DevOps for better software productivity, faster market release

Every now and then, many technologies have been adding to the freshness of the IT industry.

However, the dire need for increased collaboration among teams is one major aspect that has been concerning firms all across. As a result, more technology and a collaborative environment became the need for firms. That’s where the concept of ‘DevOps’ emerged.

Addressing concerns regarding IT infrastructure, DevOps introduced a new culture between development and operations teams, which made it unique among technologies. That’s why the technical community calls DevOps a ‘culture’ rather than a technology.

Why DevOps?

A basic functionality gap between the development and operations teams across firms has been affecting firms’ efforts for faster product development and quicker market release, which are key to any company to stand ahead of the competition.

As a combination of software development, operations and services, DevOps ensured increased communication, collaboration and integration among the teams through the entire lifecycle from development to delivery.

While Dev focuses on bringing up innovative features in a continuous flow, the Ops team aims to ensure stability in the flow across the process chain and addition of new services.

Some of the key benefits offered by DevOps include:

  • Technical benefits: With DevOps, one can witness a continuous software delivery with less-complex cases and faster recovery solutions.
  • Business benefits: A faster rate of software product development opens avenues for faster product delivery, which leads to fast market entry adding to the business growth. DevOps also allows more operating environments.
  • Effective communication: DevOps practices facilitate an effective communication mechanism that allows teams to perform well in collaboration and avoid delays and blockages during the process. This communication also helps teams in gaining a knowledge on every prospect related to the project.
  • Avoiding gaps: In a fast-paced development cycle, there is a chance of missing code or having an imbalance in the quality of code. In such cases, the DevOps model withholds the incorrect code for corrections and releases only the good code to the next levels.
  • Shorter development cycles: Frequent code releases, supported by continuous integration, make shorter development cycles possible through DevOps.
  • Less failure rate and faster innovation: With both the key teams (Dev and Ops) working hand-in-hand, recovery time in case of any failures is also less in case of DevOps implementation. This lets teams quickly focus on further projects and allows a faster rate of innovation.
  • Better productivity and reliable releases: A tightly-integrated DevOps model ensures reliable product releases ensuring end-consumer satisfaction.

A glance of the DevOps market

Increasing adoption of automation solutions among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large firms, reduced spending on setting up of process automation and decreased maintenance service costs are among key factors driving the global DevOps market.

The global DevOps market that was worth US$2,885million in 2016 is expected to grow to a US$9,407million by 2023, at a CAGR of 18.7% during the 2017-23 period, with the demand for process automation driving the market during the forecast period.

Besides, operational effectiveness and the demand for automated business processes is increasing DevOps adoption across industry verticals. Manufacturing, government, healthcare, insurance, banking and financial sectors are expected to boost the global DevOps market over the forecast period.

Market segmentation: The global DevOps market is basically segmented by solution, end-user, deployment and geography.

DevOps as a career option

Apart from salient features as a technology, DevOps is also seen as a good career opportunity with an increasing workforce requirement across firms.

DevOps experts hold a special advantage in the today’s technical job market. A Forbes research found that the median wage for a DevOps specialist with a minimum high-school qualification stands at around USD 106,734.

Researchers found that DevOps is going to be one of the top hiring priorities for 46 percent of the IT firms in the future.

Overall, DevOps has changed the way firms operate across development lifecycles and has also opened ways for a new style of software functioning.

Written by Veritis