1. Shorten Production Cycles
Siloed development and operations teams extend the production cycle unnecessarily. It becomes harder for both teams to collaborate on the processes required to get the software operational. Close collaboration through the elimination of silos speeds up innovation and development.
2. Increase Deployment Success Rates
Programming errors is one of the leading reasons why a deployment fails. The frequent release of code occasioned with the DevOps approach ensures problem detection at an earlier stage. With dev and ops teams working together, recovery time is a lot shorter.
3. Improved Collaboration and Communication
DevOps has revolutionized software development culture. This is because when all stakeholder teams take part in the development process, they focus on a common goal instead of working with different objectives. More synergy improves communication. Better communication leads to seamless development cycles, quick error discovery/resolution, and faster route to market.
4. Increased Efficiency Through Automation
Continuous integration reduces manual processes in developing and testing. Specific tasks in the development process cannot be automated. DevOps focusses the developers’ attention on those tasks, leaving the other tasks to tools that can accelerate development, such as:
- Cloud-based platforms. The use of hardware resources during development ties up relevant system infrastructure unnecessarily. Scalable infrastructures like cloud-based platforms resolve this problem, resulting in speedier processes.
- Build acceleration tools for faster compilation of code.
- Parallel workflow processes, for smoother operation of the continuous delivery chain.
5. Work with Good Developers
Poor code is all too common, though sadly, users arrive at this realization when it’s too late. The fact is, some developers are good at what they do, while others have poor coding skills. DevOps has a solution to this problem. Frequent assessment makes it easier to assess the performance of developers within a DevOps team so that each team member is tasked with responsibilities most suited to their skills.
DevOps recognizes that software creation is not all about coding. There are many other roles involved in the process. A team member who is terrible at coding could be good at any of the different roles, and vice versa. Re-tasking team members earlier in the process prevent wastage of time and resources.
6. A Good Organizational Culture
Working on a DevOps team improves interpersonal relationships and builds inter-departmental trust in the following ways:
- It promotes a better understanding of other teams, their challenges, and what it takes to accomplish their tasks.
- Teams realize that other departments and team members can help to shoulder the challenges they face at work.
- Networking across departments helps to curve alternative career paths.
This kind of cooperation and understanding of boost worker morale. ResearchGate shows that higher morale among employees results in increased productivity and higher profits.
Figure 1: Employees link their productivity to morale
7. Increase Product Quality
The DevOps process builds quality into the development process, thereby reducing instances of unplanned work. A focus on security during the designing and development stage minimizes the need to remedy security issues later on, thus saving time and freeing more resources to other work. Besides, every member of the team is responsible for quality and security; this collective responsibility ensures team accountability for the final product.