Why DevOps is Essential for IoT and Innovation
Constant innovation is central to building a great product, sounds great doesn’t it? However, often for the operations teams, constant innovation is tiring, – a roadblock to doing their job effectively. It means more changes to communicate to the customer, as well as having to deal with the likely fallout from the disruption of service it causes when bugs reports roll in. It’s not surprising then that there is often conflict between development and operations teams. As to why DevOps is essential for IoT, the answer is simple. It is because the Internet of things is at the center of a global industrial revolution based upon raw innovation and embedded electronics, where new product features are based upon software updates. There is no more innovative space than IoT, no place where the speed of innovation is greater and therefore nowhere is the disconnect greater between Development and Operations teams.
What are the Problems Innovative Companies Face?
For Operations engineering, excellence is often matter of quality vs. velocity. A Quality customer experience relies upon security, reliability and performance and everything that contributes to the overall consumer experience. To achieve operational excellence continuous improvement is a vital work ethic, also for product development teams (there is no innovation without continuous improvement). Development teams will fail to start without operational / consumer feedback and the analytical data to provide direction for development teams (provided by operations teams). The problem for both sides is that neither can reach the desired levels of performance in isolation from one another since they are reliant upon each other. Only together can they achieve organizational excellence with the end goal of gaining a competitive advantage.
The greater the Velocity of Innovation, the more valuable DevOps becomes
Before the problems between development and operations can be addressed, development teams must get their own house in order. Common problems from the Development side is disconnect between development teams in terms of the tooling used, and how development is done, for example one team might be working with outdated versions of Java, or due to necessity one team is more advanced than others, using different toolsets for continuous integration. Communication between teams is essential; with feedback from teams about the working environment providing the information about what is wrong, this is the first step to addressing the problems.
If you are a developer and reading this, then in all likelihood your development teams have disconnects.
Probably the most important step for both Development and operational teams is to adopt an integrated development environment provided by ALM software.These days Agile ALM software not only provides an integrated development environment but also provides a collaboration environment for all project stakeholder as well as features for DevOps.
The most successful of software development tools (for enterprise use) are those that are designed for the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), the most popular of frameworks for scaling Agile for Enterprise use. The reason for this is that SAFe includes support for DevOps, extending Agile to include IT operations. Tools such as our own codeBeamer ALM provide the feature set necessary to work with SAFe at scale, a holistic environment including features for:-
- Demand Management
- Requirements management,
- QA + Test Management
- Software + Hardware Development
- Release + DevOps
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