DevOps and Internet of Things
DevOps (Development and Operations) is a software delivery process that emphasizes on collaboration between developers and operations team, which includes managing product life cycle, developing software and operations professionals.
It also automates the process of integrating software, testing the product, deployment and infrastructure changes. The main objective is to create an environment where building, testing, and releasing software can happen rapidly, regularly, and quickly.
Before the advent of DevOps, the function of departments was segregated hence rarely cross-departmental integration of various functions.
DevOps has created a way to promote procedures and methods for collaborations and communication between development, Quality Assurance (QA), and IT operations.
Below figure shows DevOps as an integration of development, QA, and Operations.
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DevOps and Internet of Things :- The six reasons why DevOps plays a major roles Internet of Things (IOT)
- The evolution effect: Somewhere down the lane DevOps is going to happen in any form, as next phase of evolution from agile development to continuous deployment. The firm which embraces it through integrated, cross-functional teams are likely to have advantages over other.
- The Spreading effect: If the latest version of the software is being updated on servers on regular basis or continuously, hence the systems those are connected to that server and dependent of that software requires a frequent update.
- The infrastructure in place: As nowadays the systems are connected to the internet and cloud, it is possible to deploy and update software on regular basis in multiple field devices remotely.
- Software-defined “anything”: The functionality of the system is defined by the software which is deployed on the hardware. So when functionality needs to modified we need to update the software instead of mechanical or electrical changes.
- New business models and revenue streams: The aim of IOT is to make business models possible. DevOps has given a way to continuously deliver a new software update to sell the service that will generate revenue rather than simply sell of the one-time product.
- Greater productivity and cost-efficiency: A procedure that increases development cycle without compromising the quality through better, smarter, and faster way with a potential to drop down the production cost.
The evolution of DevOps from enterprise systems to IoT devices is exciting as IoT application and device developers are under huge pressure to develop quality solutions and meet the expectations of the public.
The use of IoT system is to be extended for many years, hence development and operations teams need to work together for complete lifecycle.
Industries those meets these challenges gain the advantage over other as the transition to DevOps seems to be the solution for this new environment.
This integrated approach will enable cross-functional collaboration in a vertical model as shown in below figure.
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IoT devices will have lifecycle beyond “deploy, break and fix, and retire”. DevOps will enable organizations in the best position to think of the opportunity.
Since the lines between software development and operation beginning to disappear, so too must this organizational line that separate system developers from system operators.
The DevOps has been proved at the enterprise level and is growing toward gateways and edge devices to meet the development challenges and managing the IoT systems.
The technology platform that integrates system development, QA and testing, deployment, and management can provide the required infrastructure for employing DevOps, empowering cross-functional teams to increase the productivity by maintaining quality and augmenting reliability of the system in the field.
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