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Easy-to-adapt DevOps blueprint for Startups

DevOps and business agility are closely linked

A January 2016 survey conducted by the SaaS cloud-computing company, RightScale, revealed that DevOps usage and adoption is on the rise. It’s a healthy 74% in 2016 up from 66% in 2015. Adoption by larger companies stands at 81% in 2016.
Organizations are spending inordinate amounts of time, effort and money in creating products that are innovative. But they need to be smart about how they manage the SDLC of their product or else it can be too little too late. From start-ups to established businesses of any size, organizations are always tasked with the conundrum of sustained business agility and shrinking time to market. DevOps could be the answer to that critical question.

DevOps evolution in a startup starts with hiring

With DevOps adoption, startups realize that iterations are swift, resources are optimally utilized, there’s greater accuracy in the process itself and spends on unproductive software is reduced. If startups are serious about walking the talk on productivity, collaboration, speed, time-to-market and costs then DevOps has to move from a conceptual realm to a more decisive action plan.
Since the DevOps methodology is agile, brings greater focus on the client and is built to automate repetitive tasks and bring the product development cycle to closure faster, even hiring of personnel can be made relative to this methodology. Therefore, DevOps is not just a process, or part of a process, it helps streamline workflow and helps reduce SDLC, and is result-oriented.

Adopt DevOps at the beginning, not later

The pioneer of the lean startup movement, Eric Reis has noted that many technology startups either fall short or make it based on their capability to swiftly and economically develop and test new facets, iterations, and products. And therefore, if you are gauging your time to market, then DevOps approach will be the best scalable and workable solution.
For startups, it is best to be proactive about DevOps than to implement it at a later stage, as there will be a set of challenges to encounter then. DevOps helps keep the burn rate low, and developers can make full use of the environment and tools. With process flow automation, resources utilization can be optimized and businesses can exercise greater control over quality. Moreover, there’s a greater and more seamless collaboration between development and operations teams, better communication, helping plan, pre-empt crises and take appropriate remedial actions. This also helps limit expenses resulting in not just time saved, but reduced costs and also being able to release the product in the market faster without reneging on deadlines.

The drivers for augmentation and implementation of DevOps by startups:

  • DevOps helps gauge, stay abreast, and keep up the tempo of growing customer requisitions and demands.
  • DevOps ensures that the response to customer or business needs is immediate, fast, and even paced.
  • DevOps opens the door to agility, innovation and augmentation and the creation of newer and improved experiences for customers.

The DevOps Blueprint for Startups

According to DigitalOnUs, every organization, startup or even a large-scale enterprise has their own approach when it comes to incorporating DevOps. Some of these steps include:

1. Define your goals

With clearly defined purpose of the innovation or product that organizations are building, the path leading to that achievement becomes the guiding light for any organization, be it a startup or a larger company.

2. Create and construct the product and platform

In a startup, one of the first phases is when the product is built. Challenges and issues in resolving identified bugs, coding, architecture, or even infrastructure management can be eased with DevOps. Once the product takes shape, the platform should continue to serve as the perfect ground for managing requirements, strategizing, testing automation, and situational automation.

3. Be a team, stay a team

For any startup building a team is critical to bringing their idea to fruition. An effective cross-functional team which can ideate, design, envisage, visualize, build, test, and finally deliver the product is what is key. The team should therefore comprise of UI/UX designers, analysts, developers, engineers, and testing specialists. In addition, teams should have distinctive individuality, independence, be accountable, take ownership, and be given enough and more room to maneuver and to unravel their complete potential.
If this is enabled, and with DevOps in place, the team will be able to automate, test and carry out version and iteration checks, track and plan the course, monitor and audit, capture actions and even have self-remediation in place.

In conclusion

For startups, adapting DevOps from the beginning is the key to running a lean and agile team that can scale quickly and adapt easily. With organizations like DigitalOnUs and their near-shore delivery teams, they can provide the expertise, the swift TATs and augment existing teams or take up a project turn-key. DigitalOnUs works in collaboration with teams to facilitate product development with ease, convenience and cost-effectively.

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