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Understanding Continuous Intelligence in DevOps

Gursimran Singh | 08 February 2021


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Introduction to Continuous Intelligence in DevOps

As in today's era, IT companies are becoming obsolete by consistently failing to address customer needs and decisions. Continuous Intelligence in DevOps is a business saving technique. To help small and large level enterprises analyze data in real-time from previous experiences and use it to optimize incident response time, facilitate faster delivery, and drive the enterprise's overall growth. It is a machine-driven approach to analytics and sometimes Machine Learning. To continually analyze data and automatically improve development and operations techniques. No matter how many data sources are there or how vast the volume is, or how off the beaten track.
Continuous Intelligence is an AI-based, machine-driven way to continuously interpret data, discover patterns and learn what’s of value in the data. Source: What Is Continuous Intelligence?

It's about not doing this once but letting the machine automate it. Continuous Intelligence in DevOps is driven by continuous delivery that has enabled enterprises with predictive analytics, Robotic process automation (RPA), autonomic computing, and Artificial Intelligence in IT operations(AIOps). These technologies allow enterprises to deliver values, track projects continuously, and enhance overall performance.

What is DevOps?

DevOps is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that will increase an organization's ability to deliver applications and services at very high speed and accuracy. It improves and evolves the products faster than before organizations using traditional software developments and infrastructure management processes. This approach enables organizations to compete more effectively and provide better services to the end customers. Under the DevOps model, development teams and operations teams are no longer "siloed." This becomes (Dev+Ops=DevOps). These teams merge into a single unit where they work across the entire application lifecycle process, from development and testing to deployment and operations. In some DevOps models, Security teams, and quality assurance. Teams may become more tightly integrated with the development and operations and throughout the application lifecycle.
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How Continuous Intelligence Works with DevOps?

As many organizations are opting for DevOps as their methodology for software delivery. DevOps processes and CI/CD pipelines are producing a massive amount of logs that are difficult to handle by monitoring tools in a distributed stack. To detect and recover from the failures quickly and efficiently, the DevOps team requires real-time monitoring and analytics. To avoid any incident. These teams need monitoring tools that can provide them every piece of information with continuous intelligence- real-time analytics and visibility across the whole pipeline. Tools should be easily scalable, execute predictive algorithms, and should have the potential to integrate with existing DevOps tools. The main motto of Continuous Intelligence in DevOps is to fix issues faster. This enables the improvement of the delivery process and incident management workflows that will lead to more robust architecture and services. Now some ways that Continuous Intelligence will impact software delivery and incident management in a DevOps environment are:
  • Minimized Outage Time

Continuous intelligence unifies your monitoring, log analytics, and reporting to help you make better business and engineering decisions. Continuous intelligence enables engineers to optimize incident recovery time, incorporate faster solutions and improve software delivery.
  • Faster Release Cycles

Implementing real-time analytics and actionable insights from continuous intelligence throughout your delivery pipeline will help in release cycles. Identifying and monitoring new changes in the environment will help you to get rid of the bottlenecks and execute processes faster. By this, you can check on the success rate of your deployments like successful deployments, errored deployments, cluster health, and get insights into cycle times and filter out processes that are negatively impacting the delivery pipeline. Continuous intelligence also helps in the effective release of management tools that will help you deliver reliable services faster.
  • Broader Transparency

With continuous intelligence in DevOps, you will get real-time analytics and visibility into processes. This enables teams to analyze real issues in the delivery process pipeline. It also allows other high-level stakeholders and managers to track the projects' progress and analyze the values-driven by performing specific activities. This lets DevOps teams identify weaknesses and take necessary actions to improve workflows and performance levels.
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  • Improved Software Delivery

Continuous intelligence in DevOps enables faster innovation by allowing open feedback loops. Rapid feedback loops help quickly change the processes and develop more features aligned with customer expectations. Along with continuous deployments, continuous intelligence also dictates that some percentage of the roadmap should be devoted to ongoing improvements to current systems. This breakdown of responsibilities improves the reliability and speed of the software. This alignment in operations meets the dynamic customer expectations as well.
  • Proactive Working Environment

With direct access to the real-time analytics processes and data of your applications and people, You can analyze previous datasets and proactively detect the occurrence of an incident before.
  • Deliver values faster with DevOps focused Continuous Intelligence.

The ability to deliver maximum business values with continuous intelligence in DevOps is greatly enhanced. As enterprises explore DevOps' efficiencies, they are driven to fully automated infrastructure. To analyzes data with continuous intelligence- turning data into actionable insights. Hence, the right implementation of continuous Intelligence in a DevOps environment improves enterprises' overall capacity to address their software delivery and incident management quickly. It helps to analyze and correlate data throughout the software delivery process by providing real-time visibility and actionable insights faster.
  • Customer-Focused Software Delivery.

Hence Continuous intelligence in DevOps is beneficial for enterprises. To constantly monitor the changes in the environment and keep an eye on the whole cluster pipeline. It enables you to quickly understand the customer needs and understand failures across the pipeline. That help fix issues to improve software delivery.


With the integration of modern microservices architecture and the incapability of existing integrated tools across container-based environments, application monitoring has become more complex. Users now have become more time-centric and expect fixes and updates at high speed. With a prolonged time for bug fixing, enterprises risk losing customers to their competitors. Continuous Intelligence in DevOps helps small and large-level enterprises analyze data in real-time from previous experiences and use it to optimize incident response time, facilitate faster delivery, and drive the enterprise's overall growth.