Companies are susceptible to a continuous change in customer expectations or demand for new services in line with market changes. In today’s competitive environment, the ability to respond to change is the key to the success of any company. It goes without saying that IT systems that support businesses must be equally efficient in adapting those changes.
As a result, the IT industry adopted agile processes and practiced competent methods of software delivery. DevOps is an efficient approach to dealing with complex business scenarios in constant change.
Let’s have a look at an overview of DevOps.
Overview of DevOps
DevOps, the extension of the agile software development methodology, emphasizes communication, collaboration and the integration of various stakeholders in the software development process, that is, development, quality control, and operations.
Two key components of DevOps practice are continuous integration and continuous delivery.
Let’s understand the continuous integration and continuous delivery in detail.
It is a key element of agile practice, which guarantees the periodic creation and testing of software and the rapid issuance of bug fixes. Team members are required to integrate their work day after day. Each record is verified by an automatic construction that allows the early detection of defects. Because continuous integration identifies defects at an early stage of development, defects tend to be less complex and easier to solve. The use of continuous integration tools and automation test tools is typical in the DevOps cycle.
It is a concept that requires continuous integration at a higher level and extends agile practice beyond development in the DevOps cycle. Continuous delivery plays an important role in today’s agile age.
A continuous and successful delivery process reduces iteration, minimizes risk, reduces costs and accelerates time to market due to frequent releases. However, a continuous, easy, error-free and automatic delivery process are difficult to implement.
The Importance of Continuous Testing
The informed customers of today expect service without problems. The applications require connectivity and unique dependencies between processes, systems, and infrastructure. Testing several complex applications, products and services can be challenging because testing must ensure that high-quality software is delivered at high speed.
Continuous testing plays a key role in continuous delivery. It is suggested to use agile development methods and concepts for testing and quality control processes, offering a more effective testing process. Continuous testing requires comprehensive and automated test solutions that integrate existing development processes while eliminating errors and allowing continuity in SDLC.
Everyone is required to contribute to the entire value chain whenever the need arises. Therefore, the developer can configure implementations, quality control engineers can configure the automation test cases, and implementation engineers can add test cases to the quality control repository. All together are responsible for quality and must respect the dates of all results.
Continuous testing, when implemented carefully, allows for uninterrupted continuity in the delivery cycle. The integration of a fully-automated continuous testing process with SDLC is the most effective solution for a successful continuous delivery process.