Communication is an integral aspect of command and data processing in a business information system. From the early age of first generation computers, the ability and efficiency of a computer or computerized device to function has always been determined and graded by communication in its various aspects – speed and synergy being some of these factors.
Machines with faster communication between its components almost always means efficiency in performing it’s tasks.
In today’s era where computers are about communication more than just command processing and standalone mode of processing tasks, communication takes several other forms. It also means smooth transition from yesterday’s technology to novel ideas aimed at improving systemic efficiency. These changes are what has given rise Development Operations mode of operations. DevOps (Development Operations) means creation of an environment that enables smooth and faster release (introduction) of reliable applications, components and teams into the communications arena.
For sport lovers DevOps would be best described as the Chicago Bulls vs Manchester United talent conveyor belts situation. While the former experienced a prolonged win drought as the Michael Jordan generation aged out of the game; the latter has exhibited an uncanny ability of churning out like for like replacements for the Roy Keanes, Ryan Giggs, Peter Schmeichel’s of old and as well as tweaking formations and techniques to suit the changing environment.
In other words, DevOps is about a continuous and smooth change management systems in the business communications and systems world. Without which communications in a business system would come to a sudden and catastrophic halt.
Release managers utilize tools (such as application release automation and continuous integration tools) to help advance this goal. This is done through continual approach. This approach watches out for technological advances and corresponding challenges to prepare and enable release of befitting applications.
DevOps seeks to shatter the barriers and conflicting priorities existing between development and operations teams e.g. application performance, project spend and other performance requirements. This therefore permits all teams to work with synergy, thus delivering with a profound sense of safety, consistently and rapidly within cost effective margins.
DevOps is a habitual trait as opposed to specific technique or technology. It aims to foster collaborative working relationship and enable adoption of an agreeable set objectives to deliver ICT services and solutions that spur business value.