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The Role of DevOps in Software Testing: A Reality Check

Ankita Hariyani

Digital Revolution throttling at full speed demands ubiquitous access to digital content coupled with a seamless user experience.

For instance, a stock market application that crashes and gets inaccessible for hours at peak time could be an unpleasant experience that will prompt an uninstall and a negative review. There are chances that users might want to check the latest market trend not just once but possibly every few minutes across any device. This scenario pretty much sums up the situation for any application currently available for download today.

When you are an IT service provider, the stakes are much higher. A broken code or a nasty bug, it must be fixed at once – not in weeks or even days. However, faster delivery of an application with uncompromised quality challenges operations, application development and delivery teams.

Unexpected things happen

The advent of Agile delivery model did pave the way for faster software delivery; however, the development and operations team have still continued to work in silos.

What happens when development and operations teams are not good at collaboration?

There are delays, bottlenecks and it becomes a pain to solve problems quickly and efficiently. This mounting pressure on developers and testers to deliver scalable software and applications meant four things – Speed, Quality, Consistency and Security. Luckily, this gave rise to the DevOps army!

DevOps = Development + Operations.

Coined in 2009 by Patrick Debois, DevOps is the next-generation Agile software testing approach that creates a unified platform to enhance the software delivery process.

The Crisscrossed nature of DevOps drives all the stakeholders to invade into each other's territory creating a shared responsibility model backed by automation - Tweet This

DevOps works with the discipline, coordination and consistency of a fleet of warriors. In a DevOps environment, the responsibility of quality, compliance and security does not rest solely on the operations team. Instead, it is collectively owned by all the stakeholders involved in the entire service delivery process.

It’s like being on the battlefield and improvising your strategic approach with helpful insights while manual and repetitive tasks are taken care of by an army of hi-tech automated gadgets.

DevOps software lifecycle shifts everything to the left - beginning with testing as early as practical in the lifecycle. It relies on automation of everything while continuously enhancing the processes in the early stages of the SDLC itself.

3 Ways DevOps Is Playing Major Role in Software Testing
  1. Quick Response Time

    Trunk-based development combined with automation testing provides a quick response right from development to the final stages of production, all while ensuring the changes are done in a sequence. Since testing is done in an integrated environment, it enables faster iteration and feedback on quality build while avoiding potential development conflicts. DevOps facilitates continuous testing in a stable development environment allowing teams to focus on identifying and improving other quality indicators before final deployment.

  2. Continuous Security

    Previously, security and compliance were a part of the post-development phase. Adopting DevOps integrates information security in everyone's task as an automated deployment pipeline. In addition, running static and dynamic analysis allows testing functional behaviors, run-time behaviors, response time and malicious codes while the program is in operation. This practice helps in proactively identifying security issues in the production environment.

  3. Chaos Engineering

    Software testing is shifting its focus from functional requirements to identifying and understanding anonymous non-functional requirements. Chaos engineering is an approach to take random destructive action in a production environment just to test the reliability of the environment. Generating chaos means randomly killing operation instances and observing system behavior. This practice brings more reliability into system and allows your team to learn how to repair a system when natural chaos like network latency or shutting off access to the external system occurs.

Which factors influence the adoption of DevOps?

DevOps is the need of the hour. The rise of digital technologies such as IoT, AI, Analytics and Cloud has forced every software-driven business to constantly redefine their software development and testing strategies.

“71% of companies are investigating, planning or actively moving to a more DevOps focused business.”
12th State of Agile report

One of the major reasons behind the adoption of DevOps is to accelerate the delivery of software by continuous integration and deployment while reducing lead time.

IT performance metrics

Top-performing organizations like Netflix and Amazon utilize DevOps practices to ensure that their software is fully tested, committed and deployed to production. In fact, Netflix reduced its software deployment time by just sixteen minutes, that sounds impossible, but it isn’t, provided you have the right DevOps forces to assist you.

Last year news spelled out that the famous car manufacturer, AUDI had to postpone the release of its first electric SUV 4 weeks later than they actually planned due to a software development issue. That’s because the embedding of the IoT component in Cars with seamless functioning software has now become a critical part of the auto business.

Such software glitches show us why we must emphasize quality assurance and software testing before entering the Market. Unlike traditional software testing, DevOps enables a cross-functional team to work in collaboration to deliver with maximum speed and agility. Agility with vision wins battles.

How success is measured

DevOps Software testing isn't limited to a specific team or a part of an application. It is a continuous process whether in a deployment pipeline, for security compliance, fault detection or functional testing to ensure that the software is regression-free.

At Cygnet Infotech, we standardize DevOps testing efforts with an 'entrepreneurial spirit’ to reduce your application time-to-market while achieving speed and quality. Get in touch with our experts at Cygnet today on +1-609-245-0971 or inquiry@cygnetinfotech.com to know how DevOps can be a good fit for your organization.

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Ankita Hariyani

Ankita Hariyani is a content writer at Cygnet Infotech. She has the technical precision, business experience and creativity to craft technically detailed write-ups with ease. She embraces her writing skills to condense complicated information into easily digestible articles for prospective clients, business readers, executives, and for those with an appetite for knowledge. When she is not busy writing, she loves to spend her free time singing, reading and writing poetry.

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