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How To Get Started in DevOps

Updated: Feb 27


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What is DevOps?


DevOps is the process of integrating software development (Dev) and information technology operations (Ops). DevOps aims to accelerate the delivery of applications and services to market by improving communication, collaboration, and process efficiency by eliminating silos between teams to improve both the end-user experience and internal operations.


DevOps is a set of practices that combines software development (Dev) and IT operations. It aims to shorten the systems development life cycle, provide continuous delivery with high software quality, and improve communication between developers and operators.


DevOps is complementary to Agile software development; several DevOps aspects came from Agile methodology.


DevOps vs. Agile Development


While DevOps is a response to the interdependence of software development and IT operations, Agile is a response to the interdependence of software development and business. Both philosophies are critical for organizations that want to improve their performance.


If your company has been using agile for some time, it may be worthwhile for you to move toward DevOps by implementing continuous delivery and automated testing. This will allow you to keep up with the speed at which customers expect new features and bug fixes delivered and help prevent outages during deployments while maintaining reliability in production environments.


DevOps in Corporate Culture


DevOps is a cultural shift. It can't be defined by job titles or organizational structures but by how people work together and interact. DevOps aims to help an organization quickly produce software products and services in response to market needs. DevOps encourages communication between developers, IT operations staff, testers and any other team that has input into delivering a solution—even if they're not working on the same deliverable.


DevOps is all about team collaboration; it crosses traditional boundaries between development, testing and IT operations roles (for example, developers doing their quality assurance testing or writing automated test scripts).


Communication between Teams


Communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship. Whether you're working with your significant other, family or friends, communication is key to understanding and working together. DevOps is no exception. Without good communication between all parties involved in the process, it's difficult for all involved to understand what each other needs and can do.


When implementing a DevOps strategy within your company, one of the first things you should do is establish clear lines of communication between teams (e.g., development and operations) by communicating expectations around responsibilities as well as what they will deliver at various stages throughout their role's lifecycle; this way everyone has an idea about who does what within their team and knows when something needs attention so they can address problems before they become an issue.


Use real data to drive decisions


The first step is to use real data to drive decisions. Almost every organization has metrics, but they're often either not easy to get or unreliable. A good DevOps team will clearly and consistently define what makes a successful project and use that information to measure progress against those goals. They'll also determine what factors are most likely to predict success, so they can identify trends early on and adjust their strategies accordingly.


Final Thoughts


The DevOps movement is gaining momentum, and it’s time to get on board. Implementing DevOps in your organization can help you become more agile, efficient, and competitive. It will also give your company a competitive edge over other companies still using traditional development techniques.


DevOps is a way of thinking about software development and operations that combines the best practices of both disciplines. By combining them, you can create a highly efficient and effective workflow that improves communication between teams and ultimately results in faster delivery of higher quality software.



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