Dive into the dynamic world of DevOps with insights from our talented DevOps Apprentice, Eloise Wood.
What do we mean by DevOps?
DevOps is a cultural approach to the software development process, emphasising communication and efficiency. Through this, we are trying to achieve:
- Increased collaboration
- Decreased isolated team working (or “Silos”)
- Blameless culture, with everybody taking responsibility for the work
- Teams that can work continuously without unnecessary interruption (e.g. validation steps)
- Increased quality without sacrificing quantity, using automation wherever possible.
- Shorter and more frequent feedback loops; valuing feedback from customers and colleagues
In order to understand and implement DevOps practices to improve software delivery pipelines, we must first understand DevOps Principles:
A tool that can help us visualise these is the CALMS Framework:
Encourage shared responsibility and a blame-free approach
Making repetitive tasks less prone to human error; if a machine can do it, it should!
Reduce waste through streamlined processes
Monitor and evaluate the process continuously
Communication and collaboration is key
The DevOps Values are another important factor, as they are the cornerstones of the DevOps culture:
- Customer-centric actions
- End-to-end workflows
- Shared Responsibility
- Continuous Improvement
- Embracing Failure
When DevOps practices are not adopted
In a world where digital transformation is reshaping industries, the absence of a DevOps culture in business often results in fragmented communication and disjointed workflows between development and operations teams. Without the orchestration that DevOps provides, the company may struggle with slower release cycles, increased human error and difficulties in adapting swiftly to evolving market demands.
Adopting DevOps practices
Here are some key points a business needs to embrace a DevOps culture:
Utilise a version control system, Git is the industry standard, to manage and track changes in the codebase.
Continuous Integration (CI)
Implement CI pipelines to automatically build and test code changes when developers commit code. Platforms like Azure DevOps Pipelines or GitHub Actions can be used for CI.
Continuous Deployment (CD)
Extend your CI pipelines to include CD, automating the deployment process to testing and production environments. Leverage tools like Azure DevOps for deployment management.
Catch bugs early by implementing automated testing at various levels (unit, integration, acceptance). Explore testing frameworks like Cypress.
Monitoring and Logging
Implement robust monitoring and logging solutions (e.g. Prometheus) to identify and address issues proactively.
Integrate security practices into the DevOps pipeline, incorporating static code analysis, dependency scanning, and regular security audits.
Facilitate communication and collaboration among team members with collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams or Atlassian products like Jira or Trello.
Encourage a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Regularly review and refine processes based on feedback and performance metrics.
Establish feedback loops for internal and external teams to learn from incidents and continuously improve.
Maintain comprehensive documentation for configurations, processes and procedures to ensure knowledge sharing and onboarding.
Start small and gradually scale DevOps practices across the organisation. Monitor the impact and adjust as needed.
At Software Solved, we adopt DevOps practices and apply them to all our client projects – utilising the latest cloud technologies to deliver the best results.
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