DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION– THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF EVERY BUSINESS

In this fast-paced, ever-evolving digital world, every business should undergo the digital transformation to survive in the market. Be it manufacturing or software, organizations are shifting to digital so as to meet the demands of their connected customers. Whether it is Uber which is redefining urban transportation or Amazon which is redefining the shopping experience through Amazon Go shops, companies are innovating much faster than ever before with the help of technology.

Data is the key to every business and in recent years the amount of data generated by various organizations, systems, and consumers has increased manifold.

According to IDC report, the amount of data globally will grow from 4.4 zettabytes today to around 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) by 2020.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IS BEING DRIVEN BY THREE FORCES:

Technology Drives Innovation

The incredible pace of innovations in technology helps the companies to engage with their customers in several ways. Technology is the key factor for driving innovation in all business processes and services.

Rising Customer Demand

Due to increasing choices of tech-enabled business services, customers can opt for any number of brands they want, and this trend continues to grow. If the customer doesn’t get the desired service they demand, they can opt for another new brand with the click of a button.

Rising Competitiveness

Tech advancements combined with rising customer demand is increasing competitiveness in all industries. Today every firm faces the possibility of digital disruption from competitors who are smart and can entice customers with new innovative services.

According to Ericsson, in 2015, there were around 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally and this number is likely to increase over 6.1 billion by 2020, creating even more data.

APPLICATIONS ARE KEY TO DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SUCCESS

Applications are the key to all the above-mentioned forces of Digital transformation. Whether B2B applications or B2C applications like healthcare monitoring services, applications bring technology to life. Applications empower customers to interact with brands as per their needs, and allow innovative startups to compete against established players quickly.

WHAT MAKES AN APPLICATION SUCCESSFUL?

The success of any application lies in its software strategy. The traditional Waterfall methodology of building and delivering software has become outdated. Waterfall methodology usually involved Dev, QA, and Ops functioning as separate teams which resulted in information silos. Due to this, the entire software development process was prone to failure and was extremely ineffective.

With Agile methodologies, applications are more nimble, intuitive, lighter and faster than their outdated counterparts. This is due to the emergence of web apps and mobile apps.

Companies need a more collaborative approach to build mobile apps and web apps. For this, software development lifecycle has to be optimized to cater to shorter release cycles. This is where DevOps comes into play.

DEVOPS- CRUCIAL FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION SUCCESS

DevOps reassures agility and continuous delivery of product in line with customer demands without compromising quality. While there are many definitions of what DevOps is, basically it’s about ensuring that your business can release products at a speed that meets your customer’s needs and that each release delivers quality.

The Waterfall method focused exclusively on development at the expense of QA, Ops, and even business priorities. DevOps unites these functions across the pipeline because it involves all the teams across the organization working together.

CULTURE – FAIL FORWARD, FAIL FAST

DevOps eliminates silos between all the teams and helps in collaboration from planning to delivery of the software application. This would be difficult in a Waterfall setup.

DevOps achieves this by adopting a fail forward, fail fast culture. This requires teams to closely work together and deliver a minimum viable product (MVP) quickly. Collaboration is the key differentiator of DevOps from Waterfall. DevOps is a fundamental change in culture, rather than change in tools or the processes.

AUTOMATING AND ENHANCING THE ENTIRE LIFECYCLE

With DevOps, teams need more effective ways to build and deploy applications. The best and quick way to do this is to automate the entire product development lifecycle.

Tools like Jenkins (Con­tinuous Integration tool) and frameworks like Selenium and Appium helps in automating the development and testing process respectively. Software release or deployment can be automated by using tools like Automic. DevOps is about enhancing the entire lifecycle, and automation is the key to accomplishing this goal.

LEAN – PULL VS. PUSH

This method was first executed by Toyota to make their automobile manufacturing plants more efficient. This method has been amended by software development teams and is part of the DevOps approach. It involves a pull system where clients define what you should focus on, how fast you should go, and what you should deliver, as against the old-fashioned top-down model of creating applications.

DevOps prefers a minimalist approach and use of fewer people, purchasing fewer tools, holding fewer meetings, streamlining all processes and placing the customer first in all processes.

MEASUREMENT – TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS

DevOps needs measurement to understand the progress of the software development. Application Performance Management (APM) allows you to monitor and measure the performance on the entire development lifecycle.

An APM platform built for DevOps should have Dashboards that can be personalized, scheduled, and shared easily. It should enable end-to-end monitoring of applications and compare releases. Moreover, it is important that the team be able to quickly evaluate how applications are driving success.

SHARING – A COMMON GOAL

DevOps depends on feedback sharing across teams and this shared knowledge across teams leads to continuous enhancement of all key functions of the business.

By sharing knowledge and feedback across teams, each team is more aware of their colleagues’ challenges and work accordingly to resolve them collaboratively.

APPLICATION INTELLIGENCE SAFEGUARDS AND IMPROVES DEVOPS ADOPTION

DevOps needs smarter analysis and this takes powerful automation features, and intelligent algorithms working actively. This is where an Application Intelligence platform comes into play. Application intelligence not just monitors different parts of your application environment; it also combines different portions of your application data and traces it back to your business objectives.

Application Intelligence helps you improve your software development lifecycle and quickly adopts the DevOps methodology.

CONCLUSION

Digital transformation is essential for every industry vertical, and applications play a vital role in differentiating between the winners and losers. To build a successful application, an effective strategy is important.

DevOps is the right strategy for creating successful applications. It brings all the business teams together with a collective aim of delivering higher quality applications quicker.