Cycle stock inventory represents the portion of inventory that a business can sell and replenish according to plan, without dipping into its safety stock. Time of sustained high demand call for increases to the cycle stock to prevent stockouts, which occur when there is not enough cycle stock or safety stock to meet customer demand. Stockouts are costly as they represent lost sales and a failure of inventory management. Keeping cycle stock as low as possible saves money on shipping and storage costs, which is another key role of inventory management in a business.
The DevOps movement has changed the SDLC in some ways. Developers are now responsible for more and more steps of the entire development process. We also see the value of shifting left. When development and Ops teams use the same toolset to track performance and pin down defects from inception to the retirement of an application, this provides a common language and faster handoffs between teams. APM tools can be used in development, QA, and production. This keeps everyone using the same toolset across the entire development lifecycle.