Software development is not what it used to be. In the past, DevOps team members had strictly defined roles, and you couldn’t see them deploying code nor managing its implementation. This was the job of the operational workers. Today, these roles are intertwined, and there is a lot more collaboration than in the early stages of DevOps.
There is one more that brings IP operators and DevOps together – process automation. The data that goes “through the hands” of DevOps team members and IT operators is vast. Without automation, operators won’t be possible to process data at scale, let alone keep it secured and away from prying eyes.
Here are 5 benefits of DevOps Automation.
Faster Software Lifecycle
The software market is moving very fast nowadays. This applies to all sub-niches, such as mobile app development, website development, web app development, and enterprise app development. If a company is unable to deliver new app solutions to the market efficiently, the market can easily pass them by.
On the other hand, there are several problems attached to “going too fast.” Derivatives of “too fast” business processes are full of errors. This is one of the reasons why a faster and optimized software development lifecycle is always one of the primary goals in software companies. For instance, companies that use Kubernetes to automate application deployment use tools to streamline management and installing of apps, such as Kubernetes Helm.
This practice enables DevOps to work more efficiently but also ensures accuracy when creating, deploying, and running apps.
Synergy Among Operators and Developers Achieved
In the DevOps industry, operational flexibility is of vital essence for project success. In the past, teams were small, but in today’s companies, both IT operators and DevOps teams are big. Without automation, many tasks have to be delayed, which causes more problems down the line with task dependencies and deadlines. In other words, companies can’t benefit from the synergy among operators and developers without adopting the latest tech trends.
Automation platform can help in many ways, but software companies usually implement it to promote cooperation between these two departments. Streamlining and coordinating efforts become so much easier when you have a centralized platform that supports a fully automated provisioning of data. Efficient automation scripts can help both by facilitating automated and optimized software delivery.
Security is one of the main issues in the IT sector. Many companies have ongoing strategies to be able to identify new security threats, assess them, and implement appropriate solutions. Software companies have a lot to lose in this war because the code is their intellectual property. Getting the code stollen entirely or partially has devastating consequences for these companies. Automation can help a lot with minimizing security risks.
Since most of the modern automation platforms are cloud-based, software companies can benefit from partially outsourcing their IT security efforts without even knowing it. Those remote servers and connection protocols are behind industry-grade firewalls and antivirus programs. This is one of the indirect benefits automation offers to DevOps that many people oversee when making a decision.
Try to make a vertical where peak efficiency isn’t a primary goal, a holy grail of sorts. The problems with achieving efficiency are not rooted in HR policies, interpersonal relationships at work, nor paychecks. Most often, the issues are, in fact, bottlenecks that are very hard to identify. Even with a minimal impact on efficiency, in the long run, bottlenecks slow it down and ultimately take a big chunk of progress.
This is where automation platforms shine. The automation is not what we are looking at here, but the monitoring, analytics, and reports of these platforms. Thanks to these perks, companies can discover bottlenecks and implement appropriate solutions. Automation is bound to eradicate problems related to tasks handled by developers and IT operators. This also includes collaborative duties, where bottlenecks usually happen.
Better Quality Control Management
To make a name in the software industry, a company has to be capable of delivering consistent product quality. Whether it is a standalone app or a service rooted in the cloud-tech, a company has to ensure that it works perfectly. More importantly, this has to be achieved across the entire product line. On large software projects, this is a hard thing to achieve as many developers are working on different segments of an app.
Automation platforms are designed to help build consistent and reliable environments. With stable environments and monitoring maintenance of quality control becomes a walk in a park. This is definitely one of the few solutions that offer improved efficiency and better quality control management to DevOps.
Automation has a lot to offer to DevOps. With benefits ranging from increased efficiency and industry-grade security to better quality control management and optimized software development lifecycle, we can safely assume that automation platforms are going to be widely adopted in this vertical.