At its core, DevOps facilitates collaboration between software developers, other IT professionals and the business at large, while automating much of the delivery of software and changes to infrastructure. Due to its magnitude, DevOps calls for some major adjustments to entrenched organizational cultures that have traditionally seen developers, operations teams and other business units working separately.
It’s a forward-thinking practice that breaks down the silos that have been built between departments, people and processes.
A closer look at DevOps
In today’s fast-paced environment, DevOps is proving to be a gamechanger. Gartner explains its importance in provisioning business technology in the digital era well: “DevOps represents a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps implementations utilize technology — especially automation tools that can leverage an increasingly programmable and dynamic infrastructure from a life cycle perspective.”
The practice of DevOps translates to more rapid, frequent and reliable software delivery to the business. Builds, tests and releases are all streamlined and accelerated, leading to more agile and efficient business operations.
So why does DevOps need continuous delivery?
DevOps, as a system of process and automation functions that ensures faster delivery of services, doesn’t quite fulfil the requirement to release new iterations of software and services as rapidly and predictably as continuous delivery does. Why? Because continuous delivery ensures that each and every change to the system can be released, and that new versions can be launched by pressing a single button.
The idea is to make releases mundane and matter-of-fact, as opposed to big events that trigger anxiety in developers and consumers alike. Continuous delivery ensures that software releases, features and updates go out without notice, reliably, so that organizations can deliver more frequently, and with less risk.
Continuous delivery allows for faster feedback from end users, helping make deployments a core part of the business. The practice helps dev agencies become more agile and efficient when testing and pushing out successful products for clients. It does this by ensuring fewer bugs in code, reduced risk during deployments and accelerates the entire project pipeline.
Introduce continuous delivery to your DevOps team with ContainerShip
While DevOps is solving many process and people related challenges that historically prevented IT from delivering technology at the speed of business, continuous delivery augments it by allowing both dev and ops teams to identify inefficiencies, validate software stability, reduce risk and produce more reliable end products more often to the business, its users and its market.
Introducing continuous delivery to your dev agency may seem like an entire business overhaul, but it doesn’t have to be. Introducing improvements where you can as a proof of concept can give impetus to greater buy-in from the rest of the business, while you identify other areas that can be improved upon in your software delivery pipeline.
Future-ready offerings like ContainerShip Cloud: Hosted Multi-Cloud Deployment and Server Automation Platform exist to automate processes and allow continuous delivery, making it easier for dev agencies and other enterprises to meet the expectations of stakeholders and customers. When it comes to creating and testing new products for your clients, how does your current structure measure up? There might be a better, more efficient way of doing things.