In modern environment, delivering innovative idea in a fast and reliable manner is extremely significant for any organizations. Application Delivery is a time bound yet slow, repetitive and hence cumbersome, multifaceted, and error prone process. In the existing scenario, Insurance industry need to better respond to dynamic market requirements, faster time to market for new products and services, and support innovative ways of customer interaction. Additionally, diverse and multifaceted applications, multiple client devices, extremely competitive market, and innovative and disruptive technologies are becoming driving forces for a new culture in application delivery lifecycle. The transition to cloud platforms gives benefits such as agility, scalability, and lower capital costs but the application management practices are slow with this change. DevOps culture extends the agile methodology to rapidly create applications and deliver them across environment in automated fashion to improve performance and quality assurance.
Nowadays, enterprise applications are so diverse and composed of so many technologies, end-user devices, open source and commercial tools that it is becoming difficult to manage application delivery life cycle for organizations while dealing with these complexities. Usually, application is deployed in the production environment when development team has finished all its development part and Operations team creates and configures deployment environment for the application independently.
Most of the time there is hardly any interaction between development and operations team. In addition to it, in traditional environment transition of latest application build across environments lasts over weeks. Hence, there is enormous waste of time in a typical IT environment with people waiting for resources, other people, new software or they are stuck solving the same problems over and over again. Execution steps are manual and hence it is likely to create problems because of manual errors. The complete process often goes down to the wire.
DevOps is an emerging paradigm to integrate developers with operations in effective manner that results into continuous delivery of an end product. DevOps represents an important opportunity for organizations to go ahead from their competition and build better applications and services; thus opening the door for increased benefits and improved customer experiences. It is a response to the interdependence of IT operations and software development. In DevOps culture, development team, QA team, operations team, and business owner collaborate to deliver outcome in a continuous and effective manner. The basic philosophy behind the concept is, faster you fail, faster you recover. It enables the organizations to more quickly grab opportunities and reduce the time to include customer feedback into new feature development or innovation. The end goal of DevOps is to reduce the time between the initial concept and the end result of the concept in the form of production ready application. DevOps aims to help such organization to rapidly produce or modify applications and services offerings.
Agile practices and DevOps culture across IT, lines of business and the entire delivery lifecycle, as well as across technology domains results into faster time to market. Organizations can now perform continuous integration of its code and verify the integrity of the code in early stages of development. Teams can also perform acceptance testing of customer requirements in the same iteration with development and continuous deployment into its development environment several times. Thus it is helpful to show the customer, in almost real time, what developers are delivering. This almost instant feedback helps to ensure that whatever is being produced will meet the needs of an end user.