Configuration Management & DevOps

Agile methods and lean thinking

Automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes greatly impacts the efficiency of modern day businesses. DevOps emphasizes the importance of collaboration and communication between software developers (Dev) and other IT professionals (Ops). Development and operations are no longer “siloed” but act as a single team where the engineers work across the entire application lifecycle.

The goal is to establish a culture and environment where building, testing and releasing software can happen rapidly, frequently and reliably. In order to reach such a level of agility and flexibility enterprises can use a number of different tools.

Automation, Containerization, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Platform as Code and Virtualization all play an important role in DevOps. It is important to realize, however, that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, DevOps stresses the importance of a strategic approach where all the tools in the box are used to reach continuous delivery of software releases.

Benefits of DevOps

  1. DevOps allows businesses to innovate faster and adapt to changing markets better. Furthermore, it increases the frequency and pace of software releases. The quicker you can release new features and fix bugs, the faster you can respond to clients’ needs.
  2. DevOps ensures the quality and reliability of application updates and infrastructure changes. Continuous integration and continuous delivery can be used to test changes.
  3. Developers and operations teams collaborate closely, share responsibilities and combine their workflows, reducing the inefficiencies while also saving time.
  4. Automated compliance policies and configuration management techniques allow for enhanced security and control.

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