Cloud computing is definitely the hottest new buzzword in IT. On the surface it looks great. Utilizing the flexibility that a Cloud shop can offer you will not only free up physical manpower, but it will also ensure consistency over time and greatly speed up your business’s development process.
While this is certainly true, it’s important to remember that there are some negatives that come along with automating development. Computers can make mistakes and, if there isn’t a strong central leadership guiding the direction of the project, the benefits of implementing Cloud development will rapidly diminish.
To help you choose the right development process for your projects, we’ve created a comprehensive list of the pros and cons that Cloud and devops shops offer:
Reasons to Use Automated Cloud Development
1. Efficiency of low-level or repetitious/monotonous tasks
Many tasks in programming are repetitious and don’t necessarily require a high skill level to perform correctly. Unit testing is a good example of this because it requires a very methodical and repeated pattern of activity that may take a great deal of time to complete.
This is definitely one area where you should consider using a Cloud service. Unlike an actual human being, computers will never get bored by doing the same task over and over. This eliminates the possibility for human error. It will also ensure consistent testing procedures and give reliable and predictable results.
2. Potential for much faster (and less costly) development
According to a recent study by the Evans Data Cloud Development Survey, it’s estimated that cloud platforms can reduce development time by an average of 11 to 30 percent. Not only does this have the potential to greatly reduce your total costs, it also allows you to complete and release projects to the market, troubleshoot errors, and provide updates at a much more rapid rate than previously possible.
Risks and Disadvantages of Automated Cloud Development
1. Inherent security risks
There have been several high-profile breaches of data security and there currently aren’t any 100% foolproof ways to protect the data that reaches the Cloud. Any extremely sensitive or business-critical information such as account numbers or passwords would be best kept on a local server with limited and controlled access.
2. Human oversight is still needed
When there are several groups of people and computers working in different locations on varied aspects of a project, it’s easy to lose track of the big picture. Automated systems won’t help with that, and they can’t adapt to any unexpected issues that may spring up. A strong central management is needed to watch over the development, maintain direction, and handle any surprises.
The single most important thing to keep in mind when choosing whether to implement the Cloud into your development is that each individual project is unique. Some situations can be significantly streamlined by incorporating devop automation that can free up personnel to concentrate on more complex parts of the task.
However, automation is currently not sophisticated enough to replace flexible, on-the-spot decision-making. Cloud computing should be just one of the many tools in your development toolbox.
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