4 New Development Approaches Made Possible with Cloud
The development side of the organization has traditionally took a waterfall approach to software development. This means that each stage of development gets assigned to a separate team for greater project and deadline control. This is a classically linear and sequential approach to software design and systems development.
Business' new high-paced requirements and demand for quicker rollouts, has meant that development needs to take more agile approaches. This is supported well by the elasticity of cloud platforms and their automatic provisioning methods.
While cloud has provided development the tools and capabilities to meet today's intense business demands, it also means a new generation of tools is required to manage the cloud's new dynamic qualities.
#1 Continuous Integration
Under the Continuous Integration software development practice, members of a team frequently integrate their work, even on a daily basis, leading to multiple integrations per day. To detect integration errors as quickly as possible, each integration is then verified by an automated build.
This means that there is a constant stream of changes transitioned to the production environment. There needs to be a way to comprehend the actual configuration of the environment to prevent potential issues and to investigate problems when they happen.
#2 Continual Service Improvement
The hybrid cloud environment is most appealing for the Continual Service Improvement process. Yet, if it is not implemented properly, then misalignment of business needs may result. This issue can be resolved in a timely manner through effective communication of KPIs, SLAs and Change Requests with external Cloud vendors. Similarly, this information also needs to be effectively delivered for compliance purposes.
In dynamics environments, IT operations needs tools capable of capturing all changes that happen in the cloud at the level of guest systems, virtual infra and cloud platform, and they need to be able to audit all application changes even across the cloud, including what changes have been made, where and by whom, to satisfy both company and industry regulatory compliance.
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#3 Continuous Delivery
The Continuous Delivery approach rolls out various versions of an application, allowing for feature toggling, selective releasing features to only certain users, for example this could be based on specific user characteristics.
For these rollouts, automation tools create models of an environment's configuration, yet only tracking the parameters that were actually defined. This means that you don't have 100% control over, leaving the deployment exposed to possible failure as it moves through environments, requiring a validation tool to check deployments.
#4 Agile Development
One of the new project management methodologies is Agile, for potentially delivering critical business value faster. Teams can re-evaluated project priorities on a continual basis in cycles of a week, a month, or sometimes longer depending on the project.
However, there are many issues that IT organizations face when it comes to the execution of Agile projects. One of the most common is that developers sometimes step away from the rigor needed to deliver successful IT projects, demanding a monitoring tool that will make sure developers don't make ad hoc changes to the environment that and impact performance.
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