DevOps is the hot topic for any business in tech. Big names like Netflix and Amazon use DevOps to develop quickly and frequently. According to the 2020 DevOps Trends Survey, 99% of organizations agree that DevOps impacts development and business performance positively.
However, not everyone is sure how a DevOps methodology can help you achieve your goals. Entrepreneurs know the importance of custom software development but are confused about how DevOps can help them.
Our team at Lodus decided to take things into our own hands and show you how DevOps reduces development bottlenecks. You can assess each use case and determine if DevOps is the answer to your development barriers.
DevOps for Agile Development
Traditional Waterfall development methods are highly rigid. It’s very difficult to step back if you make a mistake in your coding. Worst of all, you may not even be aware of the bugs till the development is over.
Naturally, this increases risks for businesses, and you can end up developing a faulty product. You will need a lot of rework and investment to fix the issues or rollback any feature.
DevOps encourages development in increments. You can write small batches of code and deploy them, albeit after thorough vetting using automated testing. DevOps can help you develop continuously and release your features or functions incrementally.
As a result, you can quickly rollback updates or any feature as you are building in increments. Additionally, it is far easier to react to feedback and refine your product to match customer preferences.
Best of all, DevOps improves your product quality. 61% of businesses were able to create high-quality deliverables, thanks to agile development, as per the survey report.
DevOps Reduces Development Time
Developing custom software can take months — no wonder most businesses struggle with an unbearable, extended time-to-market. Plus, your revenues take a hit as you wait for your development team to finish coding.
Then your QA analyst may take over, which will slowly lead your operations team to step in. Sometimes, things don’t go according to plan, and your development ends up taking more time.
Fortunately, DevOps can also reduce development time to help you release quicker. Amazon deployed every 11.6 seconds using agile development back in 2013. In two years, the tech giant pushed its production deployments to one per second, resulting in 50 million deployments every year.
How is that possible?
DevOps forces the development and operations teams to work together. Developers code with the production environment in mind to reduce the chance of issues. Additionally, DevOps methodologies like continuous delivery can help you release faster.
You also develop in increments and make your product go live with its fundamental features. Continuous integration is another technique used by Lodus to discover issues early and speed up deployments.
In a short time, you can walk the path of Amazon and deploy daily, or even multiple times a day!
DevOps Reduces Development Failures
DevOps is the ultimate key to reducing your development failures. Businesses that use this development approach experience 50% fewer failures. You can find several more statistics to prove how meaningful agile is for those in software development.
DevOps reduces development failures through many ways:
- Develop in increments for fewer failures and disruptions
- Discover errors or bugs in early phases to save costly rework
- Continuous testing for code integrity
- Continuous monitoring for immediate insight on code readiness prior to release
- Fix bugs faster and react to feedback
- Consistent environments to drive down failures
Most important of all, DevOps establishes end-to-end accountability. Everyone shares responsibility and works together to eliminate failures and achieve business objectives.
Additionally, DevOps allows you to find out what works and what doesn’t in the early development stages. You can quickly identify issues with your product and eliminate them from occurring once again.
Fail Elegantly with DevOps
DevOps lets you fail in style. Our last blog discussed how DevOps helps Netflix continue providing its services even if a small part of the app fails. This is possible only with DevOps approaches and methodologies, like releasing in increments.
Your main services keep running even if something like “Recommendations” doesn’t work. You can, too, sail the same boat by adopting DevOps today!
Update Frequently with DevOps
You need to update your product and release new features to stay above the competition. Traditional development made it very difficult and costly to release updates. Additionally, you risk disrupting your services and losing out on revenues.
DevOps can help you update frequently and successfully, even several times a day. Take Instagram, for example. The photo-sharing platform deploys 30 – 50 times daily. That too, without any human intervention. Naturally, DevOps is the ideal candidate to help them achieve extraordinary numbers.
We have already told you how continuous deployment helps you release better-quality code quickly. Lodus can use the same methodology to push updates for your product several times a day. We also use other technologies like microservices to expedite your updates. You will never have to worry about disruptions, and your users can enjoy uninterrupted services.
Practices like fail-fast can also help you ensure your features are functional.
DevOps for Quick and Seamless Scaling
The need to scale your product is good news as it means more demand. However, scaling opens up a range of challenges for any business — cost and resources being the top ones.
DevOps is not only your development companion but can also help you scale seamlessly. The approach of development rides on the back of cloud technology supporting limitless scaling. You don’t need any upfront investment and can scale as-you-go, on-demand.
Additionally, Lodus can use techniques like containerization for portability and scalability. You can pack your frameworks, libraries, and more in small packages along with your app to run in any environment.
Our team can even use tools like Terraform to configure your deployment environments easily. You can treat your infrastructure just like an application and use Infrastructure-as-code (IaC) for easy vertical scaling.
DevOps is the need of the hour for custom software development. Most businesses have already shifted to DevOps and are releasing better products more often. Along with that, you can update faster and reduce your development time significantly. Your development costs will also go down, and you will be able to react to market changes quickly. DevOps can even help you grow and scale easily without any restrictions.
Get in touch with us to know how we can help you develop better.