WHAT IS DEVOPS ANYWAY?

Lots of organisations are turning to DevOps and applying it to their business in some shape or form. At AgileCadence, we specialise in DevOps for Microsoft Dynamics AX. But what is DevOps and how can it help you and your business?

What is DevOps?

The term DevOps (Development and Operations) describes a way of working that supports ongoing, continuous improvement during software development, integration, testing and live roll-out. It helps organisations to implement and update business management systems quickly and efficiently. DevOps is about continuous delivery, enabling businesses to deliver to customers more quickly, and ultimately remain competitive.

 

 

But What Does That Really Mean?

What it comes down to is that this is a way of working, it’s about teams that work together using shared tools and methods. It’s a culture. There’s no passing the buck, or “it’s not my problem” attitude, it’s a common way of working towards a shared end goal. This approach requires more than a simple software update or hardware purchase.

 

DevOps methodologies includes agile planning, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and monitoring of applications, which are illustrated below.

 

How Can It Help Me?

This is the important bit. DevOps can contribute a wide range of benefits to a business, both directly and indirectly.

 

Stay ahead of the competition. With DevOps you can update quickly. So code or applications can be updated on a daily or weekly basis as opposed to annually, making your company more responsive to customer demand.

 

Improve Efficiency. The whole point of DevOps is to streamline and make processes more efficient. Saving you money.

 

Collaboration. For DevOps to work, teams have to work together towards a common goal, which naturally leads to greater collaboration and a stronger workforce. Happy teams that work well together makes for better productivity.

 

Security. Security is a major factor in everything we do and we don’t compromise on this. Despite a belief by some that security teams can struggle to keep up with DevOps, we find it helps, not hinders us. Automate security requirements and meet even the most serious security and compliance demands.

 

Quality. DevOps not only makes things quicker and more automated, it leads to a better quality end result.  This improvement is attained through measurable, quantifiable metrics which drive continuous improvement through ongoing processes.

 

Confidence. Have you ever been too worried to update production, just in case it breaks something? DevOps encourages quick iterations through quality repeatable processes, allowing multiple releases to production daily or weekly. Once the cadence is established, the fear is removed and you can deploy with confidence at short notice.

 

 

How We Make It Work

Collaboration. That’s how we make it work and it’s intrinsic to our company ethos. Without collaboration, DevOps and Agile just won’t work, so its not just about the tech, its about the culture.

 

Want to find out more about how it can work for you? Please give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll talk you through it. We won’t give you a sales chat, we just like talking to businesses and helping you to benefit from our experience.