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Six Business Impacting Reasons Why Companies Adopt a DevOps Model
13 August, 2021
According to Redgate’s 2021 Report, DevOps adoption rates have never been higher. More than 70% of organizations have introduced DevOps to projects.
Interestingly, organizations that have fully adopted DevOps have more than doubled in 5 years. The report also notes that DevOps adoption correlates with a higher productivity and performance since companies can deploy their software faster than before.
Despite all the attention and soaring popularity DevOps has garnered, and rightly so, little has been said about what it can do for businesses.
What exactly does your business stand to gain by adopting a DevOps model?
The most impactful element of DevOps is the swiftness and fast delivery it can supply to your organization. DevOps is primarily designed to enhance– automation, continuous delivery, and quick feedback cycles across the entire development value chain. In turn, the software development process becomes faster, streamlined, and more efficient.
Forward thinking companies know this and have mastered the art of exploiting this DevOps’ strength.
Accelerate State of DevOps Report demonstrates that top-performing DevOps organizations do far better on software development/ deployment speed and stability. They also achieve the key operational requirement of ensuring that their products or services are quickly available to end-users.
DevOps’ agile approach helps companies’ combat critical challenges such as unpredictable market conditions, increased competition, regulatory changes, and supplier instability. Agile leverages cross-departmental collaboration to facilitate almost instantaneous feedback capturing from other departments and users.
Subsequently, the feedback is shared with your development team, who can quickly address any software issues, improve code and enhance turnaround time.
Its fast-paced approach also allows your teams to develop quality software — faster. The software and its code are easily analyzed, with any necessary changes promptly done. This is critical to sustaining a competitive edge.
Most business leaders are vaguely aware of how difficult it can be to keep development teams, IT operations, and other business departments on the same page. It’s even more challenging to have the trio working collaboratively towards an integrated set of goals.
DevOps saves the day by eliminating the barriers of cultural imbalance, uncooperativeness, and a lack of communication leading to a more flexible and rapid workflow.
Since it maintains collaboration and alignment between software development, IT operations, and other business units, the implications of slow software delivery are avoided.
Keeping everyone on the same page ensures everyone shares the burden of continuous commitment to the SLDC pipeline. To reach the desired ideal outcome, all parties fully understand what to do from engagement to finished product. They adopt and develop consistent policies and procedures with a holistic and shared responsibility to speed up the process. And with such inter-departmental silos out of the way, the result is accelerated software development, deployment, delivery, and updates
The digital world thrives on inspiration and innovation. Whether your business is successful or in its infancy, you need to innovate to remain relevant and attract new prospects.
Successful companies make DevOps their enabler which helps them innovate and optimize software releases anytime there's a need.
Like Patrick Debois - the architect behind DevOps puts it, the biggest advantage of DevOps is the insight it provides. It forces organizations to optimize for the whole system, not just for IT, improving the entire business. It helps streamline processes, promote efficient releases, and ensures quality builds.
This eases pressure on everyone involved in the SDLC process. In the process, DevOps brings an opportunity for ideation, innovation and execution, and adaptive approaches for resolving SLDC issues and meeting customer and business needs.
Continuous release and deployment are critical pillars of the SLDC ecosystem. Any software release needs to be followed up with rapid and quality updates with short release cycles.
For companies, DevOps offers approaches to help heighten software releases for continuous release and deployment.
Specifically, automation of the CI/CD pipeline – from code generation to production, covering builds, test cases, quality assurance checks to security integration, and more, your DevOps teams can rapidly develop, integrate and deploy code.
Consequently, this promotes productivity gains, improved efficiency, high-quality, and quick continuous releases with a significant ROI.
Software development is a risky business. However, with DevOps, the risk severity becomes significantly manageable. DevOps goes a long way in helping organizations reduce and even eliminate risks.
As teams interact and collaboratively work together, so does the ease of sharing knowledge and feedback kick in.
Feeling empowered and valued, team members better understand their role and its significance in reaching the end goal. As such, insights, errors, or delays that aren’t always plainly visible in the software delivery pipeline are identified, improving the overall build quality.
Such bottlenecks are also detected and resolved early enough, saving everyone time and resources.
Every business has a goal to satisfy including enhancing customer experiences. However, improved customer experiences demand better and timely software delivery.
If your software releases cannot consistently address your customer's pain points, something is broken.
To address the challenge, companies now leverage DevOps. Once you identify what customers expect from your product, you can consistently make changes that align with their needs. Yes, DevOps allows you to improve your delivery time, change volume, and deployment frequency, answering customer pain points ahead of time.
This is possible because DevOps helps organizations break their development process into smaller tasks, automating delivery pipelines, minimizing software setbacks and improving recovery time.
As a result, every new product release promises high-performance, reliable and stable software that satisfies or exceeds customer expectations. Consistently meeting your target market needs fosters trust and customer retention – a critical yet irreplaceable business asset.
DevOps it’s not just about a cultural shift, and it’s certainly not a walk in the park. For DevOps to come to fruition, it requires excellent tools and, perhaps most importantly, a team that understands what they’re looking to achieve.
Get it right, and you can innovate faster and efficiently, adapt to changing markets, unlock lasting customer relationships, and stay ahead of your competition. Get it wrong, and your business could face an uncertain future.
Now that DevOps is becoming one of the most effective practices out there, there’s no reason not to jump on the bandwagon.
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