DevOps is a culture. It’s about the development team and the operations team working as a cohesive unit to achieve a single outcome: decreased time to market without increasing risk or reducing quality. And, like any cultural change, while it won’t happen tomorrow, you can start tomorrow.
eCommerce is an ideal application for DevOps. It’s a common business model that can be packaged into solutions such as Magento. You install it and then you change it. If you are doing it right, you keep changing it. And DevOps is all about handling change better, faster and cheaper.
So what is this cultural change? It all hinges on development and operations collaborating to make smaller changes, more often. Instead of processing changes in a sequential manner changes becomes more dynamic controlled less by humans and more by automated tools.
DevOps shortens time to market
Because a DevOps approach handles change more efficiently, changes can be made more often. But it is not just about make smaller changes faster. Changes no longer need to be a made sequentially, they can be concurrent. Instead of waiting for 30 day sprint cycles before releasing new code to production, you can reduce work into smaller and smaller cycles until you are making multiple deployments per day. For instance Etsy, an early adopter of DevOps, is up to 65 deploys per day. The mere fact a site the size of Etsy can undertake this kind of continuous deployment proves the DevOps approach works.
But how is it done? Well there are tools that support DevOps specifically ones that allow you to:
- Provision virtual machines to allow concurrent development
- Control application source code to ensure code integrity
- Automate testing to ensure changes do not break the code
- Deploy applications safely into production
- Collect and aggregate server logs
- Monitor services
- Monitor network performance
- Monitor application performance
- Trigger alerts in order to remedy problems.
As a result, deployment has become as simple as one click.
DevOps decreases risk
DevOps reduces the opportunity for human error. By making smaller changes and by using automated testing, there is less risk the change does not work as expected. By automating deployment of the change, we are reducing the opportunity for a mistake to be made. All up DevOps decreasing the risk associated with change.
DevOps reduces costs
By automating testing and deployment, you are reducing the number of hours needed to perform these tasks. The overall cost of application support is reduced. And before you put that money back in your pocket just think you can spend it on innovation! Like Etsy, you can use it to experiment with the services you offer to your customers. They like it? Then leave it. They don’t like it, back it out.
DevOps improves ROI
Because you are making smaller changes more often you are reaping the benefits of those changes earlier. And that can only be a good thing.
Find out how we can increase your online profit through optimization of your online business.