With the deep rooting of the global economy, business processes are squeezed with a challenge to interact and handshake globally. Given this scenario, enterprise applications have become more complex and composite applications have begun to show cumbersome and shabby loading nature, failing without notice even after rigorous testing process. This failure in production systems happen in a complex heterogeneous environment because systems are interacting with external systems like never before. To create or simulate a typical testing scenario which is global in nature, where third party applications would run,is one way to test these applications. Yet failures happen as systems enter into new execution ecosystem where multiple systems race through highly buzzing network wires, where each competes to get its share, in fulfilling requests.
In this type of scenario, a new way of activation of business process is desired wherein, constant design, development, continuous testing and deployment to production happens. Teams should be able to collaborate and roll out constantly. Five major accomplishments should be achieved when the aforementioned activity is enabled. When enabled, industry is terming this as simply DevOps style or even agile. The five major accomplishments are:-
a. Being able to resolve major or minor errors, glitches or bugs needed to be resolved instantaneously and not wait for a new release cycle.
b. Teams should be independently able to roll-out business processes without much effort, and time to roll-out such business process should be considerably reduced.
c. Systems should be adaptable to changing business dynamics, positioning and strategies of the company and therefore,
pushing away businesses by giving future dates for activation of such business processes should be avoided.
d.Teams should be able to collaborate with distributed teams. Teams may originate from anywhere across the globe and this provision must be given. No excuses should be given to the stakeholders.
e. Bringing up a failed system in production or making it run during a failure, even by operations working with developments MUST be avoided and for that matter, production systems should ONLY be touched for any maintenance purposes. For such an environment to be brought up, a slight shift in normal and traditional approaches need to take place. While deployments do happen through methodical and process oriented way within many enterprises, it is important to note that, a stable ecosystem mentioned above can be brought up within IT, only if you adopt a different culture and be able to accept the CHANGE. This CHANGE, in the way engineering is doing design, development and deploying today, is rapidly moving towards what is known as a DevOps environment.
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