Technology Glossary Term

DevOps is a set of practices, principles, and cultural philosophies aimed at improving collaboration and communication between software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops) teams, with the goal of delivering high-quality software products and services more rapidly, reliably, and efficiently. DevOps emphasizes automation, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous improvement to streamline the software development lifecycle and accelerate the pace of software delivery.

DevOps advocates for the automation of manual and repetitive tasks throughout the software development lifecycle, including code compilation, testing, deployment, infrastructure provisioning, and configuration management. One of the key areas of automation is Continuous Integration (CI) of code submitted by developers to frequently integrating code changes into a shared repository, followed by automated build and test processes to detect and address integration errors early in the development cycle. This is followed by Continuous Delivery (CD) which extends the principles of CI by automating the deployment process to consistently and reliably deliver software releases to production or staging environments.

Apart from that, DevOps also involves monitoring the application performance, infrastructure, to drive continuous improvement. Overall, DevOps promotes a culture of collaboration, transparency, and shared responsibility across development, operations, and other cross-functional teams involved in the software delivery process.