Purpose of Document
Planning makes it possible to ensure a high probability and a high level of achievement of goals based on the systematic preparation of solutions. Thus, it acts as a prerequisite for the effective implementation of the project. In this case, this document aims to demonstrate the implementation plan for the transition to DevOps software. Its use is conditioned by the specifics of conducting IT activities in Hong Kong and the company’s desire to automate processes to achieve the best indicators of cross-functional cooperation.
The transition to DevOps software is implemented in Hong Kong, which has several specific features related to the IT industry. This region has many advantages that favor the development of innovative digital technologies. Consequently, competition among companies is constantly growing, but the number of possible ones is also increasing. The transition to this software will allow DigiSoft to restructure and improve its internal processes (Krey, 2022). This aspiration is due to the desire to meet modern standards of product sales quickly and without significant loss of quality.
To implement this project, it is necessary to identify the main groups of stakeholders. In this case, it is essential to highlight the top management of DigiSoft and its employees and customers. It is important to note that the transition to using DevOps software will allow the company to strengthen its competitiveness by improving and automating internal processes. This will allow us to sell products more quickly without losing quality, which is certainly interested to both the management and the company’s customers. However, there is a problem associated with the possible difficulty of employees switching to using this software. Despite this fact, with the competent implementation of the plan of support and retraining of employees, the company will be able to achieve more transparent and more coordinated work among the staff. This is especially important for employees directly involved in product development, as DevOps will significantly simplify the process of working on it (Onderdelinden et al., 2020). Regarding the company’s customers, it should be noted that the transition to this software will allow them to receive new products and updates faster and improve the degree of interaction with DigiSoft.
The main objective of this project is to identify opportunities for the implementation of DevOps software. This method assumes active interaction of development specialists with information technology service specialists. Another essential feature is the mutual integration of their technological processes to ensure the high quality of the software product. Thus, the project focuses on the standardization of development environments to quickly transfer software through the stages of the software lifecycle, contributing to the rapid release of software product versions.
It is necessary to highlight the following results that DigiSoft expects from implementing the transition to the DevOps software. Firstly, it is a report that will contain a conclusion about which type of software provides the company with the best results in the implementation of the release of projects. Secondly, the definition of the presentation of the methods used and the order of implementation of the corporate strategy in the company’s daily activities. Thirdly, it is the creation of a transparent system for evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of changes in work processes after introducing new software. Fourth, it is to automate the stages of the software delivery process by developing a CI/CD pipeline. Fifth, the definition of clear structural roles in the organization of corporate strategy through DevOps software.
The implementation of the new DevOps software will take place in three main milestones. First, it is necessary to make sure that the project meets the interests of interested parties. This will be done by presenting the vision of the project and determining the financial costs, which will ultimately be reflected in the realization plan. It is also necessary to allocate terms that will be from 4 to 6 weeks. The second stage is the direct primary integration of the software through the test model. The integration of this step will be carried out with the support of DevOps representatives and experts.
When implementing this stage, it is necessary to involve all involved employees and the Project Manager to study the automation processes of technological processes of software assembly, configuration, and deployment. It is also necessary to highlight the timing of this stage, which will be from 6 to 8 weeks. The third stage is the direct integration of DevOps into the DigiSoft operating mode. The main task at this stage is to make the software development and delivery processes consistent with the operation, combining them into a single whole using automation tools (Onderdelinden et al., 2020). It is also required to provide all the necessary information to the company’s customers about the innovations. The timing of this stage depends on the success of the implementation and is approximately 3-4 months.
An essential aspect of the implementation of this project is the creation of reliable conditions for the use of human and technical resources. The company will need to hire a DevOps integration specialist and developer to implement this project. It will also be necessary to provide technical resources for training employees. To use DevOps effectively, application programs must meet a set of architecturally significant requirements (ASR), such as deployability, mutability, testability, and monitoring capabilities.
Limits and Exclusions
In most cases, the limitations of DevOps integration are related to the project’s cost, risks, scale, and quality. It is necessary to take into account the factor that the integration of new software must be correctly calculated from a financial point of view (Krey, 2022). An essential condition is the absence of intersections with other organizational activities of the company. Moreover, company managers should adjust the scale of DevOps integration relative to growing or declining performance indicators. Accordingly, the emphasis should be placed on the competent use of automation processes while respecting the original values of the business. Furthermore, a significant limitation of the implementation of this project is the inability to calculate all possible risks and costs. This is due to the fact that when DevOps is implemented, almost the entire structure of the company changes, which can lead to irreversible consequences.
Communication is crucial in building a relationship between the client, project managers, and all other stakeholders. To guarantee that criteria are satisfied, project planning necessitates conversations. The customer’s suggestions must always be considered and respected in this instance. Thus, for the successful implementation of this project, a customer survey should be created. The essence of this approach is that receiving feedback about the needs of customers will allow the company to determine the degree of necessary changes, as well as their timing.
Krey, M. (2022). DevOps adoption: Challenges and barriers. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 7297–7309.
Onderdelinden, E., Maijs, M., Pondman, D., Nagy, B., Smits, B., & Quekel, M. (2020). DevOps point of view: An enterprise architecture perspective. Deloitte.