DevOps today is more than the buzzword it was 10 years ago. Back then, the idea of combining development with production in your IT infrastructure was not common; the logistics were nonexistent and most of the time businesses decided it was far too much effort.
However, if the last nine years has taught us anything, it’s that DevOps is worth every penny businesses invest. It helps companies streamline production, keep customers happy and provide agile services to attract new audiences.
But as with anything in the IT field, there is a paradigm of change. This article discusses some of the top DevOps trends happening now and how to implement them in your own system.
Automation Will Be a Bigger Focus
Automation has always been the way for businesses. Whether it’s speeding up the pipeline with machines, providing better response times for angry customers with chatbots or better inventory management with tracking and logging system, automation is behind it all.
DevOps is no exception.
But as with everything, there can be too much automation. The best thing to do is break down processes and find simple, redundant tasks that can save time if automated and apply the changes.
The most important aspect of automating DevOps is to understand the six pillars in the DevOps cycle, which are:
- Continuous business planning
- Collaborative development
- Continuous testing
- Continuous release and deployment
- Continuous monitoring
- Collaborative customer feedback and optimization
DevOps Assembly Lines: The Next Big Thing
To track the development of your application, we have pipelines. These visually represent the product from its initial stage right through until final development and release.
However, continuous integration (CI) is no longer the priority focus when it comes to effective monitoring and implementation. Continuous delivery and automation are a major part that businesses have already started delving into in 2019.
This is where DevOps assembly lines enter the picture.
Assembly lines are focused on bridging the gap between manual and automated tasks, ensuring there is no redundancy while providing several tools for teams to implement, to ensure apps are hitting the production lines as reasonably quickly as possible.
Microservices Architecture Adoption Taking Off
Microservices architecture may as well be that new kid in school trying to fit in. These smaller services compound into agile, implementable tools that DevOps teams can use to scale and test software over the course of weeks—not years.
As you can imagine, this can help some businesses streamline their development and production lines, setting them way ahead of their original production estimates—which is never a bad thing.
Implementing microservices into your DevOps team can also help companies focus on the runtime and efficient delivery of new development sources, without the hassle of creating dependency errors when something decides to bug out for no apparent reason.
Security Needs to Step Up
Cybercrime is on the rise—we all know that’s old news. But as a business, cybercrime can either make or break your sales and weigh down your DevOps team.
That’s why more companies are hopping onto enterprise security options. Although there are third-party programmers for almost every situation you need, none of them have the same security levels as the tools from the enterprise version provides. Safeguarding both your company and your clientele.
Riding the Artificial Intelligence Wave
Finally, we have artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). When you think about it, these two elements are literally the sum of everything we want in the DevOps community—the ability to crunch out hours upon hours of menial labor and saving your teams hours to focus on higher-priority tasks.
The combination of AI, used to predict algorithmic influencers, and ML’s ability to adapt to new situations will be key for DevOps teams to get to the next level in 2019.