Digital transformation is the buzzword across the business world now with modern enterprises. One of the key forces driving this digital transformation is DevOps, which unifies software development and software operation. Having a strong DevOps process and strategy is essential to achieving successful digital transformation and its absence can prove to be a big impediment in the digital transformation journey.
How DevOps can accelerate digital transformation
The practice of DevOps helps break down silos and advocates automation and monitoring in all stages of development, producing more dependable releases with shorter development cycles. In digital transformation, there is also the increased need to collaborate between the teams that build and run the IT systems, which DevOps facilitates. This process helps transform the business culture which may have been previously set-in certain ways, to become more agile and respond quickly to the demands of the project.
DevOps has generated best practices that can help any modern enterprise achieve their digital transformation on time while improving outcomes across the board.
Breaking silos and changing cultural presets
DevOps helps transform a business’s corporate culture. Companies are usually set in the way they develop, release, and operate their software and often business information is siloed within teams. If the company must embrace digital transformation, it must keep pace with technological innovation. DevOps teams should be empowered to break across silos so that they can rapidly collaborate with teams across the organization and drive innovation.
Without automation, digital transformation can be a difficult goal. The DevOps practice prioritizes automation to enable faster and more frequent deliveries and so it forces companies to actively think about how they can optimize their resources with automation. The DevOps practice of continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) enables easier collaboration on projects by different teams. Quality control is maintained through automated testing and continuous deployment.
Continuous and reliable innovation
Companies that want to undergo digital transformation are looking for ways to enable the business to modernize and iterate faster and scale up with cloud technology. However, they are not always equipped with the processes and systems that can produce reliable change. DevOps processes can help with introducing and monitoring these changes which becomes necessary when you have complex systems and microservices. For example, continuous monitoring in DevOps which is the processes that automate the monitoring of performance and stability of applications and infrastructure throughout the software can help ensure that businesses can accelerate the delivery of their software products, while also providing teams with the necessary data to help troubleshoot and debug throughout the product lifecycle.
Enabling customer satisfaction
Customer expectations have changed over the last few years, after their experience with big tech-driven businesses like Netflix. They now expect rapid and reliable digital interactions with even the more traditional business enterprises. If they feel something is amiss, they are more likely to drop the business. In such an environment, the software is not merely something that runs in the background but has emerged as a strategic business differentiator.
Companies that are investing in digital transformation want to gain a competitive edge by learning from their customers, analyzing the feedback, and implementing changes rapidly to introduce a superior product or service to the market. DevOps helps enable these goals rapidly and consistently and accelerates the delivery of the product, which in turn helps the business scale up, meet customer requirements, and emerge as a market leader.
DevOps improves cybersecurity. As the recent SolarWinds attack has shown, even top-tier government and private organizations in the US are susceptible to cyber-attacks, while small and midsize business and public institutions are made targets of ransomware attacks daily. Digital transformation is near impossible if the IT teams are spending their resources assessing cyber threats using non real-time outdated processes. In such a highly fluid security environment, DevOps processes offer more real-time and responsive processes for cyber threat assessment and containment.
The competitive landscape for firms in this new decade is going to be the most intense they have ever seen. Working in silos without sharing information and using outdated technology stacks is a recipe for failure. Ultimately, DevOps provides firms with a higher speed of bringing their products and service into the marketplace, and to make decisions faster than their competition. So, any digital transformation effort should make DevOps one of its key foundational pillars.
Tricon Infotech is a leader in DevOps and digital transformation, enabling businesses to rapidly-produce efficient software products and services while improving operational performance. Connect with us to learn more about how our DevOps services can enhance your digital transformation journey.