Since the inception of DevOps, it has become more and more popular amongst business looking to improve the speed, quality and efficiency of their code deployments. This is not surprising considering the fact that there are proven key benefits to implementing a DevOps deployment model, with testing, programming, implementation, design all happening in a non-formulaic way.
That being said, there are instances were DevOps fails in certain companies. To prevent this, here are five ways that businesses can improve the results of your DevOps applications:
1. Focus on time to market automation
Implementing automation tasks that can speed up the time it takes for applications to get to market. There are various tools available that can help in quickly developing application prototypes or deploying virtual instances of operating systems, to test in.
2. Get the right DevOps teams in place
DevOps teams are interdisciplinary, which differs from traditional IT structures. It is to be expected to have QA, Operations, Networks, Database and Development all in one place, working and collaborating together.
3. Demand quality testing
One key issue that traditional Waterfall and DevOps structures come up against, is testing, especially amongst Developers. Instilling this mindset with the Development team will mean that instead of the code coming back from the QA team, it can be solved, instead of being passed on.
4. Insist on documentation
Another key issue that plagues DevOps teams is improper labelling of the functions and purpose. This makes it harder to carry out maintenance but also goes against the collaborative atmosphere of a DevOps team.
5. Use DevOps for internal company applications—but avoid using it for outside customers
As DevOps is ever changing and fluid, it is ultimately experimental. As a result, it is much more sensible for a DevOps team to deploy for internal applications, rather than for clients – reducing the risk of conflating problems if something goes wrong.
Working in the DevOps space, it is definitely interesting for me to see how many companies are keen to implement DevOps in order to take advantage of the business benefits it can bring. However, some are still failing to grasp the key aspects of the methodologies and to accept the necessary changes, and until they overcome these hurdles it remains entirely possible that their move to DevOps will not be a complete success.
What do you think are some of the hurdles to a successful DevOps deployment, and how can businesses overcome them?