The Role of Automation Within DevOps

How to Automate

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Standardization

Each step of the SDLC presents multiple variables for developers to consider. From ever-changing customer needs to volatile market trends, internal business goals, and rigid compliance requirements. This can lead to bottlenecks in the software development process, leaving teams siloed with no consistent workflows. To avoid this, teams must adopt standardized processes, workflows, technologies, and protocols. Your audit will allow you to bring different teams together to decide on the best ways to collaborate and work smarter, through automation. Standardization, therefore, has a key role to play within DevOps automation strategies.

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Minimizing Risk

The automation of processes minimizes risk by reducing human error within repetitive tasks. Automation also minimizes risks by increasing visibility throughout the SDLC. By automating the issue tracking process, teams can keep a close eye on code changes as well as their impact on both existing issues and overall project goals. This traceability tightens the feedback loop between the various teams, allowing any code issues to be spotted and rectified straightaway.

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Test Automation

Automating the testing process is another key factor within DevOps that helps to minimize risk, whilst boosting the overall quality of software. It’s the backbone of the standardization process which acts to increase the success rate of these efforts. As well as improving the overall quality, test automation increases the reusability and reliability of every component which ultimately saves money on maintenance and upgrades. Access to real-time, automated testing will allow teams again to focus on development which has an impact on your entire organization. All in all, test automation is great for businesses to adapt to situations in an agile way whilst increasing their growth opportunities.

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Enabling CI/CD

This culture of automation and constant testing holds the key that opens the door to Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. Automated continuous testing and processes allow teams to release frequent changes to customers. That’s because automation ensures that the correct tests, code changes, data, and software builds are delivered to the correct target environments within the SDLC. Automation is crucial for continuous testing and CI/CD pipelines within DevOps environments.

Beware of Over- and Under-Automating

Over-automation is a mistake that many businesses make when first embarking on their journey, as they take agile to an extreme. It’s important to remember that automation within DevOps is all about taking manual processes and using technology to make them consistently repeatable. It’s, unfortunately, not a silver bullet that’s going to fix the flaws within processes. So, if you try to automate a bad process, it will just make the process happen faster and result in automation waste — without solving the root problem.

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