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Agile Development Drives Enterprise DevOps & Public Cloud Adoption

Modern development incorporates blend of agile and waterfall methodologies

In the past decade, many companies have moved towards the agile method of development rather than the traditional waterfall methodology. Even companies that do not strictly adhere to agile development will usually use a blend of both agile and waterfall techniques. Agile development has many characteristics that make it more suited to modern technology than the waterfall method. Today, agile development is very closely related to DevOps and the cloud.

Moving toward agile development
Agile development allows companies an adaptability and flexibility that is simply not possible through traditional waterfall methodology. In a world that moves as fast as the modern tech industry, the ability to turn on a dime during the development process is invaluable to any company. The waterfall method requires a linear project schedule that advances from one stage to another while the agile method is modular and fluid. It is this same fluidity that ties agile development into enterprise DevOps and the public cloud.

DevOps strengthens agile development
DevOps, sometimes referred to as "development operations," is a method of developing software that operates upon a base of agile development standards. DevOps, like agile, is designed to allow departments to operate on an interconnected but separate basis. Focusing primarily on the relationship between the IT department and the developers, DevOps seeks to organize development in a clean and predictable way. Under DevOps, progress can be made on all fronts simultaneously. Communication is absolutely essential throughout the DevOps process.

While agile development is rapidly becoming an industry standard, not all IT operatives and software developers subscribe to agile. There are still some departments that still use the waterfall method and may not be inclined to change. DevOps allows all departments, regardless of methodology, to communicate with each other and collaborate. In a certain sense, it acts as a universal translation device between methodologies.

Growing connection between DevOps and the public cloud
While DevOps is not inextricably linked to the cloud platform, it is considered by many to be a cloud methodology. This is less because DevOps is required to be on the cloud and more because DevOps is so suitable to a cloud architecture. Both cloud architecture and DevOps are emerging from the same central need: the need to create increasingly adaptable and agile solutions. As children of the same basic principles, DevOps and the cloud both work incredibly well together. The business environment demands the agility that both DevOps and a public cloud infrastructure provide.

The continued popularity of agile development, DevOps and the cloud are all symptomatic of the changes being made to the IT and business sectors. The IT world has embraced the cloud as an adaptable, scalable and elastic architecture because the business world demands this type of architecture. Likewise, agile development and DevOps have become incredibly popular as the IT world and business world have needed to find new development techniques for this architecture. Developers and organizations will need to embrace these changes to the IT world if they are to remain competitive. Adaptability and agility are the new strengths of the new IT landscape.

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