- March 27
- 15 min
‘The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again’, said Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada in his 2018 speech at Davos. It is both: exciting and scary to even think that every time we blink, there is someone new releasing another product, feature, solution, or idea with enough ‘oomph’ to revolutionize our worlds. Yet, our lives don’t necessarily improve, because we navigate in an ocean of data, with directions changing rapidly, making our ability to focus scarce.
What is digital transformation?
Digital transformation is a process that leverages digital technologies: cloud computing, automation, big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as the common use of mobile devices to fundamentally transform how we deliver value to our customers.
It is also a cultural shift: we must be willing to embrace it and experiment with it across multiple layers of our organizations to improve our operations, enhance customer experiences, and stay competitive in this rapidly changing marketplace.
One of the key enablers of digital transformation is DevOps. Let’s explore what it means and how it is used to drive digital transformation.
What is DevOps?
DevOps is a development methodology to deliver software quicker and more reliably by breaking down the silos between development and operations teams.
DevOps comes with a set of best practices and standardized tools to promote collaboration, integration, and automation between multiple teams, even across multiple organizations. Essentially, it creates an efficient working environment to keep adjusting software development and adjust to the rapidly changing business goals.
How does DevOps support Digital Transformation?
Digital transformation involves leveraging digital technologies. DevOps allows introducing changes to your software quicker, easier, and without customer disruption. Here are some of the ways that DevOps supports digital transformation:
- Faster time-to-market
DevOps allows to respond to market changes rapidly to stay ahead of the competition by releasing new software features quicker, easier and more frequently.
- Improved quality
By automating testing and integrating testing earlier in the development process, DevOps can help improve software quality and reduce the risk of bugs and errors.
- Enhanced collaboration
DevOps emphasizes collaboration and communication between development and operations teams otherwise working in isolation to create a more cohesive working environment. This leads to better alignment between business and IT objectives.
- Increased efficiency
DevOps enables organizations to automate manual processes and reduce manual intervention, which can lead to increased efficiency and cost savings.
- Better customer experiences
By delivering software updates and new features more frequently, organizations can improve customer experiences and stay ahead of customer needs and expectations.
Key Components of DevOps for Digital Transformation
In order to effectively use DevOps for digital transformation, we prioritize the following key development and operational areas:
It is a critical component of DevOps, and it is essential for achieving faster and more reliable software delivery. Organizations should look to automate as many processes as possible, including testing, deployment, and monitoring.
- Continuous integration and delivery:
Commonly called ‘CI/CD’, it is the heart of DevOps for continuous building, testing, and delivering software updates. As such it is important to implement a robust CI/CD pipeline to support rapid and frequent software delivery.
DevOps emphasizes collaboration and communication between development and operations teams. It creates easy opportunities to foster new levels of collaboration and create a more cohesive working environment between multiple departments.
- Monitoring and feedback:
Continuous monitoring and feedback is critical for identifying issues and improving software quality. Organizations need to be mindful of deploying monitoring tools and processes to ensure that software is performing as expected and to identify areas for improvement.
Finally, DevOps is as much about culture as it is about technology. It will help to promote a culture of collaboration, experimentation, and continuous improvement to support digital transformation.
Digital transformation is a complex and multifaceted process that requires a holistic approach. DevOps is a key enabler of digital transformation, as it enables organizations to deliver software more quickly and reliably. By focusing on automation, continuous integration and delivery, collaboration, monitoring and feedback, and culture, organizations can effectively leverage DevOps to drive digital transformation and help business organizations to stay ahead of their competitors.
After carefully evaluating suppliers, we decided to try a new approach and start working with a near-shore software house. Cooperation with Hicron Software House was something different, and it turned out to be a great success that brought added value to our company.
With HICRON’s creative ideas and fresh perspective, we reached a new level of our core platform and achieved our business goals.
Many thanks for what you did so far; we are looking forward to more in future!
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