We have reached the end of 2016. As 2017 comes into focus, let’s look back and try to analyze the world of DevOps during this past year. What were the challenges, trends, and what will be the future roadmap for this technology?
DevOps undoubtedly was successful in changing the mindset of how organizations function. It was more of a culture than just another technology. 2016 also witnessed a fair adoption rate of DevOps technologies. Enterprises have moved from very few people knowing about DevOps to having a platform team. I can say 2016 was the year when DevOps moved from a grassroots movement to a management-led transformation. So far, we have observed that by and large development teams have adopted this technology rather than operations teams, but the good news is that this gap is reducing.
At Calsoft, we work very closely with our customers’ development teams and have observed some key trends in this technology.
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Product companies, with the help of DevOps technologies, have started dividing activities into bite-sized chunks. This helps them in reducing chaos and driving future growth.
Infrastructure as a Code (IaC)
Companies have pushed agile, software-based methods for infrastructure operations. Through DevOps and open-source software, companies have started programming their infrastructure, so that teams can develop products and operate their environment simultaneously.
Reduced Deployment Time
Companies have started visualizing the success of DevOps adoption as the time to production has reduced to minutes than days or weeks.
Reduced Role of Operations
We have witnessed some pronounced changes in how a company perceives investing in their legacy systems. With the use of DevOps the turnaround time has reduced drastically and as a result, the role of operations will be eliminated entirely in the coming years.
DevOps has enabled organizations to aggressively increase their digital agility while reducing costs and risks. In 2017, we will observe people talking about testing, security, and metrics in the DevOps environment.
Continuous testing will be the top priority
With the help of DevOps, companies will not only get speed but also quality, and we know testing plays a crucial role when it comes to speed with quality at scale. So we can expect continuous testing to be a top priority for companies adopting DevOps in 2017.
Security concerns will increase
Looking at the increased intensity and sophistication of attackers, we cannot say that our code is not vulnerable to cyber-malice. Hence DevOps is not only about ensuring quality, speed, and testing, companies will also have to look into security concerns right from the beginning of adoption.
Increased focus on metrics
I was not surprised to see that until recently; very few companies have paid attention to DevOps metrics. It’s true that for a number of organizations it was difficult to put just the basic DevOps process, tools and culture in place. But in 2017, we will definitely see some focus on improving DevOps itself.