Would you rather know there is a problem in your software development process before or after the software is released? Avoid costly mistakes by improving your DevOps process with better data visibility so you can create a product that is delivered faster and with fewer bugs, and ultimately lowers costs. See how you can achieve this with Progress DataDirect connectors.
DevOps is a set of practices designed to remove barriers between development and operations teams, creating a cycle of continuous delivery and continuous improvement. Software developed in a DevOps process allows teams to reduce bugs in code so there are fewer mistakes to fix later. This, in turn, helps businesses be more efficient with developer resources, time spent on tasks, and overall time to market, which improves the financial bottom line.
But how can you continuously improve if you never spot where things are going wrong?
The efficiency gains you can reap from DevOps will be limited by your ability to easily spot trends in data—especially when that data is scattered across various teams and numerous application platforms.
Data from many DevOps applications, such as Jira, Aha!, TeamCity or GitHub, become most useful when it is brought into one unified reporting tool. Better manage teams, locate bugs, understand time-to-market, and ultimately save resources and money when data from disparate sources is visible all at once.
Day to day, DevOps teams write and release code that ultimately becomes software. But at a higher level, how does shipping a product or even closing out a sprint contribute to the improvement of the company?
Can you answer questions like:
No single application’s dashboard can answer these questions, but, when brought into one view, many applications’ data can be joined to find the answers. When data from multiple sources is consolidated into a single view, reporting tools, like Power BI or Tableau, enable you to get the full view of the data that is most important to you.
This enables the data to work for you to locate outliers and improve operational efficiency for a holistic view of your DevOps processes across the organization.
Once your data is connected to a single dashboard, you’ll begin to realize the myriad of benefits this has on your DevOps process.
Imagine a story or bug is created and closed. You then see how the bottleneck it had been causing resolved a customer case and their subsequent product renewal. Chain reactions beginning with the DevOps team add up to money saved by the company.
For another example, say your product roadmap needs to be adjusted due to an unaccounted for spike. Instead of guessing what this will do to teams and customers, a unified dashboard can show who might pick up the new story and how that may affect outcomes of other simultaneous projects.
Unified data visibility helps the business make better decisions.
Software development is a rinse-and-repeat cycle, but one in which we hopefully gain more knowledge as we continuously develop.
The positive long-term effects of continuous improvement are experienced in the business’ reduction of costs and improved use of the workforce.
DevOps should never feel like different teams and processes randomly stitched together.
Productive DevOps teams create and deliver useful software. Truly excellent DevOps teams spot trends in data to not only continuously deliver but also continuously improve for the overall success of the business.
Improving your level of data connectivity and data visibility can lift DevOps teams from good to great.
Progress DataDirect offers data connectivity to many DevOps applications as well as a variety of other common applications and data warehouses.
Contact us to learn how you can improve your DevOps data visibility.
Joelle Andrews is a Product Marketing Manager focused on Progress Customer Care. Joelle’s past experience includes two years with the DataDirect team and a decade of experience in other product marketing, marketing automation, and sales roles. Outside of work, Joelle loves hiking, getting lost in a book, rescuing cats, and traveling the world.
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