December 5, 2018

What Is DevOps?


What is DevOps? And, why are so many developers practicing it? Here, we cover what DevOps is, how it works, and how you can implement it.

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What Is DevOps?

DevOps is a culture or practice that focuses on a collaborative approach of developing and deploying a software. It requires the cooperation and integration of software developers (Dev) and IT Operations staff (Ops).

This integration requires a culture shift from how many teams work. It requires a culture that promotes cooperation and communication between teams. The benefits of DevOps are improved agility in IT service delivery and rapid, reliable software delivery.

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What Is the Role of DevOps?

The role of DevOps is to improve collaboration across teams. For instance, a DevOps engineer collaborates with IT developers to automate and streamline operations, development, and testing functions.

How Does DevOps Work?

DevOps works by automating tasks. This includes things like Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Testing. Ensuring an efficient CI/CD pipeline is particularly important. 

Here's how DevOps works.

DevOps Values

A successful DevOps team must be organized, work together, and adhere to best practices to envision, plan, develop, build, deploy, and validate.

The key to delivering high-quality software is a clean, consistent process for building and deployment.

DevOps Principles

DevOps principles are:

  • Iterative
  • Incremental
  • Continuous
  • Automated
  • Self-service
  • Collaborative
  • Holistic

DevOps Methods

Let’s talk about what we are planning to create — and DevOps methods required.

DevOps needs orchestration of the process to build and deploy the software in a consistent reliable manner. There is a heavy focus on the architecture, environment, and infrastructure. 

With DevOps, we separate the overall software into modules and deliver it in smaller pieces yet in an integrated manner.

DevOps Practices

For a reliable, redeployable DevOps infrastructure, we need DevOps best practices, such as:

  • Sound development practices, coding standards, and lean ideas
  • Test-driven methodologies
  • Processes to reduce technical debt as new features are built

DevOps Tools

We need right set of tools for every task. In the world of DevOps you need DevOps tools (like Jenkins, Ansible, Perforce, and Git), robust and reliable infrastructure, and a solid architecture. This is the DevOps toolset.

End-to-End DevOps

In the world of DevOps, you want to deliver working software with high-quality code that’s reusable, retestable, and redeployable.

Whether you’re a software developer or tester, following a process is important to achieve great results. 

Related DevOps concepts include the following.


Agile development is related to DevOps and often crucial to success. The goal of Agile is to deliver more value faster.

Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery ensure frequent code changes are pushed to the main branch without impacting parallel changes. More on CI/CD branching >>

Continuous Testing

Continuous testing helps you identify risk throughout the software development process.


DevSecOps adds security practices to DevOps.

More DevOps Resources

To learn more about DevOps, check out the following resources:

Getting Started with DevOps

To achieve DevOps, you need the right tools. 

Perforce offers tools that can help you get started with DevOps faster. 

These include: 

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