Companies that have implemented the devops services bring new services to market faster, outperform competitors and improve business performance. Usually, its implementation is the responsibility of a separate specialist – DevOps-engineer.
Why do companies need the DevOps methodology
DevOps culture is a methodology that helps automate all stages of software creation: from development, assembly and testing to deployment, release and delivery to users. As a result, the team works more efficiently and releases higher quality digital products, such as customer applications, to the market. The implementation of the methodology affects not only the work of programmers, but also the business as a whole. For example, DevOps helps companies increase customer satisfaction with digital services and bring products to market faster than competitors.
- A focus on strategic goals. With DevOps, many routine operations such as testing and rolling a product into production are automated. The result is that the development team spends less time on routine tasks and can focus on strategic tasks.
- Technological growth of the company. In DevOps companies, development automation often occurs through the use of PaaS – platforms for solving various tasks deployed in the cloud. These include, for example, database management systems, machine learning and large data analytics. Such a platform is ready to work, it is enough to configure it to meet the needs of the company. Thus, using a variety of PaaS, you can build a solution for your needs. Using PaaS, you get access to the latest technological solutions through the expertise of the provider. To implement a complex tool on local servers, you need to engage external consultants, purchase hardware, configure and debug it. You do not need to build anything in the cloud from scratch, just configure the tool for your project.
- Quick release of products to the market. By automating routine operations, companies bring to market new products and updates before competitors. For example, according to the DORA report on the state of DevOps in 2019, teams with a low level of DevOps implementation need from a month to six months to transition from the test version to software rollout in production, and teams with a high level of one day to one week.
- Increase customer loyalty. Process automation reduces the impact of the human factor on the end result: the system cannot skip a line of code or forget about tests. As a result, according to the DORA report, there are fewer releases and updates that degrade customer service. It also reduces the recovery time after an incident or bug that affects users.
What does DevOps-engineer
As a rule, organizations that implement the methodology hire a DevOps-engineer. This specialist deals with automation at all stages: from development, assembly and testing to deployment, release and delivery of the product to users. Among the duties of DevOps are establishing interactions between developers, system administrators, testers and managers. He acts as a kind of evangelist for the development team: he tells how to build processes correctly, which DevOps practices and tools to use.
The minimum work experience of a DevOps engineer applying for a middle position is three to five years. The transition from the middle to senior position takes from year to year, but it all depends on the specific person – how ready he is to develop. Engineers with extensive experience become solution architects. Such a specialist not only builds the process of continuous development in the company, but also designs systems taking into account business tasks. Often, he is also responsible for RnD – the development of technological strategy of the company.