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What is a DevOps and why is it so important? 

By Ryan Freeman

August 24, 2022


DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users. – Donovan Brown

The adding ‘Dev’ and ‘Ops’ refers to the two siloed teams Development and Operations. The DevOps team is an attempt to break down the wall that may exist between the two departments and instead have them working together with shared and efficient practices and tools.

The essential DevOps practices include agile planning, CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery), and monitoring of applications. DevOps is a journey that never ends. Think of it as an infinite symbol (∞) looping the following indefinitely …

Plan > Build > Continuous Integration > Deploy > Operate > Continuous Feedback > and back to Plan, etc.

DevOps Benefits
The DevOps union of people, process, and products leads to many benefits including Speed, Collaboration, Velocity, Quality and Security. Here are those benefits in more detail …

Speed: Organisations that employ DevOps release deliver with higher quality and stability and more frequently. Automated tools can also be used to allow continuous delivery.

Collaboration: DevOps creates a culture of collaboration between the development and operations teams so responsibilities can be shared, and work can be combined. This should lead to a faster and more fluid way of working. Code can also be created for the environment where it needs to run.

Velocity: Increasing the frequency and speed of the releases means that new features can be quickly added, and any bugs fixed. The faster the velocity the more competitive your organisation will become.

Quality: As DevOps incorporates CI/CD (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery), this leads to the improved quality and reliability of the software product. The team can also monitor the performance in real-time to make sure they are fully informed on the performance.

Security: Last but by no means least, integrating security into DevOps gives DevSecOps. DevSecOps has evolved as teams have realised that the DevOps model didn’t sufficiently address security concerns. Rather than adding security into the build, DevSecOps has emerged as an approach to incorporate the management of security prior to all through the development cycle.

We would love to hear if you are employing DevOps and what data development projects you have in the pipeline. Digital Samurai is made up of a team of data professionals with skills and experience stretching across the spectrum of roles and technologies. Please feel free to get in touch with the team today.

Ryan Freeman

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