DevOps is a contraction of development, quality assurance and operation teams to improve collaboration, productivity by automating all sorts of processes and create a focus on continuous delivery. As McKinsey shares: “Both capabilities can greatly increase companies’ speed to market (cutting product-testing times from weeks to minutes) while significantly reducing the cost of delivering new products and services. They can help to ensure higher-quality software, better rates of customer adoption, and fewer risks in product and service delivery.”. This method gives an environment for rapid development and testing of custom business software. Moreover, it makes easier for IT engineers, security specialists, QA engineers, and others to test software and ensure there is synergy, integration between workflows.
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What are DevOps and its functions?
In fact, the last year’s poll in the IT industry showed that only 6% of respondents have not employed DevOps to their business and do not plan to do this according to Statista. Additionally, businesses that do not employ DevOps usually have a team structure based on a division of labour. To achieve common goals, these teams work in silos with testers, developers and IT operation professionals. As a result, these methods became outdated because it makes barriers between employees and hinders communication. The purpose of the DevOps environment is to mitigate challenges and other issues that may emerge during the working process.
A traditional hierarchy of a development and operations teams faced with lack of essential communication that could otherwise improve the efficiency of their work. In the traditional methods, development teams do not worry about the pressure on the operations teams because they are too busy working on a list of applications and meeting deadlines. On the other hands, operations teams assume that the coders are simply dropping the pile of codes on them which had similar problems that they had to adjust each time.
DevOps method provides a solution to this by integrating developers, QA and operations teams and having them discuss their common problems and try to solve them. In addition, due to collaboration among teams, the entire development process of an application takes a shorter time as long as the development parties are made aware of the potential roadblocks which can then be avoided.
How DevOps decreases time-to-market?
Based on a survey, the adoption of DevOps has shown that high-performing organisations are decisively outperforming their lower-performing peers in terms of throughput. In fact, high performers deploy 200 times more frequently than low performers, with 2,555 shorter lead times. Moreover, high-performers notably outperform low-performers, their recovery rate from failures is 24 times faster and three times lower change failure rates.
According to Net Promoter Scores, the loyalty rates of employees improve, they spend less time on unplanned works and reworks. In order to achieve this, they have to incorporate quality with each phase of the development process using continuous delivery practices. As a consequence, The clients remain happy with them since the credibility is maintained by providing them with the applications on time. Also, the retention rate increases. Thus, the retention rate increases.
Furthermore, a company’s success based on an ability to innovate faster than competitors. Applying DevOps, applications are ready for use much quickly. Hence, applications come to market 60 per cent faster than with traditional methods. Lastly, all of the DevOps benefits above reduce overall costs and time-to-market while maintaining quality.
Drawback of DevOps
Nevertheless, there are some challenges that DevOps faced such as transport layer security and processes.
The first challenge is regarding the integration of a DevOps team is that the security takes a back seat, and the company becomes at a risk of security issues. This situation occurs due to the fact that the security team is not integrated with DevOps, and they have no clue what tools or methods are being used for the speeding of the app development process. Moreover, the DevOps choose speed over security many times in order to streamline the process. As a consequence, this makes difficult for the security team to keep track of the many security holes and clog them.
The second problem is the processes. As long as you want to automate the testing processes, different teams can make changes and check but those changes may arise huge problems. Finally, transport layer security is the most accessible in organisations where DevOps is adopted. Many malicious users can access important data as a trusted person which may put the organisation at risk of spoofing.
Building culture takes time, businesses felt that they had to choose between quality and speed, sacrificing one for the other. Making DevOps a success is not as simple as buying the right tools. Businesses with DevOps have faster application delivery, stable operating environment and more loyal employees.
The daily task of DevOps developer at Savvycom
At Savvycom, DevOps developers play as an excellent communicator. They bridge the gap between software development teams and IT operations. DevOps developers are in charge of dealing with the IT infrastructure according to the business needs of the code which can be conveyed in a hybrid multi-tenant condition which needs consistent observing of the performance. DevOps at Savvycom know about the development tools which compose the new code or upgrade the current code. In addition, the DevOps developers work with internal customers such as QC personnel, application and software developers, project stakeholders and project managers at the same organisation.
Leading the DevOps team in Savvycom, Mr Tung Pham shared: “DevOps developer is a very new position in technology companies in Vietnam. To make sure the CICD process can work well, investing in DevOps and infrastructure is important to execute the deployments for all teams”. CICD is a collection of practices that enable the application development team to deliver code changes more reliably and frequently.
In Savvycom, a DevOps developer is able to manage the continuous integration systems used to build PBS software products and manage issue tracking and agile development tools (Atlassian JIRA). Moreover, it creates failure management processes and tools so outages can be handled without causing a loss of delivery. In order to improve the efficiency of products and measure processes, DevOps developer devises and develops analytical methods and tools.
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