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In the IT landscape, revolution happens rapidly. Businesses and their adoption of the latest trends in technology is a continuous process with no end in sight. The concept of DevOps is one such trend that has been implemented worldwide and helped transition organizational processes. And lately, NoOps has been making quite some noise in the IT sector.

In this article, we will understand the purpose of NoOps, how to start this journey and what makes it stand out from DevOps.

What does NoOps mean?

Before we look into what NoOps is, let’s brush up on the concept of DevOps first. DevOps is a collaboration of the operations and the development teams to work together to shorten the delivery cycles, continuously innovate, and work towards improving the software product quality.

And on the other hand, NoOps or No Operations is a relatively new concept. In NoOps, organizations need to aim at automating the operational processes entirely using the latest technologies like AI, Cloud, and Machine Learning. So much that there should be no need for an in-house operations team performing routine manual tasks. Instead, NoOps pushes the team to work on other innovations and development activities that help the business grow.

The NoOps process aims to reduce the infrastructural maintenance issues that developers or operators look after. This is so that more focus can be on improving the product quality through continuous innovations and delivery alone. If NoOps is implemented successfully, there would be no manual interventions needed with the infrastructure, as it would be taken care of automatically. Thus, NoOps helps reduce operational costs and human efforts significantly.

DevOps vs. NoOps – The Key Differentiators

Since we’ve already looked into what the concepts of NoOps and DevOps mean, let’s briefly look into their key differentiators to gain a much better understanding.

NoOps DevOps
NopOps is an exclusion of operations. DevOps is a collaboration of teams, tools, and processes.
NoOps aims at automating all infrastructural operations. DevOps aims at promoting the delivery of common objectives through the union of Dev and Ops.
No need for in-house operations or maintenance staff. Requires a Dev+Ops team that looks into operations alongside developments.
Does not require additional IT skills once the automation is completed. DevOps needs sufficient IT expertise and DevOps engineers to sustain.

This does not mean that it is the end of the DevOps era. DevOps is indeed a continuous process with an end goal of delivering high-quality applications in time. With NoOps, the goal is to minimize manual interventions and make everything deployable by design through automation.

Shifting to a Culture of NoOps

Transitioning the software development culture in an organization to implement the NoOps model is a whole different ball game. It requires a thorough analysis of the systems and resources, owing to the fact that NoOps is a rather new concept for many.

Here are the mandatory steps to be taken on the journey to NoOps.

1. Using the right tools

To enable smoother automation, the right use of automation tools enables development teams to fast-track their changes and deploy. The IT teams need to be trained to have a clear understanding of how these tools and technologies are used and any change in roles when the new NoOps model is adopted.

Tools based on AI and Machine learning are most beneficial while implementing the NoOps model, thanks to their problem identification and automation capabilities.

2. Shift quality to the left

Shift left is a well-known process followed in software delivery, where defects are pre-identified and prevented from happening in the later stages of development. And shifting quality to the left ideally means making sure the quality of the software under the development stage is as good as the final software product used by customers.

This ensures minimal human intervention in maintaining the software once it’s in production and enables higher customer satisfaction too as the application is available at all times.

3. Use of cloud platforms and managed services

Managed services typically are designed to handle everyday operations of the in-production applications, thus reducing the burden on developers and maintenance staff. A managed service provider or MSP also helps maintain secure systems and network support. Hence, managed services would make a good ally of NoOps.

Organizations transiting to NoOps can choose to work with a suitable cloud platform, provided they support infrastructure management, seamless connections to the cloud network, and monitoring as key aspects.

4. Instilling a mindset of automation

The transition to NoOps is not immediate. Employees are to be trained sufficiently so they are well aware of their role changes and day-to-day task upgrades. The goal of NoOps should be to create a work culture and a mindset where automation is the top focus. And when the process and people are in-sync, the delivery of new services or applications can be accelerated tremendously.

5. Getting the stakeholders on-board

Getting the nod from the management and stakeholders enables an uninterrupted journey to NoOps, as there would be no managemental disagreements to attend to at later stages. Organizations with ambitious NoOps goals need ample support from all the relevant stakeholders so that there is a clear understanding of all concepts and deliverables between all the parties.

6. Find the right vendor for a smoother transition to NoOps

A suitable technology partner can provide IT automation solutions along with numerous features and expert approaches for NoOps. They can help understand the business needs, analyze environments, and design automation solutions based on them. Partners can also provide the right IT automation platforms and suggest the right tools and technology that help further optimize the systems and accelerate software delivery. This helps the development teams to focus more on innovations.

2022 is by far the best year to embark on the NoOps journey since automation is playing a crucial role in the growth of an organization – both in terms of software development and delivery.

With Pratiti Tech, the software product services and solutions expert, get the exact strategies and tactics from our NoOps experts to make an informed decision to execute NoOps.

Contact us today and take the first step towards transformation.

Nitin Tappe

After successful stint in a corporate role, Nitin is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Nitin is a postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 24 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.

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