Building a DevOps Culture

Agile Methodology

We help our clients embrace a culture of Agile DevOps with the mindset of “fail fast and recover quickly”. This has enabled our clients to reduce their time-to-live significantly.

Users stories are the key to ensuring the all vital requirements are understood, are stakeholder driven, and can be tracked from inception to fruition.

Continuous touch-points & demos mean no barriers between stakeholders and developers.

Agile methods allow us to respond to rapidly evolving requirements in real time.

Agile principles drive our most mission-critical web applications, databases, and content management systems.

Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)

Every year businesses lose trillions of dollars on failed IT projects. Usually, it is due to a breakdown between the business and IT teams. CI prevents bugs from making it out to the real world. Lower lifecycle costs by reducing rework and context switching. CD eliminates manual deployment and time spent waiting for “server deployments”. CI/CD breaks changes into small, frequent, manageable changes rather than large, infrequent, risky deployments. Keep ever-changing requirements in sync with releases.

CTAC employs multiple Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) practices and toolsets across major, public facing and mission-critical projects including Health and Human Services (HHS), General Services Administration (GSA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the Department of Transportation (DoT).

By defining infrastructure as code (IoC), CTAC is able to create new environments in minutes – even automatically. Code deploys are based on automated and triggered “events” rather than requiring manual processes.

Automated Testing

Test automation saves our clients time, reduces developer effort, and increases reliability by reducing the risk involved with ever-changing requirements and introducing new features.

DevOps is impossible without automated testing.

CTAC excels at implementing tailored, automated software testing solutions for our clients with tools like Selenium, Spock, Geb, Cobertura, and LoadImpact.

CTAC has been able to automate accessibility and device testing with tools such as RAAKT, Selenium and services such as BrowserStack and SauceLabs.

At CTAC, we know that line coverage isn’t the only metric that counts – test quality is vital.

We do everything from black box tests to full Test Driven Development (TDD).

We develop code quality and unit, integration, functional, and performance test suites.

We have automated reporting tools that analyze code to produce insights with every code commit.

Microservice Architecture

Microservices allow each vital module of a large system to be scaled, maintained, and improved separately and concurrently. Scaling only the subsystems needed reduces over-provisioning and costs, and allows for extremely rapid response to load spikes and consumer demand.

Microservices make applications more modular by breaking them down into smaller, independent, composable parts.

Separation of concerns is a boon to security.

Microservices communicate through well-developed interfaces which gives teams the flexibility to use the technology stacks best suited to the task at hand.

Microservices-based architecture is essential to getting the most out of your cloud services.