Call it digital transformation or innovation, this is now a “must-do” for all business enterprises in today’s digital age. Going by the recent IDC report, “65% of the global GDP will be digitalized by the year 2022.” Rick Villars of IDC adds, “a large percentage of a future enterprise’s revenue depends upon the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of its infrastructure, applications, and data resources.”
Among the top industry trends for 2021, the shift towards the Cloud will continue to accelerate over the next decade – as will be business investments into DevOps automation. This brings us to the 2 core pillars of modern digital transformation projects – the Cloud and DevOps.
As explained by Jim Mercer and Nancy Gohring of IDC Research, enterprise-level DevOps teams must focus their strategy around planning, sourcing, development, and distribution to build innovative software products that can outrun their competitors. At the same time, DevOps can accelerate application development only through the agility provided by cloud-native technologies and platforms.
Why are the Cloud and DevOps critical for successful digital transformation in any business enterprise – and can they both be successfully leveraged by organizations? Here is a deeper dive.
Cloud and DevOps – The Pillars of Digital Transformation
Over the years, the global landscape for digital technologies has moved from the mainframe infrastructure to personal devices – and from in-house applications to the Cloud-based SaaS environment. Even as business leaders try to focus on digital transformation objectives like increased revenues and cost-efficiency, they regularly run into both technology and cultural roadblocks.
As correctly stated by Simeon Preston of Bupa Insurance, “the biggest part of digital transformation is changing the way we think.”
Technology-driven organizations naturally look at Cloud computing as the means to bring about their organizational changes. The proliferation of cloud service providers like Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services is empowering enterprises to move their business data and IT systems to a more efficient system. However, this cannot simply happen overnight.
The existing business processes, applications, and workflows must be first transformed and replicated to work efficiently on the Cloud. This is where an efficient DevOps methodology plays a crucial role. Evolved from the successful Agile methodology, DevOps accelerates the delivery of applications at the pace that is demanded by your business and customers.
Key Benefits of Integrating the Cloud with DevOps
Thanks to DevOps, business enterprises can design efficient Agile-based best practices that can drive highly effective cloud migration. As the integral pillars of digital transformation, the alliance between the Cloud and DevOps can drive benefits like:
- Automating business processes or the automation of business processes on the cloud that is error-free requires lesser time to market and reduces costs. Enabled through seamless communication and collaboration between all the stakeholders, DevOps can bring in practices like continuous delivery and integration (CI and CD) that can automate product development, testing, and deployment.
- Planning for higher capacities: Depending on the application needs, cloud services do allow upscaling (or downscaling) of cloud resources and services. If not planned properly, higher capacities can also lead to higher application load time and a poor user experience. To check application performance on various devices, load testing needs to be performed on separate testing environments (for example, mobile apps and websites). This can be facilitated through DevOps using faster replications of production environments.
- Faster deploying of applications: The collaboration between the Cloud and DevOps is also key for faster and continuous deployment of software applications to the market. While cloud platforms provide the required infrastructure, DevOps automates the deployment process using various integration tools that can work with cloud services.
- Orchestrating the Cloud and DevOps: While automation is the process of enabling tasks to run on their own, orchestration can be defined as the overall automated coordination of all automated tasks. Automation can speed up the software development cycle, orchestration is also important as it can maximize the benefits of the automation and returns on your investment.
How Heptagon is Delivering Digital Transformation Projects
As the associate company of Quess Corp (India’s largest private employer in the technology domain), Heptagon is a next-gen IT service provider that is enabling its customers to navigate through a complete digital transformation path. Our range of customized or ready-to-deploy solutions is a result of years of expertise in application development, cloud management, and DevOps.
Here is the approach that Heptagon uses for enabling its client’s digital transformation:
- Understanding existing business processes through consultation and workshops.
- Identifying the business problem areas that can have the maximum digital impact on organizations.
- Prototyping a product build based on requirements collected from various stakeholders.
- Developing and modular deploying a product solution with minimum impact on existing systems.
- Enhancing the deployed solutions through regular user feedback.
- Aligning business users to the stated organizational goals in digital transformation.
Business enterprises cannot achieve digital transformation by simply migrating their on-premises applications and infrastructure to the Cloud platform and implementing a few DevOps tools. What is needed is a complete and integrated approach towards the Cloud and DevOps in the modern enterprise. This coupling is necessary for the faster deployment of high-quality applications and processes that can meet changing market demands.
Heptagon can help you in your journey of transforming your business using a range of digital technologies. Want to know how technology can work for your business transformation? Contact us today.