A DevOps approach supports organizations' rapid development of software products and services with continuous delivery methodologies ensuring clients' software is predictable, efficient, secure, and maintainable. Our experience with lifecycle software development, network architecture, and system administration provide a critical perspective for the application of DevOps principles to help our clients achieve:
Our approach supports a continuous innovation, feedback and improvement lifecycle.
Start small by setting incremental and attainable goals. Gradual, iterative, change allows the organization to reallocate resources without drastic consequences. As the gap between customer feedback and business implementation narrows, constantly test business vision and value proposition by measuring progress and adapting to customer desires and market imperatives. Integrate agile methodologies with the organization's daily operations and strategic planning to create a more dynamic and responsive organization.
Supports and enables collaboration between businesses, development, and QA organizations, including outsourced contractors and vendors. Collaborative efforts are multiplied with a continuous development lifecycle by integrating sourcecode repositories with automatic build and deployment processes allowing organizations to identify integration and functional issues early when they're easier to fix while reducing overall integration workload.
With sourcecode residing in a version control repository and automated build and deployment tools configured, developers checkout, build, and run code in a local environment using the same tools and stack the software will use in production. Since devops and agile practices overlap, code gets integrated with the main development trunk frequently and then automatically deployed to an environment where QA teams, project managers, and other stakeholders can review.
Using easily deployable environments and virtualized services integrated testing helps reduce the cost of provisioning and maintaining test environments and shortens test cycle times by allowing integration testing earlier in lifecycle
Data collected from application, server, and database logs combined with realtime monitoring of system performance provides the information that allows developers and testers to understand the performance of their application even before it's gone to production. The early feedback provided by continuous monitoring helps lower the cost of errors and change and keep the project on course.
Optimization of operations and development requires the constant feedback DevOps implementation provides. Customer feedback provides the evidence and context to analyze user behavior contributing to a better understanding of problems facing customers. Enhanced visibility of issues as they arise coupled with systems capable of responding quickly to available feedback enhance business operations.