2018 Trends in Agile and DevOps

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2017 saw Agile remain a preeminent methodology for software development, while DevOps continued to become an industry standard for progressive IT organizations. The New Year is expected to bring more of the same, especially as DevOps matures and companies become more adept at its techniques. What follows is a look at some of the major trends for both frameworks in the upcoming year.

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Lifecycle Management Software combines Agile and DevOps Approaches

At their core, both Agile and DevOps helps organizations better manage the application lifecycle of their software. In 2018, expect the tools used for lifecycle management to leverage approaches from both frameworks. This isn’t surprising, since we previously discussed how companies already experienced with Agile find it easier to implement DevOps.

Considering pushback against inflexible DevOps tool chains was one of our software development trends for this year, improving the toolset by adding the flexibility typical of Agile makes perfect sense. Keep an eye on enhancements in ALM tools throughout 2018.

Getting Executive Buy-in for DevOps Initiatives becomes Easier

DevOps becoming an industry standard obviously means more companies are spending resources on its adoption. Since executives tend to pay close attention to what their competition is doing, they are likely to be more willing to approve the budget for DevOps projects in 2018.

A recent Gartner study notes that IT-related initiatives are now the second highest priority for executives for this year. This is the highest ranking for technology projects since Gartner began tracking that metric. In short, expect DevOps projects to be the rage all across the technology world over the next 12 months.

Traditional Business Metrics no longer applies to Agile

With Agile becoming more entrenched as a software development methodology, traditional project metrics aren’t as useful for tracking business value. Expect better reporting tools to become more popular for companies using Agile in 2018. Those who also follow DevOps can take advantage of metrics able to track the entire lifecycle from development to deployment to maintenance.

Companies able to combine Agile and DevOps with their strategic planning initiatives stay ahead of the game compared to those firms taking an individual silo-based approach.

Improved DevOps Training helping Companies’ Transformation

Even as DevOps becomes ingrained throughout the business world, good companies still struggle with its adoption. Organizations typically add experienced practitioners of the framework on a temporary basis to help to get up to speed. In 2018, improved DevOps training courses are expected to become more widely available.

It is also reasonable to predict DevOps certifications to become popular as companies look to hire IT pros with the right skills as part of their new initiatives. Considering the growing importance of Information Security throughout the tech world, specialized DevSecOps certifications are another easy bet to make for 2018.

So, keep an eye on these trends throughout the year to see if our predictions came true once 2019 is upon us. Hopefully, your projects over the next 12 months are successful!

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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!

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Is DevOps still considered to be New?

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Even with DevOps rapidly becoming an industry standard as a software development methodology, some IT pros still think of it as something new. In a technology world known for its rapid pace of change, this appears to be a surprising development. Of course, many industry veterans still call Agile new even after nearly two decades of use.

What follows is an analysis of a recent survey of tech professionals on DevOps and its usage at their organizations. Perhaps, the survey findings offer a measure of insight into DevOps’ true place in the software engineering world?

DevOps Adoption remains Difficult for many Businesses

As with any revolutionary change in methodology, some businesses struggle with successfully adopting DevOps. This fact is noted in DevOps Pulse 2017, a recently released survey by Logz.io, a data analytics company, which polled over 700 technology organizations. Madison Moore reported on the study’s findings in SD Times.

Half of the companies in the study only recently began adopting DevOps. This group includes either those firms currently in implementation or with a successful adoption within the past year. Still, data that shows 50 percent of the surveyed companies in the preliminary stages with DevOps bodes well for the methodology’s continued growth.

Some of the reasons companies struggle with DevOps include a few common complaints. Inflexible company policies, poor communication and transparency, as well as little incentive for change among tech managers rank near the top of the list.

“These three actions — among others — are often tied to the fact that it is very hard to escape the typical silos that develop within companies and teams. Everyone and every team has a different way of working and a different set of priorities to address, and goals to meet,” noted a comment from the survey.

A DevOps Skills Gap still matters

In addition to the three challenges highlighted earlier, many survey respondents also reported difficulty in finding IT professionals experienced in DevOps. The extra time and resources required to change procedures and structure to adopt DevOps remain hard to find while still meeting the current responsibilities of the organization. Most company executives likely won’t allow a few months of no software being written and deployed for a revolutionary methodology change.

In fact, the survey respondents already suffer from stress, with nearly half reporting either moderate or extreme levels of pressure. 70 percent also worry about becoming burned out. In this environment, it is no surprise DevOps seems like the latest “new kid on the block” conspiring to siphon their productivity.

DevOps’ Advantages are worth the Struggle

Along with the survey findings related to the struggle to implement this new methodology, DevOps Pulse 2017 also noted some of the cost savings achieved by combining DevOps adoption with Cloud-based service offerings. Many respondents use cost management programs like Cloud Native, Cloud Health, and other Amazon Web Services tools.

In short, while adopting DevOps is difficult, its benefits definitely make it worth the effort. Ultimately, companies need to ensure their staff receive proper training. A gradual rollout of the new methodology using a pilot project ensures minimal disruption to the business.

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