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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Sofbang Receives 2017 ODTUG Innovation Award Honorable Mention

Sofbang and Oracle joined forces to help Rogers Group (RGI) pave the way to more profitable highway construction by combining AuraPlayer and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service into a platform for mobile app development and also solving a longstanding EBS issue.  Our innovative, exceptional and ahead-of-the-curve application for Oracle development tools that “stood out as an example of the next big thing in Oracle technology” earned RGI an Honorable Mention from the ODTUG at this years Innovation Awards.

The ODTUG Innovation Award honors excellence in creative, effective, innovative use of Oracle development tools within ODTUG’s supported communities (ADF, APEX, BI, Database, and EPM). The goal of the award is to honor developers – individuals or teams – whose passion and creativity shines through in their application of Oracle technology to address real-world problems.

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