I work for an IT service company and during my tenure there many a time I come across people inquiring about “What is DevOps.”
Information Technology is such a sector that has continuously kept evolving, and this makes it hard to keep track evaluation that occurs if you are new or are not in close touch with the market trends. It is more like an experience you gain constructing your house before twenty years and trying to apply the same understanding in recent times – the result you will probably feel lost in some cases.
So firstly, DevOps as a terminology
It is a trend that has been recently acquired by companies in response to serving the unpredictable service & product industry demands. For most companies out there it’s just another marketing key-word, but for some, this is a way of being and an answer to their hunger to deliver better output.
Now, Why DevOps?
The answer to this question is in the way the IT industry operates. Companies to deliver a said service or product spend many resources, time, efforts and money, however, in the end, the ratio of satisfied clients only depends on how synchronously did each team in a company worked. Ideally, many factors influence how well an organizations team works. Things like continually increasing projects, an improper channel of data & expected workflow, continually evolving business needs & the efforts between dealing with old, new and changed codes make it tough for developers to keep track of work and still maintain the same efficiency. If somehow developer manages the job, the other half, i.e. deployment activities like managing production environment, actual deployment, deployment cycles, performance measuring are highly dependent on the ability of infrastructure resources.
It usually is chaos in the real world, resulting in lack of trust, blame games & misunderstanding
DevOps is an answer to all this imbalance.
“DevOps, in my opinion, is a way of being or perhaps an attitude an organization carries as a part of a commitment to deliver a good product to the consumer.”
DevOps emphasis on a tight coupling of Developer Engineers & Operations Engineers, creating a collaborative environment that facilitates high productivity & better delivery with the use of automated tools, automated workflows & mechanical testing
However just owning a few tools does not make DevOps a reality, it has a lot to do with the mindset of the team too. With so much happening around groups have to get used to their developing methodologies and deployment strategies which often overlook the industry best practices. If an organization wants to follow DevOps, there is a lot to do with the mindset of teams.
Using tools like
- Jenkins that helps to Automate Tests
- GitHub for source control that allows tracking all changes in application & its configuration code
- Chef, Puppet & SaltStack used for configuration management
It can only help in deploying and automating the process. However, the primitive ways of writing a long chunk of codes and long deployment cycles need to minimize. Dev and Ops team needs to work more cohesively to work efficiently, be more responsive to fast pacing business needs & better collaboration.
To know, if the organization you are going to get associated with religiously follow DevOps or just using it as another marketing strategy. Try getting an idea about their development methodologies, tools they use or their typical iteration cycle, and this will give you a good sense about their actual capability and help you rely on someone who cares about your product and their services.
Feel free to reach this guys in case if you are willing to engage with a team who understands DevOps in its real sense.