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DevOps Adoption And Implementation: From Application To Enterprise
DevOps is not a technology, framework, or tool. Instead, it is a set of processes that aid in bridging the gap between a company’s development and operations teams. DevOps bridges the gap, removing obstacles to communication and facilitating teamwork.
Success in DevOps doesn’t come immediately, regardless of how you define it. Instead, it is a quest. Organizations today are concentrating on raising the level of information technology delivery. When implemented properly, DevOps is essential to reaching this objective.
Although the idea of DevOps is not new—many firms have not yet put it into practice. And some organisations still have trouble using DevOps to get the results they want. Here are the steps that will help in the successful adoption of DevOps.
Let’s implement DevOps. The process doesn’t just start by saying that. Everyone in your organization must be willing to change the way things are currently done and have a complete sense of what DevOps is and the specific business demands it may address.
Organizations frequently mix up automation and DevOps. Even while automation helps speed up manual operations, cooperation and communication are the key objectives of DevOps. Automating your operations won’t bring about the desired business benefits unless everyone involved in the software development, delivery, testing, and operating processes adopts excellent communication and collaborative practices.
Everyone participating in the process should be aware of their duties and responsibilities and trained to cooperate for DevOps to become the organization’s culture. For DevOps to succeed, the organization’s leadership must have confidence in it and must assist in fostering a DevOps culture.
 Recognise your infrastructure requirements
There is no “one size fits all” DevOps solution, despite what those who offer DevOps solutions will tell you. You can’t merely hire a self-described “DevOps engineer” or toss in an online tool and expect success.
Each organization’s DevOps journey will be distinct and based on its own business, culture, and infrastructure. The crucial next step is to have a deeper grasp of your application’s requirements. It enables you to make DevOps adoption business-driven and match infrastructure architecture with your organizational goals.
Your DevOps adoption won’t be successful without integrating Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines into your workflow. Why? Because Continuous Delivery enables your development teams to deploy changes in production, and Continuous Integration helps them develop a product in small phases and identify and rectify faults instantly.
Program managers must establish a shared objective to bring teams together in a collaborative setting. It instills a sense of responsibility and obligation in each team member. DevOps relies heavily on best practices that promote innovative approaches to software development, architecture, and testing while enhancing teamwork.
Your strategy should be focused on two objectives: helping the team as a whole do its work to the best of its ability and facilitating the continuous deployment of processes that are ready for production.
There isn’t a single tool that can handle all of the demands and key purposes of DevOps. The best course of action is to select a collection of tools that are ideal for the organization’s software delivery environment, applications, and teams.
The appropriate tools help organizations establish a solid DevOps framework, accomplish a continuous process from development to delivery, aid in resource and cost optimization, support seamless process execution, and ultimately fulfill organizational goals.
- The tools ought to be capable of enterprise-level automation. Without adding more effort, it will assist in scaling business workflows and continuously improving the operations.
- Integrating the entire delivery ecosystem is required in DevOps. Consequently, the tools you select should have integration capabilities.
 Increase test automation and align QA with development
DevOps requires appropriate automated testing in order to achieve faster delivery. Not all testing types need to be automated. For instance, manual testing should still be done for investigative, security, and usability testing. Functional testing may only be partially automated, depending on the amount of writing effort required.
Development and testing are done simultaneously to prevent bugs after a release. The recommended approach is to run automated tests 1-2 times per day while the program is still being developed. If any issues are discovered, developers can concentrate on stabilizing the software before deploying the latest build.
 Application containerisation
Application containerisation is a rapidly developing technology that is altering how cloud-based application instances are tested and run by developers. Your programs become lightweight and simple to execute when you containerise them.
As software is used, its reliability is increased by container packaging. Additionally, the software is independent of the broader infrastructure, thanks to its container components. This improves its ability to operate independently in any context. Furthermore, containerising enables DevOps teams to quickly manage the application and make any adjustments required for a specific microservice.
Avoid attempting to launch a comprehensive DevOps in the enterprise while just getting started. Choose a pilot application, put together a cross-functional DevOps team made up of developers, testers, and operations personnel, assess your value stream to discover bottlenecks and restrictions, and develop a preliminary deployment pipeline that takes a few of your processes constraints into account.
Generally, since doing so would have the greatest commercial impact, you should start by addressing your largest value-stream restrictions. Some of these restrictions will be simple to overcome, while others will require a lot of time.
 Challenges in Enterprise DevOps Implementation
In this competitive world, it becomes imperative for enterprises to adopt new technologies to stay relevant in the market. Along with benefits, the adoption of new technologies brings some challenges as well. It is best to stay prepared for these challenges. If managed strategically, these challenges might become new opportunities in the future. The following are the major challenges organizations face when seeking to adopt DevOps.
 Overcoming the ‘Ops vs. Dev’ mindset
It is generally the first challenge that a company has when implementing DevOps principles. DevOps focuses on bringing teams together and dismantling silos inside IT organizations. Every organization should determine where development ends and operations begin, as well as how these two functions can be integrated effectively.
 Microservices as an alternative to conventional infrastructure
Outdated apps may be modified or replaced with the help of the modern microservices framework, enabling quicker innovation and development. Businesses can handle heavier operational workloads using a microservice design.
The dev team should begin cooperating closely with any ops personnel and assume joint responsibility for deployments, releases, and operations to create a common context. It enables developers, for example, to understand what it takes for operations teams to deploy and release their work in production.
 Handling resistance to change
Certain team members and important stakeholders may find the transition to DevOps frightening. Packaging it as an improvement over current development methods as opposed to a revolutionary change can help with that problem. Finding a small product or full-stack piece of existing software and converting it to DevOps practices is a solid strategy.
Teams will naturally want to embrace the new methods of working once they see the advantages in action.
See also: DevOps.
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