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Leveraging Work During Lock Down

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

While lock down may be a struggle to some businesses, others adapted quickly and take advantage of the pandemic. Looking forward to the future, adaptation to this new way of life could mean life or death for many companies.

Pandemic or not, many companies seem to have adopted the work-from-home model. Facebook, Google and Twitter have announced that they do not intend to reopen their offices anytime soon, or at all. But is the move to work from home a long-term change, the beginning of a new trend that will change the world of technology for years to come, or just a temporary pothole that will disappear along with the virus? In each case, I have summarized the benefits of working from home, and how to Leverage DevOps during lock down.


Pay attention to your work activities

The crisis has increased the need to develop mechanisms for remote work and greater flexibility. Beside adjusting the new situation, some companies are having harder time to monitor their activities. If your company activates Amazon cloud, for example, it might still run and “stay behind” while working remotely. This mistake might cost the company a lot of money. Do not forget your routine operations even when you are at home. Moreover, now that the work is remote, more attention must be paid to security issues such as monitoring uninvited guests and security breaches. Remember to synchronize the information, and not leaving code snippets on remote computers.

Leveraging DevOps through the lock down While lock down may be a struggle to some businesses, others adapted quickly and take advantage of the pandemic. Looking forward to the future, adaptation to this new way of life could mean life or death for many companies.

Pandemic or not, many companies seem to have adopted the work-from-home model. Facebook, Google and Twitter have announced that they do not intend to reopen their offices anytime soon, or at all. But is the move to work from home a long-term change, the beginning of a new trend that will change the world of technology for years to come, or just a temporary pothole that will disappear along with the virus? In each case, I have summarized the benefits of working from home, and how to Leverage DevOps during lock down.


Increasing speed and flexibility

In an age of social distance, technology is almost everything we have. Today, five billion people own mobile phones, which can lead to speed issues. This is where DevOps comes into the picture. DevOps is basically designed for remote operations. It can synchronize and automate new software releases, adapt and change its environment. A necessary and important feature during COVID is flexibility. DevOps' practice that increases speed and flexibility is Continuous Delivery. With CD the DevOps team Deploys working software often, utilizes a deployment pipeline that is predictable and ensures that application source code is always in a deployable state.

Sometimes, deployment can be a lengthy process that can disable an entire organization in the immediate aftermath. However, with CD, team deploys more often, and the changes do not require the involvement of the whole team. With CD organizations can reach the market faster and provide customers with valuable speed.


Resolving Data Configuration Challenges With Platforms

As companies move into the COVID-19 era, they use additional applications that require frequent updates. To ensure that applications do not break down in production, developers automate testing and application applications across platforms, allowing this process to occur earlier in the software delivery life cycle.

By using a platform for adding and consolidating configuration data, developers can better control the application environment, avoid issues, and quickly fix post-deployment issues. All of this is possible by integrating machine learning across platforms to prevent incorrect configuration data settings from reaching production environments. With platforms, developers can improve the quality of configuration data and detect incorrect configurations through machine learning, and ultimately prevent software changes that cause breaks and incidents at extremely critical times.


Adopting agile

Companies need to make sure digital initiatives are built functionally, and integrate different teams and processes into the organization. This approach involves a culture change from a rigid IT operations team to a nimble DevOps team, which is perhaps the most important aspect, but often ignored by DevOps. In my opinion, the key aspects of agile is providing fast value to customers, and putting people above the process.

This powerful alignment makes it easy to achieve customer-related business goals. By placing people above the process, DevOps team members feel empowered to make the decisions that affect them most, rather than following rigorous organizational processes.

Conclusion

In a situation like the COVID-19 crisis, there is no clear timeline of when things will return to normal. If your company is not already using the cloud, it's time to start.

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