Top DevOps Trends that Will Matter the most in 2020

With every passing year, our understanding of DevOps deepens – leading to new techniques, tools, and processes for bringing developers and IT operations closer together. And, as security continues to become more tightly integrated with development and lifecycles and operations workflows. But as we head into 2020, our sentiments are always changing, so it is a great time to reflect on the way people are looking at DevOps, popular trends, and common questions coming up across the industry.

So, here are some of the DevOps Trends that Will Matter the most in 2020:

  • Agile and DevOps will increase strategic collaboration between technology and business functions

Agile and DevOps are grassroots movements that started within the latest technology. In many cases, moreover, Agile, and DevOps have not been able to break out of the technology. On the other hand, Agile has been adopted in some other functions, including human resources, procurement, finance, and marketing.

Moreover, this does not seem to have helped the technology community join forces with their colleagues in these other functions. Just because of the competitive pressure digital is putting on organizations, we will start to see more collaboration across functions with agile as the conversation starter!

To speed this up, encourage your teams to talk to people from different functions about their experience with the help of agile methods. Questions that can help break the ice include the How are you doing agile? What are you doing? What is changing for you? What issues are you facing? How could we work together to help to address some of these issues? These questions will help people from different functions get to know each other as people and coloration will improve.


  • Learning, training and improving DevOps skills will become an organizational priority              

DevOps requires trying out some of the new latest technologies. Recent research revealed that around 50% of survey respondents prefer to hire into their DevOps teams from within their organization. Moreover, many companies do not have the necessary skills to do this, and hiring new people might not be possible due to the budget restraints.

One approach is to create an internal training university. This is what the courier delivery services firm FedEx did. The company knew it did not have proper skills in its talent pool of engineers, leading its CIO to initiate the FedEx Cloud Dojo, which teaches its own engineers modern software development and latest technologies and functions as a university for FedEx. The University has reskilled more than 25000 software programmers.

Organizations that want to use the DevOps to help advance their digital transformations must make drastic improvements in training, improving, and learning skills that are essentials to DevOps.


  • Both the Upskilling and cross-skilling will lead to the rise of the T-shaped professional

Recognizing the strained talent market, organizations and individuals will invest heavily in upskilling and cross-skilling in order to meet accelerating demand for new skills. While all the IT professionals will need to become more cross-domain competent, developers, in particular, will have to add new breadth to their skills portfolio in areas such as containerization, AI, infrastructure, testing, and security.

There will also be a stronger emphasis on core skills such as customer experience, empathy, and collaboration. Silos are starting to come down in many areas, and the need for everyone to become T-shaped with the depth and breadth of knowledge will become necessary to enable and support innovation.


  • Tool fatigue will worsen before it gets better

The number of tools and frameworks in technology is daunting. The challenges IT team face to understand, interconnect, and apply much of these will continue, and in 2020, there is no real resolution in sight.

The competition in the DevOps toolchain is fierce, and flourishing; events and conferences are filled with the latest technology and best practices session. Blogs, books, and videos are flooding email inboxes, with thought leaders are eager to share their expertise. Moreover, more open-source tools are emerging from integrating some of the new technologies.

To survive the challenge of complexity, it is becoming increasingly essential to have an automation strategy. As you work to develop this, don’t lose sight of the actual issue you are trying to solve and how you can get there by using your own teams.


  • Security champion programs form the bedrock of DevSecOps

One of the most popular DevOps predictions is that there is a growing need for organizations to shift security left in the development lifecycle by making that part of a comprehensive DevSecOps strategy. At a practical level, one of the most prevalent tactics people will use to execute on DevSecOps in large organizations will be increasing more security champions programs.


  • Introduction of Low-code Tools

Even in the current times, DevOps automation helps in streamlining the processes relating to the CI/CD. Developers have to define the essential part of the pipeline with the YAML files, job specifications, and some other intensive tasks.

It is known that DevOps primarily lay emphasis on accelerating the entire process. Thus one can expect that one of the significant trends in 2020 would be the introduction of low code tools. The low code tools will play a major role as they will help to define the pipeline with a mere point and click UI. The new tool will assist enterprise software development services to make optimum use of technologies. It will help in creating as well as maintaining pipelines, policies, and helm charts.


  • Kubernetes

One of the chief DevOps latest trends revolves around Kubernetes. The portable and reliable open-source system was extensively used in the year 2019. Since its inception in the year 2015, it has gained a fair share of attention in the DevOps arena. This year saw the growth of some of the core Kubernetes APIs. In fact, its adoption is still growing today. It is likely to continue in the future as well.

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