Automation is a strategic decision
Long-term success must be secured
Dynamic business processes and company structures in permanent change require a continuous adaptation of IT. New applications are rolled out to specialist departments or updates are installed at shorter and shorter intervals. At the same time, work steps within and between business applications need to be automated.
Agile worlds require new methods for the automation of processes in QA (testing) and the fully automated mapping of fixed business transactions (RPA).
The release and delivery cycles in today's software development as well as the "Evergreen paradigm" of major vendors require the application of new methods, procedures and processes in the entire development and operation process of enterprise-wide IT availability. The automation of test procedures gains central importance if the core functionality of systems and applications is to be tested on a permanent basis.
Today's agile IT world focuses on cloud computing and sophisticated architectural models in which virtualization, platform and device independence dominate. This also requires the implementation of "best practices" for QA (in deployment and IT operations) in combination with instruments for the management of demanding, long-term TA projects.
What is the advantage of the DevOps concept?
Every technological innovation should be evaluated demand-oriented on the basis of the underlying process requirements. "Best practices" from the DevOps efforts provide the basis for the use of processes and tools. This means: automation flows from the requirements of today's IT worlds.
Strengthening the trust of the IT department through a constant dialog and joint work on projects with business users, faster software releases, faster elimination of critical errors and improved management of unplanned tasks.
DevOps and IT teams optimize processes and can develop, test and assure the quality of software efficiently and in rapid cycles.
DevOps offer development, code management, testing and deployment methods at the technological level
Continuous integration, for example, is a method in which continuous components are joined together to form an application. Continuous integration improves software quality. Artefacts serve to represent product components so that the components of the product can be viewed transparently by all team members. DevOps aims to build up software artefacts from source code by means of continuous integration in an automated way.
Continuous delivery/deployment, on the other hand, is the next step based on Continuous Integration, for example. The goal of continuous delivery is to deploy the previously automated artefacts (also) automatically. Ideally, the artefacts should be automatically tested and installed in the production environment.