Fast becoming a standard in the tech space, here’s what you need to know about DevOps for the coming year
Following a Gartner Report from 2016 which revealed that most organizations will use and implement DevOps by the end of this year, 2017 started off with a DevOps bang. This year began when an enormous amount of capital was poured into DevOps technology companies by VCs, and larger-scale adoption of tools was approved in this year’s IT budgets with the recognition that DevOps was a “must-have” in businesses. A survey of 252 Gartner Research Circle members showed that 38% were already using DevOps in 2016, and an additional 35% have plans in place to implement DevOps in 2017. That means that over 70% of the IT market is focusing on DevOps technology and how it has the ability to revolutionize businesses.
Even though heavily funded, DevOps is still relatively new, so it’s only natural that many organizations lack experience with the technologies and tools. In this evolving software world, some companies in the DevOps realm still appeal to niches suggesting answers to the “trend.” However, these companies simultaneously refuse to address the real issues and acknowledge that DevOps is a revolution and not only a trend.
And yet, as with all revolutions, some adjustments in the field might take place. So as DevOps “takes over” businesses this year more than ever, here are some of the changes we predict will happen in 2017 in response to the DevOps landscape:
Change #1: Continuous Updating
In today’s hyper-connected world, when every company has become a software company, and software update releases must happen at a much faster pace, an innovative IT pipeline must obey the rule of release everything as fast as possible. Nobody cares if your company’s tools are integrated or if your company performs an integrated deployment. First, you need to release more, faster, and to continuously update in order to keep your competitive edge.
Change #2: Reliable Solutions
Every organization, regardless of its size or industry, works with more than one technology. The world of DevOps will have to provide you and your company with a universal solution, one that works with all programming languages. It doesn’t make sense to use a different solution for each technology anymore since there is no time for evaluation. Everything comes down to production time, and it’s not good enough to have a “reliable” tool, but enterprises have realized that their data centers must be clustered and highly available. This means that DevOps tools in 2017 will have to provide solutions that are always available and earn the ticket into the software release pipeline and production environment.
Change #3: Hybrid models will empower DevOps
Because DevOps focuses on fast-paced releases, the virtual platform needs to be as smooth as possible, and the process from development to production needs to be automatic in order to meet the demanding delivery requirements.
Freedom of choice is not just about your in-house technology. It’s also about the infrastructure you are riding on. Whether as a company you decide to use the cloud or on-premise, it turns out that a hybrid of both, or at least the option of both, would be strongest for your strongest choice.
Change #4: Software security matters!
Improved information security is starting to become a heavier burden on the automated software lifecycle. The fact that you can release faster doesn’t mean that your company is safe and can now have a fully “hands-off” process. Software packages must be monitored and the process from start to finish should include an automated way to detect components with security vulnerabilities, outdated software packages, or licensing issues, while simultaneously informing and providing targeted alerts that your company can act on.
Change #5: Scale easily
This year will not be a “proof of concept” year in the DevOps field. Organizations and late majority adopters would like to hold on to their tools for several years, but they do understand that a fair business model should focus on scaling up while maintaining a budget.
A fair business model supports scaling up and will not block you from taking the next leap forward. Tools should satisfy the DevOps hunger and support it, thus users cannot and should not be concerned about whether they have reached maximum usage or not. Also, as the number of developers on your team continues to expand, your DevOps solution must be able to expand with that growth.
The combination of DevOps serving as an evolution of agile software development, and a revolution taking over businesses everywhere – the possibility of changes within the space are endless. However, as long as your business focuses on choosing a DevOps solution that targets fast, secure, reliable and scalable releases – you know your business is in good hands for 2017.