At Ayscom, one of our core areas is software development for our clients. To carry out these projects, we work using the innovative DevOps methodology, which allows us to ensure our quality commitment and efficiency in all of them.
Using our own experience, in this article we will try to address the main concept and everything that surrounds it, in the most complete and practical way possible, as well as the advantages that this work methodology brings to our clients over other more traditional ones.
DevOps, as a formal concept, can be defined as follows:
DevOps is a software development methodology based on the integration of developers and system administrators, which allows accelerating the integration of new functionalities, testing automatically and solving errors in an agile way.
Once we get a first impression of this term, it is common to generate multiple concerns from our customers about the methodology on which DevOps is based, such as;
- What is the implementation process?
- How is the communication flow with the customer?
- What advantages does this method provide over traditional software development methodologies?
DevOps implementation process
Next, we show the implementation process that we carry out, when a client transmits the need to transform their software code. This process is divided into four phases (solution, implementation and development, testing and deployment).
In addition, in all phases of the process, the client is present as a fundamental asset, establishing a totally two-way communication flow, as presented in the following diagram:
Searching for the best DevOps methodology solution
Once the need is identified, we deal directly with the client to find the optimal solution to their problem together. Although this is the first phase of the project, it is not linear, so continuous improvements can be incorporated, committing ourselves to working with transparency and professionalism.
Implementation and development DevOps process
In order to start the development phase, we try to shape this solution from software and project planning in common with the client. As the process progresses, the code is uploaded to the repository and the continuous integration process begins automatically.
DevOps Testing phase
To test the project once it has been uploaded to the repository, it is necessary to use a precise testing configuration. Once the results are obtained, this returns an essential information feedback to our developers, since it is the test that indicates the state in which the code is (existence of bugs, possible inaccuracies …).
In the event of errors, the code is reviewed, generated again and uploaded until the result is optimal and accurate with respect to what has been raised in the analysis phase. Only when this happens, the code is displayed.
Making use of continuous integration, each time the code passes the testing phase, we have the ability to automatically deploy it on the corresponding machines, in addition to making changes to the relevant configurations and databases. Only a small preliminary configuration is necessary to overcome this phase.
The client is a fundamental part of the workflow, participating actively and proposing all the changes and improvements that it considers. Here we find one of the potentials of our DevOps implementation, so that if we combine it with agile methodologies, we will get continuous feedback from customers, which allows us to optimize the solutions provided to the maximum.
As mentioned above, any change that you want to make goes through the entire previous process, automatically establishing itself in the production environment.
In addition, all processes are executed by the same work team in an integrated way, and any changes made during the development process are detected and added to what was done automatically.
Therefore, without any extra effort and making use of continuous integration, we can incorporate improvements and details that allow us to adapt in order to obtain the most optimized results possible.
Advantages of using DevOps
For a client, the main advantage of having a development team that works under the DevOps methodology is a reduction of the “time to market” in their development projects, for the following reasons:
- Robustness of the solution. The automation of the continuous testing processes reduces the margin of error and the continuous repetitions in the implementation of the code
- Greater flow of communication. The code is automatically deployed to the client’s hosts, so you can always check the project status.
- Reduction of dispersion. Due to a less need for teams involved, greater agility and communication of the client with the developers is obtained.
- Quick response. Any development need will be incorporated making use of continuous integration.