There is a growing trend of businesses integrating the processes of Agile development, Quality Assurance, and IT Operations under a DevOps framework. This has resulted in an increased demand for DevOps tools.
Let us start with a quick 101 for those not familiar with the concept of DevOps. In a nutshell, DevOps is a fairly new concept the purpose of which is to align and integrate software development, Quality Assurance, and IT operations. Through a set of processes, tool, and cultural changes, it helps remove barriers between these disciplines to enhance the quality and reliability of software products, and to accelerate delivery.
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As an extension of Agile into the realm of Ops, it goes without saying that DevOps is more than just a set of tools or methods. Having said that, it's also important to note that like Agile, DevOps is greatly supported by adequate technology: a tool infrastructure that enables collaboration, continuous delivery through automation, and monitoring.
What makes a good DevOps tool?
Because of its close connection with the iterative and incremental framework of software development, Agile tools are often mistaken for DevOps platforms. While a good DevOps tool is of course inherently Agile, that doesn't mean that all Agile tools will work out in a DevOps environment.
In fact, very few Agile development tools are integrated or flexible enough to provide the full scope of featuers that DevOps requires, all in a collaborative platform.
The primary goal of DevOps is to break down the walls between the previously isolated disciplines of software development (whose goal is to include as many amazing features in the product as possible), QA (the guys that want to test everything and ensure the high quality of the product), and Ops (the team that values reliability over all). Therefore, a good DevOps tool provides insights for each of these three teams into the work of the others, and into the overarching product development lifecycle.
ALM to support DevOps
Such a platform facilitates collaboration across disciplines, and allows the automation of processes transcending these boundaries. Before DevOps, all this was provided by Agile Application Lifecycle Management platforms, so it makes sense that DevOps is best supported by the next generation of ALM tools.
These platforms offer all the features necessary to implement a system of continuous delivery based on collaboration and automation. As a leading Application Lifecycle Management solution, codeBeamer ALM is a holistically integrated tool that offers a feature set spanning the entire development lifecycle.
DevOps teams benefit from its BPM workflow engine that enabeles smart process automation, its collaborative features, and its many integrations (including tools like Jenkins, Docker, and Kubernetes).