With previous topics on omnichannel and microservices, our series on digital commerce transformation continues with a focus on the basic principles of software development and software operations: DevOps.
Move to the Cloud
We are seeing the growing trend to move technology to the cloud; what was once on-premises is quickly migrating and organizations are re-examining their approach to technology migration. Cloud infrastructure, whether hosted or on-prem, we are seeing clients choose hosted or SaaS solutions to power their ecommerce. The market also recognizes the rising popularity of DevOps through the adoption of automation tools such as Puppet, CHEF and Ansible as well as cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud. The diagram below highlights some commonly used tools as well as a typical flow for DevOps.
What’s driving this explosion of growth?
Our clients are employing DevOps to rapidly and flexibly scale their infrastructure based on need. At the click of a button, new servers may be provisioned without having to procure hardware or wait weeks to get running. Organizations are able to quickly control and optimize their operating models while maintaining qualities of service and preserving security and compliance measures. Analytics/reporting and training are a beneficial result of many of these changes and ecommerce players are benefitting in a world that runs on razor-thin margins.
Through consulting, delivery and service management, many are choosing to automate and optimize environments with the immediate feedback of testing and Continuous Development Continuous Integration (CD/CI), with the goal of error-free deployment. The benefits extend beyond the technology and offer enhancement to process, operational effectiveness and faster production launches. The re-use of practices and the focus across disciplines can lead to cultural, operational and fiscal value.
While the decision to move to the cloud is based on multiple factors, a proper approach to DevOps allows many companies to focus their investments on business initiatives rather than IT.