For many companies, DevOps culture has completely changed the way they think about development. Though the DevOps movement is relatively recent, it has been embraced by a wide spectrum of enterprises looking to improve their development lifecycle. The basic principles of DevOps bring developers and operating staff together to create a collaborative, efficient environment. The benefits of DevOps on worker productivity and cooperation make it attractive for tech companies who want a better environment for their staff.
However, DevOps is a culture, and therefore not something that can be implemented overnight. It’s a set of ideas that every department of a business needs to adopt. However, because DevOps covers a wide variety of topics, it’s possible to introduce ideas to your company one concept at a time. Which ones do you introduce first, though? We’ve compiled a list of five DevOps practices that should be in any enterprise’s system.
Active participation and collaboration
The founding tenet of DevOps is collaboration between developers and operation staff. More specifically, DevOps professionals seek to create environments where every team works with each other on a daily basis. Traditionally, departments closed themselves off from one another, preventing other departments from interfering in their work. DevOps breaks down the walls that separate developers and operation staff to create more participation between workers.
Continuous integration forces developers to integrate code into a shared repository multiple times a day. Every bit of code submitted is then analyzed for errors. This practice allows for developers to get constant feedback throughout the day on the code they create. The constant integration reduces the amount of time needed to discover the origin of problems by having a constant stream of updates to fall back to.
Testing is one of the most vital aspects of development of any kind, and DevOps is no exception. Regressive testing enables developers to ensure every deployment of code still operates after new code is introduced. When you combine this with continuous integration, you’ll be testing developments several times a day. Not only will this help developers keep all instances of code running, it will also allow operating staff to push quality products that pass the testing.
Standardized application monitoring
A standard way to monitor all applications – under construction, finished, distributed, or otherwise – is a requirement of a good DevOps implementation. This monitoring needs to be agreed upon by every team in a DevOps culture so that no department goes off on their own. If an application monitoring solution is used, then it should be introduced into every team’s workflow.
As has already been mentioned, DevOps is a culture – a set of ideals that needs to become a common practice for everyone involved. In order to fully implement DevOps into a company’s work, it needs to be ingrained into the minds of every team member involved. DevOps professionals should make sure that every employee keeps the principles of DevOps in mind, and that they’re practicing all DevOps ideas that you’ve implemented.
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