Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DevOps - Key to Continuous Delivery

While exploring Jenkins and continuous intergration pipeline thought of sharing on continuous development. Gone are the days of waterfall model where companies spend years to build products and clients further spend time in consuming them before moving to production. In the era of continuous change and need for something new every day, companies are moving towards quick release cycles. It started with mobile applications where new features gets delivered on regular basis on top of existing framework and can be seamlessly upgraded as well. With frequent release cycle requirements, an established mechanism need to be in place to avoid stress on resources and quality standards. It leads to a concept guided by open communication and  collaboration between software engineering and IT operation Experts.

DevOps is a model which enable enterprise to continuously deliver software to the market and seize  market opportunities by responding immediately to customer feedback or requirement with all quality checks in place. Following agile principles within software delivery life-cycle, DevOps enable organizations to achieve quicker time to value and provide scope for more innovation leading to easier maintenance cycles. Goal of DevOps model is move towards automation without need to enter anything manually and automation can be triggered by non-operation resources may be by system itself . It enable developers having more control on environment and can focus on research. DevOps leads to predictability, efficiency and maintainability of operational processes due to automation.

In the market different tools available to complete DevOps model including full set of DevOps offering from IBM which helps to achieve the process optimization and continuous development. IBM also offer DevOps as Service from Development to Deployment where developers can collaborate with others to develop, track, plan and deploy software. It is completely Cloud based and community based development via IBM BlueMix where can create applications with efficiency and deploy across domains. From planning to development and testing to release and deployment, all at 1 place following series of automation pieces to achieve machine based product delivery.

Will share more on steps and how to create Apps on BlueMix and following DevOps model along with Jenkins Series in upcoming blogs.

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