Being competitive in the contemporary financial services environment requires organizations to deliver products and services at speed and scale. This has been the focal point of several digital transformation initiatives, which have only expedited over the last few years as the demand for enhanced digital capabilities has risen tremendously. As cloud adoption is embraced across financial services and other industries, effective delivery is increasingly gauged by frequency, i.e., how often new features, upgrades, changes, and completely new services are delivered.
This pressing demand for the Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) of services is propelling the adoption of DevOps tools and practices, as well as agile methodologies. But rather than adopt a bit-by-bit DevOps approach across teams or lines of business, organizations should adopt or build DevOps platforms to swiftly gain a strategic and competitive advantage over their less agile competitors.
How DevOps Supercharges Your Organization
1. Creates ‘Value’ Via Increase in Execution Speed
Ever since the emergence of DevOps, several organizations have made rapid and great strides, improving their development processes. However, for DevOps to continue revolutionizing organizations, it must constantly grow to address chronic challenges, leverage new opportunities, and expand beyond its comfort zone. From expansion issues and change management impediments, to poor visibility between development and operations teams, and the hardship of managing the rising complexity of the cloud and microservices world, state-of-the-art technologies and innovative ways of thinking are required to elevate DevOps to the next level.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions were the ubiquitous and high-priority topic in corporate boardrooms. This year, as we progress towards the ‘new normal,’ two new big focus areas are emerging: ‘digital transformation’ and a strong ‘focus on sustainability.’
According to Gartner 1, “By 2023, 70% of organizations will use value stream management to boost flow in the DevOps pipeline, leading to swifter delivery of customer value.” In a Business Value Stream, value is gauged against business results that deliver growth, revenue, competitive differentiation and market share, whereas in a DevOps Value Stream, value is assessed vis-à-vis outputs including improved execution, better cost, speed of execution, and the volume of software delivered. The Digital.ai Enterprise Value Stream platform blends the benefits of both. It is a next-gen platform to skillfully manage the delivery of software-driven business value. The platform offers prescriptive AI-powered analytics solutions to aid organizations to identify and diagnose problems that minimize software delivery reliability and efficiency across the SDLC, make informed decisions to reduce business impacts, which in the long-term can increase revenues and contribute to the organization’s growth.
Integrated enterprise agile planning, DevOps, application protection, and testing solutions constitute an end-to-end version platform, facilitating seamless execution and delivery. AI-powered Insights regulate software planning with business requirements, process optimization, and software delivery to boost business and customer value.
2. Departs From Legacy
In today’s world of agility, where technology has conquered time, customers are averse to embracing long lead times for latest features or upgrades to core functions, such as reliability and security, which are generally delivered through product releases from time to time. This has become an obsolete and thwarting method of delivery, for both customers and developers.
DevOps and agile offers a solution to this, which allows products to be fragmented into smaller value streams, or microservices, which can be delivered and iterated on a constant basis.
Fundamentally, DevOps is a method of liberating developers to enable them to focus on what they do best by automating processes that are crucial but laborious. While customized DevOps tools and practices exist for every part of the application development lifecycle, platforms are a more efficient method of scaling this across an organization.
3. Liberates Developers With a Platform
According to Gartner, the benefits of a platform are immense and it forecast that 90% of organizations will fail to scale-up their DevOps initiatives if they fail to build a shared self-service platform. The reason for this is that DevOps is expensive to implement bit-by-bit, as customized tooling, technology and talent are required for different services, which naturally increase technology ownership and overheads.
Ensuring that the appropriate tools, technology and quality checks are in place for each application is a laborious task requiring intervention and control from domain experts throughout the application development lifecycle.
By following the prescribed processes built into a DevOps platform, developers are liberated to focus more on ideation and innovation, which is the quintessence of enterprise. Minimizing the mental load on developers enables them to experiment and try out new features, while giving themselves the leeway to fail. True to CI/CD, they can fail fast and iterate accordingly with the subsequent release, implementing their learnings into their prospective sprint.
4. Enhances Developer Experience
DevOps enhances delivery, but an agile framework for organizing features is also necessary. The rising focus on microservices is propelling the need for a more targeted approach to delivering software. Ensuring team structure reflects this is as significant as embracing the technologies that enable services to be delivered in this manner.
DevOps is cross-functional by default. It facilitates automation of processes that would otherwise lead to hand-offs and enhance work in progress. Agile is a means of getting rid of hand-offs by coordinating teams together and providing them collective ownership of the complete application development lifecycle. Under an agile model, monitoring, security, QA, testing, and performance are the shared responsibility of the agile service team, a DevOps platform offers a recommended method of taking care of them, which enhances the developer experience and boosts the speed with which new features and services can be delivered.
When aligned with a DevOps platform, agile provides the uninterrupted feedback required for powerful and frequent delivery, which is being fast embraced as the new ideal model for software delivery. Organizations that are yet to commence their DevOps journey should implement a platform model to refrain from becoming one of the 90% of organizations Gartner predicts will fail to scale their DevOps initiatives. They should also proceed further and implement agile as their version plan to optimize the potential agility dividends.
CloudFulcrum with its mission of “DevOps as a Service” has been part of multiple successful Copado implementations across the globe with customers in BFSI, Health Care, Retail, Real Estate, and Technology verticals.
With our DevOps consulting, we help enterprises align their Digital Transformation goals to achieve higher efficiency, faster time-to-market, and better quality of software builds with early identification of arising issues, enabling continuous release of Salesforce applications.
1 Gartner, Predicts 2021: Value Streams Will Define the Future of DevOps, www.broadcom.com