DevOps: Enabling Digital Transformation

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Organizations in the Digital Age must be more agile and adapt to change in order to quickly respond to competitive threats and innovate at the speed of business. As cloud-native companies use software to build new business models, digitally transform, and disrupt their respective industries, organizations are turning to a DevOps culture to even the playing field.

DevOps minimizes the friction among developers and operations so that applications can be built and deployed for production quickly and more frequently. When developers focus on building state-of-the-art solutions with better user experience or new features, while operations fixates on providing rock-solid stability for site availability, a gap may exist if both departments don’t agree on what is “good enough.” DevOps is a methodology to reduce the conflict between developers and operations so they can work in harmony. It requires a cultural shift so that application behavior can be addressed proactively rather than at deployment time.

A DevOps approach often uses a new software architectural style where microservices are choreographed together into business applications. Microservices are loosely coupled, single-function components, connected through APIs. On the plus side, these miniature, independent components let smaller groups build, debug, and deploy faster. But using microservices can add complexities to the application development lifecycle.

A key area that adds complexity concerns multiple development teams building, testing, and delivering these microservices. This necessitates coordinating the software build process and ensuring that all required dependencies are available. Maven is a build automation tool and platform that provides a consistent environment for every step from development, through QA, to staging and production. It hides the intricacy required to ensure that the infrastructure is updated with all the dependencies so that the application runs.

Another key area is around unit testing and the overall QA required when all the components are put together. Historically, testing caused some of the longest delays in projects and resulted in a very long QA cycles. Continuous integration is an approach that makes it simple to merge and test every incremental change made to the system, identifying problems early and minimizing debugging at deployment time. One popular tool is Apache Jenkins, a continuous integration service that automates merging and testing of working copies of code from multiple teams into a shared repository.

Register to attend our upcoming webinar on April 21, Move to Cloud with BusinessWorks Container Edition, to see how TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition lets you work with the Jenkins server for continuous integration. See how easy it is to use the Maven Plug-in build automation to remove the complexities from deploying applications to production, and view a number of other demos including BWCE + Cloud Foundry.

Unable to attend? Register anyway and receive a recording following the event. You can also request a demo of TIBCO BusinessWorks Container Edition here.