DevOps is a made-up term that brings together the words Development and Operations. The combination stands for the close cooperation between these two areas of software development.
It is important to understand that DevOps is not just a set of tools, it is a certain mindset concerning processes and cooperation. Based on this mindset and the organization's prerequisites a DevOps team has to select tools to foster close cooperation between the two areas.
Digital transformation and DevOps
Traditional and digital have been established as an important economical factor over the last decades and their relevance will grow even more in the future. For many companies that means, that they have to focus more onto software products.
Usually, this increased priority does not go in hand with unlimited budgets for software development. Just like any other product, software projects need to be cost efficient. Therefore, it is crucial to implement requirements as fast as possible while meeting the required quality. To achieve that, you need efficient processes. Over the last couple of years many new technologies, tools and methodologies were created that make software development a lot more efficient than in the 90's or early 2000's.
In the context of digitalization, DevOps is often seen as a way for the transformation from an analogue to a digital world.
The important thing is to not only focus on the software development itself, because that would be too short-sighted and it would omit a lot of potential for improvements. Therefore, it is recommended to take a holistic approach that considers at least the development of software and its operation. DevOps does exactly that!
DevOps is not a set tool, it is a mentality or way of thinking that considers the development (Dev) and operations (Ops) equally and tries to bring those two areas closer together and to optimize the software development lifecycle as a whole. To achieve this, it is necessary to tackle the changes on different levels: culturally and tool based. The cultural change is necessary to bring the often organizationally separated areas dev and ops closer together and the tool-based changes there to support the cooperation.
The goal is to continuously learn and to improve products and processes iteratively to become more efficient. This approach helps to learn from mistakes and to find new solutions through experimentation. If used correctly, DevOps provides these advantages:
- Fast feedback between operations and development
- Shorter release cycles
- Efficient transition from development to operations
During the evolution of processes, you could realize that it would be beneficial to try out a new tool or a new version of an existing tool, because you would like to test a certain feature. The more efficient you can do this, the easier it is to improve your processes. That is where the Cloudogu EcoSystem comes into play.
DevOps and Cloudogu
With the Cloudogu EcoSystem we provide a platform that includes all technically required elements, that are needed for a basic implementation of DevOps in an organization. The hybrid architecture of our service platform allows you to easily install and upgrade applications.
Since DevOps is a lot more than just a software development pipeline, we additionally offer trainings to share information about the necessary mindset and how to successfully live DevOps. Our trainings cover technically focused topics like containerization with Docker© as well as the usage of Kubernetes and the implementation of a Continuous Delivery pipeline based on Best Practices.