The concept of DevOps has been around for a decade, but it has been more of a buzzword today than it was ten years ago. The idea of combining development and operations was not in vogue then. Limited resources prevented companies to deploy DevOps solutions. However, the past few years have given us a clear-cut lesson that every penny invested in DevOps is worth it for businesses. DevOps is helping companies simplify their application development process, deliver faster and reach market swiftly-beating competition and fetching higher ROI with boosted business outcomes. Fast forward to 2020 and we are witnessing tremendous growth, adoption and diffusion of DevOps practices everywhere.
In this article we shall touch upon some of the crucial DevOps trends in the industry and what it takes to implement, deliver and adopt the DevOps methodology.
1. Automation To Become The Primary Focus
Automation today is the buzzword as it not just completes the repetitive task in no time,saving you cost and time but ensures quality product and service delivery with preciseness. Whether you're accelerating up the pipeline with your solutions, providing swift grievance redressal, delivering your services promptly, or reaching market faster, automation is behind it all. But you must ensure that you don’t have to automate everything but determine the right business processes to be automated!
2. DevOps Assembly Lines Will Take Place of CI Pipelines
Pipelines have been helping companies to track the development process. Pipelines display a complete visualization of your product from scratch to production. Everything can be seen from a single pane. However, companies are looking for methods to automate their complete development for faster delivery process. The trend is hence towards continuous delivery (CD) rather than continuous integration (CI) as organizations are putting all their focus in automating their complete software development process. This is where DevOps Assembly line comes into the picture as they bridge the gap between manual and automated tasks. Hence, in 2020, the trend is going to take the CI pipelines to the next level as companies will embrace the Assembly lines.
3. Increasing Demand For Microservices Architecture
Microservices architecture is the new entrant being adopted by companies today. They are independent entities and hence doesn’t create unnecessary dependencies when something goes wrong or there is a break in other systems. Microservices help deflect inconsistencies and fixes defects before they can affect anything, thereby helping in speeding up the pace of delivery and runtime. They are helping companies to make new deployments and addition of new features seamlessly. 2020will hence see companies switch to Microservices architecture for better efficiency.
4. Testers Are Expected to Learn to Code
As automation takes lead in DevOps software development process, modern testers with knowledge of coding and automating scripts will be a in a huge demand in 2020. Manual testing process will assume backseat in times to come as it is a time taking process and hinders the delivery process and ultimately the time to market. Automated testing process ensures speed, efficiency and reliability and hence testers with coding know-how are going to be sought after in times to come.
5. The Use Of Serverless Architecture
The emergence and development of serverless architecture has the potential to scale DevOps to new heights and it is thus expected to see a rise in adoption of serverless technologies in near future. This would mean that companies can now transfer their workloads in the Cloud free from the dependency on in-house servers. Hence, they can free their resources to focus simply on their primary role of application development, as servers can now be operated and handled by the cloud service provider, with the easy of pay per license module. The future of application development for companies with serverless solution promises business agility, cutting costs, speeding up development process, ensuring added resiliency and efficiency in the long run.
6. Renewed Focus On Security
Security is going to be an important parameter in coming times for DevOps teams to reduce any vulnerability associated with the development process. There will be a transformation of DevOps into DevsecOPs as the developers will be looking to ensure the security of their applications and make them error-free and bridge any loopholes. Thus, the trend in future is going to be an addition of an element of security to development and operational aspects of DevOps. The whole focus will now be to emphasize the security aspects in the development cycle.
7. Integration of AI & ML with DevOps
Finally, we have artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) - the emerging tools of the new wave of digital transformation. When you think about it, these two elements literally represent everything you want in the DevOps community - the ability to get rid of hours and hours of imaginary work and provide your team hours to focus on high-priority tasks. Combining AI, used to predict the effects of algorithms, and ML's ability to adapt to new situations will be essential for DevOps to reach the next level in 2020. Utilizing the wave of new developments around AI and ML will facilitate companies to handle large amounts of data to solve complex problems and help free up resources to focus on mission critical projects.
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