At its core, DevOps is meant to touch an entire organization; however it’s heavily weighted in the software development life cycle (SDLC). That’s why DevOps is going mainstream in 2018. Companies are making the business benefits of DevOps a top priority—it’s all about delivering value to the customer faster through maximum automation of the release cycle/processes. And that begins with organizations realizing that to mature their DevOps processes, they need continuous testing as part of their continuous integration practice.
Cross-platform Engagement and IoT Will Mean More Devices—and More Apps
With organizations shifting processes and innovation to a mix of digital technologies—a concept known as digital transformation—consumers are engaging with different apps across various platforms 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Add in the rise of internet of things (IoT) devices, which allow for seamless transitions across smartphones, TVs, tablets and other devices. Now is the time for optimum user experience (UX).
In 2018, industries such as financial services, health care, retail and automotive will fully embrace IoT. We may also see new types of applications replacing current ones, as consumers and developers embrace the constantly evolving innovative capabilities coming in 2018. However, until the C-suite implements the tools needed to keep up with the growing demand for cross-platform upkeep and testing, other industries will experience slow adoption.
A critical step in delivering flawless UX is testing, and lots of it. Never has there been more to test, measure and develop than in this digital revolution we are seeing today.
Frequent New Releases Will Require Even Faster Updates
As the number of platforms consumers engage with rapidly grows, so does the pressure for developers to ensure apps are running as they should at all times. Same goes for the pace of cloud adoption: Cloud test labs will need more sophisticated capabilities, meaning more platforms and blind spots which require continuous optimization to ensure market readiness. This need for faster turnarounds on update releases and bug fixes will multiply in 2018.
To maintain and grow customers and profitability, CIOs must recognize the importance of empowering developers with the tools and time to implement continuous testing across the SDLC. Tools, such as those powered by automation and the cloud, increase efficiencies and free up time developers previously spent on manual quality-checking, allowing them to ensure the apps they are producing are keeping up with consumer expectations. If users feel their app is not delivering on the experience they want, they will delete it and move on to the next competitor, which has a direct negative impact on the company’s bottom line.
Outdated Technologies Will Make for Even Slower Updates
There is a suite of new tools being introduced to the market for all stages of the SDLC in the hopes of keeping up with the heightened speed of testing. As many DevOps environments struggle to adapt their pipelines to these new tools, many are powered by emerging technologies including machine learning and automation. In 2018, developers should ditch outdated infrastructure and processes in favor of more modern architectures, including implementing microservices.
Modernizing pipelines will allow developers to design in next-gen engagement methods such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) without compromising velocity.
AI Will Experience Its Shining Moment (for Some)
In the coming year, AI will start to move from a theoretical concept to a commonly applied technology, especially within the DevOps space. However, developers first must understand what they want AI to help them accomplish—and how—within the SDLC and across the DevOps pipeline. One logical place to start is figuring out how they can best leverage it to analyze test automation strategies.
The value of a well-oiled, or not-so-well-oiled, DevOps process can make or break an organization. As the new year begins, be sure to include the IT leadership in these conversations to ensure developers are getting what they need, when they need it, to keep business moving as usual. IoT, AI and the cloud are just a few things to keep in mind as the industry moves to implement the latest tools in 2018.
About the Author / Eran Kinsbruner
Eran Kinsbruner is the lead technical evangelist at Perfecto and the author of the “Digital Quality Handbook.” He is a software engineering professional with nearly 20 years of experience at companies such as Matrix, Qulicke & Soffa, Sun Microsystems, General Electric, Texas Instruments and NeuStar. He holds various industry certifications such as ISTQB, CMMI, and others. Eran is a recognized mobile testing influencer and thought leader. He is also a patent-holding inventor (test exclusion automated mechanism for mobile J2ME testing), public speaker, researcher and blogger. Follow him on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn and check out his professional mobile testing blog.