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DevOps Trends That Are Reshaping Software Teams

Software development teams are ushering the latest development methodology into maturity as they learn how to deploy DevOps philosophy in the real world.

Cloud computing, mobile devices, automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) are driving increased demand for code. That demand has compelled many organizations to transform their software development practices significantly. More software development teams have embraced DevOps to meet ever-evolving and increasing customer demands while maintaining quality and increasing speed to market. Additionally, DevOps has changed the way teams hire talent due to the increased demands of roles.

With the DevOps software market expected to grow from $2.9 billion in 2017 to $6.6 billion in 2022, this trend shows no signs of slowing down.

The following are a few significant changes in DevOps practices forecast to emerge in 2019.

1. Automation Is on an Upswing

More enterprises are adopting one of the primary tenants of DevOps – automation. Automation helps software teams save time by taking over repetitive routine tasks. Software teams can increase productivity and improve collaboration between normally opposing business units.

2. Collaboration Will Increase

Automated DevOps testing tools enable organizations to standardize code that’s developed in different environments. Furthermore, they allow software teams to implement continuous customer feedback loops that shorten response time. With DevOps, customers can affect the development cycle in almost real time.

These changes can be dealt with much easier due to DevOps but it takes a new breed of developer to handle the speed of change. As Rohit Antao, DevOps Solutions Leader with IT Consultancy PwC, explains, “A lot of organizations have gone down this path, approaching it as a pure technology play—let’s get a DevOps tool, and life will be so much better.” Rohit continues, “Those efforts often fail. A successful journey starts with the right people in the right DevOps roles with the right skills—and a willingness to collaborate.”

3. More Enterprises Will Adopt the Methodology

Many software teams have embraced DevOps. However, only a fraction of these teams possesses the expertise to take full advantage of it. Nevertheless, experts forecast that more enterprises will gain a better understanding of how to deploy DevOps as they learn to work with cloud-based technologies, which naturally complement the methodology.

4. CI/CD Will Give Way to DevOps Pipelines

A delivery pipeline provides software teams with a complete visualization of the application from source control to production. As more software teams deploy DevOps practices, however, their pipelines will transform from classic CI pipelines to DevOps Assembly Lines.

DevOps Assembly Lines specifically focus on connecting and automating tasks worked on by multiple teams such as infrastructure provisioning for Operations, Continuous Integration for developers, automation testing for testers, multiple environments for deployments and more.

5. More Testers Will Learn How to Code

Already, testers who know how to code are in high demand within the development community. As more software teams work to deploy DevOps, knowledgeable testers will play an essential role in building automated scripts.

If you are a tester who is debating whether to learn to code or not, it’s highly recommended that you learn this invaluable skill. Understanding all the different DevOps tools and knowing how to automate test scripts will continue to play a large role in software development lifecyles now and in the future.

For DevOps teams, finding the right tester talent is critical to the speed and agility of their projects. This has led software teams to require candidates to go through a battery of tests to identify the right hire. As Lead Application Developer at Soliant Consulting, Nick Claywell, explains, “Put them in front of a computer and a recent bug your team fixed, something small and straightforward. Carefully observe how they address the issue, how they act with the development environment, and how they make the change. Ask them to explain their process as they move through their process. How do they get to the root of the problem? How quickly do they pick up foreign code? Jumping into another’s code isn’t ever easy, but it’s a very real situation that developers in teams face often.”

6. More Teams Will Use Microservices

Microservices enable coders to work with code fragments, free of dependencies and without breaking other parts of the build. The architecture makes it easier for software teams to deploy new code. Duly, teams will move toward microservices architecture to increase efficiency and reduce downtime.

7. Customization Is on the Rise

Many companies question whether to buy an off-the-shelf DevOps solution or build one from scratch. It’s risky for companies to develop technologies that are outside of their wheelhouse. Nevertheless, more companies will build proprietary enterprise DevOps solutions out of concern for compatibility and security.

As the DevOps field matures in 2019, competition increases in this already fierce marketplace. Increasing adoption of DevOps practices by enterprises will only increase this competition.

More enterprises want fast, ongoing development and reliable, quality performance. As a result, many will turn to DevOps to increase efficiency, productivity and output.

DevOps Will Continue to Grow

DevOps is the solution for meeting what once seemed like impossible market demands. Software development will grow more complex and automated. DevOps is the key to making the many rapidly moving parts work together in harmony.

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  • Interesting.  I think for larger companies this might work very well.

    For smaller to mid-sized companies, I'm not sure.  I currently "know enough to be dangerous" in all the areas we are using.  I like that.  It means I get to do the design work and the development work.  I am also a "testor", but we try to have someone else do that as well.  An example would be I would test someone else's code.

    A larger company I worked for did have a design specialist, developer, and then the design specialist would test.  Sometimes a customer test was needed.  This is different from that as well.

    I think with the different languages available, moving towards DevOps will grow.