DevOps 3-step Approach to Digital Transformation

By CIOReview | Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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As organizations are on forage of various methods to transform their business workflows digitally, DevOps takes the center stage. DevOps model aims at uniting the software development (Dev) with the software operations (Ops) to ensure a better working environment, where every employee can work together across the entire development lifecycle of a product or service. However, companies today need to adjust to the DevOps actions and bring collaborations not just within their IT departments and teams, but also across the entire enterprise.

Businesses can adopt the below 3-step agile approach to adapt to the DevOps transformation

1. Extend the agile practices to go beyond the IT environment

Often DevOps methodologies have been associated solely with IT but other departments of the enterprise should also be included in the agile DevOps process. This approach basically mentions that all the stakeholders and senior level executives of a company must be involved in the software development lifecycle, all the way from the bottom level to the top. For instance, decision makers of any organizations can make use of DevOps to better understand the problems the customers face by taking their feedback and providing effective services accordingly.

2. Earlier the issues raised, sooner they're fixed

Businesses should make their quality assurance team to test the software when it is still in its development phase to find the issues earlier, thereby fixing them sooner. This approach results in enterprises saving their time and money. Furthermore, organizations should also provide customers with an option to use their product that is still in development to ensure that all the specifications of the product meet the business requirements. All these ways of finding issues in the software development early are termed as Shifting Left in the software and system testing. DevOps is primarily based on this concept of shifting left and performing testing earlier in the software delivery lifecycle to eliminate long back-end dependencies and increase quality.

3. Enable your enterprise to fail fast rather than fail silently

It is imminent that any issue within the organization and the product development lifecycle is spotted as soon as possible. Employees must learn from their failures and move ahead with a new approach to prevent it from happening again. The idea of fail-fast rather than fail-silently helps businesses to improve continuously without masking their mistakes.