For many years software development activities were isolated from the actual deployment and operation of software systems. This has radically changed since the advent of cloud computing i.e. more than ten years ago. The development of cloud-based software systems is strongly dependent on the underlying hosting infrastructure, which led software vendors to consider an integrated approach in the development, deployment and operation of software systems and services. This has also led to the emergence and the rise of the DevOps (Development and Operations) paradigm to building and operating software systems.
DevOps refers to a set of practices that integrate software development and IT operations in a single set of activities. It emphasizes agility and communication between different teams and project stakeholders. DevOps practices have been proven to shorten development times and improve software quality. Moreover, they enable a Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) approach that makes enterprises extremely responsive to changes. For all these reasons, DevOps is the state-of-the-art approach to software systems development, deployment and operation. DevOps’s benefits translate to specific improvements to business competitiveness, which are ultimately reflected in business results.
The business benefits of DevOps are specific and span all areas of software development and deployment. In most cases, they translate to cost savings and improved results. Specifically:
The success of DevOps solutions has given rise to the emergence of similar software development and deployment models i.e., models that are characterized by agility and integration of development and operations. These models can be considered as DevOps derivatives. In many cases they can be combined with DevOps technologies in the scope of modern cloud-based IT infrastructures and related development processes. Prominent examples include:
Overall, the combination of development and operations tasks is an undeniable trend. DevOps is the most prominent manifestation of this trend and a foundation for the development of similar approaches. Companies can no longer afford to ignore the DevOps wave. In case they dispense with other legacy development approaches, they must consider their transition to DevOps. DevOps adopters must attempt to reinforce their DevOps practices through updates and improvement in the DevOps solutions that they already use. Furthermore, modern enterprises should also keep an eye in the evolution of derivative paradigms like MLOps, AIOps, and DevSecOps. These paradigms provide merit for certain types of activities that involve machine learning pipelines and cybersecurity respectively. In most cases they do not come to replace, but rather to complement and reinforce DevOps: The future of software systems is certainly agile and will combine development and operations.
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