DevOps activities usually occur in infinite loops, which is why the 4Cs of DevOps are Continuous Integration, Continuous Testing, Continuous Deployments, Continuous Monitoring. As a result, the team is in a continuous learning mode too, as they monitor, test, revise and integrate business processes.
According to DORA’s 2022 Accelerate State of Devops Report, a survey of more than 30,000 professionals across the globe, DevOps consistently reduces build time and lead time to change while increasing build frequency time (by nearly 36%).
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Here are some of the significant benefits that DevOps brings to your enterprises.
Release Batch sizes, faster deployments
Conventional SDLC process have huge lifecycles, unlike DevOps that has shorter life cycle, sometimes even less than a week. Continuous integration and delivery are of significant importance for reaching DevOps goals, as they result in small increments in delivery and rapid feedback cycles. DevOps and Agile work closely in order to achieve this. Agile governs the software development; DevOps focuses on pushing the code into PROD in quick time. Even though the two methodologies differ, they both go hand in hand and play a very significant role in software development life cycle.
Enhanced Customer Experience
Using DevOps, organizations can improve their release frequency by 150x, recovery times by 20x, and reduce change failure numbers by 3x, including 22% reduction in unplanned work and rework. The biggest benefit is happier customers and enhanced customer experiences.
Early Defect Detection
The automated, continuous monitoring and testing of the code help improve the overall coding efforts. Teams are mandated to share their feedback with the rest of the team, ensuring that early detection and fixes happen in record time.
More Time for Innovation
DevOps allows more time for innovating. This is a natural by-product of ironing out the processes and improved efficiencies. This gives time and space in the work schedule for enterprises to brainstorm and develop ideas.
DevOps lays the foundation to improve business agility by providing the much–need environment for multiple team members to collaborate, communicate, and integrate globally. The earlier process rules based on roles are getting eliminated while every team member, at the same time, become more accountable for meeting the quality and timelines of deliverables.
Observability Stack & Monitoring
Monitoring, which is one of the key activities carried out in DevOps, helps in understanding circumstances that can lead to future failures and outages, thus mitigating, and sometimes even eliminating, business risks. Here the huge data is collected over the distributed application hosted in many locations and analysed. It can also be used to provide real time data for operations team, and in certain situations they can use this to stop downtime too. This is one of the significant benefits of DevOps.
When a full-fledged DevOps strategy is up and running, an organization will reduce the costs and increase its profitability. By automating release pipelines, DevOps not only gets to market faster but also reduces human intervention, thus cutting down some of the overhead expenses associated with deployments as well as downtime.
Automated provisioning of Infra
Infrastructure as code (IaC) uses DevOps methodology and versioning with an illustrative model to define and deploy infrastructure, such as networks, virtual machines, load balancers, and connection topologies. Just as the same source code always generates the same binary, an IaC model creates the same working environment every time it deploys.
IaC is a significant DevOps practice and an important piece of continuous delivery. With IaC, DevOps teams can collaborate together with a set of practices and tools to deliver applications and their supporting infrastructure rapidly and reliably at scale.
Case Study – American Airlines’ multiyear journey with DevOps
In American Airlines’ multiyear journey with DevOps, the important goal was getting the company to showcase value faster, said Maya Leibman, EVP and CIO at American Airlines, at the DevOps Enterprise Summit in 2020 October.
Snail pace development times were perceived as a bottleneck for enhancing company operations, and the IT organization faced difficulty to get buy-in from business owners.
“There were so many times when a business counterpart would bring something new to the table, a new idea, and they’d say ‘This is what we want to do, but it’s going to take IT like six months or a year to get it done,’” said Leibman. “Those experiences just killed me.”
What followed was a transformation that revamped internal processes and infused automation and training into how the company operates.
Leibman spoke about how transformation process in three stages:
- The first year looked at inputs, or fill in elements such as agile, cloud and creating a product-oriented mentality across organization. Goals included, for example, to raise the level of agile knowledge among workers by providing training.
- The second year looked at the outputs earned from those previous year initiatives. Increasing the phase of development frequency and reaching specific amount of maturity in terms of agile adoption were some of the outputs the company sought.
- The third year was all about results, or the effects that prior efforts could deliver to the organization, like enhancing operational efficiency or minimising costs.
In the road to introduce DevOps, early set backs included a lack of buy-in from the business side. Stakeholders initially were against the concept of a minimum viable product (MVP).
Read the full case study – https://www.ciodive.com/news/american-airlines-touchless-kiosk-devops/587055/
Implementing DevOps practice will help the organization to release high-quality products and services quickly. Benefits of DevOps also revolutionizes workplace culture via automation and innovation. Other advantages of DevOps practices in projects include enhanced ROI, improved customer satisfaction, and better employee performance.