The Benefits of Adopting Continuous Execution as Part of DevOps Processes
In today's software industry, agility and adaptability are key for survival, not only for software companies, but also for their customers. The ever-changing demands of corporations, mean that SaaS and SaaP providers must continuously adapt, innovate, and come up with better solutions. And the stakes are high, too, since software has become a vital component of nearly every part of the business world. Today's organizations rely on connectivity and cloud-based applications to deal with the challenges of operating efficiently with multiple sites and sometimes global distribution. They also increasingly depend on these to interact with their customers. The implications of failure to adapt can be catastrophic. A simple error in a program can result in devastating losses.
To survive in this digital landscape, software companies must transform the way they develop and release software and/or updates. They need to be able to pivot and adapt almost in real-time to their clients' needs. These challenges have brought about the development of continuous integration, continuous deployment and most recently – continuous execution. As the term suggests, continuous execution means that DevOps teams never stop, and can never stop, through the entire life cycle of the software. They need to be capable of rolling out updates and new versions as fast as they are needed.
Manage the Speed and Complexity of Tasks
Continuous execution helps manage complex tasks swiftly, efficiently, and safely. It enables organizations to operate and manage processes at a scale, breaking them down to smaller, more manageable tasks, which can be relegated to different teams or individuals. This, in turn, enables low-friction collaboration across teams, departments, and geographies, and empowers employee accountability. It also drives teamwork and accelerates it. What is more, because all actions are tested and documented, continuous execution provides decision makers with real-time visibility of the projects and invaluable data. Automation of processes means that development, testing and product release can all be performed at much greater speed.
Unlock Organizational Efficiency
Continuous execution maximizes organizational efficiency. The collaboration between developers and ops teams results in the creation of more effective teams, while the continuous approach dramatically improves efficiency and saves time. What is more, implementation of collaboration tools facilitates aligning all parts of the organization on goals and projects, and helps link strategy with execution. It also increases business agility and encourages DevOps teams to focus on the work that needs to get done.
Deliver Excellence Every Day
Operating in the corporate and enterprise world, successful organizations understand that the race for excellence is a marathon, not a sprint. High performance needs to be continuous, not something which comes around in peaks. Continuous Execution keeps employees motivated, and always at the forefront of their field. They can see their contribution to the company very frequently. But this is not where the idea of excellence stops.
Continuous execution also puts the customer or the end user at the top. It means SaaS and SaaP providers, for example, do not operate in a vacuum. Instead, they monitor the adoption of the product, or the service, or the update, collect information in real time, and already start working on solutions and improvements. In that sense, implementing continuous execution means a commitment to provide customers with swift response and ensuring top performance, and facilitating better business results.
In today's competitive market no software is safe, at least not for long. This means that software companies and their clients always need to be one step ahead of malicious parties, who would use any security breach to cause harm. Commitment to continuous execution enables quick response to new threats as they arise. This is important both for protecting organizations' sensitive information, and for ensuring that end users can enjoy using innovative technologies safely.