An organizations source of competitive advantage is increasingly defined by the IT Systems that underpin how its products and services are delivered to the end customer. As a result, organizations are looking to reduce the time to market for product innovations and improvements. To compress the timeframes required to deliver business innovations to market, companies are increasingly adopting agile development practices to deliver smaller and more frequent releases.
The Need for Agile Operations
Whilst development practices are improving; IT Operations - who still rely heavily on manual configurations, custom scripts, cloning approaches and golden images to manage their cloud and on-premise infrastructure – are struggling to scale to meet development demands. As a result, the adoption of Agile Practices has simply moved the bottleneck from development to operations, preventing Agile from realizing its potential and leading to increased conflict between development and operations.
DevOps is about extending many of the concepts of agile development to operations, plus fostering greater collaboration between Dev and Ops. That means that the core best practices of Agile Development - like automation, version control and continuous delivery - are applied to the creation, configuration and on-going life cycle management of your bespoke applications and integration deployments whether they be in the cloud or on-premise.
Infrastructure as Code
Rather than manually provisioning environments, making configuration changes or using one-off scripts to make infrastructure adjustments, the operations infrastructure is managed instead using the same rules that govern application development. A concept referred to as treating infrastructure as code (IaC). Agile operations should not be performed in isolation; rather the processes for managing infrastructure as code need to be integrated with your agile development processes such as continuous integration / delivery. A key aspect of this is providing a self-service experience to developers, so they can provision and re-provision their own dev and test environments. Removing the need to involve Ops – allowing them to stay focused on running production. DevOps makes your business more agile, eliminating silos and improving collaboration across teams.
DevOps key for reliable, repeatable software delivery
The process of releasing/deploying software must be efficient, repeatable, and reliable - achieved by automating each step in the software delivery process including building, deployment and testing. Rubicon Red's innovative set of DevOps tools and best practices are a critical enabler for our product-centric approach, and key to ensuring standardized, repeatable and automated processes for provisioning, managing and deploying your solutions faster with reduced risk and cost.
Rubicon Red's innovative DevOps tool, MyST, allows us to have complete confidence that each release is Production ready because the environments and build processes are identical across all staging environments from Development and Test, all the way through to Production. Project Delivery Manager
Rubicon Red have the expertise and experience to help you design and implement bespoke applications to deliver simplified, compelling digital experiences for your customers, partners and employees. Using our Product-Centric, Cloud Native and DevOps best practices we deliver your solutions faster with reduced cost and risk.
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DevOps for Oracle SOA
Using Rubicon Red MyST, Rabobank has transformed a highly complex, manual, error prone process that could not support their agile development practices into an automated, predictable process that enables them to rapidly deliver new functionality to market.Read Case Study