts that can set up the entire deployment infrastructure, including software-defined networking, are managed just like the source code of the services running on them. Business-centric services that can evolve quickly and independently, combined with frequent and reliable releases, finally put the old dream of reusable and re-combinable components in reach for the companies.
How DevOps can help in Digital Transformation?
- Maturity Model: DevOps is the aggregation of cultural philosophies, practices, and gear that will increase an organization’s potential to supply programs and offerings at high velocity. This results in evolving and enhancing merchandise at a quicker tempo than businesses using the conventional software processes. Enterprises are moving from large, monolithic applications to smaller, loosely coupled microservices. This enables clients to act faster, better adapt to changing markets, and grow more effectively to achieve their business goals. Companies use DevOps continuous delivery practices that help teams take ownership of these services and then release updates faster.
- Break Organization Silos to Collaborate: DevOps helps in driving the collaborative thought-process and change in mindset. DevOps helps organizations achieve digital transformation by changing the social mindset of the market, cutting off silos, and covering the way for continuous innovation and agile experimentation. With a DevOps model, development and operations teams are no longer “isolated”. In fact, DevOps encourages better communication between the two teams and creates development channels that enable continuous integration. The software problems are identified, resolved and deployed faster.
- Organize Process around Customers: The increased speed allows companies to better serve their customers and be fair in the marketplace. Processes can be seamlessly designed and finalized based on customers’ business needs, helping them achieve higher value growth. When combined with rich digital telemetry from modern monitoring and observability tools, we end up with a strong knowledge of our systems that helps reduce mean time to recovery (MTTR), allowing teams to really take ownership of production services.
- Build an experimental mindset: Experimentation is the fundamental need for success in today’s rapidly changing technology stack. DevOps can help create the speed of experimentation at which the business can reliably implement these ideas and launch them into the market to start learning again.
- DevOps and Cloud: Cloud is part of almost every digital transformation journey. DevOps and cloud are completely synergetic to each other. This powerful combination has empowered the developers to respond to the business needs in near real-time. The latency of software development has become a part of past. The partnership of DevOps with cloud has given rise to a new term generally called ‘CloudOps’. The overall advancement in CloudOps has lowered the total cost of ownership for the organizations. This has made a direct impact not only on the top-line revenue and market share but also on its innovation capabilities and response time. Cloud was created majorly to tackle the challenges of Availability, Scalability and Elasticity goals based on dynamic demand. CloudOps uses the DevOps principles of CI/CD to realize the best practices of high availability by refining and optimizing business processes.