DevOps Supports Positive, Agile Development

What is DevOps?

DevOps is a software engineering approach that seeks to bring the development (Dev) and operations (Ops) teams together in positive, productive ways to maximize responsive design and smooth integration. The goal of DevOps is to establish a culture where updates and tweaks to user experience happen rapidly in a no-blame environment that prioritizes results and eliminates friction between the people writing code and those in customer-facing or IT roles who have to use and teach the software.

 

How Does DevOps Support Agile Development Methodology?

Agile Development is all about creating new features or code as soon as you know you need them and rolling them out in a reliable, user-ready way as quickly as possible. This process requires a tight, productive feedback loop between coders and operations/support professionals, who must work together to ensure quality performance, user experience, and consistency across a variety of devices and platforms.

Unfortunately, though, it is remarkably easy, given the stakes and nature of the work, for friction to develop between those two teams. Those in operations tend to have a “need for speed” because their service instincts tell them that issues need to be solved as quickly and directly as possible for the sake of the users. On the other hand, those on development side need to maintain a big-picture view that considers the overall unity of the experience and plans with an eye toward the future. DevOps is about ensuring both teams have a clear vision of the work, the tools they need to complete the work in a timely manner, and a framework that keeps collaboration positive while also prioritizing user experience.

 

Why Prioritize DevOps? 

Too frequently, organizations concede that glitches, release delays, and instability are necessary evils along the way to building the perfect user experience. However, the fact of the matter is that the right DevOps strategy minimizes all those stumbling blocks while also providing an organized, data-driven process for correcting issues as they are identified. By providing a robust platform and a documented procedure for that dialogue, DevOps empowers companies to release their software with confidence that it has been thoroughly tested and that the correct supports are in place to handle any issues that arise upon release.

When companies prioritize DevOps, they reduce their time to market and streamline the process of creating updates, patches, and tweaks. That means real, impactful changes to the user experience can be delivered in days rather than months, preserving user confidence and protecting brand identity. Additionally, an organized, positive, ongoing dialogue between your development and operations team extends the lifecycle of each development round and considerably reduces the risk of major quality concerns ever occurring.

Sofbang DevOps Rapidstart:

For organizations looking to embrace an agile, comprehensive DevOps strategy, Sofbang offers Rapidstart, an automated toolkit that creates a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery pipeline using a four-step process. Although the initial adoption sprint looks a little different from ongoing operation after launch, the steps are exactly the same:

  1. Assess: The first step is to determine your organization’s DevOps needs. That includes evaluating your existing environment to figure out what’s already working and what needs to work better with an eye toward developing a roadmap that will optimize the journey for your team.
  1. Configure: Sofbang creates the DevOps toolkit that your organization needs to ensure the ball is never dropped between development and operations and any future issues can be addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our team then pilots the system with your IT professionals to ensure everything works as desired.
  1. Enable: Once your solution has been configured, it’s time to build your designated DevOps team and prepare them for success. We provide 1-to-1 knowledge transfer to guarantee your leaders have the skills and understanding of the software needed to teach it forward to their peers and begin using the solution on a daily basis.
  1. Run: Now it’s time for the latest version of your software to go live in an environment where it’s being continually monitored for performance and proactive management.

 

After rollout, your DevOps team will work with our automated system to continue this cycle of assessment, solution configuration, training, and supported rollout. Once this cycle of development and integration has become an ingrained part of your organization’s culture, you’ll find your questions about what features need to be developed next or what aspects of the user experience need to be improved suddenly have data-driven answers and your team feels empowered to tackle challenges head-on.

 

How Will DevOps with Sofbang Make My Life Easier? 

With traditional development and operations teams, IT leaders often find themselves relying on grassroots campaigns from one team or the other to drive the next round of development, improve performance, or fix issues with the user experience. Sofbang Rapidstart immediately transforms this model, purposefully designating time and space for discussions about updates, areas of need, and exciting new features while providing an agile toolkit that reduces time-to-market and increases reliability and consistency.

