We all like shiny new things. There’s nothing quite like consuming and considering innovations that hit the market. But something that’s even more exciting than playing with new toys is finding out how all these new introductions can not only help power your business alone, but how multiple separate introductions can combine to create an even better outcome for your company. And that brings us to the exciting marriage of Cloud, Agile and DevOps.
Frankly, when these three are combined, it’s about a close as you can get to a disruptive match made in heaven (kind of like how Uber wouldn’t be half as strong without the smartphone and data plans).
First, it’s important to consider that Agile and DevOps have often shared a certain connective tissue. While DevOps focuses more on the nitty-gritty details of developer organization while Agile is more of a business organizational principle, the fluid nature of Agile has always been a great compliment to the integration aspects of DevOps and vice versa. The two have long shared a symbiotic relationship which has already begun to push businesses towards better results.
Companies that combined both Agile and DevOps saw a 41% increase in operational efficiency and a 63% better chance at bringing in new business, according to a Coleman Parkes study. But that’s not all. Both morale and customer satisfaction shot up as a result of combining the two organizational systems, with employee recruitment and retention having improved in 74% of businesses and customer service improving in 78% of companies.
And the list goes on and on. IT costs, business growth, employee productivity . . . all these metrics saw improvement after the introduction of an Agile-DevOps combined organizational structure.
So we already have a great combination of two relatively novel ways of conducting our businesses, but now with the cloud platform being introduced, the combination of the Agile-DevOps systems alongside a friendly platform like cloud, and a whole other dimension added to an already fantastic combination.
How DevOps and Agile can use cloud to scale
One of the most valuable tools that cloud offers its users is the ability to scalability. What is an otherwise laborious process involving adding hardware, tech, staff, or some combination of those three alongside other resources, cloud helps push your capacity without the headache. And that is an absolutely fantastic tool for companies that are enjoying the benefits of DevOps and Agile.
You see, just because you have DevOps and Agile doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing it right. Cloud computing challenges also exist. Having the systems in place is start, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to sort themselves out into a perfect structure.
For instance, one of the things that companies that use the Agile-DevOps combination have to contend with is increased back-and-forth among developers and teams. While this is a huge strength that helps make the product better, it can be at times a little slower compared to more traditionally rigid power structures. When you bring in the cloud and its ability to scale, however, you help mitigate that problem.
With its seamless ability when it comes to scaling, the cloud offers a great addition that helps plug one of the few holes in the Agile and DevOps frameworks. So what if the product design took a little longer than you initially anticipated? With the cloud, that lost time can be easily made up for with its ability to offer scaling capabilities and other tools that will streamline the whole process.
Speaking of streamlining . . .
For DevOps-Agile, communication is key, and cloud understands that
The cloud is largely lauded for its well-known ability to facilitate communication between teams. With the option to access data from anywhere or interact with teams whether they’re across the hall or the country, one of the cloud’s most impressive features is its knack for breaking down barriers. And in a DevOps and Agile powered business, taking down those barriers will only help spur on an already super efficient system.
Cloud coding is made more efficient
With DevOps’s emphasis on teams sharing tech and methods, alongside Agile’s focus on a back-and-forth organizational structure which sees multi-stage testing and run-throughs, having more efficient coding is always a blessing. After all, coding hiccups can set companies back for hours, sometimes days. But cloud helps break down those problems by promising a more streamlined and efficient coding process, and on that can be increased on the fly with the addition of more cloud resources.
In fact, cloud is so streamlined that some believe it is only functioning best when deployed in an Agile and DevOps environment.
And with DevOps and Agile becoming more and more common, this is another example of synergistic cooperation, where cloud works best when used by Agile-DevOps focused companies, but the reverse is also true.
The biggest companies are taking notice
Netflix and Spotify are two of the most well-known companies when it comes to product testing, marketing and retention of consumers. While competitors continuously crop up trying to challenge the two media giants, there really is no substitute for these companies in their respective fields.
But I’m just telling you something you already know. But here’s something you might know; they both love Agile-DevOps alongside cloud computing.
It’s not just the future – the combination of Agile, DevOps and cloud is already here, and the combination is making businesses across the world better.