The Future of DevOps – in 2018 and Beyond

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With the New Year nearly upon us, our thoughts turn towards the future. In a technology world where transformational changes seem to happen on a weekly basis, it pays to be able to look two, five, or even ten years down the road to better position your career or organization for success. This kind of professional foresight is essential.

When it comes to the software development process, DevOps lets companies deploy applications faster. In a competitive business world, it remains a key differentiator between companies. What does the future hold for this methodology that’s no longer the new kid on the block?

Here are a few DevOps predictions from DevOps.com to inspire your own thoughts towards the future of software development.

DevOps outshine Agile for Application Lifecycle Management

There’s no denying that Agile and DevOps are complimentary methodologies. In fact, we previously discussed how companies already experienced in Agile are better at adopting DevOps. As both mature, however, its greater standardization in tools and procedures is causing more organizations to fully embrace DevOps.

DevOps.com expects this trend to continue, as businesses increasingly turn to DevOps for their application lifecycle management needs.

Continued Adoption of Containers and Microservices

Container architecture – as illustrated by tools like Docker – and microservices fit perfectly in any DevOps operation. Containers allow the easy porting of code between development, QA, and production environments. This velocity is vital for reaching the Holy Grail of most software engineering teams – continuous delivery.

Microservices take the SOA concept to an even more granular level. This allows a development organization to easily scale certain portions of an application constructed using this architecture. Expect both concepts to play an essential role with any organization adopting DevOps.

A Stronger Focus on Cultural Change

Ingrained cultures remain the biggest obstacle to companies attempting to implement DevOps. This is especially the case at larger enterprises. As more companies become successful at DevOps adoption, those still yet to make that jump will focus more on ensuring company cultures sufficiently adapt to make the process easier.

As such, DevOps.com feels culture is the essential prerequisite to DevOps success.

DevOps Organizations continue to win the Race

Companies with a mature DevOps practice are able to deploy software 200 times faster than those who don’t, according to DevOps.com. More than anything, this cold, hard fact drives more organizations to either get with the plan or simply be left in the dust. DevOps cementing its status as an industry standard for software development is a logical expectation.

Data Analytics to rely on DevOps

DevOps.com predicts that DevOps will offer significant benefits to companies performing data analysis on their Big Data stores. The methodology’s enhanced velocity along with its sharply-defined tool set helps these organizations focus on finding actionable information within their masses of data. Automation of these processes also helps.

As DevOps continues to grow into maturity and standardization, expect its implementation to become easier at organizations of all sizes. Soon, new software developers will wonder how we ever managed to accomplish anything before its existence!

Keep coming back to the Betica Blog for additional stories and insights from the wide world of software development. As always – thanks for reading. Enjoy your Holiday Season!