Implementing the DevOps Process in Your Business

The Power of the DevOps Methodology

In the hyper-competitive software business, releasing high-quality and regular updates is challenging. Creating good software and ensuring that it will work with the existing code base is a daunting mission, especially when updating complex software in the production environment. To help alleviate this, many organizations have adopted the DevOps methodology.

iuvo Technologies can help your organization take advantage of DevOps and make it easier to build better IT operations. We understand the philosophy of DevOps and the ground-level requirements of different organizations. Let us empower your transition to more streamlined development and operations.


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DevOps Fosters a Customer-Focused Culture

While every successful DevOps transition shares some proven practices, DevOps above all embodies a philosophy, a culture and an attitude. Many software development operations thrive with DevOps, but the principles apply across many business enterprises. With DevOps, every team member feels ownership of an organization’s product. Ownership in turn breeds a focus on customer needs.

DevOps is the marriage of software development and IT operations including the teams, thinking and practices of each. It is a philosophy about how these two interrelated business functions should operate as well as a set of techniques and methodologies. By viewing coding, testing and distribution as a single continuum rather than separate functions, teams achieve superior results.

The primary goal of DevOps is to improve coordination between software development and IT professionals, maximizing each team member’s contribution. More specifically, a DevOps transition achieves these goals:

DevOps makes the most of a software operation’s CI/CD pipeline. Agile development fosters reliability with incremental changes. Continuous integration strives for ever-more frequent changes to the code repository. Continuous delivery aims to keep the codebase deployable. A DevOps culture ensures that the CI/CD pipeline takes advantage of the best automation tools available.

With the codebase in shape, the lead time for software updates shrinks dramatically. Customer-requested features hit production in markedly less time.
Greater automation and simplified workflows mean that the entire DevOps continuum runs more efficiently, which reduces costs and improves margins.
Finally, by streamlining software development and IT operations, these two formerly separate teams communicate more effectively. This results in a better understanding of the requirements of each and reduces errors due to miscommunication.

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DevOps Unifies Code Writing and Testing in a Seamless Process

Traditionally, engineering teams develop software and then hand the code over to the IT department’s quality assurance team for testing. QA then forwards the product to IT operations for deployment. DevOps removes the artificial barriers between these functions. Automated testing and improved communication generate a positive feedback loop between coders and QA. In short, all team members perform more effectively. With consistent testing, production releases hit the distribution channel with fewer flaws.


DevOps Builds a Cycle of Improvement

No two successful DevOps implementations look alike. However, there are six stages you can reliably expect from any organization using this philosophy:

  1. Plan: Planning a release involves scoping, setting a timeline, establishing goals and ensuring that the appropriate resources are available. This is typically a continuous process that happens alongside other stages.
  2. Code: DevOps eliminates much of the guesswork for coders. With timely and concrete feedback on user needs, programmers can walk in the customer’s shoes and solve genuine problems.
  3. Build: While coding the software, the team should also build tools to help with DevOps. This includes tools for testing, integration, version control and more. Typically, this stage gets simpler as the implementation matures.
  4. Test: DevOps emphasizes continuous and automated testing. These results provide consistent and rapid feedback to developers while preparing a release. This ensures production-quality releases.
  5. Release: With a production-ready codebase, your release dates can hit the sweet spot between marketing goals and customer needs.
  6. Track: Monitoring software adoption and customer feedback is only part of the tracking stage. With effective communication and IT structures in place, fine-grained cost management becomes a reality.

Among successful DevOps adherents, all stages are in action simultaneously.

iuvo Technologies Brings Unique Resources to DevOps

At iuvo Technoloies, we put the “ops” in DevOps. Our team members have decades of experience and a proven track record of success with businesses across the country. Our approach begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your IT structure and team organization. We focus on 4 key areas:

  • Communication: DevOps requires collaboration, and collaboration relies on communication. From fostering workplace interaction to work from anywhere solutions, our consultants have the know-how to build a unified communication structure for your business.
  • Process Automation: Our automation expertise runs wide and deep. From Ansible role creation to Puppet module selection to Chef templates, our team can help you make the most of today’s powerful automation tools.
  • Architecture: Scaling is impossible without the right IT architecture in place. iuvo Technologies has helped hundreds of businesses of all sizes refine their IT and lay the foundation for growth.
  • Technology: AWS or VMWare, cloud environments or data center, iuvo Technologies brings the proven experience to implement and maximize your IT platform.

Our team has experience in DevOps and maturing it within organizations ranging from startups to established players. We have helped businesses in Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire reap the benefits of synergy among development and operations team members.


Implement DevOps at Your Business With iuvo Technologies

DevOps could help resolve many of the issues that your software business faces every day. iuvo Technologies is here to empower your DevOps success. You can count on our expertise to make implementing this methodology simpler. Contact us today to learn more about DevOps implementation in the Boston area, as well as San Jose and Raleigh/Durham.

DevOps comprises version control; continuous integration and continuous development; automated testing; peer review; a high-trust culture; proactive production monitoring and a win-win relationship among all team members.

The five main goals of DevOps are fast development, time-efficient quality assurance, rapid deployment, reduced time to market and a continuous iteration and feedback loop among all stakeholders.


Why iuvo Technologies?

iuvo Technologies’ understands the unique requirements of software development, and the collaboration it requires between different teams at an organization. It shows in the work we do for clients and the value we add to their businesses. With our expansive knowledge and unique approach to IT, we can help you implement DevOps and achieve faster development, quicker time-to-market, proactive monitoring, and more.

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