Written by Nishad Salam
Nishad Salam is currently working as Specialist - Enterprise Solutions at KUWAITNET.
The success or the failure of businesses today largely depends on the capability of the business to endure the breakneck speeds at which technology is advancing. In order to stay ahead of the competition and abreast with the latest developments in technology, not only does the business have to be adaptable to change, but should also keep itself up-to-date with the latest methods and technologies available to them. The only thing that is constant today is change! And with that in mind, every aspiring business should strive to take advantage of the advancements in computing technology. And change being inevitable, the stakeholders are presented with a huge task of considering and deciding on major changes in as little time as possible. For example, investing in a new ERP, is a decision that has a far-reaching impact on the way the business will do. Such decisions are long-term and have to be deliberated and evaluated intricately before making the mammoth change. And such the time between the decision and the execution of that decision should be kept minimal. This is where attention needs to be paid to the optimal utilization of resources. Whenever we talk about “resources” in the business world, the first things that come to the mind are money (capital), human resources, and most importantly, time! The quicker a business can mobilize these resources towards effecting a change, the better it is for the bottom-line. At a stage like this, the dire need for digital transformation, systematic project management, fast (and safe) computing of data, and easily accessible virtual workspace comes to the fore. It is all about collaboration! When there is seamless communication between the human resources working on a particular project, then the most valuable asset - time, can be optimally utilized.
DevOps, which is a combination of software development and IT operations, is something that has transformed the way the IT and software needs of a business are met. It is a methodology that focuses on parallel implementation. After the GAP analysis of a business is performed, DevOps aims to develop in totality, each functionality that is being worked on; right from coding, configuring, testing, releasing, and monitoring. This not only saves time, but also enables the developers and other functional experts to maintain control and to receive comprehensive feedback on what is developed, which enables symptomatic treatment of any bugs, rather than dismantling the entire structure and having to start from scratch.
Now it would be important to note here that DevOps is a methodology. And without the right infrastructure and a high-speed computing environment, this methodology would prove to be futile or ineffective. It would only end up as a fancy roadmap on the whiteboard. This is where the technology of Cloud Computing comes in.
Cloud computing is a technology which puts in the hands of the users a very powerful tool. It involves the delivery of receive-on-demand computing services, applications, almost indefinite amount of storage, and immense processing power. What is more noteworthy, is the fact that this is all virtual and doesn’t require the user or the business to invest in expensive hardware, and it takes away the additional drain of the need to have a dedicate team to manage the server, the data-security, the integrity of the connection, the technical outages, and other such issues that normally come along with having an on-site server. Besides a host of other benefits, cloud technology benefits any organization very immensely by centralizing the data, and making it accessible to anyone (based on the restrictions/allowance set by the data owner) at any point in time. This means that multiple teams or groups of people can share the same data and work on it together.
This creates a virtual shared workspace where different departments or teams or task-forces can collaborate and work in tandem even if they are physically scattered across the globe. The time saved in this process is groundbreaking, and efficient results are achieved in as little time as possible. And this is how cloud computing has impacted the way organizations today have advanced technologically.
The systematic and well-planned approach of DevOps and the cutting-edge efficiency of Cloud Computing technology, clubbed together, has put into our hands today a spectacular tool that warps time and enables us to digitally transform our businesses in a few days, which would have otherwise taken us months or years, had we be relying on primitive technology.
DevOps & Cloud Computing – A Combination That Puts You Ahead Of The Competition, By Light Years!
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