In a traditional application development setting, involved teams collaborate in relative silos resulting in longer development time and a more significant impact in case of failure. Commonly, the development process starts with the app development team gathering business needs and requirements for an application followed by the development phase. Next, the quality assurance team tests the application to ensure it meets the necessary criteria and if the application passes the quality tests, it is passed on to the deployment team which may further branch out to other smaller teams. After going through all the steps, the application would be ready for final release. The siloed teams approach, where teams work separately, has some major drawbacks such as having different goals among different teams, development of features with little to no value for business due to inefficient communication, and conflicting and opposing goals between teams caused by team isolation drastically reduces the overall performance of the process.
Agility and innovation are the two key parameters in today’s business success. Cloud services offer agility through a transformation from product to service resulting in shifting IT departments focus away from commodity management to adding business-specific value. On the other hand, innovation comes to life by making user requirements into the application through streamlining development which is what DevOps is about. The idea of DevOps is the automation of agile methodology allowing developers to respond and react to business needs in near real-time. Cloud services provide IT departments with a pliable infrastructure all the way from development to production enabling them to build their custom applications and services in a centralized environment and ultimately adopt the shift they are going through. Cloud and DevOps are two relatively new practices that every IT department needs to adapt in order to successfully transform from a legacy IT department to a modern IT department meeting today’s business needs.
Maintaining DevOps practices increases collaboration by eliminating or significantly reducing silos. Removing walls between the teams share responsibility, improves quality, and creates a continuous feedback stream among the team members with different functions. Successful DevOps implementation boosts app development and deployment process, ensures a higher level of reliability, and raises app security.