In addition to providing structure and process to DevOps without sacrificing responsiveness, Sofbang empowers clients to be more mindful about their development and operations strategies moving forward, providing a feedback loop of performance data and human communication that can inform strategic planning, long- and short-term goal setting, or honest assessment about the success of the current strategy. An organized DevOps strategy doesn’t just streamline your time-to-market, it allows your organization to think and develop more effectively than ever before.

Sofbang Announces Availability of Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) using Jenkins and Terraform

Chicago, IL – August 3, 2018 – Sofbang, LLC a leading solutions provider and systems integrator of the Oracle Cloud Platform, has released their new Automated Patching and Deployment for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) using Jenkins and Terraform as an end-to-end Oracle Jump Start Lab.  In this lab you will learn how the implementation of Oracle E-Business suite can be executed in a few minutes using next generation DevOps tools as an accelerator. You will learn how to automate patching using Terraform and deployment automation using Jenkins, creating an experience that will enable organizations to reduce cost, surge performance and create an environment that delivers results.

Sofbang describes four major benefits of the Jump Start solution on OCI:

  • Speed – The Oracle EBS, Terraform, Jenkins Jump Start solution is provisioned in under 20 minutes.
  • Heterogeneous – Sofbang’s Jumpstart solution proves how any application or workload can be deployed on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure through Sofbang’s DevOps accelerator.
  • Reliable – this solution provides the most reliable way of provisioning an environment leveraging Terraform.
  • Error- proofing your environment, limiting the chance of human error and provisioning redundancies; thereby increasing your level of automation.

Oracle EBS Module on OCI using Jenkins and Terraform development Availability

Oracle EBS Module on OCI using Jenkins and Terraform development was driven by customer demand in the industry. Sofbang’s commitment to deliver the most up-to-date integration services in the fastest time; falls in line with their concept of designing solutions with Scalability, Flexibility and Extendibility in mind. Oracle EBS Module on OCI using Jenkins and Terraform development is available for immediate download at  https://cloud.oracle.com/jumpstart

Sofbang will be hosting a 30-minute live demo on August 23, 2018 @10:00am (central) giving the end user an opportunity to gain perspective on this integration as well as ask questions.

 

Register for the live EBS Module with Jenkins and Terraform DEMO: https://Sofbang.zoom.us/meeting/register/eff4c85948c660ea66858a512be5123a

 

Founded in 2000, Sofbang is a leading solutions provider and system integrator of the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Mobile and Oracle Fusion Middleware suite of products. As an Oracle Platinum partner and former BEA Systems, Inc. partner, Sofbang has over a decade of Oracle expertise. Sofbang specializes in providing enterprise customers with dynamic mobile, cloud and middleware solutions, enabling them to create, integrate and run agile, intelligent business applications leveraging the Oracle Cloud platform and Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. We design solutions with Scalability, Flexibility and Extendibility in mind. We call this concept Designed for Change. Our solutions help organizations reduce costs, increase revenue, enhance end-customer experience, promote accountability and transparency, and improve productivity. Our company was founded with the passion that comes from seeing clients achieve strategic success.

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Gayle Parker

773.208.0888

Gayle.parker@sofbang.com

For more information on Oracle EBS Module on OCI using Jenkins and Terraform development visit:  www.sofbang.com

DevOps – Digital Transformation Strategy

DevOps has evolved big time from a buzzword and has captured a substantial position in IT. Today’s enterprise applications are not simply released, developers do not receive real-time feedback on their code because of no collaboration between the teams. Enterprise spends more time testing, deploying and releasing software than designing and building it.

Businesses across the world are adopting DevOps and integrating it in their software development process.  DevOps simplifies building, testing, and releasing software/application. It focusses on bringing Development and Operation teams together and streamlines communication while automating the software delivery process and infrastructure changes.

DevOps brings stability and allows faster deployments with minimal risk of failures.

