Evolving into a new era of DevOps to ensure software velocity.
The app economy is providing unprecedented new opportunities for using software to engage customers. These opportunities, in turn, are creating an aggressively competitive business environment, where companies are feeling pressure to increase their velocity—to deliver quality and value to customers more quickly and more regularly.
In this context, many companies have come to rely on DevOps culture as the driving force that empowers them to be quick-to-market. As the app economy continues to quickly evolve, though, it is becoming clear that DevOps alone—or DevOps as we know it—is not always enough to ensure the velocity required for software success.
The Power of Agile and DevOps
In the era of software-driven business and digital transformation, the role of IT has fundamentally changed. IT was originally charged with building, maintaining and optimizing internal systems and processes. These days, it plays a more direct role in how the business delivers value to customers.
DevOps culture has tightly integrated IT into the process through which software-centric businesses strive to move more quickly and efficiently, while maintaining a seamless customer experience. DevOps has become such an important part of the IT world that many businesses are investing significant amounts of time and energy to build their DevOps tool chains.
In this way, DevOps culture has proved to be the perfect partner for agile development practices. There is certainly no doubt that DevOps adds required power to agile. It is perhaps surprising, then, that there has recently been a slow-down in the pace at which organizations have been adopting DevOps.
Managing the DevOps Tool Chain
To account for this slower rate of DevOps adoption, we need to view the fundamental challenge from a new vantage point. Agile practices tell you what to deliver and how to deliver it, while DevOps process tells you how to be efficient in your delivery and operations. The sticking point is when it comes to managing the various tools required to enable this.
Imagine an automotive manufacturer. You have the car design in place and you know how to build your design from a variety of parts. You also understand the necessity for acquiring various machines that will speed the process of putting the parts together. But this does not add up to efficiency if you don’t know how to make these machines work together.
In this kind of manufacturing, the automated assembly line is essential. The various machines must be assembled in a way that makes it possible to keep everything moving along, to address fluctuations in demand and to alert you when anything goes wrong. That’s why a fully-automated assembly line is required to competitively manufacture cars at scale.
Enter the Modern Software Factory
The same challenge applies in software development. You want to deliver business value to your customers. So, you invest in a range of DevOps-centric technology tools and you build an IT operations team that is able install and manage these tools in a way that empowers your developers to deliver maximum customer value at maximum velocity.
For this synergy between IT ops and dev teams to yield the desired results, these tools must be deployed in a way that mirrors the model of the automated assembly line. If the tool chain is not fully automated, ops teams can quickly revert to their old role of maintaining internal systems, instead of concentrating on delivering business value.
That is why CA has been talking about the Modern Software Factory.
This concept is the logical next step on from DevOps culture as we know it. DevOps solves key pain points for companies focusing on the app economy, digital transformation and business agility. The Modern Software Factory integrates these solutions into an automated assembly line, allowing both dev and ops to focus squarely on delivering business value.
The Automated Software Assembly Line
So, broadly, the Modern Software Factory is all about ensuring minimal distraction from business focus. More specifically, it is about providing development and IT operations teams with the infrastructure they need to be quick-to-market with engaging apps. Even more specifically, this will require four key elements:
- Agility in business and development practices, enabling continuous delivery
- Automation of development, testing and deployment, wherever possible
- Security to protect your applications, users and backend resources
- Insight into app usage, user experience and overall system performance
The model of the Modern Software Factory brings all the above capabilities together into a seamless whole. As such, it represents the ideal solution for organizations that want to leverage agile software development practices but are put off by the complexity inherent in adopting and managing the various disparate tools required by conventional DevOps culture.