What is DevOps and Why Do I Need It?

While web and software technologies continue to evolve and become more complex, it’s still business as usual at the management level – software developers are expected to turn out amazing deliverables with the most efficient level of resources possible. This has led to a diverse field of theories as to the most efficient methods for bridging the gap between business requirements and the ability of development teams to translate those business requirements into the most effective software solutions. In many circles, DevOps has started to gain traction as a preferred template for software development, leading to the creation of tools to accomplish the intended goals of DevOps. At Apex Technology, we’re huge fans of the DevOps approach. Follow along as we walk you through the DevOps model and why the approach is becoming so important to developers and businesses alike.

 

DevOps is An Iterative Development Model Focused On Feedback and Focused Solutions

Combining software development principles with tools designed to put them into practice, DevOps is focused on ensuring an organization can quickly turn out high-quality applications and software solutions. There is a short cyclical structure built into the process that has development teams on short build -> test -> release cycles so that customers have the chance to apply the software solutions in a business setting, analyze results, and quickly provide feedback to the team. During the feedback stage, the developers are working directly with the operations-level contributors so no time is wasted blindly applying fixes or creating features that might not be necessary. Instead, solutions are highly focused on ensuring the solution meets the needs of those using it based on actual usage in the field.

Out of this focus on targeted results emerges the two primary benefits of embracing the DevOps approach to software development: improved collaboration and speed of delivery. 

DevOps Is Build Around Collaboration

As businesses become more focused on results and efficiencies in order to maintain costs and streamline operational infrastructure, ownership and accountability on projects have become very important conceptually. In practice, this requires operations teams to work alongside software developers in order to ensure solutions are built to the very exacting needs of the operations teams who will be depending on the solution. Such collaboration subsequently requires operations team members and developers to share responsibilities and be cross-skilled in order to reduce inefficiencies through delivery and beyond.   

Focused on Rapid Improvements, DevOps is Focused on Rapid Delivery

While other approaches in the past have kept developers and operations teams siloed away from one another, the DevOps collaborative approach proves that allowing teams to live-test and receive feedback almost in real-time from users allows teams to achieve much faster release cycles. Building such automated continuous iterations and deliveries into the workflow in turn creates a better software solution faster, ultimately creating a competitive advantage for businesses using the DevOps approach with their software solutions provider. 

More Benefits of Taking the DevOps Approach

Beyond the rapid increase of highly targeted, collaborative solutions, software development teams using DevOps benefits operations teams in a number of other ways.

 

  • Reliable results are the standard expectation when collaborative iteration has created a solution more in line with user requirements.
  • Solutions can be scaled more effectively as solutions are built with adaptability and rapid improvements in mind.
  • Security and compliance requirements based on legislation and laws relevant to the client’s business can be core foundational design elements from the start, as those on the operations team working on the project will be more aware and be able to communicate these things to the design team up front. 

DevOps, Apex Technology, and You.

As software and technology solutions are no longer “nice to have” business tools, but instead foundational assets, businesses in the modern economy must rely heavily upon managed services for their information technology needs. This shift to third-party vendors like Apex Technology for software development requires developers and client operations teams to embrace the DevOps collaborative approach in order to quickly produce strong solutions to modern challenges. Whether you’re a Charlotte-based business looking to tackle labor costs, or build an inventory solution from scratch, our DevOps approach to software solutions management has you covered. Get in touch and collaborate on your next project with us.