The devops movement, as it’s commonly called by enthusiastic developers, is taking the world by storm, and we all know the two most central components of taking over any world: Monitoring and Automation. In order for developers to be able to handle sometimes billions of users at once, they need a software program that learns the game and stays one step ahead of users. Any problem that arises should be a problem that can be solved automatically, and when that fails, there needs to be a team that can find out where things went wrong (monitoring). Finally, analysis pulls everything together because this is how developers are able to see a common problem and how it plays out, so that the next time it arises, they’re ready for it.
Automation in the digital world isn’t much different than the physical automation that takes place in factories across the country. When business owners learned that they could automate the creation of a single product using large industrial machinery, factories quickly began to appear across the country, and the industrial revolution showed us how it’s done. Instead of one lone worker creating a single product at a time, the industrial machinery took over and began to give us some of our most beloved products.
Automation is front and center in the DevOps movement as well. This is because a software becomes more valuable to users when it is automated and takes care of its own fixes. How to do that is a subject for debate among most developers, but monitoring plays a key roll in this type of success. In order to find out how your software truly works when it’s in action, you need to see how that software is behaving during use. When something goes wrong, there needs to be a full account of it so that developers can analyze the chain of errors and discover how to keep them from occurring again in the same situation.
Software has moved faster than anyone ever dreamed possible. Things that were once considered impossible are now playing themselves out on a daily basis, but sometimes the innovation is a little ahead of the technology that brings it to the masses. This can mean buggy applications that don’t behave as they’re supposed to. A user opens it up. It closes down. And the developer’s job is to figure out WHY. And how can they keep this event from happening again. So there are important developer tools embedded into most popular applications that allow them to monitor the behavior of the software and improve upon it as users go along (Good example: Okay Google. When Am I On-Call Next?).
Time will tell how far this process will go, but we can all agree that automation and monitoring are essential components of today’s software. We need to be able to automate tasks so that they can be carried out quickly and without the permission of a developer. The software that runs itself is usually the one that’s going to get ahead in a very competitive marketplace.