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The Edge of Test Automation: DevTestOps and DevSecOps

July 19, 2019

The Edge of Testing Automation: DevTestOps and DevSecOps

DevOps integrates with both the developers and the operations team in order to improve collaboration and productivity by automating infrastructure, workflows and continuously measuring the application’s performance. Developers write software in small chunks that are integrated, tested, monitored and deployed in hours.

This assists the team in increasing the frequency of deployments and improve the time to deploy new code. They adopt an iterative process to monitor, measure and improve the code on a regular basis. To check whether the code is working properly or not, continuous testing came into existence.

Continuous testing has its utmost importance and is being considered as a critical success factor and is also an extensive process than test automation, where in order to optimize performance, organizations gradually focus on mature application development practices and DevOps implementations.

Continuous Testing bridges the gap between developers and testers. Initially, developers complete their work and pass it on to testers, they check the code and if errors are detected, it is passed back to developers; and if not, then it will get published. Continuous Testing has some challenges such as it is difficult to automate testing for new features and automation becomes vulnerable with frequently changing the code. To recover these challenges DevTestOps was introduced.

What is DevTestOps?

DevTestOps is a combination of developers, testers and operation engineers working together in the same environment. DevTestOps is not just running test cases but also includes test development, automation, manual and exploratory testing.

DevOps and test automation strategies have already received a lot of buzz in the past decade. With this, the software was delivered faster consuming lesser time.

But organizations have noted that DevOps without continuous testing is an incomplete delivery as it may lead to the development of software full of bugs. Due to this DevTestOps is gaining more attention as it promotes collaboration among all the team members included in software development.

Starting from developers, operators, managements to testers and others, this will help in the delivery of high-quality software. When the software is released, automated test-cases are stored for reusing them in future releases.

How to Implement DevTestOps?

The team needs proper systematic procedures in place to begin the implementation. An appropriate test automation system is required with enclosing testers into the development team. To understand the product thoroughly, collaboration with the product team is also essential.

Client’s requirements must be fulfilled by prioritizing the work. Conflicts often occur between the developer’s point of view and the client’s needs. In such cases, the focus should be on the client’s needs.

For full implementation of DevTestOps, everyone must contribute their appropriate roles. Developers need to adopt a change in their mindset and style of working as they will be responsible for testing their code. Testers are expected to work like experts. Every team member must adopt new ways of working as it involves testing in every stage. Security is a crucial concept for implementing but is equally important. In order to add further security to the development process, DevSecOps was introduced.

What is DevSecOps?

DevSecOps add the security feature to the life cycle of application development. Earlier, the security role was limited to specific team members and was executed at the final stage of development. This was done when projects last for months and years but nowadays, they are delivered within a few weeks, so the security feature must be implemented right at the initial stage of development.

Now when we talk about a collaborative approach of development i.e. DevOps, security becomes the shared responsibility of every team member. DevSecOps is Development + Security + Operations.

Introducing some security tools for making the process automated is a good idea. Security is an integral part of the entire application development cycle. DevSecOps looks after the security of the application and its infrastructure right from the start. DevSecOps has an in-built security feature.

Read More: Top 5 Methods for Implementing Automated Security Testing in Continuous Delivery Cycle

DevOps Security being Automated

Integrate security with short and frequent development cycles with less interruption to operations. Be updated with the new innovative technologies such as microservices and containers.

New automation technologies have helped organizations adopt new agile mythologies for their business growth. Technologies such as microservices and containers are the most important part of DevOps security and initiatives.

DevTestOps and DevSecOps are expected to be the new buzz words soon. They add value to DevOps and help organizations grow rapidly. These two are new trending concepts of technology. TestingWhiz can help you understand them thoroughly. To know how these two terms can bring a revolutionary change to your organization, get in touch with experts of TestingWhiz.

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