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Today, I’m going to share with you a revolutionary methodology that has been changing the way we develop and manage modern applications: the 12 factors. Inspired by the books of the legendary Martin Fowler, these principles bring numerous advantages for developers and DevOps/SRE professionals. Let’s explore together the importance, gains, and advantages of these factors, and how they make our day-to-day work easier.

The Importance of the 12 Factors

The 12 factors aim to improve the quality, scalability, and maintainability of applications. With the increasing complexity and growing demand for cloud-based solutions, it is essential to adopt practices and principles that guarantee the stability and performance of our applications.

Gains and Advantages

By following the 12 factors methodology, you will be ensuring several benefits, such as:

  1. Agilidade no desenvolvimento: Projects based on the 12 factors have faster and more efficient development cycles, allowing new features and fixes to be delivered more frequently.
  2. Scalability: Applications developed with this methodology are naturally scalable, making it easier to meet demands for growth and traffic.
  3. Resilience and availability: Applications built based on the 12 factors are more resilient to failures and guarantee greater availability for users.
  4. Portability: The adoption of the 12 factors allows greater flexibility and cost reduction, as applications are easily portable between different environments and cloud providers.

How does this make my work easier?

The 12 factors simplify the development and management of applications, bringing benefits to both developers and DevOps/SRE professionals:

  1. Better collaboration between teams: The 12 factors methodology promotes more effective communication and cooperation between development and operations teams.
  2. Efficient monitoring and problem-solving: The 12 factors facilitate monitoring and problem-solving, helping teams identify and quickly correct any issues that may arise.
  3. Reduction of errors: The adoption of the 12 factors helps reduce errors and inconsistencies between development, testing, and production environments, leading to more reliable and stable software.

Companies that use the 12 Factors

The 12 factors methodology is widely adopted by companies and organizations of all sizes, including technology giants such as Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, and Salesforce. These companies recognize the value of the 12 factors in building modern, scalable, and resilient applications, and apply these principles in their own development and operations practices.

List of articles on the 12 Factors

Check out our detailed articles on each of the 12 factors:

  1. Codebase
  2. Dependencies
  3. Configurations
  4. Backing services
  5. Build, Release, Run
  6. Processes
  7. Port binding
  8. Concurrency
  9. Disposability
  10. Dev/Prod parity
  11. Logs
  12. Admin Process

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