Understanding DevOps Best Practices

More than a trend in the software development industry, DevOps has become an important component in creating software solutions for managed service providers. The process has become popular with professionals in the field of managed software development services especially, as DevOps is focused on fast innovation and faster turn-around of the final product. In order to achieve the tenets of an effective DevOps program, Apex Technology and other software development services have agreed upon a number of best practices. Follow along as we explore the behaviors and standards that allow DevOps to be one of most effective models of software development, app development and web app development. 

An Organized and Agile Approach to Software Development

As we explore DevOps best practices, you’ll find that the model is built to address the shortcomings of other approaches, such as the lack of speed in waterfall models, while embracing the speed and iterative approach taken by more agile models.  

Centralized Team Structure

While multiple business units might be contributing to the development of a software project, a single unit within the business should be designated as being responsible for creating and rolling out tools and operating techniques to those involved in the project, and the organization’s overall approach to DevOps. By having a centralized vision of how to execute development tasks and which tools to use to achieve results, there is no chance of miscommunication or inefficiencies due to having to coordinate different software and strategies.  

Embrace CI/CD In Order to Focus on Being Proactive to Issues

DevOps focuses on early identification of defects, a process referred to in the industry as shifting tasks left in the software development life cycle (SDLC). By proactively focusing on preventing issues, you avoid having to spend valuable time downstream bug hunting and troubleshooting, which reduces the test cycle and reduces or minimizes the feedback loop other models get stuck in trying to address end-user concerns.  

Test Automation Maintains Speed of SDLC

Unlike other models that defer testing to take place late in the development cycle, DevOps excels when automated testing methods are folded into the process throughout the SDLC. This allows for more self-driven tests versus time-consuming manual testing and results in a cleaner bug-free product at the end of the development process.  

Continuous Deployment Should Be the Standard

Whether we’re talking web app development, software development, or app development, the process of creating a piece of software is a structured process of writing the base code, and then creating and testing versions of the code, culminating finally in deployment of the final functional piece of software. Under a DevOps program, the entire process of transitioning code from one stage of development to the next can be automated after the base code has been written. A continuous development tool can through the use of triggers and development milestones push the app from staging all the way through to production and deployment.

Monitor Performance and Gather Data Through Automated Dashboards

Iterative development platforms such as DevOps rely heavily upon data. Building automated reporting into the application and filtering that data into interactive dashboards provides the development team the information they need to troubleshoot performance issues or track down bugs. These dashboards give instant feedback of any changes and help the development team to tweak performance quickly and efficiently.  

Embrace the Cultural Shift DevOps Makes Possible

Providing software development services in the highly competitive Charlotte market has forced us here at Apex Technology to ensure our teams remain knowledgeable of the latest trends. As a software development service, we take DevOps very seriously, and it has brought our app development game to a whole new level. If you’re in the market for software development services, contact our experts and learn more about how we’ve changed the game in web app development and helped our clients achieve their business goals.