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DevOps

Managing live enterprise applications, Azure DevOps and ongoing application support services is a core element of our award-winning customer services. Our DevOps process enables the tracking of each action and ensures continuous collaboration between our development team and you.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU WITH DEV OPS

The key to an effective DevOps process is that the developers are focussed on the ongoing running of an application.

We plan for the live running of our applications from the very earliest inception stages of development and automate as much of the testing and deployment as possible.

We can build scalable and stable applications for you using techniques like Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), requirements agreed as human-readable automated acceptance tests and unit testing.

Our DevOps Methodologies

Unit Testing

Applying quality assurance from the first lines of code

Our code is written with a high coverage of testing down to the first time a solution is created to ensure that the code is delivering what is expected of it. This allows a very high degree of confidence that changes made to one area of the application will not cause a bug further down the line, as we are testing that previously working code continues to work as expected. We make use of frameworks such as NUnit, Microsoft Unit Test Framework, NFluent, Specflow, Jasmine and Karma, among others to provide testing at each layer of the application.

Automated Acceptance Tests

Creating human readable UI tests

Unit tests increase the likelihood that the code will do what the developer intended but it is critical that the application does what was required in the first place as well! To help this, we write the specifications for our projects as agile user stories, accompanied by gherkin language acceptance tests that are easily understood by all users. These tests are supported with Specflow and Selenium to create a set of coded UI tests that perform the same actions as the user would themselves and confirms that the application works from the front-end as well as from the code itself. This also allows us to know that we have full coverage of the defined requirements before handing over an application for testing.

Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

Increasing the speed from keyboard to running application

The backing of unit tests and automated acceptance tests mean that we can deploy our applications at the click of a button and reduce the impact of user errors in deployments. Using Azure DevOps to build our code from the first check in, compile it to a deployable format, setting the correct properties for each environment and then deploying that code to the appropriate servers and server-less services in Azure means that we have consistency and speed to our development practices. Automating the running of the different levels of tests mean that we can also be confident that changes made have not broken functionality before it reaches the users for testing.

Why Ballard Chalmers

Ballard Chalmers’ Microsoft consultancy specialists will work with you and your team to design, deploy, debug or adopt Microsoft technologies both efficiently and cost-effectively. A vital requirement for minimizing risk in complex initiatives.

HERITAGE

We were established in 2005, though our heritage is much longer. We have over 30 years’ industry experience.

EXPERTISE

As software engineers, we are technical problem solvers. This is what we do.

MICROSOFT GOLD PARTNERS

Only the top 5% of Microsoft Partners have attained Microsoft competencies and Gold demonstrates best-in-class capability.

MICROSOFT CERTIFIED

Each of our software developers, engineers or architects are certified by Microsoft for their professional skill sets.

SOME OF OUR DevOps ENGAGEMENTS

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