DevOps is no longer a trend but has evolved into the standard way of collaboration between the development and operations teams. Its purpose is to automate and optimise the delivery of software and offer everyone within the organisation quality software and data products. It is a culture in which theteams can develop, test, deploy, and maintain software at a high speed, with excellent code quality and great control at the same time.
Being an Agile organisation, as Crystalloids is, our DevOps engineering helps organizations improve their software development by using technical and statistical control concepts. On a daily basis, we monitor dataflows, processes and pipelines that our developers create to ensure stability, speed and security of the data.
Is a DevOps engineer really needed?
“The software solutions that we build nowadays are getting more and more important to our clients. In the past, we used to integrate predictive technologies into the existing operations, but today we work on critical “data hearts” of companies. With the system integrations that we build to support both the business and data teams, it is necessary to apply active monitoring and maintenance.” explains Emile Posthouwer, our DevOps engineer.
DevOps contributes to both software development teams as well as the customers, saving organisations lots of time and money. We have listed some of the reasons why:
#1 Budget management
The costs for deployments have changed with the rise of cloud. Customers pay only for what they use and have the agility to scale when necessary. Sometimes a sudden increase in costs may appear when running dataflows, which might go unnoticed. Having DevOps monitoring the environments increases the probability of discovering these deviations, exploring the problem and stabilizing it.
#2 Ensuring security
People within organisations need access to data but at the same time, the data needs to stay secure and not widely open to the whole company. DevOps maintains and implements security measures to allow users to access the data based on their roles and permissions at the resource level. Because DevOps works so closely with developers, they have lots of knowledge about storing of data and its presentation which many companies do not.
#3 Monitoring data quality
A big part of the DevOps role is finding errors and fixing bugs. This is either done manually or automatically via notifications. The goal is to ensure the data is correct and up-to-date so that business decisions can be taken based on those data. When a bug is detected, the software development team are informed at the same time which ensures high reliability and security of the software.
#4 Save costs on IT resources
While DevOps can be performed by the internal IT department within the company, it might not always be efficient. That is because they might lack knowledge of the cloud infrastructure or software development as such. DevOps Engineers are not building the software, but their understanding of the Java and Python programming language is essential to deployment, error correction and optimisation. DevOps, hence, adds value to traditional IT and every aspect of software development.
#5 Enhancements done fast
Enhancements refer to developing new functionalities to an existing application that enhances the (usage of the) application. With DevOps, it is possible to constantly update software and deliver new features. Customers don’t have to wait for weeks to have a new feature they need now. Instead, the development teams can deliver small pieces of software quickly and with reduced risk of error.
DevOps has greater benefits than what people might see. It removes barriers, bottlenecks and unplanned work. The purpose is to accelerate software deployment, reduce time to market and drive transformation.
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Crystalloids helps companies improve their customer experiences and build marketing technology. Founded in 2006 in the Netherlands, Crystalloids builds crystal-clear solutions that turn customer data into information and knowledge into wisdom. As a leading Google Cloud Partner, Crystalloids combines experience in software development, data science, and marketing, making them one of a kind IT company. Using the Agile approach Crystalloids ensures that use cases show immediate value to their clients and frees their time to focus on decision making and less on programming.
Established in 2006, our goal is to streamline the business experience through informed decision-making. We design ready-to-use data applications and custom-crafted solutions that offer your company a competitive advantage.