During the pandemic, the speed of action has proved to be fundamental for companies in the world publishing sector: those who have been able to adapt their digital services have collected readers and revenues, in a sense applying in fact the convergence underlying the DevO methodological model

These are examples globally the Financial Times, which reconfigured its paywall to offer free coverage of the news linked to the Covid-19, or The Atlantic, which created a repository with all the data related to its COVID

The DevOps world, in fact, was born when the need for collaboration and communication between development teams and those of operation was becoming increasingly clear.

Combined with cloud-based services and applications, targeted investment in DevOps tools and processes helps publishers innovate, increase their agility and at the same time monitor the industry in real time.

Just a year ago Forrester Research recalled that the term DevOps was associated with cutting-edge projects, but mastering the DevOps technology landscape doesn’t just mean that we innovate faster, but also that we build the ability to continuously provide experiences that customers

Historically, the sectors of finance and commerce have guided the adoption of the DevOps methodology, but now the media industry is catching up.

According to Forrester, the percentage of developers who gravitate full-time around the media using the DevOps methodology with Agile increased by 56% in 2019, while the percentage of infrastructure managers implementing and updating DevOps

The constant increase in the diffusion of microservices, for example, was largely due to those DevOps teams that took the design and infrastructure of monolithic applications and divided them into smaller and autonomous units, so that they could be modified.

Bringing some of the microservices to the edge further increases agility by reducing latency of calls from the source, managing data complexity and allowing product innovation.

According to a reflection published by Akamai, who has his own methodological proposal in the DevOps field, for the media world DevOps represents the way to achieve different results.

The first, perhaps obvious, is the increase in agility. Now more than ever, publishers are fighting for attention with native cloud technology platforms (such as Google or Facebook) that often instinctively evade the editorial rigour that publishers instead maintain. If a DevOps team quickly reconfigures infrastructure, implementing agile dynamics, the entire publishing process accelerates and the industry becomes more attractive to emerging talents in the developer world.

The second is an increase in automation. In the publishing sector, budgets have been reduced over the last 20 years and the advertising crisis of 2020 has significantly increased the financial pressure. Process automation can lead to cost reduction, or lower service costs, with the result that no budget is taken from the editorial staff, editors or production.

The third is the construction of a better product. Most publishers are looking at other media or other revenue opportunities to secure a better future, and many of these options, such as subscription services, broadcast content or affiliates to e-commerce, will require new technological solutions. Even companies that have already integrated subscriptions among their options, need to find new hooks to prevent subscribers from renewing. DevOps teams will be at the forefront of development, testing, implementation and monitoring of these new services.

In this context, edge computing is the enabling technology for DevOps and microservices, as it allows you to perform services of websites and applications closer to customers.

Operating at the edge of the cloud reduces latency and bottle necks of the network that can result from trusting to a central location for all requests.

Akamai supports publishers that embrace DevOps, for example EdgeWorkers is a highly customizable serverless computing service that allows developers to use JavaScript to perform applications and quick site changes

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