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Benefits of DevOps in Software Engineering

DevOps is an advancing way of thinking and structure that supports quicker, better development of application improvement and faster release of new or revised features of software or products to clients.

DevOps is a bunch of practices that are a cross-functional mix of the terms and ideas for “development” and “operations”. Dev is for development and Ops for Operations of IT. Its primary aim is to minimize software development’s life cycle and convey the enhanced quality of software. Implementing DevOps supports smoother, persistent correspondence, joint effort, reconciliation, visibility, perceivability, along with transparency between application development teams (Dev) and the operations of their IT team (Ops).

DevOps in Software Engineering:

This nearer connection among “Dev” and “Operations” saturates each of the DevOps life-cycle phases: from initial planning of software to coding, software build, software test, and delivery phases of deployments, operations, and continuous monitoring. This relationship pushes a constant client’s loop of feedback of additional improvement, development, testing, and software product deployment. One consequence of these endeavors is the faster, consistent delivery of important software component changes or augmentations.

DevOps Toolchains:

We know the set of practices and tools that are used in the DevOps method as DevOps Toolchains. The reflective key aspects of these toolchains’ categories are as follows;

 

1. Coding:

The development of code and its review, management tools of source code, and merging of the code.

 

2. Building:

The in-continuation integration of tools, build status, module integration is part of this toolchain activity.

 

3. Testing:

It includes automated testing tools that give continuous, quick and on-time feedback at the risks of a business.

 

4. Packing:

Packaging makes up a repository of artifacts and pre-deployment of applications on staging.

 

5. Releasing:

It includes the software product’s change management, approvals for release, and release automation.

 

6. Configuration:

It is the configuration and management of the software infrastructure as tools of code.

 

7. Monitoring: 

It comprises the monitoring of performing software applications and the user experience.

 

DevOps Tool Chain

Benefits in Software Engineering:

DevOps is not just a set of tools or processes, rather it is a philosophy, a culture that how dynamic teams in an organization work collaboratively to gain the business objectives. There are countless benefits to implementing DevOps in software engineering, few of which are discussed as under.

 

1. Technical Benefits of DevOps in Software Engineering:

► Agility—Continuous Development & Release of Software Products:

The agile method increases the dynamic development of software and, when incorporates DevOps, amplifies the continuous development and release of software products.

► Faster Project Delivery:

DevOps teams collaborate in the agile development of software products. It helps in the speedy project development and ultimately, the fast project delivery as well.2. Peer-to-Peer Network:

► Minimized Software Complexity to Manage:

As discussed above, DevOps teams work in a collaborative environment, and the parallel cross-checking of the developed software projects also accompanied continuous project development. This minimizes the software complexity that needs to be managed, especially for big & complex software projects.

► Reliable Quality by Early Bugs Detection:

On-time and parallel evaluation of software project’s features come up with early detection of bugs which are removed accordingly. This practice enhances the reliable quality of the software product.

► Innovation in Software Features while Development:

When bugs get detected earlier, DevOps teams can discover more innovational features that need to be incorporated into the software to fulfill the changing demands of the users as per dynamic requirements?

2. Cultural Benefits of DevOps in Software Engineering:

► Enhanced Collaboration among Teams:

The top benefit of DevOps is that it brings the teams of software developers, architects, testers, IT operations, etc. in collaboration to build a software product that is required by the users.

► Greater Engagement of Teams:

When teams of developers and IT collaborate to gain different objectives, it increases the team member’s mutual engagement, promoting a friendly work environment in software companies.

► Enhanced v:

Team engagement also promotes a good number of development opportunities professionally, as mutual learning also enhances.

Cultural Benefits
3. Business Benefits of DevOps in Software Engineering:

► Increased Customer Experience & Satisfaction:

When quality and reliability are ensuring while the development of software by the DevOps teams, the main gained benefit is the satisfaction of the customer because of improved user experience.

► Stability in the Business Environment:

DevOps teams have better collaborative practices in their routine; therefore, the business environment of the organization becomes comparatively more stable.

► Competitiveness & Security:

DevOps teams develop comparatively better and reliable software with quality and improved security as bugs and fixes get detected on time while the development. This increases the competitiveness of the competitors.

► Cost-Effective Development:

Mutual and collaborative working, increased quality of software product along with fast delivery and product releases under DevOps, help in the cost-effective development of software.

Business Benifits

Inter-relational Approaches of DevOps:

The agile phases of software developments, dynamically adjust the cross-functional flexibility of DevOps within its native development activities. These inter-relational approaches are briefly discussed below;

 

1. ArchOps:

ArchOps is the derived term from the word architecture for “arch” & operations for “Ops”. It aims to develop a perfect architectural image of a software project. ArchOps is an integration of software cultural philosophies, practices & tools to amplify the capability of a software organization to design, develop and manage the IT infrastructure of the agile method. It builds the foundation of a minimum viable product (MVP).

2. TestOps:

TestOps is the combination of the two words “test” & “operations”. It is the discipline of the software testing phase and manages all the aspects of software testing during the life-cycle of software delivery. Being a subset of DevOps, it speeds up the testing practices within the agile software development methodologies.

3. DataOps:

DataOps, meaning data operations, is the agile method that is process-oriented. It combines the data engineers with the DevOps team for the development and delivery of the data analytics and thus reduces its cycle time, including data preparation, data analytics interconnected nature along with operations of information technology.

4. WinOps:

WinOps has named after “Windows” and “DevOps”. It refers to the Microsoft-centric technologies of the DevOps method practices. It prefers automation and cloud integration in development and IT operations on the Windows platform.

5. DevsecOps:

DevsecOps is defined as the combination of development, security, and operations. It aims to implement security actions and decisions taken during development and operations at a similar scale and speed.

6. BizOps:

BizOps is an integrated approach of DevOps. It is short for business (Biz) and operations (Ops). DevOps is more concerned with software development and IT operations, while BizOps mainly focuses on technology integration into the regular business decisions and operations in software organizations.

Approaches of DevOps

Final Words:

DevOps, being a cross-functional combination of dynamic approaches, also intervenes in the agile method, where it leans towards the fast pace delivery of the developed projects based on dynamic requirements from customers. It focuses on the continuous delivery of different modules of the software that further proceeds to the site-reliability engineering of the software. Thus, it assists in the system administration and its operational functionalities. Besides all the mentioned benefits of DevOps and its functional approaches, there is still much to discover within its domain.

Asiya Mazhar

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Asiya is an experienced & proficient software engineer. Being Project Coordinator at CodeLabs, she is responsible for managerial tasks dealings and coordinating for software projects.

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