DevOps focuses on:

  • Continuous planning:Identify business needs, outcome, and resources.
  • Collaborative development:Development and programming.
  • Continuous testing:Unit, functional and integration testing.
  • Continuous deployment:A CD pipeline to implement code review.
  • Continuous monitoring:Check changes, rectify errors when they happen.
  • Customer feedback: Immediate response from your customers for your product

Prior to DevOps, the development team and operations team use to work in silos where  they remained unaware of project activities that led to problems like:

  • Lack of collaboration
  • Low productivity
  • High Failure rate
  • Increased infrastructure spends
  • Inconsistent Standards
  • Slow code deployments
  • Difficulties in tracking changes

Enterprises are adopting DevOps and Agile to deliver solutions with speed and agility. Introduction of DevOps in the industries has led to better software development and delivery. Enterprises are adopting DevOps to reap benefits like:

  • Reduced costs on development, testing, and operations
  • Reduced time-to-market
  • Improved quality and performance of applications
  • Increased collaboration between departments
  • Reduction in time spent fixing and maintaining applications
  • Increased Revenue

Organizations face difficulties in implementing DevOps and bringing teams together, integrating their respective tools and work cultures.

DevOps practices have been part of Sofbang methodology for over 15 years, our team has expertise in implementing DevOps strategies for our clients. We help automate all aspects of continuously integrating and delivering business ideas using an agile approach and DevOps in tandem to remove the barrier between development and operational teams, reducing application backlogs and accelerating delivery.  The team assess requirements, evaluate and compare different tools to determine what will be the most sustainable for our customers in the long run.

We use different tools to automate the Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. Our team is experienced in using tools like Maven for build automation, compiling the source code and running tests, Jenkins for continuous integration, Chef for continuous provisioning and management and SonarQube for inspecting code quality and perform automatic reviews to find bugs.

Organizations are achieving great results through DevOps. Contact us for complete assistance on your DevOps needs.

API is not a BUZZ word anymore

API is not a BUZZ word anymore. In the domain of information technology and agile development methodology, application programming interfaces (APIs) are one of the key building blocks supporting interoperability and design modularity. APIs, an architectural technique as old as computer science, can help improve the way systems and solutions exchange information, invoke business logic, and execute transactions. As you can see in below picture Data from simple to complex systems can be extracted and provided to simple to complex systems. APIs are playing a critical role in systems architecture, innovation, modernization, and in the burgeoning API economy.
API graphic

An organization’s assets were measured in various ways and today it is measured with their API’s. Data is the crucial entity and analytics build/derived on top of it defines/drives the business. Sooner or later every organization will realize this. The sooner you get this, the faster you can grow.
What accounts for such growth? Increasingly, APIs are becoming a strategic mandate. Reuse and recycle is the driving factor in any sector today. If every company is a technology company, then the idea that technology assets should be built for reuse seems intuitive. Reuse compounds return on technology investments in ways that couldn’t be imagined and this paves way for new horizons.
Every organization looking to grow requires new capabilities to manage the exchange of what is essentially an encapsulation of intellectual property. These new capabilities also make it possible to support the flow of information and operations across organizational boundaries, and to manage the discovery, usage, and servicing of API assets. Collectively, the strategic intent of APIs and this underlying enabling response represent the API imperative trend.
API management will go through a life cycle, the below-listed order might not be a thumb rule for all, but all these will be discussed while developing an API, these provide context for the overall marketplace:

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Meet the Chatbot, the Robot’s Little Brother

People are talking a lot about Chatbots, and will soon be doing a chatting with one and the primary industry adopting this will be customer service. Chatbots will help people converse with computers in their native language via a computer interface. With the rise of messaging apps, the explosion of the app ecosystem, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies, a fascination with conversational user interfaces and a wider reach of automation are driving the Chatbot trend. With the proper assessment of business rationale and implementation, there will be quick near-term results and longtime justification.

Chatbots will not masquerade as a human but will provide first and quick support – saving time and energy – for both the customer and service providers. These will heighten business outcomes and deliver superior experiences, and will continuously learn as they “chat” with humans, providing meaningful responses to any new queries and unique requirements over time.

 

An Understanding of Terminology Around Chatbot’s

Intents

Every person starts a chat with an intention. This could be anything like Check Order Status, Cancel Order, Return Item, Refund Status, etc. Based on an entry made by the user in the Chatbot, the engine will map that to a specific and discrete use case or unit of work. Above all are “use cases” that a Chatbot should support and from the free text entry that the customer types in, a chatbot will work out exactly which unit of work should be triggered in the background. Oracle Chatbots will break text entered by users into words and ranked against intents to respond with most accurate details.

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