With modern businesses continually looking for ways to streamline their operations, DevOps has become a common approach to software delivery used by development and operation teams to set up, test, deploy, and assess applications.
To help you understand more about this approach, let’s briefly discuss DevOps.
What is DevOps?
DevOps comes from two words- ‘development and operations.’ It describes a set of IT practices, which seeks to have software developers and operations team work together on the same project in a more collaborative and free-flowing way.
In simple words, this is a culture that promotes cooperation between Development and Operations teams in an organization to ensure faster production in an automated, recurring manner.
The approach aims at breaking down traditional barriers that have existed between these two important teams of the IT department in any organization. When deployed smoothly, this approach can help reduce time and friction that occur when deploying new software applications in an organization.
These efforts lead to quicker development cycles, which ultimately save money and time, and give an organization a competitive edge against its rivals with longer, more ridged development cycles.
DevOps helps to increase the speed with which an organization delivers applications and services to customers, thereby competing favorably and actively in the market.
What Is Needed for DevOps to Be Successful Executed?
For an organization to appeal to customers, it must be agile, lean, and swift to respond to dynamic demands in the market. For this to happen, all stakeholders in the delivery process have to work together.
Development teams, which focus on designing, developing, delivering, and running the software reliably and quickly, need to work with the operations team, which is tasked with the work of identifying and resolving problems in the software as soon as possible.
By having a common approach across software developers and operation teams, an organization will be able to monitor and analyze holdups and scale as quickly as possible. This way, they will be able to deliver and deploy reliable software in a shorter time.
We hope that our simplified guide has enabled you to understand what DevOps is and why it is important in modern organizations.
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