There’s a constant demand for the software development to further decrease project execution time from the crafting of an idea to the release of a product. As businesses are pushed to execute the projects, they cannot afford to deliver software that customers do not like, is buggy, or is delivered late.
The developers have no other choice but to engage in process optimization and experiment with new methodologies. They are continuously seeking new tactics to make the development go more smoothly, faster, and safer. And DevOps practices are often on top of the list.
Best DevOps practices shorten the gap from drafting an idea to product release, and it looks like the winning solution for any business. DevOps is shaking things up by breaking the traditional divide between development and operations teams.
1. Why do you need DevOps?
So first, let’s clarify: DevOps is not a job title nor a team’s name. It's a set of practices to ensure continuous integration into production.
DevOps synthesizes methods, processes, and tools in order to improve your company’s velocity at which you deploy applications, which on the other hand serves your customers better. Teams using DevOps best practices and tools to create production software are much faster and efficient than organizations using traditional infrastructure management and software development methods.
Development and operations departments get rid of the isolated approaches to completing tasks. There are no more cases like “it works on my server”. If you see Devs and Ops work together, communication and cooperation will improve. So it’s the job for a DevOps engineer to identify the right tools, set processes, and automate the code flow from development to production. Team players combine their efforts to implement Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI & CD) pipelines to guarantee constant project feasibility and cumulative improvement.
When all the drill is automated, each team player shares the same goal, all the CI & CD processes are present, you will witness a successful implementation of DevOps methodology in the company. In turn, the development process goes faster, is more accurate and cost-effective with fewer bugs in the delivered version.
Thanks to a set of tools and best practices, DevOps allows automating processes, implementing changes effectively and in a timely manner, speeding up the delivery process while making it more reliable.
In short, what does DevOps bring into your company’s culture:
• Customer-centric action: all development activities are centered around the customer.
• Create with the end in mind: avoid process-oriented models where work takes place with your own role or function in mind, losing sight of the destination.
• End-to-end responsibility: DevOps teams are well organized so that they are responsible from concept to the end of the lifecycle. ‘You built it, you run it’ is the motto.
• Continuous improvement: the focus is on ongoing improvement of products and services and to optimize speed, costs and ease of delivery.
• Automate everything you can: automation whenever and wherever possible is a consequence of the desire to continually innovate and improve the delivery of services.
• Shorter development cycles;
• Increased deployment frequency;
• More tenable releases;
• Better alignment with business goals;
• Reduction of waste of all sorts;
• Higher flexibility for development dealing with different applications or components;
• Fewer security risks;
• Lower change failure rate;
• Better reporting of metrics that can be shared across the business thanks to automated systems.
In conclusion, DevOps adoption provides a better product that does better business.
2. DevOps outsourcing vs insourcing: a few differences to consider
If a company needs continuous access to classy DevOps skills, it can either keep an in-house team or outsource the project to a trustworthy partner.
While some companies may benefit from hiring an in-house specialist, others consider it to be an unrealistic option, concerning time and money.
If you are ready to implement this approach, but still hesitate whether you need a remote DevOps team, let’s compare it to an in-house one.
Whichever option you choose, each of them should involve accurate planning and qualified resources. Of course, there are some strong points and drawbacks regarding both of them.
Among the perks of an in-house DevOps team are:
• Adding specialists seems to be a controlled cost.
• A possibility to build a required infrastructure without a need to adjust to the partners’ toolset.
Some of the disadvantages of an in-house DevOps team might be that:
• An in-house DevOps requires workplace costs and other staffing needs.
• It takes more time to build an infrastructure and set up processes from scratch.
• The internal team is often distracted by the company's internal tasks, thus losing focus and project efficiency.
A remote DevOps team:
• Has experience in working with various projects, thus able to handle different issues and unforeseen situations.
• Provides high speed of deploy without additional resources.
• Has a lower risk of staff turnover and employee attrition.
• Can scale up and down with no administrative costs of hiring more resources.
• Is interested in delivering high-quality services to make you come back for more.
• Is focused on achieving the specific result, backed by agreements.
