Maypole Dance with #ManagedDevOps

Maypole Dance with #ManagedDevOps

Pass the Parcel is a classic party game in which the parcel is passed from one person to another. When the music stops, each person unravels the parcel, layer by layer until we reach the very last — the prize. Likewise, software development has traditionally taken place in silos. The business analysis, development, QA and customer support teams pass the product from one team to another akin to an assembly line. More often than not, software delivery faces a lot of delays as it passes through each team.

Toyota’s lean principles have demonstrated that this waterfall model of software development akin to an assembly line works well when there is lots of support and interaction among these individual teams. Also, this model needs direction from the management to take the product to the next level. The attrition of people who are knowledgeable about the product and lack of flexibility adversely impacts the continuous improvement it promises.

Contrary to the Pass the Parcel game, a Maypole dance is more fun, and engaging and the outcomes are visible at all times. In the Maypole dance, ribbons hang from a central pole around which the dancers dance. As the dancers move around, you can witness a continuous development of complex yet beautiful braiding of the ribbons on the pole.

Moving away from the Waterfall model and adopting the agile model allowed teams to deliver software in a faster way, in smaller increments and at regular intervals. But to accommodate real-time issues in operations like load handling, security or system downtime, teams had to embrace DevOps. In DevOps, the teams work across the entire application life cycle from development to test to deployment. And much like the dancers in the Maypole dance, the engineers communicate and collaborate to create a seamless workflow and demonstrate continuous development, integration and deployment of the software.

While DevOps is very attractive, it is not easy to achieve the objectives stated. Some challenges with traditional DevOps are

  • Many steps to get started. While a company might want to get started with DevOps on its own, the journey is not smooth. It requires knowledge of the tools at every stage. Whether it is hosting on-premises hardware, software and processes or using cloud-based infrastructure, the options available can be overwhelming. Every business needs a set of tools that work seamlessly and that have been tried and tested.
  • Lack of skilled DevOps engineers. Or simply a lack of engineers. World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020 states that by 2025 an estimated 97 million ‘jobs of tomorrow’ will require around 40% of the workers to constantly reskill themselves every 6 months or less. This means engineers who are skilled in the latest technologies are not too many.
  • Compliance and security are not checkbox items. Implementing compliance and security at every stage is crucial to detecting threats, mitigating the risk of data breaches and also supporting a growing remote workforce. The cost of having dedicated SecOps is high and staying ahead of cyber attackers is challenging.
  • Building test automation frameworks is time- consuming. Incorporating test practices like Shift Left allows developers to detect errors and provide fixes early. This requires continuous testing and continuous deployment. Building test automation frameworks from scratch to achieve this can be time-consuming and expensive.

The challenges in implementing and complying with DevOps may make small and medium-sized businesses feel helpless. The framework, tools, compliances, data analytics, alerting and monitoring are must-haves and very integral to software delivery, yet they are not very easily achievable.

Here’s why Managed DevOps is a game changer

#ManagedDevOps, as a service, takes away the pain of achievingCI/CD.Managed DevOps provides a ready and tested platform to develop your applications. Managed DevOps allows you to focus on your core business, as the infrastructure and updating the DevOps toolchain is now ‘managed’.

How does Managed DevOps work?
To begin with, Managed DevOps has already got you started. A range of tools to track, code, test, build, deploy, log and alert you of compliance measures are already in place. Since DevOps is closely linked to agile practices, these ready frameworks ensure speed and flexibility.

Leveraging services like Managed DevOps increases your engineering capabilities, even at a short notice. Innoventes extends Managed DevOps as a service to digitally vested start-ups that have unique business ideas and applications. Innoventes useslow code/no code platforms like DuploCloud, log management and monitoring tools likeSumo Logic, and Data Security and Privacy solutions like Anjuna to create new applications. These allow companies to focus on the business while Innoventes’ teams provide and manage the cloud operations to accelerate the time to market, reduce IT costs and improve efficiency.

Security is a central and essential element of DevOps. Easy adoption and use of tools in automation and integration increase efficiency by continuous monitoring of the CI/CD pipeline. Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing (VAPT) tools make it easy to find vulnerabilities and security issues early in the SDLC. This helps businesses to identify and fix security flaws along with CI/CD, in turn leading to stable software.

Test automation metrics feed data into the continuous feedback stage. Low code test automation frameworks that are ready to deploy and integrate Shift Left principles reduce cost and save time. Ready-to- deploy and easy-to-use frameworks help functional consultants and testers write test cases within a few hours of training. Therefore, this also cuts the steep learning curve to incorporate testing automation.

Overall, managed DevOps takes away the burden of investing in future-proof digital tools. A digitally vested start-up can easily onboard the latest technologies, tools and methods without having to start from scratch.

Imagine the Maypole dance where the setup, the ribbons, and the dancers are all managed. If different ribbons could be added on the move like a new design idea, early detection of defects to trace back the steps, and even allow non-dancers to participate — the possibilities of an instant, any-time Maypole dance are high.
Whether it is the Maypole dance or Managed DevOps, clarity, communication and collaboration remain crucial to your success as a business.

For information on how you can benefit from Managed DevOps as a service from Innoventes, write to us at ram.r@innoventestech.comHow does Managed DevOps work?
To begin with, Managed DevOps has already got you started. A range of tools to track, code, test, build, deploy, log and alert you of compliance measures are already in place. Since DevOps is closely linked to agile practices, these ready frameworks ensure speed and flexibility.
Leveraging services like Managed DevOps increases your engineering capabilities, even at a short notice. Innoventes extends Managed DevOps as a service to digitally vested start-ups that have unique business ideas and applications. Innoventes useslow code/no code platforms like DuploCloud, log management and monitoring tools likeSumo Logic, and Data Security and Privacy solutions like Anjuna to create new applications. These allow companies to focus on the business while Innoventes’ teams provide and manage the cloud operations to accelerate the time to market, reduce IT costs and improve efficiency.

Security is a central and essential element of DevOps. Easy adoption and use of tools in automation and integration increase efficiency by continuous monitoring of the CI/CD pipeline. Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing (VAPT) tools make it easy to find vulnerabilities and security issues early in the SDLC. This helps businesses to identify and fix security flaws along with CI/CD, in turn leading to stable software.
Test automation metrics feed data into the continuous feedback stage. Low code test automation frameworks that are ready to deploy and integrate Shift Left principles reduce cost and save time. Ready-to- deploy and easy-to-use frameworks help functional consultants and testers write test cases within a few hours of training. Therefore, this also cuts the steep learning curve to incorporate testing automation.
Overall, managed DevOps takes away the burden of investing in future-proof digital tools. A digitally vested start-up can easily onboard the latest technologies, tools and methods without having to start from scratch.
Imagine the Maypole dance where the setup, the ribbons, and the dancers are all managed. If different ribbons could be added on the move like a new design idea, early detection of defects to trace back the steps, and even allow non-dancers to participate — the possibilities of an instant, any-time Maypole dance are high.
Whether it is the Maypole dance or Managed DevOps, clarity, communication and collaboration remain crucial to your success as a business.

For information on how you can benefit from Managed DevOps as a service from Innoventes, write to us at ram.r@innoventestech.com

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