DevOps 2020: 9 Game-changing Predictions for IT Ahead!
IT is undergoing rapid transformation with every passing year.
Over the last two years, we have seen the tremendous rise of a new-age IT solution DevOps, which promised of building gaps among different teams associated with the software lifecycle.
More than a technology, DevOps became a buzz word in the IT industry presenting the software delivery at a new speed.
After the successful journey till date, DevOps is now making its way into the new year i.e., 2020.
It’s worth knowing how this tremendous IT solution is going to perform in the year ahead and we bring to you some key predictions around DevOps in 2020:
1) New Delivery Speed
We have seen IT teams operating in a feasible and well-established pre-production environment setup till date. But the speed of business is increasing and demands are coming up at a skyrocketing speed. Eventually, there will have to be less time-to-market to gain a competitive edge. How do we achieve this? What if the pre-defined environment no longer works? Experts recommend ‘chaos engineering’, the new-age software functioning with things moving while on production.
Identifying complex risks and finding immediate alternatives in case of unexpected failures are among some solutions that chaos engineering promises.
2) Business Value Takes Lead
Till date, DevOps teams focused on the velocity of the product delivery. But the trends show the shrinking gaps between IT and core business. That’s where the business value comes to the forefront to dominate the velocity factor.
3) Tools Continue to be Crucial
Changing digital trends is demanding staff to be more updated about new developments. More than the particular skillset, the emphasis is moving on to the ability of being a team player. This would often require the movement of teams on and off their core functions. Though this encourages new learning, that’s not so easy alongside performing regular tasks.
This is where tools continue to prove their crucial presence helping teams, especially developers, learn new while creating the existing.
4) Matured Digital World
2020 is going to see a more matured digital trend. Given this fact, step-wise processes of software development lifecycle involving plan, build, run and stage, etc. might not work further. That’s the pace of digital trend. Pausing between steps build and run steps, while experts are performing quality checks that might not work in the digital pace. This is going to bring about a rapid change in IT governance, welcoming a new model.
5) Continuous Governance
Governance exists but takes a dynamic form. Yes, you read it right! As the experts say, the new-age IT is going to see a governance model focusing on guiding principles and companies heavily relying on self-governing dynamic controls. We will be seeing more of reliability engineering practices that has production teams directly communicating back to product teams for quality issues.
Automation is expected to play a crucial part of IT governance with more of templated and pre-defined patterns that require only automatic management away from policy compliance.
6) Flat Organizational Structure
The organizational and operating models are more likely to move from the governance of ‘how’ to the governance of ‘what’. This on one side gives enough freedom for teams to choose from and also throws challenges on coming up with new ideas and timely implementation.
7) Customer Satisfaction
As everytime, customer satisfaction continues to hold prominence in the DevOps model. As the industry advances around digital efforts, the customer demand will more be inclined towards product quality. And, this is where employee experience and skillset comes into the picture.
As the experts term it as ‘psychological safety’, more companies are likely to follow Google’s path in ensuring ‘psychological safety’ as a KPI to drive customer satisfaction.
This is something beyond chaos and reliability engineering. This combines the right practices from industrial engineering, human factors and cognitive intelligence and beyond, to empower organizational ability to recover from gaps or sudden failures. Safety professions are already using this but DevOps adopters are still away from this.
Experts recommend revisiting the traditional ITSM practices to lay down the path for resilience engineering.
9) Standardization Again
Standardization of some aspects have always helped organizations to get most things done the right way. But a free-form style of software development lifecycle sometimes ignored the standards depending on autonomous product teams.
Developer autonomy encourages the freedom to create and innovate more. But what’s the degree of this free-form style of IT functioning? To what extent is this yielding expected results? To what extent is the fact-based management justified? All these questions lead to the continued presence of standardization.
So, we have seen some stunning and game-changing predictions around DevOps in 2020 and beyond.
What more? Gear up for the upcoming race!