From being just another buzzword to becoming a serious trend that is here to stay, DevOps has come a long way since its inception. With constant improvements and continuous change in the DevOps trends, it is definitely evolving into something that the enterprises across the globe would feel comfortable adopting. Even today, half the organizations have second thoughts when planning to incorporate DevOps and align it with their business strategy. If the trends are anything to go by, then you will realize that DevOps will help organizations align their goals, improve their work processes and workflow, and enhance their profitability.
If you have already adopted or are planning to adopt DevOps in this year, then here are a few trends that you might want to watch out for and incorporate. Let’s have a quick look at trends that will redefine DevOps as we know it.
Shift to DevOps
For a while, the focus for most organizations stayed on Continuous Integration (CI). However, with the focus shifting towards continuous delivery and more time being devoted towards ensuring automation of the tasks, DevOps is a major element of organizational strategies. The focus will be more on the DevOps assembly pipelines starting this year, and if you are planning on incorporating DevOps, you need to focus on delivery and automation.
Focus on CALMS
If you are planning to transform your organization with the help of DevOps, it is time to focus on CALMS philosophy. Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement and Sharing together will help you integrate DevOps the right way, and reap the benefits from it. This shared philosophy will help your organization evolve and move in the right direction. You will need to focus on all the five elements at the same time to bring about this level of transformation.
Automation is the Norm
Automation is the key to getting things done on time and ensuring minimum wastage of your time and efforts. If you are planning on automating most of the tasks, it has become a possibility with DevOps. You will be able to fine-tune most of the tasks with DevOps by your side. However, this does not mean you need to automate almost all aspects of your business. You can avoid certain things that don’t need automation. There are the 6Cs to DevOps that you need to understand if you want to create an impact with its implementation.
The 6Cs Include:
- Continuous Business Planning
- Collaborative Development
- Continuous Testing
- Continuous Release and Deployment
- Continuous Monitoring and
- Collaborative Customer Feedback & Optimization.
If you have implemented the six Cs properly, you are ready to set forth with automation and DevOps.
Coding is Important
With the implementation of DevOps, the fine line of demarcation separating the testers from the developers will be diminished. It is important for testers to understand and know how to code. They will need to automate the scripts in order to test the different cases and scenarios for the application or software. It is important, starting now, for the testers to be aware of coding philosophies and they should have an understanding about automating scripts as well. Testers cannot survive on automating scripts alone; they need a complete understanding of how the coding is performed and what are the best ways of manually testing a particular code. It is therefore prescribed for the testers to learn to code.
Adoption of Microservices
If you are planning on incorporating DevOps, it is important that you know that it does not come to stand alone anymore. You will have to integrate the DevOps with the Microservices for the best results. They are interdependent and help each other improve the functionality of the other. With Microservices, companies can easily deploy new services and integrate the new features hassle-free. The microservices architecture intends to improve the runtime of the systems, and lead them towards efficient delivery.
Opting for Enterprise Versions
This is the other trend that you might want to look out for. Companies are currently rethinking their DevOps strategy. They are in confusion whether to buy or build the DevOps. It is important for companies to adopt the strategy that they are best at. If they are good with building, they can use the various readily available tools to do so. In case, they believe the productivity will reduce if they end up building, they should opt for the ready-to-use DevOps tools and platforms to incorporate their version.
Need to Make it Secure
Having secure and reliable DevOps is no longer a novelty; it has become a necessity. It is important for the software solutions to have a secure and highly compliant DevOps which will make their systems full-proof. Security is a standard requirement for the DevOps that are being released to the organizations in recent times.
This simply means that the developers working on the DevOps solutions will need to work harder on accommodating for the security needs and will need to process the applications and systems accordingly. This also means that the vendors who offer security and complete compliance will be chosen against those who offer minimal compliance or have not incorporate the security measures.
SRE will Become Mainstream
DevOps and continuous delivery are becoming the norm of the hour. More and more companies are slowly moving their strategies with a focus on delivery. The DNA of the operations within the core of the company will evolve as a result, which will call for a site reliability engineer. With their skills and their ability to collaborate better, the SRE will formulate your strategies, thus leading your enterprise towards productivity and increased efficiency.
Measurement of Right Metrics
What is the ultimate goal of DevOps for your company? and how you aim to measure it will help you define the KPI metrics for the DevOps. With the right DevOps metrics, you will be able to get a better visibility into the dynamics of your organization and will be able to focus your efforts on the right tasks.
Enterprises need to focus their efforts on automating the tasks and work towards enhancing productivity through continuous delivery. If you are planning for DevOps, it is important for you to have one or more of these trends placed into your strategy. In case you have already aligned the trends to your strategy, let us know how effective they were, and how it helped your organization grow.