When we talk about the new DevOps concept, we mean a mixed cultural and philosophical change of mindset that includes new development practices and tools that increase the organization’s ability to provide their applications and services in a faster way: develop and improve products faster than organizations that use traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This speed allows organizations to better serve their customers and compete more effectively in the market.
Following DevOps development model, the development and operations teams are no longer “isolated”. Sometimes, the two teams merge into one, where engineers work throughout the application’s life cycle, from development and testing to implementation and operations, and develop a variety of skills not limited to a single function. The quality control and security teams are also more integrated with the development and operations and intervene during the entire life cycle of the application. At the end with this new approach, developers become as a full ownership of their own development from first commit until the infrastructure building.
DevOps methodology allows the teams to full automate processes that have previously been manual and slow by using a stack of technology and tools that helps to improve fast and make reliable applications. These tools also help engineers to become full autonomous during all the deployment pipeline even when they need to create new pieces or services increasing even more the speed of the development.
Another important improvement is related to the feedback stage at the end of the development of the lifecycle that brings the pipeline visibility and show all the quality delivered during the process, issues detected and more in order to improve in an loop way the process.
Software and the Internet have transformed the world and its industries, from shopping to entertainment and banking. Software is no longer limited to supporting a business, but becomes an integral component of every aspect of it. Companies interact with their customers through software provided as applications or online services on all types of devices. They also use software to increase operational efficiency by transforming each section of the value chain, such as logistics, communication and operations. Just as physical product companies transformed the way they designed, manufactured, and delivered products, thanks to the industrial automation that occurred in the 20th century, today’s companies must transform the way they create and deliver software.
In order to implement a DevOps model inside a company it is mandatory introduce some DevOps tools that will help us with all the points related with the CI/CD, communications, and orchestration process. There are a lot of different services and software that provides solutions but from Geko we are very confident with some like: Jenkins, GitHub, Drone.io, Spinnaker, Ansible, Docker… of course we must to adapt and find out tools for any particular case.