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Hire DevOps Or Utilise DevOps As A Service?

According to a recent report, the market value of DevOps will grow to US$17 billion by 2026. That means IT companies need to produce better and faster code. As the number of companies going online grows, more market gaps are created. They need quick solutions to move to the cloud. Companies that adopt DevOps have an edge.

The need for rapid software development is driving the demand for DevOps solutions. DevOps shortens the development cycle. It also reduces deployment issues and enhances security.

Here are the changes we can expect to see in DevOps by 2026:

  • APAC market share will grow 25% by 2026

  • DevOps will grow due to software development automation technologies. Most DevOps practices rely on automation, such as CI/CD. These technologies allow developers to spend more time developing.

  • There is a growing demand for online services. Companies looking to compete are adopting cloud-based business models.

  • Companies will leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve processes. Analytical tools can draw performance data from DevOps processes, which developers can leverage to reduce cycle times.

The impact of DevOps goes beyond industries. One example is the media streaming market. There is an increase in investments in media and online entertainment. For example, Amazon and Netflix use DevOps to improve the speed and quality of their streaming. This increases the need to protect users’ privacy and ensure the safety of the content.

Benefits of DevOps for Your Company

DevOps improves the agility of the development process. It aims to align the software development cycle to business goals. It removes the waste of time on the workflow. You produce more code quickly, testing it on the go. The result is a shorter development cycle and higher quality products.

This agile method adopts six working principles:

  1. Customer-centered: DevOps companies think from the point-of-view of the customer to produce high-quality custom software.

  2. High accountability: The team handles the quality of the product from the start and provides support throughout the product’s lifetime.

  3. Continuous improvement: The CI/CD process ensures continuous product improvement.

  4. Automation: This is part of the DevOps process.

  5. Collaboration: Promotes teamwork between developers, designers, and testers.

  6. Continuous testing: DevOps teams test the product at every stage.

Other benefits of adopting DevOps include:

  1. Faster Time-to-Market: You can develop, test and deploy in a loop, ensuring you can launch your products quickly. The sooner you get your product to market, the faster you start earning.

  2. Improved Communication: The DevOps loop makes IT teams collaborate better. The teams communicate tasks and objectives, which increases their mutual support.

  3. Better Quality: DevOps automation helps reduce human error. For example, you can automate quality testing so that developers spend less time fixing mistakes. The result is better code with a shorter cycle.

  4. Keep up with market demands: The continuous delivery system helps you meet market needs rapidly. DevOps allows you to include changes in the code quickly.

DevOps includes Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) into every stage of the SDLC. The aim of DevOps is to create a product that is quickly operational and easily updated. To achieve this, you can hire an in-house team or outsource the tasks to a remote team. Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches.

What’s a Typical DevOps Team Workflow?

Before DevOps, development and operations worked separately. This approach caused issues when completing tasks. With DevOps, development and operations have visibility in the same code. The teams can then exchange knowledge on a steady basis.

The DevOps workflow focuses on agility and automation. Every stage increases collaboration between development and operations. The DevOps’ loop’ consists of four continuous phases:

  1. Integration: Developers commit their code changes in a common repository. As soon as the code enters the repository, it gets tested automatically. This way, developers can access updated code anytime. It also prevents delays since several developers can work on the same source code.

  2. Delivery: Continuous Delivery is the second stage of the DevOps process. Here engineers build and package the code for automatic release. Testing is done on every code piece.

  3. Deployment: Continuous deployment means automated delivery. In this process, once a code change is validated, it is automatically released. This allows for frequent releases and accurate feedback. For this stage to run smoothly, you need an automated testing environment.

  4. Monitoring: At this point, the majority of the monitoring is done automatically. But the team reviews the feedback, identifying issues. The continuous feedback product of the constant monitoring ensures secure code and a reliable system.

DevOps gives you an agile process that saves time. Operations engineers can detect and fix bugs as soon as development commits the code. Then they send the code to production without having to wait for all testing to finish. After that, the development engineer can see how the code works in production.

The continuous workflow helps you detect bottlenecks. You can automate these regular fixes, which allows each team to share the same goal, and make the process flow better.

Hiring an in-house team to put in place this approach requires a lot of money and effort. It requires developing and implementing the process from scratch. Choosing DaaS (DevOps as a Service) can save you money and time.

Why should you use DevOps as a Service?

Not every company needs to have a team of DevOps engineers. That is why many organisations are opting to outsource their DevOps process

Leveraging DevOps as a Service means the provider handles the development process. They function as a technology partner, taking charge of the infrastructure and processes. This can combine the benefits of a DevOps approach with a more affordable cost. Your company can then focus on business and marketing goals.

Here are some of the benefits of outsourcing DevOps:

  • Faster Software Development Life Cycle

  • Improving the frequency of deployment

  • Cost-efficient

  • Project management is on the vendor’s side

  • You have access to professionals with more expertise

How does it work?

When you engage DevOps as a Service companies, the DevOps engineers handle the implementation. They customise DevOps services to the infrastructure and requirements of the customer, which also takes care of transferring the DevOps infrastructure to the cloud. Typically, DaaS includes:

  • Assessment of the company’s existing practices: The custom process starts with discovery sessions between clients and DevOps service providers. Then they agree on the required services on a case-by-case basis.

  • Manage cloud migration: The provider helps to decide the best environment to migrate the DevOps operation. AWS, for example, provides infrastructure and tools for DevOps.

  • Implementing cloud service: Migrates the DevOps processes to the cloud. Once there, the DaaS vendor implements the services needed for an optimal pipeline.

  • Automation of development and production: The vendor takes charge of the DevOps process. As part of it, they automate as much as possible to ensure minimal errors.

DevOps as a Service with PolarSeven

If you are looking to implement DevOps in your company, please reach out to us at PolarSeven. We can either augment your DevOps play or introduce DevOps into your organisation. To learn more about our capabilities, please visit our DevOps and Automation services page.

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