We would all agree that today’s fast-paced, quickly responsive and connected world owes much to computing. But even though computers have made our lives easier, people who plan, develop, test, monitor and manage computer software applications struggle to work collaboratively.
In wake of cloud computing, collaboration among Development and Operation teams (DevOps) is now more challenging than ever. Indeed, only companies with collaborative application life-cycle environments can thrive well in a cloud-based atmosphere. Let us explore some of ways in which we can minimize the problem of collaboration to achieve the best of time, money and talent.
Accelerating Collaboration Through The Cloud
Cloud computing can serve as an important vehicle for collaboration between developers and IT Operations in order to accelerate the SDLC. This is because more and more businesses are adopting the cloud model to optimize their IT infrastructures, products and services. But the full use of cloud technology demands improved methods for development, deployment, monitoring and management of applications. Indeed, developers and operations will be in much greater need to collaborate and share insights as organizations gradually shift to cloud-based applications. With application testing on cloud, IT Ops and QAs have a chance leverage their risks of loss of computing resources during application crashes.
How does agile development help?
Agile application development is more responsive and performance-oriented than its traditional counterpart. In traditional application lifecycle, siloed teams follow defined (often rigid) SOPs that require heavy documentation and several authority approvals. In comparison, the agile model is built on a flexible approach in which development is iterative, composite and collaborative and takes place in a multi-functional team setting. Moreover, agile development also stresses that development takes place with a view to solve managerial and business problems. Operations give particular emphasis on this as they collaborate and interact with the developers.
Realizing the Need to Collaborate
Developers and Operations both have their own areas of expertise. Developers have knowledge and information which they must share with Ops teams to get their applications run the ‘right’ way. Also, they are aware of business-level needs and quick fixes for minor application issues.
On the other hand, IT Ops and monitoring teams have the actual user data such as click-stream traffic, page performance, application errors, and visitor sessions etc. This analytical data and its implications do matter for the developing team. As Developers and Ops share their insights and knowledge, many of the user-end issues come to light and get solved at the right time.
Cross team collaboration can be exciting and rewarding. Here are a few best practices that can yield the maximum benefit from your collaborative development and monitoring strategy.
- Begin with a champion’s advice.
This could the top-level IT manager or business analyst who can begin with a focused direction, energetic impetus and an understanding of prospects and challenges.
- Get your collaborative efforts noted.
This could be done when you create accountability for cross-team collaboration by forming a “dev/ops” team. This team should be responsible for facilitating and streamlining communication between developers and IT Operations.
- Maintain a consistent collaborative approach.
DevOps is all about smooth, reliable and reusable information flows between the key stakeholders. After all, these stakeholders just need the right scripts, monitoring and configuration data to reduce their communication gaps and get the right application at the end of the day.
- Keep an eye on the cloud.
As stated, cloud computing is the key driver to get your collaboration goals accomplished. Taking services of a cloud provider can greatly augment your collaboration advantages.
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