Top Advantages of DevOps and Continuous Delivery

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-21-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Continuous Software Advantages: Speedier Releases

    Internal software releases occur many times a week (or every day) instead of putting users through a three- to six-month wait.
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    Preventive actions are taken at defined thresholds, and downtime is reported to users within seconds, as opposed to hours or even days.
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    Setup and configuration typically takes less than 10 minutes end-to-end. Through traditional software delivery, such efforts take three to four weeks or longer and are subject to error.
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    Launch a change program that will articulate a clear road map as to how teams will work together, while identifying responsibilities, decision rights and process checks.
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    Don't be satisfied with vague directives to, say, reduce release rollout time. Challenge teams to decrease rollout time from hours to seconds.
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CIOs and their tech teams are constantly under the gun to test and launch digital products and services faster–at lower costs. Fortunately, there are two increasingly popular ways to do so: continuous delivery and DevOps. A report from McKinsey & Company, titled "Finding the Speed to Innovate," illustrates the following advantages of both approaches, along with best practices for implementation. As defined by McKinsey, DevOps integrates development and IT operations in a cross-functional, product-oriented manner. Continuous delivery accelerates time-to-market of new software features through the automation of testing, deployment and infrastructure. As a result, there's more focus on smaller, quicker releases instead of building up to a slower-developing "big bang" event. This results in reduced costs and more timely feedback from users about products. By effectively pursuing both continuous delivery and DevOps, CIOs can lead their organizations into a new age of rapid, agile delivery. "Both capabilities can greatly increase companies' speed to market (cutting product-testing times from weeks to minutes) while significantly reducing the cost of delivering new products and services," according to the report. "They can help to ensure higher-quality software, better rates of customer adoption and fewer risks in product and service delivery. Indeed, these capabilities can become a true engine for innovation."

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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