The Importance of Prioritizing Visibility in DevOps
September 27, 2023

Meredith Bell

A successful DevOps project requires the effort of multiple team members across a variety of departments, which makes it difficult to maintain continuous oversight. Failing to spot a simple error can snowball into a larger issue, causing a costly and damaging outcome.

These types of failures impact an organization in a variety of ways including expensive down time and compliance failures — and the cost of noncompliance has increased by 45% over the past ten years.

Total visibility is a major factor in remaining secure and compliant while optimizing the results of your DevOps products. Let's look a little deeper into how visibility impacts your DevOps environment.

1. Reducing Wasted Time

Unclear expectations, poor communication, and redundant work all equate to wasting your team members' time. And in business, we know wasted time leads to lost revenue.

Giving your team the tools they need to thoroughly understand their tasks while encouraging open and clear communication clarifies objectives and reduces confusion.

Thoroughly comprehending the entirety of a DevOps project helps ensure teams are setting up subsequent processes for success. Developers who understand the needs of release managers are better able to prepare a project for successful deployment.

2. Harnessing Actionable Insights

Code quality, deployment success rates, the number of active bugs all help provide a clear look into which aspects of a DevOps pipeline are working properly and which areas need additional help.

Visibility into these metrics through reports and dashboards gives project managers the insights they need to refine their approach.

Failing to harness these metrics makes it much more difficult to address failures, leaving DevOps processes clunky and ineffective.

3. Recognizing Errors

Failing to find errors negatively impacts functionality, creates data security vulnerabilities, puts additional strain on your team, and can lead to a loss of consumer trust.

In DevOps, the later an error is found in the development pipeline, the more it costs to fix.

Static code analysis is a critical tool that gives developers visibility into the health of their code and flags errors the moment they are entered into the code repository.

4. Supporting Data Security & Compliance

You can't fix a problem if you don't see it. And issues like coding errors, unauthorized access, and conflicting updates all have the potential to create data security vulnerabilities.

It's critical for organizations to maintain a contemporary view of the health of their IT system. This can be accomplished by analyzing automated dashboards and reports for anomalies.

Data security issues that create compliance concerns flourish when they are not located quickly. Having visibility into potential entry points is crucial to stemming these threats.

How to Increase Visibility

Continuous training and the utilization of intentional DevSecOps tools provide the greatest coverage for your DevOps environment. Clear communication helps reduce team member confusion while training gives them the knowledge they need to make adjustments on the fly.

Automated scanning tools like static code analysis provide the support your team needs to gather actionable insights. Monitoring dashboards and reports is crucial to overseeing every aspect of the development pipeline.

Visualizing every step of the application life cycle helps teams maintain a consistent view of where a project is and where it's going. These types of tools and processes increase release velocity and heighten quality while supporting security and compliance.

Meredith Bell is CEO of AutoRABIT
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