Ordering DevOps-as-a-Service from a reliable managed services provider is a perfect fit for software teams that don’t have time and/or expertise to manage a complicated application infrastructure but need it as soon as possible. It frees up your best workforce to focus on what is strategically important for your business.
3. What to expect from DevOps-as-a-Service?
DevOps teams deal with implementing DevOps methodology and fitting it to your existing IT infrastructure and business requirements. DevOps services are completely customizable for each client and project. Here is what DevOps services generally may include:
• Providing expert cloud services implementation and consulting;
• Automating development and production environments;
• Carrying out thought-out disaster recovery plans;
• Migrating your application infrastructure into the cloud, or performing a cloud-to-cloud migration;
• Dockerizing and building apps, etc.
The customer and DevOps service provider should talk through the scope of work and agree on responsibilities on a case-by-case basis, as each project is unique and requires personalized services.
Here’s what you get from this cooperation by default:
• Immediate access to top talents
When it comes to DevOps, an experienced in-house specialist will cost you an arm and a leg. For the record, an average annual salary of DevOps Engineer in the USA is around $115 K.
Companies providing DevOps outsourcing typically have a well-established recruitment process to provide you with the most experienced specialists.
Hiring a skilled DevOps team or DevOps consultant allows you to get the services from Day One and not to waste time on building and training the in-house team.
When hiring an employee, you have access to one human with a lot of IT talent but limited resources such as time and energy. This often means you have to compromise. Many companies have found that outsourcing gives them access to talent in other parts of the world in bigger teams which means deeper expertise and knowledge, moreover at a lower cost. If you need specialized help, it often makes sense to expand your search and rely on more people with much more experience.
• Faster delivery of a better product
An experienced and well-coordinated DevOps team is able to shorten the development cycle, speed up recovery from failures and delivery of the application to the market.
DevOps team provides you with constant monitoring, continuous testing, and automation, which improves the quality of the production code and the end product.
• Reducing risks and IT expenses
A remote team of DevOps consultants, as a rule, takes financial risks for provided service on themselves. Plus, it’s engaged in a great number of different projects for companies in various industries. It allows them to constantly improve their experience and be informed on which tools and approaches work best for what projects.
4. How cooperation starts and what ITGix’s DevOps services do for your business
The continuous delivery of your products with reduced time to market is essential for any company, while maintaining the reliability, high security and compliance of this process.
The ITGix’s DevOps team enables this by using the best innovative and industry-standard practices, cloud features and flexible tools to design, develop and maintain cost-effective infrastructure along with continuous integration and automation of your business workflows.
To prove that there’s nothing difficult in delegating your DevOps tasks to a managed services provider, here’s a sneak peek on the start of our collaborative process with clients:
Step 1: Free Audit and Analysis for the IT infrastructure: Report and recommendations
We analyze the current state, quality, and pain points of DevOps implementation in a customer’s IT infrastructure absolutely for free.
Based on the analysis we draw a road map and recommend tools and processes to automate deployment cycles across the delivery infrastructure. The analysis also shows the number of resources needed to cover client demands: it may be either just one DevOps consultant for support or possibly a team of full-time DevOps engineers.
Step 2: Signing a contract
Together with the client, we agree upon the scope of work and terms, determine the responsibilities of the parties, work out the communication plan, and confirm our arrangements with a support contract.
Step 3: Getting started
Our company allocates a DevOps engineer (or a team of engineers) with established DevOps stack to support the client’s project and solve all the issues as arranged in the contract.
We assist a development team 24x7x365 in ensuring a flawless integrated functioning of the delivery pipeline automation cycle and in adapting the automated deployment cycle to changes.
The DevOps engineer contacts the developers and other members of the customer’s team whenever necessary. Remember to do the homework and gradually introduce DevOps culture to internal teams. Just getting a few benefits of DevOps service without adopting DevOps culture internally is pretty much like driving with the handbrake on.
Additionally, we provide monthly reports and meetings dedicated to the planning of activities and work improving.
As you can see, outsourcing DevOps is an absolutely feasible task, as well as a momentous decision for your business growth. Now when your expectations from DevOps-as-a-service are tied together into a comprehensive picture, the DevOps approach provides a foundation for unprecedented efficiency and growth.