In any manufacturing or services industry, it is an established truth that the development of the product or the service alone should not be the complete focus. The operational aspect of said product or service is just as important and will be a crucial factor determining profitability. These two components have co-existed in a pipelined manner where the developers build from the ground up. The operations team takes it over from there and pushes it into deployment, and handles maintenance. This ‘traditional’ architecture was a major bottleneck to companies, and this was especially apparent in the IT industry.


The solution was to step out of this compartmentalized structure and move into a more integrated approach. The roles had to be redefined to be more collaborative and to ensure accountability across sectors. Thus, the DevOps culture was born.


Identifying how this contributes to alleviating the bottlenecks, major companies have embraced DevOps and made significant headway through it, which further establishes the concept’s validity. Therefore it is worthwhile to have an understanding of how this architecture is practiced in steps.


Plan, Identify, Track

Transparency is a key focus in any workflow if you are striving to achieve effective collaboration. Hence, DevOps emphasizes the need to plan out the task at hand clearly and execute it in a manner where all stakeholders can get an idea of the state of the process. There is a multitude of software platforms that have evolved specifically for this task, and they offer the team the ability to manage their tasks while minimizing the time spent briefing the stakeholders.



In contrast to the traditional System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), where each stage was executed after its predecessor, most stages are handled concurrently here. For example, the base code of a software is developed initially, and improvements to it are made while it is being tested for bugs. Version control systems enable the developers to code and push new features to a base which will then be merged seamlessly while the testing phase is running. This overlap of SDLC stages saves valuable time for companies and enables products to be pushed out faster.



The deployment of the product is not the final stage of this process. Instead, this architecture focuses on continuous deployment, where the deployment is automated upon the completion of quality analysis.



The data gathered by users after deployment are carefully analyzed, and the necessary changes are made with the combined effort of the entire team involved, including the original developers. This enables faster and more reliable maintenance.


The stages may appear to be simple and easy to implement. Still, current data and statistics indicate that even though many companies have hastily started the DevOps implementation, the challenges it presents become more apparent as the architecture is implemented. This requires more fine-tuning of the process to fit into the company’s needs. Factors such as the existing work culture may have to be taken into consideration in making these adjustments. Eventually, it would be possible to iron out a model of DevOps that suits the entire workflow, resulting in increased productivity overall.      


In an era where companies are competing on a global scale, the smallest of productivity improvements could create major shifts in profitability. DevOps arrives as an architectural solution for such companies that aim to maximize their utilization of resources and avoid redundancy and inefficiency. However, this is not a framework that has been ironed out to fit any and all situations perfectly and therefore requires a good deal of fine-tuning on the part of the implementer. If perfected, the results can be significant, and this has been proven by not only small tech startups but from tech giants such as Amazon and Facebook.


Especially with the world recovering from a pandemic crisis, most institutions are on the lookout for a fresh start to their proceedings. The term ‘DevOps’ has been commonplace among them due to the popularity this architecture has garnered over its few years of implementation. If you are one of these managers who are looking for ways to take your organization to the next level and stand out from the competition, DevOps might well be worth investigating!





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