A typical DevOps team consists of several people who collaborate to build and ship software. But it's not uncommon to have six to ten people involved with the actual work. When we build software, we are exposed to new technologies and new processes. This exposure isn't harmful, but it tends to make our teammates fight for control and insight.

You may already have a DevOps team. What we are now seeing is that CI/CD teams are gaining areas of specialization that include:

  • ArchOps
  • TestOps
  • DataOps 

The solution to this is to have multiple teams collaborate on a common goal. Having different groups work on various tasks and metrics helps the entire organization understand what is working well and where problems exist. With the information shared, we can come up with solutions and further our collective knowledge. This sharing helps the development team, testers, and anyone who works with the software become a more cohesive team.


The critical difference between DevOps and ArchOps is that there are multiple teams involved. As I've noted, the exposure to new technologies and processes during software development tends to make our teammates fight for control and insight. The solution to this is to have multiple teams collaborate on a common goal. 

Having different groups work on various tasks and metrics helps the entire organization understand what is working well and where problems exist. This shared understanding allows the development team, testers, and anyone who works with the software to become more cohesive.

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Another difference is that ArchOps is usually employed by organizations that are using a suite of tools that help automate some aspects of the software delivery process. The Ceph, EMR, and OpenStack toolsets come to mind. However, while these tools have been great for infrastructure automation, they have not been the most productive in software delivery. With ArchOps, we hope that all teams will adopt tools that help foster collaboration.


TestOps are tools for continuous integration and continuous delivery. It combines existing integration and testing practices with constant integration into a single product to deliver at scale.

Enterprises around the world have embraced a new DevOps strategy to help them deliver faster to market. There has been a shift from regression testing to continuous integration and testing; it's evident that the time is right to discuss TestOps.

Some of the popular testing tools :

  • Selenium WebDriver
  • JSFugue
  • TrueFuzz
  • Lint

Testing is vital to deliver quality. In this age of digital transformation, testing plays a crucial role in the success of a product.

Test cases are not being written but instead are being redefined with more automation and integration. Time-consuming and error-prone manual testing is now gradually becoming a thing of the past. Test cases are becoming more automated.


DataOps can help with the following activities:

  • Collect, store, and process data
  • Process, format, and extract value from data
  • Process data according to a defined set of business rules
  • Manage and maintain scalable machine-to-machine operations

Let's talk about the business process for measuring the impact of your analytics.

Back in the day, when companies analyzed the cost of a product's production process and product deliverability based on pre-orders and customer loyalty, salespeople had no role in this. To some extent, they still don't.

Today, with analytics in the development process, we can measure changes in the product's production, the consumer's buying behavior, and others. These analytics help marketers make better business decisions.

Similarly, in data science, machine learning and other data-driven processes are becoming very popular. This shift has brought along the need to have a clearer picture of the whole process to predict business outcomes. This broad view will also help in understanding how to optimize a cycle in the least possible time.

DataOps can sound very challenging, but let's take an example and learn how to run it.

Suppose that we want to use our Salesforce to send data to Analytics. Since Salesforce is on the cloud, we need to get this data from the cloud and send it to Analytics to use the correct models to predict the sales. In most situations, the analysts have no idea where the data is.

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Here, you can write a server process to send data from Salesforce to Analytics. When we run this process, we can observe the specific output. This observation will help in knowing where we are sending the data.

To use Big Data technology, you will also require some hardware infrastructure such as server, storage, network, and networking gear. So, you need to buy all the hardware and software and set them up.

In short, you need to plan, plan, and then plan some more.

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Next Steps

The continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) projects help to bridge these silos. Typically, developers work on code in a tester environment, with CI/CD pushing the software to the test environment and, finally, the production environment. But because of the large team and the work that goes into these projects, it's not uncommon for testers to feel like they get a bit lost in the process. This disconnect of the testers is where a problem emerges because it's impossible to track what is working and what is not.

Because DevOps is still so new, organizations are still figuring out how to deploy software effectively. But the two key features that any DevOps strategy should include are tests and continuous deployment. These two features help keep the code that developers write from becoming a living, breathing thing. They are essential in ensuring that users have the highest quality experience.

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About the Author

Matthew DavidMatthew David

Matt is a Digital Leader at Accenture. His passion is a combination of solving today's problems to run more efficiently, adjusting focus to take advantage of digital tools to improve tomorrow and move organizations to new ways of working that impact the future.

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