Expert advice by Gopesh Verma
Development of software products or applications existed for decades. However, it has undergone multiple evolutions over time to meet business expectations on an ongoing basis. While the DevOps development movement started 12-13 years ago, it is still a principle that many organizations and technology leaders aspire to learn and adopt.
Even before the DevOps era, organizations managed to successfully build mission-critical and complex applications. For instance, Adidas, one of the biggest sporting goods brands, got an end-to-end app designed from Appinventiv to expand its mobile presence across the globe. The result? The brand acquired more than 500,000 new users in a few weeks.
However, in the current era, to catch up with the blazing speed of the business and its expectations, there are many aspects that organizations tend to miss without DevOps. This is pushing technology leaders to embrace DevOps to modernize their software engineering practices more than ever.
In this article, you’ll learn how technology and business leaders can modernize their software engineering with DevOps services, which I call the “Journey to DevOpsification”.
The fundamental essence of DevOps software development is to break down silos and bring development and operations teams together. It is this combination of culture, tools, processes, practices and people that increases our ability to deliver applications faster and is called DevOps. – Gopesh Verma, VP Cloud & Devops, Appinventiv
Modernize software engineering with DevOps
Modernize your software engineering with DevOps It’s not about setting up certain tools or hiring a DevOps engineer on your team. It’s much more than that. Most organizations that fail to implement DevOps successfully have focused on the technical aspects of it, like tools, while ignoring other vital elements like culture, DevOps development processes, and people. people.
That’s why modernizing your software engineering with DevOps is a journey. This DevOps development journey is a cyclical process with the following elements:
- Gap analysis
- Cultural transformation
- Stack design and completion
- Measurement and continuous improvement
Usually, management buy-in sits in the center because it is essential to have the alignment between management and leadership, which forms a cascading vision to each member of the team.
Let us now examine in detail each phase of the cyclic process.
1. Gap analysis
The gap analysis begins by defining a “Realistic” & “Pertinent” VISION for your DevOps development maturity and conduct a DevOps maturity assessment.
Here are some of the indicative (non-exhaustive) parameters to consider in your gap analysis.
Source code management: Is there an actively used source code and version management tool? Is proper code branching methodology followed, etc.
Automation of build and deployment: Are build files and artifacts managed with automation? Does your team deploy code manually, or is it automated through scripts or UI-driven DevOps tools with a build and deploy pipelines?, etc.
Infrastructure automation: Does your infrastructure provision a manual or automated DevOps development process? How long does it take for your team to launch a new environment for the app?, etc.
Configuration management: Are application and infrastructure secrets well managed using DevOps tools? Are your application and infrastructure-centric configurations built into code or outsourced through tools?, etc.
Monitoring and alert: Is automated tool-based monitoring enabled for all critical functions of your application and infrastructure? Do you receive the alarms in case of failure or poor performance of one of the critical functions of the application and the infrastructure before your customers notify?, etc.
Log management: Is it easy for developers to find, analyze, and draw conclusions from logs? Are the logs of the different departments centralized for one purpose?, etc.
Resilience & Security: Are backup and restore mechanisms in place so that you can recover the maximum in the shortest possible time? Is your application and infrastructure at least well protected against some of the common vulnerabilities?, etc.
Cost management: Do you have a mechanism to review your infrastructure and toolkit spending? Do you receive automated recommendations for cost or expense optimization?, etc.
However, none of this can happen without the right “Change of mindset and way of working” – DevOps cultural transformation! So make sure you do a “Verification of the adaptability of culture transformation » as part of the gap analysis exercise while you are in the DevOps software development lifecycle.
2. Cultural transformation
Cultural adaptability for DevOps development in your team is key to the success of the DevOps software development cycle.
In order to build the DevOps culture, you might want to focus on the following key aspects:
Good organizational structure
The whole premise of DevOps development is to break down silos, so even after completing the DevOps implementation, if we continue to treat DevOps as a separate department, it can lead to undesirable results.
Although different structures are possible depending on the overall delivery model, such as cross-functional teams or tribes, it is crucial to think about the overall organizational structure to implement DevOps.
Cohesive team dynamics
You need to encourage the team to unlearn and forget all the development and operations conflicts that existed in the past before DevOps. Shared responsibility and a collaborative ecosystem for common goals are important.
Independent but not isolated
We need to make teams and team members empowered and independent so they can make quick decisions and be accountable for their end goals. In doing so, we must ensure that this does not lead to isolation of teams creating silos, which is the most undesirable state for a successful DevOps setup.
DevOps is about automation, and that can only happen when every team member has an inherent interest in automating their work. So create teams with an automation mindset for a successful DevOps setup.
Transparency, communication and collaboration
As we break down silos, we need to encourage teams to be transparent and communicate with internal and external stakeholders for seamless collaboration.
With a wide range of technology stack options and an ever-changing DevOps ecosystem, mistakes will be inevitable. While the critical business demands zero tolerance for mistakes, we need to be alert to early signs and give the team the courage to try things without fear of making mistakes.
Embracing change is really important for DevOps. Agile DevOps methodology is one of the key aspects for the product team and an overall organization to get the most out of advantages of DevOps.
Continuous learning and improvement
If you don’t want your DevOps setup to be a one-time show, embed the culture of feedback, continuous learning, and driving constant improvement.
3. Stack Design and Finalization
This is where technical skills and breadth of knowledge help. Understand your use cases and gaps in the current DevOps maturity assessment and design the architecture with the right tools and technology as needed. Remember not to overdo it to get a lot done.
Implementation is more about bringing your vision to reality in DevOps software development. Start with the right planning and keep the following in mind for a seamless implementation:
- Addressing knowledge gaps
- Bring in the right talent
- Believe in PoCs
- Plan effectively – Incremental approach rather than the big bang
- Don’t let this happen in a silo. Bring it, team!
5. Measure and improve
Feedback and continuous improvement are essential to success. As you measure your achievements, don’t just focus on technical KPIs. Corporate KPIs and Team KPIs are equally important to measure to celebrate your success and continuously drive you towards improvement.
- Increased release cycles
- Faster time to market
- Increased system availability
- Best C-SAT, etc.
- Performance indicators
- Incident and alert metrics
- Code quality metrics
- Security analysis reports, etc.
- Team cohesion/conflicts
- learning and growth
- Efficient use
- Flow/speed, etc.
The DevOps journey is about changing paradigms, enabling businesses to deliver updates quickly and improve operations. The entire journey described above requires coordination and execution by product, development, and operations functions. Therefore, integrating multiple disciplines can help you achieve better business results.
The Future of DevOps in Product Engineering
Since DevOps entered the software industry, it has proven its effectiveness in multiple manners. From speeding up development processes to delivering great products, DevOps is one of the biggest trends of the future.
Additionally, as more and more organizations migrate to the cloud, DevOps will be tightly connected to cloud-native security, transforming the way software applications are built, delivered, and deployed. Last but not least, involve your DevOps operations departments as much as possible to create high-tech, user-oriented products.
[Also Read: Cloud-based app development: Benefits, development process and costs]
How can Appinventiv help your business with DevOps?
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Some of our DevOps services include:
- DevOps roadmap and strategy
- DevOps maturity audits
- Platforms, service consulting
- Cloud infrastructure security audits
- Cloud Security Implementation Services
- Implementing DevOps Automation
- DevOps for mobile app services and more
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