Tools for Sitecore DevOps with Habitat Architecture

By Venkata Phani Abburi 4 min read

DevOps With Sitecore and Habitat: TA Digital’s Favorite Tools

Does your organization deploy mobile apps or rich web apps as major releases — full of updates and new features — that take months to develop, test and deploy? Around the world, organizations have decreased the time between new releases and increased customer satisfaction by implementing DevOps. With DevOps, your development and operations teams work collaboratively to build a constant cycle of creating, testing and implementing new features.

Implementing DevOps means that your projects never stop improving. We use the term “Infinity Cycle” to refer to the constant state of application improvement — and integrating Habitat with Sitecore is the best way to optimize and automate much of the DevOps process. If you’re using Sitecore and Habitat already, we’d like to suggest some additional tools that can make your DevOps environment even more productive.


During the planning phase of DevOps, Visual Studio Online, Jira, TFS and VersionOne are some of the most useful tools that your organization can use. Your development and operations teams should use the planning phase to collaborate on ideas and set concrete goals for the project. Only with concrete goals can you definitively measure the project’s success.


We suggest using the Sitecore Instance Manager along with NuGet, Bower, and Yeoman during the development phase of a DevOps project. When developing, you should look for as many opportunities as possible to automate repetitive tasks. Proper versioning is key during the development of any DevOps project. Use a central repository to store code versions and track changes in case you need to roll back a portion of the code during the testing phase.


Image courtesy: Team Development for Sitecore


Image courtesy: Sitecore Habitat



Image courtesy: Team Development for Sitecore


Some of our favorite DevOps tools for the building include Sitecore Instance Manager, PowerShell, AppVeyor and Microsoft Team Foundation Server. During the building phase, we like to use a dedicated build system to ensure that the build that’s already in production mode and the new build that we intend to integrate will remain separate until we’re certain that the integration build is free of errors and ready to use. The build phase also benefits greatly from automation. With automation, you can queue a new build for integration with your production build and delay integration until the development team approves it. When the development team certifies that the integration build is free of errors, the automation system can integrate the build automatically. If the development team doesn’t approve the build, the system can reject it before it reaches the production server.


Image courtesy: Sitecore Habitat


During the testing phase of DevOps, we suggest utilizing tools such as Visual Studio, Xamarin Test Labs, JMeter, and Selenium. Remember that testing a build isn’t just about ensuring that the code works and is free of bugs. It’s also about testing the user experience and the load on your servers. It’s also important to perform a dry run of the integration process to ensure that the integration will be successful before you push the build to a production server. We also test our builds on multiple devices to ensure that no mobile-specific bugs exist.


The most important thing to remember about the deployment phase of DevOps is that deployment of code doesn’t have to refer to pushing the code to the production server. The only thing that you need to accomplish during the deployment phase is to confirm that the code is ready for deployment and that you can implement it at any time. You’ve completed the deployment phase successfully when you’ve confirmed that an unforeseen negative event will not occur when you move the code to production. Some of the tools that we utilize during the deployment phase include Azure Resource Manager, Chocolatey, Octopus Deploy and PowerShell DSC.


On the production server, the monitoring phase never truly ends. There is always a possibility that bugs could exist in production code and that customers could encounter unforeseen issues. The best way to keep your environment running smoothly and maintain the best possible user experience is to be proactive about finding and fixing bugs before your users discover them. We believe that the top tools on the market for monitoring are Zabbix, Application Insights, Sitecore Log Analyzer, Dynatrace, and NewRelic.


Collaboration is the core of what DevOps is about. Your organization’s decision makers, developers, testers and customer service personnel need to work together to ensure that your code remains in a constant state of improvement, testing, and deployment. Your company’s departments can communicate by chatting online, sharing documents or through automated means. At TA Digital, we have created chatbots for Skype and Slack that enhance the collaborative aspect of DevOps by streamlining, and approving publishing of content. Some of the other collaborative tools that we recommend for DevOps include SharePoint, Confluence, Hipchat, Github Wiki, and Yammer.

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About TA Digital

TA Digital is the only global boutique agency that delivers the “best of both worlds” to clients seeking to achieve organizational success through digital transformation. Unlike smaller, regional agencies that lack the ability to scale or large organizations that succumb to a quantity-over-quality approach, we offer resource diversity while also providing meticulous attention to the details that enable strategic success.

Over the past 20 years, TA Digital has positioned clients to achieve digital maturity by focusing on data, customer-centricity and exponential return on investment; by melding exceptional user experience and data-driven methodologies with artificial intelligence and machine learning, we enable digital transformations that intelligently build upon the strategies we set into motion. We are known as a global leader that assists marketing and technology executives in understanding the digital ecosystem while identifying cultural and operational gaps within their business – ultimately ushering organizations toward a more mature model and profitable digital landscape.

Recognized in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, and 2020 Inc. 5000 list as one of the most successful technology companies in the United States, TA Digital is pleased also to share high-level strategic partnerships with world class digital experience platform companies like Adobe, SAP and Salesforce and possess global partnerships with industry leaders such as Sitecore, Episerver, Elastic Path, BigCommerce, AWS, Azure and Coveo.

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